Study Abroad Guidelines
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
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Universidad del Salvador
Universidad Torcuato di Tella
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Universidade Federal Fluminense
Zhejiang University of Technology
Le Centre Madeleine
Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po)
Université de Poitiers
Università degli Studi di Ferrara
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
Universidad Internacional SEK
Universidad Católica del Uruguay
Universidad de la República
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
Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Universidad de Valparaíso
Group 2. Country / School
University of Melbourne
University of New South Wales
University of Sydney
Universidad Nacional, Butler University, Heredia
Universidad de Habana, Butler University, Havana
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
University of Canterbury
University of Otago, Dunedin
University of Auckland
Scandinavian Urban Studies Term, Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs
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
University of Capetown, InterStudy
University of Natal, InterStudy
Stockholm University, Swedish Program