As a student of world politics, study abroad will be one of the most important experiences of your academic career. The international relations major  is designed to provide you with knowledge from a wide range of disciplines regarding the historical, political, economic, and cultural relationships between nations, and study abroad will provide you with the unique opportunity to experience those relationships firsthand. In addition to studying foreign cultures in the classroom, you will interact with people of other cultures and develop international relationships of your own. This will broaden your worldview and give you a more personal stake in the well-being of international relations.
While there is no single career trend for international relations majors, students find jobs working for non-governmental organizations, intelligence organizations, multinational corporations, news organizations, think tanks, and more. Students who study abroad will have a competitive edge when applying for these positions, especially when seeking work in a country they have lived in. Many international relations students pursue graduate degrees on their way to these careers—study abroad experience is a also a valuable distinction when applying for graduate programs.
In addition to taking courses while abroad, international relations majors are encouraged to complete internships and conduct research. For information about how to incorporate international internships and research into your 4-year graduation plan, see the Fulfilling Academic Requirements  section of this site.
Various scholarships are available to UI students wishing to study abroad, including the Presidential Scholarship for Study Abroad . Information about these scholarships is available here . If you’re interested in conducting independent research while abroad, funding may be available to you through the Political Science Department. Contact Martha Greer  for further information.