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Study Abroad Students

Political Science Programs

In addition to TCU’s semester, summer and short-term programs, political science students explore the world through global courses.  


Austria and Germany
POSC 35003: Energy Transition and Sustainability in Central Europe

In this study abroad program, we focus on a case study of Central European nations in order to grasp the geo-economics and geo-politics of energy transition and their collective strive toward a sustainable future. We also investigate the implications of lessons learned from the Central European experience for the US Energy Transition, the challenges it faces, and the possible pathways to overcome them. In addition, the students benefit from first-hand observations as well as hearing the views of the German and Austrian scholars on these matters. There are scheduled visits of governmental and non-governmental institutions accompanied by lectures on their current policy agenda on energy transition and sustainability as our case studies warrant. Most notably, we will visit the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters that is a part of the United Nations in Vienna.  The Multidisciplinary enrichment part of the course includes visits to Museums, attending a performance at Vienna’s State Opera House, and taking a cruise on the Danube River. 

For more information contact Dr. Manochehr Dorraj at:


Beijing & Shanghai, China

POSC 35633 Contemporary Issues in China

This program is an introduction to Chinese history, politics, economics and civilization and gives students an opportunity to spend two weeks in China.  Students explore Beijing and Shanghai, visiting the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Lama Temple, Jade Buddha Temple, Disneyland Shanghai, the Great Wall and more to see how China blends tradition with modernization.

Students also meet with locals to discuss urban planning, economic development, political transitions, and traditional Chinese medicine. In addition, we visit important historical sites as well as contemporary sites of political significance like the National People’s Congress, propaganda museums, and Tiananmen Square.

Through these experiences, students gain a better understanding of China and see how one of the world’s most rapidly developing countries is adjusting to the demands of globalization.

For more information contact Dr. Carrie Liu Currier


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