Many students in our department study abroad at some point during their JMU careers. If you decide to conduct a study-abroad program (whether through JMU or via some other university), please check with your major advisor to clarify if and how the courses offered might count toward your JMU degree.

Over half of our department's faculty have led study-abroad programs abroad. If you'd like advice on studying abroad, reach out to a faculty member.

Remember that the application deadline for all JMU undergraduate study-abroad programs is November 1, 2018 with regard to summer 2019, fall 2019, and spring 2020 opportunities.

While this webpage focuses on undergraduate study-abroad opportunities in public affairs, our department's faculty also direct a master's program in Italy focused on European Union Policy Studies and a graduate certificate program on the management of international NGOs that includes a component in Vietnam.

JMU Semester Programs

The JMU semester-length programs in England, Italy, Scotland, & Spain each offer at least one political science course:

Semester in Florence

Semester in London

Semester in Salamanca

Summer Semester in Scotland

JMU's Semester in Florence program is directed by Dr. John Scherpereel; contact him with questions at

JMU Summer Programs

Each summer, JMU offers tens of study-abroad programs that provide from between 3 credits to 9 credits.

JMU's annual Study Abroad Fair will be held on Thursday 9/27/18 from 11am to 3pm at the JMU Festival Center Ballroom.

During summer 2019, five professors in our department are leading summer programs abroad:

  • Dr. Chris Blake is co-directing the JMU in Argentina program.
    • This program provides 9 credits & is offered from June 16 to August 4.
    • There will be an information session for this program on Wednesday 10/3/18 from 4-5pm in Miller Hall 2216.
  • Dr. John Hulsey is directing a program on Identity & Conflict in Austria, Croatia, & Bosnia
    • This program provides 6 credits & is offered from May 10 to June 6.
  • Dr. Manal Jamal is directing a program on Palestine & Israel: Surmounting Adversity
    • This program provides 3 credits & is offered from June 8 to June 28.
  • Dr. Jon Keller is directing a program on China in the 21st Century
    • This program provides 3 credits & is offered from June 24 to July 12.
  • Dr. Howard Lubert is co-directing the Age of Enlightenment in London program.
    • This program provides 9 credits & is offered from May 22 to June 13.

To see the full list of JMU semester-length and short-term programs, click here

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