We encourage our majors to engage in a study abroad experience, and close to 60 percent of our majors routinely do so. You can get credit for semester, summer, and year-long programs as well as internship programs abroad. Wake Forest University offers more than 400 study abroad opportunities. The Center for Global Programs and Studies is there to help you find the right program.
As a politics and international affairs major or minor, please keep in mind the following rules when applying to study abroad: credit earned as part of WFU programs will count toward your GPA; grades of C or better earned as part of affiliate programs will count as transfer credit but will not count toward your GPA. For further information, please see the Study Abroad website.
Course Approval for Study Abroad
The following WFU study abroad programs offer POL course and will count towards in-residence (“at Wake Forest”) POL credit:
WFU/Venice: Casa Artom
WFU/Vienna: Flow House
WFU/London: Worrell House
WFU/Chile: Across South America
WFU/Washington DC: Internships
The following WFU study abroad programs offer POL course which will NOT count towards in-residence (“at Wake Forest”) POL credit:
WFU/Barcelona: Business & Global Studies
- On affiliate programs (aka non-WFU programs) students must have courses approved by the department chair prior to enrolling in the course. Examples of affiliate programs are those offered by IES, DIS, Arcadia, etc. You should contact the Center for Global Programs and Studies to discuss Wake and Affiliate programs in more detail.
- Students must provide a copy of the syllabus for the course that include all course requirements.
- Course approvals can be submitted using the Global Credit Transfer System in WIN. WIN > Virtual Campus > Global Credit Transfer System.
- The department expects courses to have writing requirements comparable to the ones required in departmental courses.
- Internships without a research paper component will not be approved.
- Majors may count no more than 10 credit hours from courses considered NOT “in-residence” (including AP credit) toward their total of 31 hours.
- Minors may count no more that 3 credit hours from courses considered NOT “in-residence” (including AP credit) toward their total of 18 hours.
- Courses on WFU programs do not need prior approval but students are expected to discuss the courses they plan to take abroad with their major advisor who can then refer them to the associate chair if needed.
How to Apply
Detailed information about application procedures can be found on the Study Abroad website.