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Study politics abroad

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

Politics degrees abroad

Politics is a broad subject that focuses on how governments, policies, and internal relations work. Politics plays a vital role in our everyday lives, and it covers the issues surrounding things like the influence of power, order, justice and decision-making.

When you study politics at university you’ll learn through a range of different disciplines, and most programs will cover the three main strands of politics: government, international relations, and political theory. It is the ideal subject for anyone who wants to learn more about government and society and the workings of political systems.

Politics is a popular subject to study abroad and means you’ll get the chance to learn all about how another country’s political system works. In some countries like the US, politics degrees may be referred to as political science, but they broadly cover the same subjects.

Politics program structure

You can study politics at all degree levels, including bachelor’s and master’s. At undergraduate level, politics is offered as BA or BSc, depending on the university. There is usually very little difference between the two, but a BSc may include more numerical and statistical modules.

At postgraduate level, it’s possible to study a master’s in politics as an MA or an MRes over one or two years. Doctorate level degrees are also available, and you can study for a PhD in politics over three to four years, or up to six years if you choose to study part-time.

Studying a politics degree abroad will usually involve writing essays, attending lectures and seminars, and working on group projects and presentations. At bachelor’s level you will often complete a research-based dissertation in your final year which will make up a significant part of your final grade.

The content and structure of every politics degree will be different, but there are some core areas and modules you can expect to study on most programs, including:

  • Principles of politics
  • History of political thought
  • International relations
  • Political psychology
  • Globalization
  • Global comparative politics
  • Political research
  • National governments

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Politics study abroad programs

Politics undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in politics

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    Political Science (Comparative Politics) - BA St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,688 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Religious Studies (Religion, Politics and Global Affairs) - BA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,834 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Politics, Religion and Philosophy - BA University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,700 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Secondary History and Government Teacher Education - BScEd University of Kansas, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,960 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Political Science - American Government & Politics - BA Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,700 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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Pathway in politics

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    International Relations and Politics, International Year One - UGP Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,130 GBP
    Start date
    January, October
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    Politics (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Politics graduate programs

Master's in politics

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    Tribal Policy, Law, and Government - LLM Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    49,184 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Global Politics and Communication - MSc University of Helsinki, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Politics - MA University of Otago, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    21,500 NZD
    Start date
    February, July
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    English and Politics - MA (Hons) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,275 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Politics - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,895 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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Doctorate in politics

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    Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    6 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,150 GBP
    Start date
    October, February
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    History and Politics - PhD University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Pathway in politics

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    Environmental Politics Pre-Master's Program - PGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Tuition fees per year
    9,500 GBP
    Start date
    January, April
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    Politics and International Relations - Pathway in Global Security - PGP Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,750 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Future politics careers

A degree in politics can lead to a wide variety of great careers, but some roles will require additional studies after you graduate.

Politics graduates gain a range of skills that many employers value, but many students look for a career in government. Here are a few of the most popular careers for politics graduates:

  • Politician
  • Public affairs consultant
  • Public relations executive
  • Local government officer
  • Politician’s assistant
  • Government researcher
  • Political consultant
  • Lawyer/solicitor

Most universities will have a career service that you can use to help you work out which future role is right for you. Taking advantage of any placement or internship opportunities is another good way to get a taste for the career you’d like to pursue.