SPIA students are eligible to participate in any study abroad or exchange program sponsored by UGA, other USG institutions, or approved by UGA’s Office of International Education. Many programs offer political science and/or international affairs courses.
SPIA at Oxford program
SPIA at Oxford is an intensive spring term program in political science and international affairs that concentrates on Anglo-American politics. Students become associate members of Keble College and study with Oxford tutors in small tutorials, the system of individualized instruction that is traditional at Oxford, while taking 12 hours of political science and/or international affairs courses. A SPIA professor will also offer seminars. Participants will live in the UGA at Oxford Centre, a three-story Victorian mansion.
PROGRAM DETAILS: UGA at Oxford
UGA á Paris
UGA á Paris is a joint study abroad program shared with the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Department of Geography and the School of Public and International Affairs' Department of International Affair. The program focuses on the economy, politics, culture, and history of France and Western Europe. Students arrive in Paris mid-May 15 and depart in late June. The program is run on the “block” system, meaning students will take one course in each of the two blocks for a total of 6 credit hours.
Spending six weeks in Paris, students will have the opportunity to earn credit towards their degrees while immersing themselves in Parisian and French culture. The program includes overnight trips exploring chateaux in the Loire Valley, traveling across the D-Day beaches in Normandy, visiting the fortified monastery of Mont St-Micheal and viewing the world-famous 11th century Bayeux Tapestry commissioned by William the Conqueror.
PROGRAM DETAILS: UGA á Paris
This program provides students with an opportunity to learn first-hand about a society that is culturally, economically, and politically very different from our own, but one that is rapidly challenging the U.S. for world leadership. Much of the study abroad experience in this program occurs outside the classroom. Students meet directly with government and Communist Party officials as well as faculty at local colleges and participate in social activities with Chinese students. Participants are exposed to the full range of Chinese history: the founding of the country in 221 B.C., the reign of the imperial dynasties lasting until 1911, the Communist revolution leading to the creation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, and the vibrant commercial China of contemporary Shanghai.
PROGRAM DETAILS: Maymester China
International Conflict Resolution Study in Quito, Ecuador
The UGA Center for the Study of Global Issues (Globis) works with the Center for Mediation, Peace, and Resolution of Conflict (CEMPROC) to coordinate the International Conflict Resolution Study Abroad Program in Ecuador. This exciting program is nestled in the beautiful Andes Mountains of Quito, Ecuador. Students will study local, national, and international conflict from theoretical and practical perspectives, learning the root causes of conflict and tools for engaging in effective peacemaking. In addition to regular course seminars, in Quito, students will enjoy site visits and guest lectures from prominent scholars and community leaders, trips to the Amazon cloud forest in Otavalo (internationally famous for its vibrant and colorful indigenous market), and the opportunity to gain practical experience working on a project for CEMPROC in Ecuador.
PROGRAM DETAILS: International Conflict Resolution Study in Quito, Ecuador
Study Abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa
The Stellenbosch program in South Africa is directed by UGA's Center for the Study of Global Issues (Globis) and is hosted by Stellenbosch University. The program offers two classes taught by UGA department heads, allowing students to earn six hours of UGA credit. Students will have the opportunity to interact with South African university students by living on campus. As part of the program, students will get the chance to fully engage with the South African community by participating in a four-week service-learning project in the nearby communities of Kayamandi and Lynedoch. Students will volunteer with an after school program and in an elementary school, allowing for a first-hand glimpse into the realities facing the average child in South Africa.
PROGRAM DETAILS: Study Abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa
Study Abroad Program in Asia
The Globis Asia Study Abroad Program offers students a tremendous opportunity to experience the unique culture, politics, and historical sites of Japan, China, and the Korean Peninsula. Through both classroom learning and extensive field study, students will develop a "global literacy" that cannot be matched by most traditional study abroad programs. During the six-week program, students will visit some of the most important cities, monuments and cultural sites in the world: The Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto, the atomic bomb peace memorial in Hiroshima, breathtaking Buddhist temples and Zen gardens, the bustling mega-city of Seoul, and the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). These wonderful cultural opportunities couple with intensive interaction with Globis faculty in order to give participants an unforgettable experience. Throughout the program, coursework, discussions, and field studies will emphasize the principle of empathy as the best path toward true conflict resolution and the achievement of global peace and social enrichment. In this way, the Asian Study Abroad Program epitomizes the Globis mission by allowing students to apply classroom experiences to their day-to-day experiences during the trip.
PROGRAM DETAILS: Globis Asia Study Abroad Program
GLOBIS Verona Program
The objective of the GLOBIS Verona program is to introduce students to the study of global issues by exposing them to diverse topics in an international setting in which their perspectives may be broadened. To accomplish this goal, courses are offered in a number of disciplines. Subjects of study include globalization, the international economy, legislative systems, conflict, and socio-cultural, economic, and political development. Verona is a city and provincial capital in Veneto, Northern Italy. The ancient town and the center of the modern city are in a loop of the Adige River near Lake Garda.
PROGRAM DETAILS: GLOBIS Verona Program
SPIA Study Abroad Scholarships
Our School believes international education is vital to the educational mission of SPIA and encourages students to pursue foreign study. As part of that mission, SPIA sponsors need-based scholarships to broaden opportunities abroad for students majoring in political science or international affairs who may not otherwise do so due to financial considerations. SPIA Study Abroad Scholarships are available each year for use towards any SPIA-led programs. These include:
- SPIA at Oxford
- GLOBIS Verona Program (spring and summer)
- Political Science China Maymester Program
- GLOBIS Stellenbosch Program
- GLOBIS Asia Program
Applications are generally due mid-November each year. The current application and additional information may be found here.