Study Abroad for IR

Study Abroad for IR

In order to complete the International Experience requirement, many international relations majors choose to enhance their learning through study abroad courses. In addition to studying abroad, BCLA Global Immersion courses offer an opportunity for IR majors to further their international experiences and deepen their understanding of world affairs.* Below are some resources to start your search for a life-changing global experience.

*Note that BCLA Global Immersion courses do not satisfy the study abroad requirement for the IR major or minor.

Studying Abroad Makes an Impact on IR Students

“My study abroad experience was quite unique as it was an immersion based program. This allowed me to capture the importance of diplomatic relations between countries and the plethora of changes it brings into a community, such as: social justice, education, capital, and foreign investments. As someone interested in diplomatic work, this experience allowed me to understand the different challenges a country faces compared to those in the U.S. and the varying approaches their government takes in resolving those issues. My favorite aspect --of studying abroad was being able to engage in the community, assimilate into the culture, and learn about the different policies enacted by the government and their effects on different communities within the city.” - Damian

Program: Casa de la Mateada
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Term: Spring 2018

“I loved developing both my social and personal skills. I was with people 24 hours out of a day, 5 days a week, to study, travel, and relax. I made some of my best friends who now live all over the country. In terms of personal skills, I learned how to speak up when asking for directions, how to comfortably (and safely!) travel on my own, and how to laugh at the inevitable foibles that happen from being in an unfamiliar country. I developed a passion for becoming comfortable in initially uncomfortable positions, which has led me to participate in trips through LMU’s AB Program to Haiti, Guatemala, and Cuba.” - Anna

Program: LMU Summer in Rome
Location: Rome, Italy
Term: Summer 2016

“As an International Relations major, learning about the world and its complexities is best understood when you immerse yourself in a place that you want to learn about. Aside from the knowledge and insight that can be gained from academic literature, the knowledge and experiences gained while living and interacting within the community you're interested in provide an enriching and humbling perspective.” - Johnny

Program: LMU Summer in Croatia
Location: Zagreb Croatia
Term: Summer 2018

“Being able to study and intern as an International Relations major abroad truly helped me put my future and career goals onto a more clear, attainable path. The internship aspect of my program offered me invaluable experience in the international working world and helped me pinpoint my career interests. Upon completing my study abroad experience, I have come to the realization that I want to further my education abroad and hopefully work abroad after, preferably London. My time studying abroad profoundly affected my college experience and further helped me decide what I want to do post-undergrad.” - Valentina

Program: LMU Semester in London: Study & Internship Program
Location: London, United Kingdom
Term: Spring 2018