For those students interested in studying the Social Sciences overseas, the majority of CIS Abroad’s best programs in the disciplines that make up this field happen to be located at some of our top partner universities in a variety of regions around the world. Studying abroad Political Science in Eastern Europe, Psychology in Southeast Asia, Criminal Justice in Australia, or Social Work in the UK are all possibilities via the programs we recommend below.
Top semester programs for the Social Sciences
For students hoping to study abroad for a full semester while completing courses in the Social Sciences, we highly recommend the following programs:
Located in the heart of beautiful Prague, Charles University is one of the oldest universities in the world (founded in 1348) and the top-ranked university in the Czech Republic. Nearly 50,000 students are enrolled in more than 300 accredited degree programs. Renowned for its commitment to research, perhaps the university’s best-known academic strength lies in its social science coursework. Our students can choose from classes related to International Affairs, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, History, and Cultural Studies. For students from across the discipline, this program represents an outstanding (and affordable) way to take a full semester’s worth of courses towards their degree.
The University of Melbourne is ranked as the #1 institution in Australia, and the Times Higher Education rankings have set it at #33 in the world. For students looking for a high-caliber academic experience abroad, this uni will meet, if not exceed, such expectations. The campus itself has a vibrant community of more than 45,000 students from all over the globe, with plenty of social and extra-curricular activities to get involved in. University of Melbourne is an especially attractive prospect for students in the Social Sciences because of the wide range of courses offered in this discipline. It boasts a wide array of courses in Anthropology & Museum Studies, Archaeology, Criminal Justice, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
Located in Rome’s historic Trastevere district of the city, the American University of Rome offers a welcoming balance between true, authentic Italian cultural immersion and the familiarity of a US university program structure, with guided excursions, community activities both part of campus and outside of it, as well as getaways to other parts of Italy and its European neighbors. Students hoping to study within their core Social Science focus would especially enjoy a semester in Rome attending courses geared more specifically toward Archaeology, International Relations, or Political Science.
The University of Roehampton is a great opportunity for students seeking exposure to both a tight-knit campus experience while abroad, and a vibrant city such as London. Roehampton has a beautiful, green and eco-friendly campus set in one of London’s lovely suburbs to the southwest, with easy access to the center via the city’s excellent public transit system. Ranked as London’s best modern university, Roehampton has a very strong academic reputation, especially recognized for its Biological Anthropology program. Other notable courses in the Social Sciences at Roehampton include Anthro & Museum Studies, Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Sociology.
The top ranked university in all of Africa, University of Cape Town is sure to provide exceptional academics while affording students a once-in-a-lifetime abroad experience. Aside from campus-based activities and groups, students also have a wide range of opportunities to volunteer and work on service projects and social work programs within the larger community. For students looking to fulfill course requirements within the Social Sciences, the University of Cape Town offers a variety of classes in Archaeology, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
Mahidol University is the top-ranked institution in Thailand and is well regarded across Asia. It is also quite strong in the social sciences, Psychology and Sociology in particular. In addition, Mahidol offers a range of international relations and political science courses, with some of it focused specifically on Southeast Asia, making for interesting coursework that American students may not have been exposed to in the past.
Top summer programs for the Social Sciences
Depending on the specific subject, students with a social science major tend to have plenty of choices for summer programs. For those looking to take advantage of the summer months to fulfill credits towards their degree via a study abroad experience, we recommend the following programs:
- Summer in Seoul – Politics & International Relations
- Summer in Prague – Charles University
- Summer in Rome
- Summer in South Africa
Top intern programs for the social sciences
These programs are what we recommend as some of the top internship possibilities for students hoping to get involved in work falling under Social Science categories, such as Social Work, Psychology, or Government and Politics. To browse more sample internship placements by field, click here.
To look more in depth at any of the courses or particular programs mentioned, you can visit the specific pages for each program of interest. Once on a preferred page, you can scroll down to Academics, look under “Choose your courses”, and find information on course offerings and availability. For intern programs, sample placements can be found on each program page.