International Opportunities

Opportunities for students, faculty activities, and extracurricular events all contribute to the international dimensions of the Department of Political Science at Western Michigan University.

Study abroad

Globalization is recognition of the fact that borders in our world are diminishing in importance and our interdependence is growing. Whether you will be seeking employment after graduating or will be looking to enroll in graduate or law school, an international experience can be an important addition to your portfolio. Political science students can effectively incorporate a meaningful international experience in their undergraduate career through Broncos Abroad. Broncos Abroad offers many programs that include courses in political science. You can also select programs through other universities and, with advance approval, apply some or all of your coursework to major credit, minor credit or general education credit. Programs vary in their duration, from as little as ten days to as long as an academic year and grants and scholarships are available for certain programs.

Countries in which Western Michigan University political science students have studied

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • India
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Peru
  • Russia
  • Malaysia
  • Spain
  • Syria
  • United Kingdom
  • Vietnam
  • South Africa

Field research

International field research is not beyond the scope of undergraduate students. In recent years, Department of Political Science students have conducted field research in Mexico, Spain and South Africa. Although the amount of planning and preparation is extensive, the reward is significant. Not only do you have a great and meaningful international experience, but you number among very few students nationwide who undertake such a project.

International internships

Several political science students have served in internships overseas.

Colloquia and presentations

The Institute of Government and Politics regularly organizes colloquia and presentations, many of which are international in character.

George Klein Endowment

The George Klein Endowment, created in honor of the late Dr. George Klein, a longtime faculty member, supports scholarly and student activities and provides scholarship support for students from Eastern Europe to study at WMU.