Imagine studying about peace and conflict in Israel, learning about the international economy in Switzerland or taking part in a group study program to learn Italian in Venice. Picture yourself working as a coop student in Hong Kong or volunteering on a water project in Africa. Getting international experience is a critical component of your International Relations program.
Why include an international experience as part of your International Relations Degree?
Going international lets you:
- Explore your International Relations degree from a different perspective and gain access to courses you would not have access to at UBC
- Get an edge in the workforce as more and more industries value cross-cultural competencies and international experience
- Experience another country as a student and not just a tourist
- Become globally aware, grow and develop as a person, and gain cross-cultural understanding.
If you are planning on participating in an international experience, please be sure to prepare yourself for your time abroad by:
- Researching your host culture (customs, norms, living conditions).
- Learning about the stages of culture shock and what to expect in each stage.
- Health and safety requirements for travelling abroad (insurance, vaccinations, etc).
- Visa/passport requirements for entering your host country.
UBC Safety Abroad and the Canadian Government Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development Canada are great resources for travel preparation.