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Learning Abroad in Psychology

Learning Abroad in Psychology

“Psychology is the study of human behavior, and all behavior occurs within a cultural context. Thus, placing yourself in an unfamiliar cross-cultural context through study abroad broadens your understanding of psychology.”
—Holly Hatch-Surisook, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies and Coordinator of Advising, Department of Psychology

Study Abroad Process

This is the basic process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from the Department of Psychology before beginning your study abroad research.

Academic Considerations for Psychology Students

Best Times to go Abroad

Fulfill Requirements

Core Major Courses
Fulfill Psychology major/minor courses while abroad!

Study psychology from a different cultural perspective

Conduct research under the direction of a psychology faculty member or international colleague

Participate in field study/internship and experiential learning opportunities

Develop or improve second language skills

Fulfill Liberal Education requirements

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Ghana

CIEE Ghana

  • Directly enroll in a wide range of courses, including West African performing arts, Twi language, and African Studies, or take a Developmental Studies track
  • Have the opportunity to participate in community service, volunteering, internships, or an independent study project

Kenya

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Receive credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships in this mini-Peace Corps program
  • Work along-side host nationals on development projects or with agencies working in your area of interest

South Africa

University of Cape Town 

  • Take psychology courses and at least one Africa-specific course
  • Personalized volunteer opportunities
  • Intergroup prejudice and conflict theory program

Rwanda

SIT Rwanda– Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding

  • Explore post-genocide restoration and peacebuilding
  • Learn Kinyarwanda language, participate in a field study seminar, and conduct an independent research project on a topic of interest to you

Tunisia

SIT Tunisia- Emerging Identities in North Africa

  • Explore the effects of globalization on Tunisian and North African identity, social movements, and traditions
  • Learn Arabic language
  • Participate in a field study seminar
  • Conduct an independent study project on a topic of interest to you

Americas

Argentina

Argentine Universities Program (available through IFSA-Butler Argentina)

  • Study available at Universidad Católica Argentina, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad del Salvador or Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
  • The Directed Research Concentration offers a 6-credit Directed Research Project focusing on social problem analysis

Chile

Integrated Studies in Chile, Valparaíso, Santiago (available through IFSA-Butler Chile or CIEE Chile)

  • Access courses from Universidad de Chile, Pontifica Universidad Catolica, and more
  • Take Spanish language, social and educational psychology, education, business, and more
  • Independent study and a research option is available

Dominican Republic

CIEE Dominican Republic

  • Interaction at multiple levels of Dominican society via homestays, university courses, rural and urban volunteer activities, and language partners
  • Optional community service course and optional Teaching English as a Second Language course, both with a hands-on practicum

Ecuador

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Receive credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships in this mini-Peace Corps program
  • Work along-side host nationals on development projects or with agencies working in your area of interest

Asia and Oceania

Australia

Study & Internships in Sydney

  • Internship placements are available in many fields, including psychology
  • Internship seminar course helps you to process your internship experience
  • Take a variety of area studies courses

University Study in Australia

China

Study in Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an (sponsored by Alliance China)

  • Courses available in many disciplines including Chinese language, cultural studies, economics, anthropology, contemporary issues, and more
  • Capstone Project challenges you to deepen your understanding of Chinese culture and allows you to research a particular area of interest

India

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Receive credit through coursework, research, field placements, and internships in this mini-Peace Corps program
  • Work along-side host nationals on development projects or with agencies working in your area of interest

New Zealand

University of Otago

  • New Zealand's first university and one of its most prestigious teaching and research institutions
  • Vibrant campus lifestyle
  • Recently rated best psychology department in New Zealand

Thailand

CIEE Thailand

  • Learn about the complexities of development and globalization issues
  • Extensive fieldwork component will contribute to your learning 
  • Study Thai language

Europe

Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo

SIT Balkans– Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans

  • Explore the development of the region's civil society following the wars of the 1990s and develop critical approaches to issues such as conflict transformation, social change, and reconciliation
  • Learn language, participate in a field study seminar, and conduct an independent study project on a topic of interest to you

Austria

IES AustriaEuropean Studies and Culture

  • Unique psychology offerings in English or German
  • Internships
  • Vienna is important in the history of the psychology discipline
  • German language classes

Czech Republic

CIEE Czech Republic

  • The Central European Studies track features courses in the Czech language as well as multidisciplinary curriculum in history, the humanities, and the social sciences
  • The Film Studies track focuses on the Czech Language, Topics in Production and Filmmaking Practicum and Mentorship

Denmark

Danish Institute for Study Abroad

  • Child Development and Diversity track with supervised practicum
  • Psychology program offers a Positive Psychology course and a Positive Psychology practicum
  • Denmark is a social welfare state that develops novel approaches to education and social services

France

Study Abroad in Montpellier

  • Language and Culture track offers intensive French language as well as culture courses
  • Integrated Studies track offers psychology and social science courses at Paul Valery U; courses on advanced French language, French culture, history, and arts, as well as internships
  • Cultural activities and excursions
  • Extensive support, attention

Ireland

National University of Ireland, Galway (available through Arcadia Ireland)

  • Wide variety of courses available, including psychology
  • Known for academic excellence with a global reputation for research and strong community links
  • Thriving college town with rich Irish traditions

University College Dublin (available through Arcadia Ireland)

  • Broad range of Psychology courses, including Introduction to Social Psychology, Lifespan Development Psychology, and much more
  • Located only 3 miles away from central Dublin
  • Student body is 25,000 and 5,000 are international students

Italy

Study Abroad in Florence

  • Study psychology, art, culture, and business
  • Take beginning or intermediate Italian language
  • An internship track allows you to gain professional experience

Study Abroad in Rome

  • Study architecture, leadership, design, history, media and communication, and sustainability
  • Take beginning or intermediate Italian language
  • Study tours complement classroom learning

Spain

International Program in Toledo

  • Spanish culture, history, arts
  • Faculty from U of M or the prestigious Fundación Jose Ortega-Marañónt
  • Intensive Spanish language classes
  • Internships and service-learning opportunities

United Kingdom

University Study in the United Kingdom

Study & Internships in London

  • Combination of social science coursework with a customized internship is a great fit for psychology majors
  • Internships have a seminar course that will help you to process your internship experience

Additional Options to Consider

Work, Intern, and Volunteer (WIV) Abroad Programs (non-credit)

  • An alternate or complement to study abroad
  • Explore new interests or gain experience related to your field of study
  • Consider paid and unpaid opportunities offered throughout the year at locations around globe.

Participate in field study/internship and experiential learning opportunities such as internships, service-learning, research, or directed study.

Student Project for Amity Among Nations (SPAN)

  • Design and conduct an independent research project in one of four countries. Sites vary each year. Spend the year preparing your project at the University of Minnesota, collect information on your summer abroad, then complete your thesis upon return

Student Experiences

Explore how other students built study abroad into a psychology major:

Nicole L. Studies Psychology in the UK
Nicole's semester at Lancaster University included two psychology classes that added an international dimension to her understanding of the field.

Stephanie C. Studies Spanish in Chile

A semester living with a host family in Valparaiso, Chile was just what Stephanie needed to push her Spanish skills to the next level. Her courses for the Learning Abroad Minor also helped her make the most of a cultural immersion experience.

CLA Study Abroad Compendium for Psychological Science Students
Explore the experiences of other Psychological Sciences students, find a program, or learn about scholarships available to you!

Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.

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