About

Political science students at the University of Kentucky, will study theories of government and the development of political systems along with the role of groups and individuals within the political process. 

With this understanding students will begin to explain why governments and people behave the way they do and see how changes to a governmental system will alter behavior in the future. The Department of Political Science at UK offers a wide range of courses spanning the sub-fields of American Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. 

Specific subjects include: political processes, judicial behavior, political theory, international conflict, political behavior, comparative institutions, public administration, women in politics, constitutional law, and state and local government.

Careers

Grow Your Future:

Graduates leave the program having cultivated their analytical abilities and having exercised their written and spoken communication skills. Such disciplinary training leads to a wide variety of careers, many of which have no direct political or governmental connection, but is particularly helpful in preparing students for careers such as law, policy analysis, governmental administration, diplomatic service, journalism, lobbying, and other sorts of other political activity.

Career opportunities in Political Science:

  • Law
  • Policy analysis
  • Public administrators
  • Policy analysts
  • Diplomats and diplomatic staffers
  • Teacher/professors
  • Legislative or executive branch aides
  • Law school teachers
  • International affairs specialists
  • Journalists
  • Lobbyists
  • Lawyers and judges
  • Campaign managers and political consultants
  • Law enforcement professionals
  • NGO and non-profit staffers
  • Urban and regional planners

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Government 
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • World Politics
  • Introduction to Political Theory or PS 
  • Introduction To Comparative Politics
  • Introduction To International Relations
  • Writing In The Social Sciences

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    71

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    527

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

1. UK International Application for Undergraduate Admission or Common Application

2. $60 non-refundable application processing fee

3. Official Transcripts: All secondary school and college/university level transcripts must be submitted for review. The transcripts must be official and in your native language. You will also need to provide another official transcript that has been translated into English by your secondary school or college/university. College/university transcripts from institutions outside of the United States will be evaluated for transfer credit by our office. To ensure that you receive the most transfer credit possible, you may choose to have your transcripts evaluated by a professional credential evaluation agency. The University of Kentucky recommends World Education Services (WES.) Please visit WES website for details and instructions and list the University of Kentucky as the receiving institution.

4. Course Descriptions or Syllabi for transfer applicants: Transfer applicants are required to provide course descriptions or syllabi in both native language and in English translation for all the courses on your transcript. They must be on official letterhead from all of the institutions that you have attended. If admitted, this will allow our Transfer Equivalency Office to begin the course evaluation process before you arrive on campus. (PHOTOCOPIES, SCANNED IMAGES, OR FAXES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED).

5. Bank Statement on bank letterhead is required.  We will accept scanned or faxed copies of the official bank statement or an original bank statement.  Please show an available balance in U.S. dollars of $42,500 if applying for the 2018 Spring and Fall Semesters.  Fees are subject to change.

6. Complete the Sponsor Guarantee Form

7. English Proficiency: The University of Kentucky accepts official TOEFL and IELTS results from the testing headquarters.  The minimum TOEFL score of 71 (iBT), 197 (cbt) or 527 (paper-based) or a minimum score of 6.0 on the IELTS is required for  admission to the University of Kentucky. To order official scores, please contact: TOEFL UK's Office of Undergraduate Admission TOEFL code is 1234.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29050 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29050 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Lexington-Fayette

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

The University of Kentucky offers several scholarships to students with an outstanding record of academic excellence:

  • International Ambassador Scholarships: From $3,000 to 50% of tuition; competitive; renewable.
  • Bluegrass Spirit Scholarship (Academic Scholarship): Starting at $8,000 per year, for up to four years of undergraduate study.
  • Diversity Scholarship: Average of $5,000 per year; competitive; renewable.
  • Departmental Scholarships: Deadlines, amounts and requirements vary by department.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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