Before you enroll in courses abroad, you'll need to fill out a Study Abroad Credit Approval Form (available in the Study Abroad office) and return it to your Study Abroad Advisor  prior to your departure.
As a international relations major, you are required to take a series of core courses before you choose an emphasis area and begin to take more specialized courses. With the exception of POLI 3000 “Understanding Political Research," core courses can usually be fulfilled abroad.
You are also required to take a senior seminar during which you will complete a final paper. While this course needs to be taken at the UI during your senior year, you are encouraged to conduct research abroad to inform your final paper (most likely during the summer before your senior year).
The International Relations Department offers both a bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degree with slightly different major requirements .
If you are a bachelor of science candidate, keep in mind that you are required to take a sequence of mathematics or statistics courses. These courses are best taken in the U.S., since direct equivalents will be difficult to find abroad.
Martha Greer  is the professional staff advisor for international relations majors. Be sure to contact her and your Political Science faculty advisor for information about how to coordinate your major requirements with your study abroad experience. Note that all first-year students, including those who have declared a major, are advised at the Academic Advising Center, located in the Pomerantz Center. If this is your first year at the UI, contact Academic Advising  for advice about fulfilling academic requirements abroad.
General education requirements  can be fulfilled abroad, just consult with an academic advisor and/or an advisor in the Office for Study Abroad to discuss which courses will transfer upon your return.
International relations majors are encouraged to serve as interns, particularly in government-related internships. Information about internships offered through the Political Science Department is available here .
The course you enroll in for internships abroad is usually POLI4900 “Government Internships." While credit earned for this course will count toward the 120 semester hours required by the UI for graduation, keep in mind that it will not count toward the minimum requirements for the international relations major. Students may not take this course more than twice for a total of 6 semester hours.