Learning Abroad – Go Global

Study Abroad as Part of Your Political Science Degree Program

Supplement your UBC Political Science studies with credit earned on exchange at partner universities around the world.

Imagine studying Middle Eastern politics in Turkey or the south of France, learning about ancient political thought and ideologies in Singapore or Germany, or taking part in Political Science research in Ethiopia.

Why Go Global as part of your Political Science Degree?

Going Global lets you:

  • explore your Political Science degree from a different perspective and gain access to courses you would not have access to at UBC
  • get an edge in the workforce, as more and more industries value cross-cultural competencies and international experiences
  • experience another country as a student and not just a tourist
  • become globally aware, grow and develop as a person, and gain cross-cultural understanding

Go Global Exchange: Where to Start

Go Global has partner universities in over 35 countries, and some of our partners offer programs and courses that will complement and enhance your UBC Political Science degree. You can explore all of Go Global’s partner institutions by visiting Go Global’s website.  Once you’ve completed the research, you can submit an application with your top three university choices.

Topics that are not common in courses here at UBC can be pursued in Political Science courses all around the world in places like the United Kingdom, South Africa, Sweden and many others. Some of these topics include: Ancient Political Theory; Gender Politics and Policy; Development; and African and Middle Eastern Politics.

Political Science Theme

Recommended Universities

African and Middle Eastern Politics

Sciences Po (Menton Campus), FRANCE

Lunds Universiteit, SWEDEN

University of Copenhagen, DENMARK

Universite Lumiere Lyon II, FRANCE

University of Nottingham, UK

Gender, Politics and Policy

Lunds Universiteit, SWEDEN


University of Nottingham, UK

Uppsala Universitet, SWEDEN

Lunds Universitet, SWEDEN

Norwegian University of Life Sciences, NORWAY

Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium                         

Ancient Political Theory

National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE

Other ways to Go Global include: Group Study Programs and International Service Learning.

Mapping your exchange to your Political Science Major

Please refer to the following information to help guide you in your selection of partner university and course work:

  1. Majors students are required to complete Poli 380. Students are advised to complete this requirement at UBC. If you find a course that appears to be equivalent at the partner university, please submit for pre-articulation prior to completing your course registration abroad.
  2. Major students must complete one fourth-year POLI seminar.
  3. It is recommended that POLI 240 be completed at UBC prior to your exchange. If students have not completed POLI 240, they may substitute POLI 340 or 349 after their exchange (though they are still required to complete a total of 12 credits at the 100 and 200 levels).
  4. Majors must take at least 42 but not more than 60 credits of Political Science. When selecting courses abroad towards this requirement, review the course content to evaluate if it would be considered a Political Science course.
    a.   Is the course offered by the Political Science department abroad?
    b.   If not offered by an equivalent Political Science department, is the course content parallel to a course offered at UBC?
  5. At least 30 of a Major’s Political Science credits must be from courses numbered 300 or above. To evaluate this, consider the following:
    a.   Does the course have a lower level requirement?
    b.   Is it offered as an upper year course abroad? Keep in mind that degree structures differ. For example, in the UK, 2nd and 3rd year correspond to UBC’s 3rd and 4th year. In the rest of Europe, the third and final year of the Bachelor corresponds to UBC’s 3rd year while the first year of the MA corresponds to the 4th year of the UBC degree. These are rough parallels but offered here to help you interpret courses abroad.
TIP: Review the Go Global transfer credit database to a list of courses taken abroad that have transferred back as POLI. You will notice both unassigned (POLI 3rd year – 3 credit) or specific credit (ex. POLI 350). Both types can be used to meet your degree requirements.

Financial Assistance

There are a variety of forms of financial assistance for study abroad. Here is a specific example directed to Political Science students.

UBC and University of Warwick International Learning Award

Deadline: To be determined
Value: $4,000 (2 awards available; one for outbound UBC student, one for inbound Warwick student)

Eligibility: The UBC-University of Warwick International Learning Award offers awards totaling $8,000 for undergraduate and graduate UBC students specializing in History, Political Science or English who are participating in a Go Global program between UBC and University of Warwick. The intention of these awards is to support academically strong students who are interested in deepening their understanding of Anglo-Canadian relations. Minimum requirements are that undergraduate students have an average of at least 70% on your best 24 credits in the Winter Session before your exchange (with no failed or incomplete courses). Undergraduate students who have been on a co-op work term in this session, must have at least 70% on your best 12 credits in the other term. Graduate students must be in good standing with their program and have the support of their program to participate in the exchange or research placement. Students must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent residents. University of Warwick students must be British citizens.

Student Experiences

Connect with other students who’ve gone on exchange. On the go global website you can search through a database of student reports where they rate universities, list the types of credits transferred and share approximate costs of their exchange experience.