Political Science Opportunities

Out of the 120+ institutions U of T is partnered with, the Department of Political Science has identified these seven (7) partners as the most meaningful and valuable to students in Political Science programs.  Partners were selected due to their world rankings, research collaborations, unique program offerings, and distinct geographical areas.  

Australian National University

Australian National University (ANU) is the top ranked university in Australia. 94% of the research conducted at the university is rated above world standards.  The Australian National University has the highest staff to student ratio allowing all students to interact and gain support from. 

Did You Know?

  • ANU is the only university set up by the Federal Government of Australia. The university was created to be a research institution for subjects of national importance
  • ANU is located in Canberra, Australia’s capital. Canberra is home to the National Gallery of Australia - the largest art museum in the country
  • Need a place to live? There’s a cool urban energy emerging in Braddon and New Acton right by campus

Australian National University

Examples of Courses You Can Take: 

Issues in International Political Economy (POLS2094)
Foreign Policy Analysis: Understanding Global and Australian Foreign Policy Decision-Making (POLS3001)
Development and Change (POLS2011)
Global Social Movements (POLS2064)
Globalism and the Politics of Identity (POLS2075)
Gendered Politics of War (POLS2085)
Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries (POLS2101)
Security Communities: From War to Peace (POLS2131)
Current Issues in International Security (POLS2132)
Human Rights (POLS2113)

Plus many more courses here.

Sciences Po

Sciences Po has seven multicultural campuses located in the heart of European cultural cities with exceptional historical and architectural heritage. These campuses create a community of students where nearly half of Sciences Po’s students are international, representing 150 countries. 

Did You Know?

  • Pierre Elliot Trudeau is an alumni
  • Sciences Po’s has seven campuses which are located in cities with a rich historical and architectural heritage – Dijon, Le Havre, Menton, Nancy, Paris, Poitiers and Reims
  • Every year, between 60 and 155 artistic workshops are offered on each of our campuses in areas such as writing, music, drama, dance, cinema and documentaries, photography, visual arts and new media. These workshops aim to stimulate students' creativity and help them use art to reflect on issues in society

Examples of Courses You Can Take: 

Law and Public Policy (KAFP3165)
Law, Economics, State (OAFP3800)
Legal analysis of major international crises (OAFP3805)
Introduction to Public International Law (OAFP3790)
Comparative Constitutional Law (OAFP3795)
Introduction to Business Intelligence (OAFP3425)
Economic Intelligence Face of Globalization (OAFP2740)
Challenges of Today's World (OAFP2595)
Political Economics (KEPP2005)
Parliament and Public Action (OAFP3850)

Find more courses offered to exchange students at the Sciences Po's exchange program page

University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen is the largest institution of research and education in Denmark. Eight researchers from the university have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics and Medicine.  An Annual Commemoration is held in November where the Queen of Denmark regularly attends which is followed by a night at the Royal Danish Theatre or the Opera. 

Did You Know?

  • Copenhagen was voted the “happiest and safest city in the world” in 2013 by the UN
  • Home of the Kronborg Castle, made famous by Shakespeare’s play Hamlet
  • Home to famous author Hans Christian Anderson, with a Little Mermaid statue to mark this landmark  
  • “Freetown”, located just outside the city centre is tax and car free

Copenhagen

Examples of Courses You Can Take: 

The 'politics' of Political Islam (ASTK12265U)
Contemporary International Conflicts and Diplomacy (ASTK15371U)
Comparative Public Politics (ASTK12291U)
Multiculturalism - what is it really about? (ASTK12297U)
American National Security Policy: New Challenges and Opportunities (ASTK12254U)
Democracy, the State, and International Development (ASTK12264U)
Ethnic Conflict (ASTK12259U)
Ideas in Political Analysis and International Relations (ASTK12299U)
The Future(s) of World Order (ASTK12255U)
The Politics of Post-Development (ASTK12266U)

Find out more about courses available here

University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is located in Scotland’s vibrant and historic capital city steps away from a world famous arts festival, Scotland’s mountains, and beaches. Placed in the top three of the prestigious Russell Group, a collective of the UK’s leading, research intensive universities and ranked in the top five for sports in the UK, The University of Edinburgh offers diversity in co-curricular experiences. 

Did You Know?

  • The University of Edinburgh’s newspaper, The Student, is UK’s oldest student newspaper, which was started by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1887, the author of Treasure Island
  • Edinburgh, the inspiring capital of Scotland, is a historic, cosmopolitan and cultured city that offers a unique living and learning experience. It has been voted favourite UK City for 13 consecutive years
  • Famous former students include Chris Hoy, Katherine Grainger, Gordon Brown, J.K. Rowling, Ian Rankin, Kirsty Wark, David Hume, Joseph Black, Charles Darwin, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Edinburgh

Examples of Courses You Can Take: 

Fundamentals 2: Politics & International Relations (PLIT08010)
South Asia: Culture, Politics and the Economy (SCIL10070)
International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond (PLIT08006)
Comparative Politics in a Globalized World (PLIT08008)
Introduction to Political Data Analysis (PLIT08009)
Comparative Politics (PLIT10061)
Global Politics Of Sex And Gender (PLIT10075)
Nations and Nationalism (SCIL10065)
Children's Rights (SCPL10010)
Global Justice and Citizenship  (PLIT10054)

For an exntesive list of corses available at Edinburgh please proceed to this page

University of Konstanz

The University of Konstanz is uniquely located at the international triangle of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria allowing for cross-border learning and experiences. The university's first-rate infrastructure includes an excellent 24-hour library, state-of-the-art computer facilities, a language institute offering a wide variety of foreign language courses and one of Germany's most renowned sports facilities. 

Did You Know?

  • The library is open 24/7 and has more than 2 million books
  • The campus is located on the Gießberg, about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the center of the city and comes with its own beach facing the Lake Constance
  • The University of Konstanz is located at the international triangle of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The city of Constance, with its unique location on the banks of Lake Constance and the River Rhine as well as its proximity to the European Alps makes cross border travel easy

Konstanz

Copyright: University of Konstanz Photographer: Dr. Michael Kieninger

Examples of Courses You Can Take: 

*Coming soon*

Visit the course catalogue for courses offered during the winter and summer semesters

University of Oslo

The University of Oslo was established in 1811 and is now recognized as Northern Europe’s most prestigious university. It is the oldest and largest universities in Norway.  From 1947 to 1989 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to recipients at the university’s atrium and since 2003 the Abel price is presented from the atrium.

Did You Know?     

  • The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded every year in Oslo at Oslo City Hall
  • Famous Norwegian dish: brown cheese (Brunost) on waffles
  • The city of Oslo lies at the end of the 100 km Oslo Fjord which is surrounded by sea, forests, and hills

University of Oslo

Examples of Courses You Can Take: 

European Politics - Political Institutions and Parties (STV4316B)
International military operations (STV2240)
International Security Policy (STV2230)
Politics and Development (STV2310)
Comparative Political Economy (STV2320)
Political Institutions and Politics in Democracies (STV2360)
EU decision-making processes and policy areas (STV2500)
Political game theory (STV4110B)
Political Utopias (STV4119B)
International Negotiations (STV4208B)

Visit this page for courses that are taught in English

University of St. Andrews

Established in 1413, the University of St. Andrews is Scotland’s first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world. Located on the east coast of Scotland, surrounded by golf courses and beaches, the university is a mixture of historical buildings with modern facilities. Over the last 600 years, the university has a reputation as one of the world’s leading research and teaching centres. 

Did You Know?

  • A superstition exists at this university, that if a student steps on the initials on Patrick Hamilton, marked in the cobbles outside of St. Salvator’s Quad, they will face risking bad luck and possible exam failure. Tradition holds that the only way to break the curse is to run backwards three times around the quad at the change of class, naked. Alternatively, the student may participate in the May Dip, which is when students gather on the beach and run into the North Sea at sunrise
  • The University manages 'the best small theatre in Scotland', providing an educational resource, general arts venue and music centre

St. Andrews

Examples of Courses You Can Take: 

Theoretical Approaches to International Relations (IR2005)
Political Islam and International Relations (IR4520)
International History and International Relations (IR3049)
International Regimes and Organisations (IR3006)
Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Intervention (IR3048)
Globalisation and the War on Terrorism (IR3031)
The Logic of Irregular Warfare (IR3029)
Mapping the Boundaries of Emerging and Evolving Securities (IR3054)
International Relations and the Internet (IR3055)
The Changing Character of War (IR4540)

For the course catalogue please visit this page