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Study Abroad Q&As

Who can study abroad?
Any student at Memorial University working towards an Honours, Major or Minor in Political Science and who has an interest in European politics is eligible to apply. You should also have a grade point average of at least 3.5 and have received at least a B+ (above 75) average in Political Science courses.

When should I go?
Ideally students should study abroad in the Fall semester (or if necessary in the Winter semester) of their 3rd year. They should have completed a number of courses in Political Science, such as 1000, 2990, 3300 or 3305, 4250.

How do I apply and when?
You can pick up an application form from the office of the exchange coordinator, Dr. Osvaldo Croci (SN 2034). You should apply by May 1st if you intend to go in the Fall semester and by September 1st if you intend to go in the Winter semester. Should these dates fall on a weekend or holiday then you should apply by the next business day.

What do I need?
In general you will need a student visa (unless you have a passport of one of the 27 EU countries), proof of financial means necessary to spend four months in the country, and a health certificate. Once you have been selected, you will be put in contact with the exchange coordinator at the host university.

How much does it cost?
You pay tuition at Memorial University as if you were normally enrolled. However it is the student's responsibility to pay for transportation and the cost of living. If you successfully pass the courses, you will receive credit back for these towards your Memorial degree. If you decide to take one or two courses other than Political Science you should contact the Head of the Department of the discipline in which you will take the course(s) and ensure that you will receive credit at Memorial. Your choice of Political Science courses should be communicated to the exchange coordinator, Dr. Croci, before you leave.

How do the exchange universities work?
Courses are offered in English both at Limerick and Uppsala and their academic semesters pretty much coincide with the one at Memorial. While the Limerick semester is highly similar to Memorial’s, at Uppsala you will take courses in sequence, one at a time. Each lasts from a minimum of 4 weeks to a maximum of 6 weeks.

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