Addis Ababa

African Security from African Perspectives - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

POLI 464D and POLI 464F | 6 credits

About the program

Coursework: POLI 464D (3 credits) and POLI 464F (3 credits)

This is an Arts Research Abroad (ARA) funded program. ARA is a generous funding body composed of the Faculty of Arts – Dean’s Office, Anonymous Donors and Go Global that supports research intensive Global Seminars. ARA Funding provides eligible students 70% of funding for the Program Fee, and a budgeted flight. Please read the details in the Eligibility and Program Fees and Costs for greater detail.

This Global Seminar is a combination of POLI 464D (T2, Winter 2017) and 464F (Summer Term 2018). Students accepted into 464F will also be accepted into 464D. Satisfactory performance in 464D is required to progress to 464F.  464D and 464F are currently blocked from registration as only accepted students will be enrolled.

This field research course (464F) builds on and enhances a UBC-based undergraduate seminar (464D). The seminar introduces participants to several key actors and dynamics in contemporary African interstate politics, explored partly through an extended case study: on-going instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Students also work in small groups to independently research a second contemporary African security issue of their group’s choice. The Field Research Course allows POLI 464D graduates to deepen their understanding of African international politics and of their chosen security issue. Still working in their research groups, and with faculty guidance, they will seek interviews with diplomats, officials, and other experts in and around the African Union headquarters to learn how these actors perceive this issue and the obstacles to resolving it. After returning to UBC, students will present their conclusions at a research conference, compile a research portfolio, and provide a written reflection on their fieldwork experience.

Both courses in this Global Seminar will be taught by Dr. Katharina Coleman, Associate Professor.  Dr. Lisa Sundstrom will join Dr. Coleman in teaching 464F.

General timeline

January 3 – April 6, 2018 – POLI 464D (UBC Vancouver Campus)

April 30 – June 9, 2018 – POLI 464F (UBC Vancouver Campus, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

May 5 – 19, 2018 – Travel dates to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

*Dates to be confirmed

Program dates: Class time in Addis Ababa will consist of students conducting research. Greater details will be provided to students that are accepted into this program, and closer to departure date.


  • upperlevel standing in Political Science and International Relations
  • Strong academic performance
  • Acceptance by Professors

ARA Eligibility:

  • Be enrolled in UBC Vancouver’s Faculty of Arts;
  • Be in their third, fourth, or final year of study;
  • Be within one of the following qualifying majors as above
  • Be enrolled in at least 24 credits in the academic year before the program
  • Must be registered in 24 credits in the current academic year, or sufficient to graduate
  • Have a minimum GPA of 70% with no fails or incompletes.

This is a highly competitive program that is generously funded through the Faculty of Arts – Dean’s Office, Anonymous Donors and Go Global. The funding provided for this program is limited to only UBC Vancouver students in the identified Arts Majors.

Program fees and costs

The program fee is between $3,000 - $3,700*. The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program.

All qualifying students will receive ARA Funding. A separate application is not required.  ARA Funding provides eligible students 70% funding for the Program Fee and a budgeted flight to Addis Ababa. Accepted students with demonstrated financial needs are eligible for 100% funding for Program Fee and Budgeted Flight. For greater details, please attend an info session, or e-mail



In country group accommodations

Program related travel (public transportation, group train tickets, etc.)

Entrance fees to program related activities (Orientation tour of Addis Ababa, visit to Red Terror Museum, day trip, etc.)


Go Global Fee

Tuition for POLI 464D and 464F*

Flight* (partially covered by ARA)


*UBC Tuition – Not included. Part of your costs

This amount will differ for domestic and international students. This amount will be assigned to you on the Student Service Centre (SSC) according to normal UBC tuition timelines. Read about tuition fees.

This amount is not determined or applied by Go Global.

All students participating in a Global Seminar will have tuition applied to their SSC account.

*Flights - Not Included. Part of your costs

Travel to Addis Ababa is a separate cost. However, 70 – 100% funding is provided for the flight at a budgeted cost. You are responsible for arranging your own travel. You should not book your flight until you are notified to book. All Global Seminars only run if there is a minimum number of students enrolled.

*Incidentals - Not Included. Part of your costs

Some examples include: personal mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals that are not already identified as part of the Program Fee, immunizations, Visas, etc.

Global Seminars refund policy

Adjustment on deposits

Students are eligible for an adjustment of their deposit under the following circumstances:

Withdrawal after acceptance in program

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $93.25 (ie: you receive a $656.75 credit)

Withdrawal within 7 days of deposit being posted on your SSC

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $321.75 (ie: you receive a $428.25 credit)

Withdrawal after 7 days of deposit being posted on your SSC

  • The deposit and all remaining program fees are completely non-refundable. Exceptions may be determined at the discretion of Go Global. 

Any funds allocated to students through the ARA program must be returned in their entirety.

Students who decide to withdraw their application must submit a request in writing by email to the Global Seminar Advisor at


Global Seminars Advisor

Student Advising

Drop in advising - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00-3:00pm

Please email with your student number in the subject line.

Global Seminars Advisor

Telephone: 604 822 0942

Fax: 604 822 9885

UBC Life Building
6138 Student Union Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1


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Thu9:00 am - 4:15 pm
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