Study Abroad

Many of our students travel abroad to all parts of the world to continue their studies.  The department encourages majors to study abroad to deepen their knowledge of foreign cultures and politics.  With appropriate planning, students may transfer their courses back to Sewanee and the department to receive credit and to use the courses to satisfy major requirements.  To identify appropriate study-abroad programs and suitable classes, majors should consult with their academic adviser and the department chair.  Sewanee students who are accepted to study-abroad programs are eligible to apply for portability of financial aid from Sewanee through our financial aid office. The deadlines for portability of funding from Sewanee are February 15 (for the fall semester) and Oct. 10 (for the spring semester).

Please, contact the Office of Global Citizenship.


Semester in Ghana


The Ghana semester--which runs annually each fall term and is led by a Sewanee, Rhodes, or Centre faculty member-- offers the opportunity to examine the African diaspora and the global ties between Ghana and the USA. Students can complete an internship through the semester program, as well as take courses from Ghanaian professors and visit various Ghanaian sites. 


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Washington Semester at American University

Sewanee is a member of the Washington Semester Program offered through American University.  The program allows students to complete courses related to legal institutions, American politics and media, and international politics and development.  In addition, students are allowed to complete internships at relevant organizations in the Washington, DC area.  Some of the international tracks entail travel programs for students to Africa or other locales.  Sewanee students who are accepted to the program pay Sewanee tuition, which is lower than the American University tuition charges, along with room and board options.  Accepted students are also eligible to apply for portability of financial aid from Sewanee through our financial aid office. The deadlines for portability of funding from Sewanee vary each year.


 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute

The RBSI is an annual, intensive five-week program held at Duke University. It is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science those undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups or those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting under-represented groups.

Each summer, up to 20 students are admitted to the program, which includes two transferable credit courses -- one in quantitative analysis and one in race and American politics – and a comprehensive introduction to the intellectual demands of graduate school and political science research methods. For a final project for both courses, students prepare original, empirical research papers; top students are given the opportunity to present their research at the American Political Science Association's Annual Meeting, all expenses paid.


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