Success Starts Here

The School of Politics, Security, & International Affairs takes student success very seriously. For that reason we continue to build and expand access and resources for our students. The school strives to ensure students have the tools to succeed in the classroom and achieve their goals.

Below you will find information about advising services, student resources, and ways to delve deeper academically, professionally, on and off campus, and across the globe. We encourage all students to connect with the school to learn more and plan for their time here and beyond.

SPSIA Advising Office

The School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs (SPSIA) Advising Office is located in Howard Phillips Hall on the second floor (ground floor) in suite 215. The office provides professional advising services that cover a range of topics.

The advising office provides high quality, holistic developmental academic advising through peer and professional advisors. We are here to help students navigate university, college, and school policies, as well as provide support for all undergraduate programs offered by the School. Specialized advising services for probation, exploration, graduate school, law school, and career are also handled in our office.

Study Abroad

University of Canberra
Canberra, Australia
Fall & Spring semesters

The University of Canberra is situated in Australia’s capital city, home of its Commonwealth Government, situated between the country’s two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne. Canberra, known to locals as ‘the 20 minute city’ because nothing is very far away, is home to a population approaching 350,000. Students will have an opportunity to take courses in a variety of areas across the scope of political science discipline.

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American University of Cairo
Cairo, Egypt
Fall & Spring semesters

The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and service in the Middle East. For its first 27 years, the University was shaped by its founding president, Charles A. Watson, who wished to create an English-language University based on high standards of conduct and scholarship, and to contribute to the intellectual growth, discipline and character of the future leaders of Egypt and the region.

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Leuphana University
Lüneburg, Germany
Fall semester only

The School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs is pleased to announce that it has entered into an exchange agreement with Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. Students will take courses focusing on IR, comparative government, and European politics.

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University of Groningen
Groningen, netherlands
Fall & Spring semesters

The University of Groningen in the Netherlands is designed to expose UCF students to professional and academic practices outside of the US. In addition, participants in this exchange are expected to develop skills to adapt to a different academic and geographical environment. The University of Groningen was founded in 1641 and provides high quality education and research in a broad range of disciplines, is internationally oriented, works actively with business partners, public institutions and the government, as well as, ranks among the best universities in Europe. Students will take courses focusing on law, conflict, and IR.

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Northumbria university
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Fall & Spring semesters

The University has its origins in the Rutherford College, founded in 1880. Today, by putting students at the heart of an outstanding experience, and with world leading research and award-winning partnerships, Northumbria is a new kind of excellent university.

Northumbria is top ten in the UK for the number of graduates entering professional employment and nine out of ten of our graduates are working or studying six months after graduation. They are ranked 21st out of 111 universities in the 2014 Times Higher Education Student Satisfaction Survey.

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Malmo University
Malmo, Sweden
Fall semester only

MALMO University was established in 1998 and provides high quality education and research in a broad range of disciplines, is internationally oriented, works actively with business partners, public institutions and the government.

MALMO’s education model differs from the elective style here at UCF. Students participating in the exchange will select a topic module of study, and will take four courses covering different dimensions of that topic. Modules include International Relations, Human Rights, and other areas.

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American university of central Asia
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Fall & Spring semesters

The American University of Central Asia( AUCA) is an international, multidisciplinary learning community based on the American Liberal Arts style education. AUCA is committed to freedom of expression, critical inquiry and academic honesty. AUCA provides a safe environment for its students, faculty, and guests and is considered the most livable city in Central Asia.

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Student Groups

UCF hosts hundreds of student driven groups, below are a few connected to our school. You can also find other political, international, and topic-based groups through the Office of Student Involvement.


International Relations Club

Does your heart race when someone mentions the benefits of the Eurozone? Do you jump at the chance to engage in reasoned discussion about democracy in the Middle East?

Join the Club.

The International Relations Club (IRC) holds weekly discussions and meetings about current events, attends conferences across the nation, and prides itself as a welcoming community for peer development. IRC promotes the academic and professional development of our members by helping students build and explore their understanding of global politics and international issues.

Dues are $25/semester, no application necessary.

Spotlight: Mondays at 6:00 PM
General Meetings: Mondays at 7:00 PM
Coffee Hour: Thursdays at 7:00 PM



Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha is the only honor society for college students of Political Science. As our Constitution states, we are focused on recognizing students who have excelled in the study of Political Science and encouraging civic participation.

In order to join Pi Sigma Alpha, students must fill out an application that is only available during the Fall and Spring semesters. The GPAs required to be a member of Pi Sigma Alpha are a 3.0 in the major and a 3.5 overall. Club dues are a one time fee of $65.00 or $35.00. The fee of $65.00 includes the national fee with a certificate of membership, honor cords, and a medallion. The $35.00 fee includes only the national fee and a certificate of membership. Students must also have completed at least 60 credit hours, as well as 10 Political Science credit hours.



United Nations Association at UCF

The United Nations Association at the University of Central Florida is a student organization in which students can learn about the United Nations, international relations and the vastly diverse cultures and countries from around the world. Every year the UCF delegation travels around the country to participate in several Model UN conferences. UNA-UCF is an award winning delegation which in the past year has competed at ChoMUN (Chicago), SRMUN (Atlanta), LIMUN (London), and so on. Besides attending conferences, UNA at UCF is dedicated to raising awareness about UN humanitarian work, initiatives such as the Millennium Development Goals and conflicts around the world that need more attention. To achieve these goals, UNA tables in front of the student union every week, organizes themed events on campus and participates in UN philanthropy projects such as Trick or Treat for UNICEF.

UNA-UCF meets once a week. To find out when, and how to get involved please join the UNA at UCF (United Nations Asssociation) Facebook Page



The Club on Security and Intelligence

Through this club we hope to encourage students to interact and network with professionals in the security and intelligence fields and connect and build friendships with other students who share the same interest. All while learning more about career choices in security and intelligence and building your professional resume. We look forward to providing students and future club members a direct link with all the opportunities the Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (ICCAE) has to offer.


Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity is a professional pre-law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community. We are the preeminent law fraternity promoting the bonds of fraternalism and we are the leader in the development and advancement of professional ideals.The purpose of this Fraternity shall be to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage; to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members; and to encourage their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement; so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service.

To become a member the only requirements are to fill out a Pre-Law Membership application, pay local PAD membership dues ($40 for the first semester, $50 after) and International PAD fee (one time payment of $125) , and attend the Induction Ceremony.

We host a variety of Pre-Law events and opportunities including the University of Central Florida Annual Law Forum. Our meetings will be held bi-weekly on Wednesday at 5:15pm in the Student Union Room 224.



Phi Delta Phi

Phi Delta Phi is the oldest legal organization in continuous existence in the United States, predating even the American Bar Association. It was founded in 1869 at the University of Michigan School of Law by four law students, who at the urging of their faculty, endeavored to create an association that would foster scholarship, civility, and ethical conduct in our profession. Phi Delta Phi©® celebrates academic excellence and embraces the finest attributes of professionalism and scholarship.

The UCF Hall offers members test prep discounts, networking opportunities and the chance to receive personalized guidance about the transition from undergrad to law school. The UCF Hall requires that members maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA, and there is no required major or minor. There is a one-time national fee of $135.00 and a local fee of $40.00 or $50.00. New members are to pay the lesser amount their first semester, and the larger for every subsequent semester. We require that prospective members fill out an application with a copy of their UCF Cumulative GPA to our secretary. If your application is approved, the Secretary shall provide you with further instructions to finish your registration.

For more information about membership applications, meeting times and locations, like us on Facebook or email us at the addresses below. We look forward to making history with you!

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