Learning Abroad in Child Psychology

Learning Abroad in Child Psychology

“Study abroad will change forever your understanding of our planet, other cultures, children, and, most importantly, yourself.”
—Steven Yussen, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Child 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 Child Psychology program before beginning your study abroad research.

Seek cultural immersion

  • Look for programs that offer significant cultural integration. Deep involvement in host culture leads to personal growth and instills the cross-cultural skills that are important to success in the workplace and community.
  • Find a program that houses you with a family or host-country roommate, or look for systematic experience outside the classroom such as internships, service-learning or research opportunities, or the option to take some courses in a host-country university.
  • Be realistic. Not all students are ready for the same amount of cultural immersion.

Look for a program that provides insights into another society.

  • Consider a program that offers experience-based learning that gets you out of the classroom and into the community.
  • Learn about other traditions and perspectives in child psychology. See how child psychologists in another country view their discipline. Choose a program where your professors are from the host country.

Develop or improve second language

  • If you are at the beginning or intermediate level, consider a program where you can study a language and be surrounded by it.
  • Plan your language course sequence carefully or you may find yourself out of sequence upon return to UMTC. French, German, Italian, and Spanish are the only languages at UMTC which offer each of the first four courses both Fall and Spring Semester. For all others, only the first and third are offered Fall Semester and only the second and fourth in the Spring.

Work on your Child Psychology major or minor

  • The department will screen overseas coursework and help you fit appropriate courses into your major requirements. Courses must have significant developmental psychology content, but do not have to be listed under “Child Psychology”.
  • Use an Academic Planning for Study Abroad form to structure and document your consultation with your major adviser. Try to list more courses on the form than you will actually be able to take. A particular course or schedule may not be available on-site, and it will be useful to have received prior feedback on additional courses from the child psychology adviser.
  • For tentative pre-approval of a course abroad or for approval of internships taken to fulfill requirements, contact or provide a syllabus (available at the Learning Abroad Center) to Ann McLoone of the Institute of Child Development for review at least one month prior to departure.

Fulfill Liberal Education requirements

  • Plan early to apply study abroad credits to the University’s Liberal Education requirements. Decide early which requirements you want to satisfy through courses take abroad so you do not fulfill them on campus.
  • Consult the Learning Abroad Center’s U-Credit Abroad database for classes that have been approved for Liberal Education.

Programs

Asia and Oceania

Australia

University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

  • Program Type: University Study
  • The University of Melbourne is an internationally acclaimed institution, known for academic excellence and achievement in education and research.
  • University of Minnesota Child Psychology Students will find coursework and internships at the University of Melbourne that count for child psychology credit and liberal educations. Course subjects include: Social and Emotional Development, Socialization and Identity, Developmental Differences, and Cognitive Development.
  • Potential internship sites include Melbourne’s Youth Research Center, the Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital Center for Adolescent Health, and Various early childhood education settings.
  • Sponsor: Learning Abroad Center (LAC)

University of Wollongong (available through Arcadia)

  • Program Type: University Study
  • Wollongong is located about 90 miles south of Sydney, close to beautiful mountains and beaches. With a stunning natural environment, thriving industry, and a blend of big and small city characteristics, it is an ideal place to study abroad
  • The university of Wollongong offers courses in the humanities, social science, business, creative arts, health sciences, and more. You may take courses that meet your child psychology and liberal education needs
  • Courses relevant to child psychology include: Foundations of Psychology A and B; Theory, design, and Statics in Psychology; Statistics and Measurements 1 and 2; Developmental and Social Psychology; Education I; Assessment and Intervention; and Psychology of Abnormality.
  • Sponsor: Learning Abroad Center (LAC)

Europe

Denmark

Study Abroad in Denmark

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • DIS offers an innovative program, taught entirely in English, in which students examine Danish approaches to child development and education. This program is particularly suited for students in Education, Child Development and Psychology majors, combining theory with supervised practicum.
  • Students relate the concepts and issues discussed in the classroom to their fieldwork in daycare centers, early education institutions, or after school programs.
  • Participants can take relevant courses such as, but not limited to: Children in Multicultural Context: Danish Theory and Practice and/or Supervised Practicum; Children with Special Needs: Danish Theory and Practice; Developmental Disorders; and Brain Functioning and the Experience of Self.

Ireland

Trinity College, Dublin (available through Arcadia Ireland)

  • Program type: University Study.
  • Set in the center of Dublin, Trinity College boasts some of the best academics in all of Ireland.
  • Students must meet a 3.4 GPA minimum requirement in order to participate.
  • Relevant courses to child psychology offered include: Developmental Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology; and Life Span Development
  • Sponsor: Arcadia

United Kingdom

Study & Intern in London

  • Program Type: Field Study
  • This program offers students courses in London, as well as relevant and interesting internships. Student may earn up to 6 credits of professional internship placement.
  • A wide variety of placements are available, such as St. Gabriel’s Primary School in London, a multi-ethnic inner city school for children ages 4-11. Many other fascinating placements are also available.
  • Course work is available in humanities and social science for liberal education credit. Student may enroll for 12-15 credits of course offerings, such as: 20th Century Britain; British Women in the 20th Century; International Trade Study; and The London Theatre Scene.
  • Sponsor: Learning Abroad Center (LAC)

University College of London (available through IFSA-Butler England)

  • Program Type: University Study
  • Located in the heart of London, University College of London is the oldest and largest member of the University of London. At UCL, you can take courses related to child psychology while at the same time taking courses that can fulfill liberal education requirement.
  • The following courses are available: Developmental Psychology; Cognitive and Social Development; and Psychology and Education.
  • Sponsor: IFSA-Butler

University of Nottingham (available through Arcadia United Kingdom)

  • Program Type: University Study
  • Set near the legendary Sherwood Forest, the University of Nottingham offers a flexible environment, very welcoming to American students.
  • The university has diverse offerings in liberal education courses and psychology courses. Relevant course offerings include: Developmental and Social Psychology; Social Behavior; Human Development: the Development of Representation and Language Skills; and Learning Child Psychology.
  • Sponsor: Arcadia

Additional Options to Consider

Non-Credit Opportunities

  • Non-credit  opportunities can be a great option for students who do not need academic credit but want to gain skills and experience abroad related to their field of study.  
  • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over Winter Break or May Session.
  • Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic! 
Freshman Seminars
  • Freshman Seminars Abroad combine on-campus instruction during spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break.
  • Seminars are 3 credits at the 19xx level and most fulfill a liberal education requirement.
  • Seminars are designed specifically for first year students as an introduction to study abroad.

 

Student Experiences

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