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Study political science abroad

An in-depth guide to studying political science as an international student.

Political science degrees abroad

A degree in political science aims to give you an understanding in the fundamentals of political thought, government, international relations, and political systems. It should provide you with all the tools you’ll need to understand political institutions and processes, and prepare you for a career working in government or a related field.

As constant political change and upheaval dominate our headlines and lives today, studying political science will help you understand the structures and ideas that shape global politics. If you have an inquisitive mind and passion for understanding how governments work, a degree in political science could be right for you.

Political science programs are available all over the world, however they are most common in the US. In many countries, including the UK, a similar program will be offered as a politics degree, which will cover many of the same areas.

Political science program structure

Political science degrees are offered at all levels, including bachelor’s and master’s. At undergraduate level, you can study political science as a BA, and you will often study it as part of a liberal arts model over four years. This means you can either major or minor in political science along with other academic subjects.

Political science is more common as a taught master’s program in some countries, and can be studied as an MA or MSc over one or two years. Some universities also offer research led master’s programs and doctorate level degrees.

The learning and assessment methods of each program will be slightly different, but you can expect to be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops. Assessment of your progress will usually be essays, written exams, and a research based dissertation.

The program structure and content of each course will differ based on things like the country and university you choose to study in and the level of degree you take. Some of the most common subjects and modules political science programs can cover include:

  • Public administration and policy
  • Political theory
  • International relations
  • Social justice
  • Comparative politics
  • Diplomatic history
  • Political economy
  • International politics

Types of political science degrees

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Political science study abroad programs

Political science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in political science

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    Political Science and History - BA (Hons) Lakehead University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,535 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,604 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Geography (Teacher Certification in Social Studies, Grades 7-12: History Minor and Political Science Third Field) - BSc Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,164 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,164 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Political Science: Pre-Professional - BSc Oklahoma City University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,276 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,276 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Political Science - BA American University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,600 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Political Science - BA/BSc Portland State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,709 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,709 USD

    Start date
    September
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Associate in political science

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    Political Science (for Transfer) - AA College of Alameda, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, August, June
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    Political Science (for Transfer) - AA Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Political Science - AA Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,791 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Political Science - AA Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,135 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Political Science - AA North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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Political science graduate programs

Master's in political science

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    International Relations and Political Science - MA Koç University, Turkey

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    0 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 0 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Political Science - MA California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,604 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Political Science - MA Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,034 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,034 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Political Science and International Relations - MSc Altinbas University, Turkey

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    3,450 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,450 USD

    Start date
    February, September
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    Political Science & International Studies - MA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,100 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,100 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in political science

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    International Relations and Political Science - PhD Koç University, Turkey

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    0 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 0 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Future political science careers

Many political science graduates are eager to pursue a career in politics or government, however you’ll also gain a number of transferable skills that most employers value. Some of the most popular careers for political science graduates include:

  • Policy analyst
  • Political journalist
  • Political risk analyst
  • Politician’s assistant
  • Government researcher
  • Public relations executive
  • Political consultant

You will develop strong writing, research and communication skills, which are applicable to a wide range of sectors, so don’t restrict your job search to politics roles.