​CMU has an effective and educational Study Abroad program. This program provides a valuable cross-cultural dimension to any student's academic experience. Study Abroad offers new and different courses in 40 countries and 6 continents. The program is affordable and employers are looking for employees with international experience. During this experience students will make life-long friends while networking. This program is available to undergraduate and graduate students.  

Study Abroad Grant

Background: An international experience is an invaluable part of a student's education and will provide an international perspective which cannot be fully recreated within the classroom. To promote international study, the Department of Political Science and Public Administration has created a small fund to assist students with costs related to study abroad.


  • Full-time matriculated CMU undergraduate or graduate student at the time of application
  • Approved through the Office of International Education
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8 for undergraduate students or 3.3 for graduate student
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • At the time of study abroad, undergraduate students must reach sophomore standing or above with a signed major or minor in Political Science. Graduate students must complete a minimum of one semester of study within a Political Science program

Deadline: Ongoing. Requests will be reviewed and applicants notified via e-mail in 2 to 3 weeks.

Award Amount: Please note that the maximum award amount is $500 and dependent upon the amount of funding available.

PSC Study Abroad Application.pdf


Department of Political Science and Public Administration Students and Locations:

Spring 2016

Kenneth Herrema - German Federation Exchange, Germany

Anna Owens - University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Hannah Breuker - Kingston University, United Kingdom

Annika Cushnyr - New Zealand: Experiential Learning, Leadership and Personal Growth

Bailey Kellerman - South Africa beyond Apartheid: Literature, Identity, Culture & History

Cullan McNamara - Greece: Foundations of Western Civilization

Krista Cherry - Greece: Foundations of Western Civilization

Lauren Hooper - ISA Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra - Santiago, Dominican Republic

Marisa Vinsky - South Africa beyond Apartheid: Literature, Identity, Culture & History

Trenton Morell - Mexico: Los Ninos de Oaxaca

Fall 2015

Randi Coomer - Kingston University, United Kingdom

Kenneth Herrema - German Federation Exchange, Germany

Codee Sutton - Dominican Republic: Student Teaching

Summer 2015

Marisa Vinsky - France and Italy: The Culture of Renaissance Italy and France

Brandon Wright - USAC, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Jullian Ferguson - American University of Rome

Rachel Spradlin - Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Zachary Niemiec - ISA Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso - Chile

Sarah Baar - Ireland: Pre-Student teaching Program

Emily Seward - France and Italy: The Culture of Renaissance Italy and France

Dedra McCorry - Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany

Spring 2015

Tyler Winowiecki - University of Groningen, Netherlands

Cameron Heldt - Universidad Vertias, Costa Rica

Rachael Schuit - Universidad de Alicante, Spain

Chelsea Kozar - German Federation Exchange, Germany

Sandhu Karandeep - Lingnan University - China

Caitlin McBride - United Kingdom (Durham, Edinburgh, London, Oxford)

Fall 2014

Jakki Peplinski, API - Jagiellonian University

Taylor Ackerman, USAC - The Hague University

Summer 2014 

Courtney Overbey, Palazzi: Florence Association for International Education (PFAIE Florence), Italy

Taylor Ackerman, The Netherlands: Peace, Justice and Human Rights: The International Criminal Court and The Hague Tradition

Shane Wery & Mallory Walton, American University of Rome, Italy

Natalie Saucedo, CIEE Jordan

Spring 2014

Amanda Jaczkowski, CIEE Jordan

Zachary Brown, University of Alicante


Numerous PSC/PA graduate students have traveled to:

Italy: International Relations of Development: A Simulation of the ECOSOC - Rome

Italy: Contradictions in Public Management

South Korea: Public Administration Case Study: Policy Management in Seoul