Government majors with an interest in studying abroad are encouraged to consult the Global Education Office (GEO) of the Reves Center for International Studies. The staff at the Reves Center guide students throughout the process -- from program selection through transfer credits.
Is credit possible for internship courses abroad or at at another U.S. university?
Students seeking credit for a government/political science internship-based course to be taken abroad or elsewhere in the US (including at programs in Washington DC) should submit materials describing the academic/research work involved in advance. Pre-approval will be granted for GOVT ELEC (which counts toward the 120 credits for graduation, but not to the Government major).
Upon returning to W&M, students may seek to have that credit converted to Government 498, Internship (which counts toward the 120 graduation credits and the major): doing so requires submitting all academic work completed/submitted as part of the internship course, along with a copy of W&M's Permission to Take Courses Elsewhere Form (PDF) (available at the Registrar's office), to the Department, which will evaluate it based on the criteria for Govt. 498 credit above.
No more than 6 total credits in Government 498, Internship and Government 494, Independent Study (including those transferred in) combined may be counted toward a major in Government; credit beyond 6 may count to the 120 needed for graduation.
Is credit possible for independent studies abroad or at at another U.S. university?
For information about credits for study abroad programs, contact the Global Education Office at the Reves Center.