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International Politics: Conflict & Cooperation in Europe

Dates: 23 June–14 August 2024
Application Deadline: 31 January 2024

What explains conflict and cooperation both within and between states? This program uses Europe as its laboratory to address these questions. We examine cases in international politics by traveling from London to Istanbul. Students will compare diverse political systems as well as international relationships as they have evolved across Europe. We contemplate the origins of the Cold War at the site where Stalin and Truman first met, as well as its collapse at the Berlin Wall. We study civil conflict on location in Northern Ireland and Bosnia. We visit legislative assemblies, international organizations, and the sites of great turning points in history. These visits will help us examine diverse forms of democracy, the rise and fall of fascism and communism, and the origins of the modern international system.

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Chad Nelson
752 SWKT
(801) 422-3505

Quinn Mecham
238 HRCB
(801) 422-5317


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Frequently Asked Questions
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More Information

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Students are required to enroll in 6 credit hours. Students will take one class from each of the following two categories:

Category 1 (3 credit hours each):
POLI 150—Introduction to Comparative Politics (fulfills the BYU general education requirement for Global and Cultural Awareness and Social Science)
POLI 250—Principles of Comparative Politics
POLI 359R—Topics in Comparative Politics

Category 2 (3 credit hours each):
POLI 378—International Conflict
POLI 379R—International Relations of Europe

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes Latter-day Saint undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for graduate and non–Latter-day Saint students), housing, group transportation, admission fees to sites, some meals, and international health insurance.

Does not include prep course tuition, airfare to and from Europe, some meals, or personal expenses.

*Note that all students accepted to the program prior to 1 December 2023 will be eligible to receive an experiential learning grant to offset program costs.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

All students accepted to the program prior to 1 December 2023 will be eligible to receive an experiential learning grant to offset program costs.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Accepted students are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (IAS 201R, 1 credit hour). This class will be held during the second block of the winter 2024 semester, on Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:50 PM.

Part-time BYU students and non-BYU students will need to pay an additional tuition fee.

Accompanying spouses need to be credit-bearing participants on the program. Spouses will also need to apply online and take the preparation course.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Students stay in hotels or hostels. All housing and travel will be arranged by the program.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information page.

Priority Deadline: 1 November 2023
Application Deadline: 31 January 2024
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Chad Nelson’s teaching and research is on war and peace between states. He is from California and has a wife and four kids.

752 SWKT
(801) 422-3505

Quinn Mecham’s teaching and research is on comparative politics, democratic development, and civil conflict. He is the academic director at the Kennedy Center.

238 HRCB
(801) 422-5317
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.