Study Abroad Guidelines

September 2009

We encourage our students to study abroad, especially in a foreign language. Students planning to spend all or part of the junior year abroad should consult with their advisor and the department chair before the second semester of the sophomore year.

A grade point average of 3.0 in the major and 2.7 overall is required for study abroad. Please note that at least 7 Fall and Spring term courses must be taken at Middlebury College, including a senior seminar.

Students must submit an "Application to Study Abroad" (available from the Office of Off-Campus Study) during the first week of Winter Term to their academic advisors. This should include a brief essay addressing the following points:

1. Rationale: Why do you want to study abroad? How is this related to your academic program?

2. Preparation: What course work have you taken to prepare you for study abroad?

Required courses for study abroad: PS103-Comparative Politics, PS201-International Politics.

Recommended courses for study abroad: one area-specific course; e.g., PS225, PS226, PS227, PS324, PS335, etc. PS230-Comparative Development Strategies is recommended for study abroad in developing countries.

3. Program Selection: Where will you study abroad? Why this school? What courses will you take? Why? See the enclosed "List of Programs Abroad for Political Science."

4. How will you complete your major after returning to Middlebury?

The application and essay will be reviewed and returned to you to submit to the Off-Campus Study office by the end of Winter Term.

Recommended schools and programs – SEPTEMBER 2009

The schools and programs listed below have Political Science courses recommended by our faculty. For other schools not on this list, please consult with the Department Chair and the Director of Off-campus study for approval.

Group 1. Program / Country / School

C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad

Argentina--Buenos Aires

Universidad de Buenos Aires

Universidad del Salvador

Universidad Torcuato di Tella

Brazil--Belo Horizonte

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais


Universidade Federal Fluminense


Zhejiang University of Technology


Le Centre Madeleine

Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po)

Institut Catholique


Université de Poitiers


Freie Universität


Johannes-Gutenberg Universität


Università degli Studi di Ferrara


Sede Giugni

Università degli Studi di Firenze


Universidad de Guadalajara


Irkutsk State University


Russian State Humanities University (RGGU)


Voronezh State University]


Yaroslavl State University


Universidad Carlos III


Universidad de La Rioja


Sede Prim


Universidad Internacional SEK


Universidad Católica del Uruguay

Universidad de la República

Universidad ORT


School for International Training:

Bolivia, Cameroon, Ecuador, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Panama, Samoa, Senegal, South Africa, Thailand, Tibetan Studies, Uganda, Vietnam,

SUNY Plattsburgh, Southern Cone Programs


Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Universidad de Chile

Chile –Valpariso

Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Universidad de Valparaíso

Group 2. Country / School


Monash University

University of Melbourne

University of New South Wales

University of Sydney


Costa Rica:

Universidad Nacional, Butler University, Heredia



Universidad de Habana, Butler University, Havana


Czech Republic:

NYU Prague Program



Denmark's International Study Program (DIS), University of Copenhagen



Universidad de San Francisco, Partnership for Service Learning, Quito



Kyoto: Associated Kyoto Program, Doshisha University

Tokyo: International Christian University

Tokyo: Keio University

Tokyo: Sophia University



Hebrew University


New Zealand:

University of Canterbury

University of Otago, Dunedin

University of Auckland



Scandinavian Urban Studies Term, Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs


United Kingdom:

Lincoln College, Oxford

London School of Economics

School for Oriental and African Studies, London

University of Bristol

University of Durham

University of Edinburgh

University of Glasgow

University of Lancaster

University of Leeds

University of Manchester

University of Nottingham

University of Sheffield

University of Warwick

University of York


South Africa:

University of Capetown, InterStudy

University of Natal, InterStudy



Stockholm University, Swedish Program