International Relations Coursework Stanford


As an International Relations (IR) major, you are required to complete one quarter (10+ weeks) of study abroad through the Bing Overseas Studies Program. This page is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to the study abroad requirement and you should contact the manager of the respective BOSP program for final information. To visit the BOSP website, click here.

What is the Bing Overseas Study Program? 

The Bing Overseas Studies Program provides opportunities for you to spend time at an overseas campus while enrolled at Stanford. Quarter-long programs are offered in Australia, Berlin, Cape Town, Florence, Istanbul, Kyoto, Madrid, Oxford, Paris, and Santiago. Stanford also offers consortium programs in Kyoto and Barcelona. Please note, that BOSP’s “Overseas Seminars” are shorter in length and scope, and do not fulfill the International Relations major requirement.

More information on language requirements, financial aid, and internship opportunities can be found here.

How should I prepare to study abroad?

If accepted into a Bing Overseas Study Program, you will participate in a mandatory orientation program that details the cultural and academic requirements of participation tailored to each individual location.

You will need to acquire your own passport and visa and should anticipate processing time necessary for these documents to arrive. You must also carry health insurance with international coverage and should ensure that you have received the applicable vaccinations.

  • Details about health insurance requirements are available here. 
  • More general information about traveling internationally from Stanford is available here. 
  • Office of International Affairs (OIA) travel checklist available here. 

Where do I register my travel? 

If you have not yet done so, you should Register through the Office of International Affairs (OIA) registry. OIA website found here.

How can I get help while traveling? 

While traveling through Stanford University programs, you will have access to the International Travel Assistance Program. The provider may vary depending on your health insurer. More information can be found on the here.

Michael Tomz

Director- Program in International Relations, Professor- Department of Political Science

Office: Encina Hall 616 Serra Street West Stanford, California 94305-6044

Phone: (650) 725-4031


Michael Tomz is Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Center for International Development and at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Tomz has published in the fields of international relations, American politics, comparative politics, and statistical methods. He is the author of Reputation and International Cooperation: Sovereign Debt across Three Centuries and numerous articles in political science and economics journals. Tomz received the International Studies Association’s Karl Deutsch Award, given to a scholar who, within 10 years of earning a Ph.D., has made the most significant contribution to the study of international relations. He has also won the Giovanni Sartori Award for the best book developing or applying qualitative methods; the Jack L. Walker Award for the best article on Political Organizations and Parties; the best paper award from the APSA section on Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior; the best paper award from the APSA section on Experimental Research; and the Okidata Best Research Software Award. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation. In recognition of his teaching, Tomz has received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Cox Medal for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research at Stanford. He founded and continues to direct the Summer Research College program for undergraduates in Political Science. Tomz holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University; a master’s degree from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. He has been a visiting scholar at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the Hoover Institution, the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, and the International Monetary Fund.

Maile Yee

Program Manager, Program in International Relations

Phone: (650) 725-0715


A California native, Maile has spent her life enjoying what the "Golden State" has to offer in terms of a sunny living and an education. Through her B.A. degree studies in Sociology and Education at the University of California, Irvine, her involvement within various college campus co-curricular activities, as well as working in a K-12 educational setting post-college, Maile decided to pursue a M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of San Francisco in order to learn, understand, and act on how best to support and advocate for students.  Maile's educational and work experiences have provided her with a solid grounding for how to be a servant leader for students, staff, and faculty, which led her to Stanford University in 2015. Maile worked at Stanford's Department of English as a Student Services Specialist for two years before making the leap to Stanford Global Studies' Program in International Relations. She looks forward to continuing to support undergraduates in their academic careers at Stanford. In spaces beyond work, Maile enjoys spending time with family and friends, venturing to yummy food destinations, attempting to bake, and traveling when time permits.


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