University of Wisconsin, Madison Academic Program in Political Science

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Delivery Method:
In-Person
Duration:
Multi Term, Single Term

About the Program

Founded in 1848 in the state capital, UW-Madison has an unparalleled reputation for academic excellence, with faculty excited to integrate you into university and city life. A renowned research-led institution, Madison is home to pioneering achievements—here, they discovered vitamins and uncovered fossils revealing a new human species. You walk in the footsteps of notable alumni architect Frank Lloyd Wright, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and fashion icon Iris Apfel.

Madison is know for its kindness, friendliness, and community outreach

Top-tier university with opportunities to pursue groundbreaking research

Home to 23 Big Ten varsity teams winning 31 national championships

Lake Mendota, fishing, water-skiing, and sailing are year-round delights

Spring 2023
Program dates:
Mid January - Early May
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
27,665

Program Advisor

Saffy Winter
SAFFY
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
English
Language Prerequisite Level:
Advanced
GPA Requirements:
3.00
Academic Level:
Undergraduate, Graduate
Academic Strengths:
Business, Economics & Finance, Law, Engineering, Health & Pre-Med, Music, Film & Performing Arts
Housing:
On-campus dormitory
Visa Required:
Maybe
Credits:
8-18 credits

Stay Healthy & Safe While You Study Abroad

WHAT STUDENTS SAY

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About the University

University of Wisconsin-Madison

A renowned research-led institution, UW-Madison is home to pioneering achievements such as the discovery of vitamins in the early 20th century and uncovering fossils revealing a new human species. 

Founded in 1848 in the state capital, Madison has an unparalleled reputation for academic excellence, with faculty excited to integrate you into university and city life. As a leading study-abroad destination, it welcomes around 6,500 international students eager to make local friends and engage in American experiences in the Midwest, known for its familial and friendly culture. 

UW-Madison’s notable alumni include the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and fashion icon Iris Apfel.

Learn more at University of Wisconsin-Madison's official website

Academics

University of Wisconsin, Madison's Academic Approach

Renowned particularly for its social sciences, engineering, and business programs, UW-Madison runs more than 9,000 courses, giving you the freedom and flexibility to design a for-credit study experience around your own academic goals.

Courses

Undergraduate:

SAF Scholars enroll in courses online via student portal at a designated date provided prior to arrival and finalize their schedule the first week of classes. 

Students will enroll in at least 9 credits of Political Science coursework, completing their full-time load with additional political science courses or relevant courses in a related discipline.  The following concentrations are offered and the 9 credits should be taken from one concentration: 

International Relations: 

  • PS 316 Introduction to international Law (Fall & Spring) 
  • PS 371 International Political Economy (Fall) 
  • PS 337 International Institutions and World Order (Spring) 
  • PS 362 African International Relations (Fall) 
  • PS 376 Analysis of International Relations (Fall & Spring) 
  • PS 377 Nuclear Weapons and World Politics (Fall & Spring) 

Politics Around the World: 

  • PS 244 Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines (Fall) 
  • PS 253 Russia: An Interdisciplinary Survey (Fall) 
  • PS 260 Latin America – Introduction (Spring) 
  • PS 277 Africa: Introductory Survey (Fall & Spring) 
  • PS 328 Politics of East and Southeast Asia (Fall) 
  • PS 346 China in World Politics (Fall) 
  • PS 505 The Challenge of Democratization (Fall) 
  • PS 601 Indian Politics in Comparative Politics (Spring) 
  • PS 630 Latin American Politics (Fall) 
  • PS 633 Russian Politics (Fall) 
  • PS 642 Political Power in Contemporary China (Spring) 
  • PS 659 Politics and Society in East Europe (Spring) 
  • PS 660 African Politics (Spring) 

Political Violence and Conflict Resolution 

  • PS 317 The Politics of Human Rights (Fall) 
  • PS 318 Comparative Study of Genocide (Fall) 
  • PS 319 Terrorism (Fall) 
  • PS 378 Conflict Resolution (Fall) 
  • PS 631 Arab-Israeli Conflicts (Spring) 

Political Economy and Development 

  • PS 312 Politics of World Economy (Fall) 
  • PS 338 European Union: Politics & Political Econ (Fall) 
  • PS 371 International Political Economy (Fall) 
  • PS 534 Socialism and Transitions Market (Spring) 
  • PS 652 The Politics of Development (Spring) 

Political Philosophy and Constitutionalism 

  • PS 501 Ancient & Medieval Political Thought (Fall) 
  • PS 502 Modern Western Political Thought (Spring) 
  • PS 506 Topics in Political Philosophy (Fall & Spring) 
  • PS 601 Topics in Political Science (Fall & Spring) 

Politics of the United States 

  • PS 231 Politics: Multi-Cultural Society (Spring) 
  • PS 408 American Presidency (Spring) 
  • PS 411 The American Constitution 1 (Spring) 
  • PS 412 The American Constitution 2 (Fall) 
  • PS 414 Supreme Court as Political Institution (Fall) 
  • PS 426 United States Congress (Spring) 
  • PS 466 Campaign Finance (Fall & Spring) 
  • PS 467 Elections & Voting Behavior (Fall & Spring) 
  • PS 464 Mexican-American Politics (Fall) 

*SAF program fee tuition rate is based upon enrollment in 12-18 undergraduate credits, flat rate, per term. 

Course / Departmental Restrictions

Students will enroll in 12 credits (undergraduate)/8 credits (graduate) within the Department of Political Science 

Graduate:

Graduate courses may be available to graduate-level students who meet necessary pre-requisites. Graduate level courses are not available to undergraduate-level students. Graduate level students should expect to take the majority of courses at the undergraduate level. Graduate course availability varies each semester and subject to change.  

*SAF program fee tuition rate is based upon enrollment in 8 graduate credits, flat rate, per term. 

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university - and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

To prove your language proficiency, you can use any of the following:

  • TOEFL iBT: 80 (*Home edition acceptable)
  • TOEFL PBT: 550
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEIC: 685
  • Duolingo: 105
  • ITEP: 3.8

Learn More About Language Requirements

Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Fall 2022

Program dates:
Early September - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
26,995

Fall 2022 + Spring 2023

Program dates:
Early September - Early May
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
50,240

Spring 2023

Program dates:
Mid January - Early May
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
27,665

Housing Information

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On-campus dormitory

Make your home in the historic Adams undergraduate residence hall, an attractive on-campus dorm. You have a private single room with a shared bathroom and nine meals a week included in the SAF program fee. As a graduate, you call the modern off-campus apartment in the Regent home. You have a single bedroom in a shared self-catering community conveniently close to class.

The SAF Program fee does not include break stay or early arrival accommodation.

About Madison

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Why Madison

With a deep focus on being outdoors, exploring nature, and enjoying life, Madison has more bikes than cars and the biggest farmers market in the Midwest. Its parks, gardens, and farmyard fun—think pumpkin patches, corn mazes, apple orchards—beckon you out and put a smile on your face. It's little surprise that Madison is so well known on the global stage as an agriculture and life sciences hub making its mark.

Learn more about Madison

Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests

Orientation

On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Commonly Asked Questions About Studying Abroad

Commonly Asked Questions About Academic & Concurrent Programs

Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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