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The need for understanding between nations, governments, and more importantly between people has reached an all-time high. Issues like nuclear proliferation, human trafficking, and forced migration are not isolated to California or the US – these are world issues that transcend political borders, geography, and history. Taking your political science studies abroad helps to unravel the complex and often hidden factors that impact the global political climate. Compare government processes and standards from other countries to those of the US. Learn how other governments manage issues like justice, financial crises, and access to education. Work with policymakers and stakeholders making decisions about sovereignty, global justice, and human rights in the context of global affairs.

Aerial view of old parliament buildings and Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, Australia

Programs in Australia

International Security, Australia

Study for a career in global security, foreign policy, international intelligence, or diplomacy in Australia's capital, Canberra.

Through war games and global crisis simulations, you’ll discover decision-making under pressure.

Explore the city’s surrounding nature reserves to decompress.

Panoramic view Place de la Republique with symbolic statue of Marianna.

Take a front-row seat to change

Social Justice and Activism

Learn why French protests have an advantage over those in America.

See the French revolutionary spirit active and thriving. 

Visit the courthouse and prison used in the French Revolution, the immigration museum, war and protest sites that add perspective on a passionate culture that loves to debate.

Painted buildings, Caminito, La Boca, Buenos Aires

Explore reinvention in action

Human Rights and Cultural Memory

Explore two richly contrasting countries – Argentina and Chile – are rising from the dust of past military dictatorships.

Both are models of social, political, and cultural reinvention. 

You'll examine how past human rights constructs and today’s socio-political conditions are influencing development and democracy in real life. 

Eventually I hope to work as a diplomat and since French is spoken on nearly every continent in the world, and a major language at the United Nations, learning French is integral to achieving my career goals. I lived with a French family for my semester abroad and as a result, I spoke French every day. It was challenging and terrifying initially, but I learned not to allow my embarrassment to stop me from trying and my language ability improved daily. Remembering to persist is an important lesson that I will take back with me to my studies at Berkeley.

Kaitlyn Lombardo UC Berkeley Political Science France

My semester abroad has undoubtedly been the most transformative experience of my college career. For four months, I took courses in French and English supplementing the political science framework I developed at Berkeley. In addition to academic coursework, I also received an international education through peers and faculty. From Canada to Korea to Croatia, I came in contact with people from all corners of the world, each with divergent perspectives on everything from politics to food to sports. Among the many souvenirs I brought home, I carry with me the lessons and connections that will last a lifetime.

Amita Chauhan UC Berkeley Political Science France

My internship in Ireland was a fantastic opportunity to grow in professionalism, communication skills, understanding of politics, and relationships with people in varying positions. Observing and working with a senator gave me extraordinary insight into what kind of career I want to pursue. I am now considering a Master’s degree in political science, a path I hadn’t considered until this internship.

Andres Avila UC Irvine Political Science and Criminology, Law, and Society Ireland

Finding other people—both local and international—that match as well as complement your identities can provide another picture of the host country and culture in ways you might not expect.

Ramil Mercado UC Berkeley Political Science and Asian Studies Singapore

This study abroad experience shaped my professional conduct and strengthened my research skills, both crucial self-development for the internships I will be doing in Sacramento and Washington. I wanted to develop myself professionally and socially on my study abroad program, and I successfully achieved this. Now, I feel more confident in my ability to adapt and thrive in the new environments that I will encounter on my educational and professional path.

Guillermo Becerra UC Santa Barbara Political Science Australia

One of the biggest challenges I experienced during my internship was the extensive research it required. I spend many nights reading, annotating, and summarizing. This tested my dedication and time management skills but also served as a profound learning experience. 

Cruz Frausto-Bonilla UC Berkeley Political Science Korea, South

The biggest challenge I encountered was fighting self-doubt within myself. The idea that I, a college kid from the US, was tasked to help resolve human rights issues in Chile made me feel strange. Eventually, I realized I was one component in a long, established process of international collaboration to combat abuses. Never have I experienced a rush of pride so satisfying as seeing our report in the Undersecretariat's hands. I know now that I want to feel that way again, and it has inspired a new direction of legal advocacy that I am confident will be a worthwhile endeavor in my life.

Jeffrey Adler UC Santa Barbara Political Science Argentina

I am most grateful for the opportunity to travel a different continent and meet new people, visit amazing historical landmarks, and indulge in the cultures of the countries I visited. It helped me learn about values, traditions, and norms that are different from the ones I am personally familiar with as a Mexican-American. I can gladly say that I managed to learn more than I expected – about the political system of Germany, the environmental accomplishments of the Netherlands, the history of Denmark, the reason for political unrest in Catalonia, and so much more.

Leonardo Santiago UC Berkeley Political Science Germany

I learned a lot from professors who are experts in political science and international relations, and my French language skills improved. I built friendships and connections with people from around the world with whom I share common interests. Participating in this program helped me realize that I would like to work for a nongovernmental organization to promote education in places where war and political conflict have deprived kids of this human right.

Adolfo Gonzalez Valle UC Riverside Political Science, International Affairs France

Beyond allowing me to improve my research, writing, and editing skills, my internship improved my professional confidence immensely. While I expected to enjoy working in parliament, I did not predict how much impact this work would have on my future career goals. I was set on attending law school after graduation, and I was able to reflect and recognize that there are many other political careers I hadn't considered. After my experience, I've developed a strong interest in pursuing a career in speech writing or policy research. More than the professional development, I was reminded of the awe-inspiring power that elected representatives are given and how that power, when used correctly, can make the world a more peaceful and equitable place.

Bridget Poisel UC Los Angeles Political Science Ireland

This internship taught me the power of human connection and the significance of human dignity. I built strong friendships and connections with the people at the Hope Exchange, but most of all, had realizations and inspiring moments about my life purpose. I developed deeper patience, empathy, and kindness. Ultimately, my experience brought me greater interpersonal and cross-cultural communications skills, growth in my event coordinating skills, insight into the legal system in South Africa, and a greater awareness about my career path in community-based policy advocacy and social work. I learned that any substantial institutional change is difficult and direct community change is challenging, but equally rewarding as I was able to directly see the impact of my work.

Aliza Newman UC Santa Barbara Communications and Political Science South Africa

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