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Learning Abroad in Psychology

    As a Psychology major, your studies abroad may or may not include formal study of psychology in the classroom. You’ll learn about human behavior and consider psychological theories both within and outside of your classes. Think broadly about what it means to study abroad as a psychology major!

    Department Recommendations

    Best Times to go Abroad

    • Junior Year: Fall, Spring or Full Year
    • Summer following Sophomore or Junior Year
    • Honors students: Sophomore year, Fall Junior Year

    Fulfill Core Major Courses

    • The Department has started to use the U Credit Abroad Search to store major/minor requirements. Consider courses not available at UMNTC and related to your destination; check with Psychology Advising to see if courses from your program have already been approved
    • Prepare by completing research methods (PSY 3001W) prior to departure
    • Request evaluation of desired courses early in your planning by following Psychology Advising’s transfer course evaluation process.
    • Credit-bearing internships abroad can be applied toward the psychology major
    • Work with your psychology adviser to fill out the Academic Planning Study Abroad (APSA) form.

    Fulfill Liberal Education Requirements

    • You can fulfill liberal education requirements while abroad. Decide early which requirements you want to satisfy through courses taken abroad so you don’t fulfill them on campus. Consult the Learning Abroad Center’s U Credit Abroad Search to find courses that have already been evaluated or submit courses online to be evaluated for liberal education requirements.

    Study Psychology From a Different Cultural Perspective

    • Learn about the diverse theoretical orientations and approaches to psychology by enrolling in courses taught by professors from the host country
    • Select courses that are not offered at UMNTC and broaden your understanding of the discipline

    Conduct Research Abroad 

    • Conduct research under the direction of a psychology faculty member through Directed Study or through a Learning Abroad Center program. I-UROP funds are available for specific programs.
    • Working in a research lab prior to study abroad will help you better understand the research process and a particular research laboratory. Faculty members who know you and your work will more readily assist you in developing your own unique study-research abroad experience.
    • If you’re involved in a UMNTC psychology-related research lab, talk to the faculty director to learn about her/his international colleagues and the possibilities of your participation in research abroad.

    Participate in Field Study/Internship and Experiential Learning Opportunities

    • Internships, Community Engagement, and Research
    • Consider a program that offers experience-based learning or add an internship to your program to further immerse yourself in the culture and community of your study abroad program.
    • Consult a psychology adviser to determine how to meet psychology requirements through your experience. 

    Develop or Improve Second Language Skills

    College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students

    Programs

    Africa and the Middle East

    Israel

    University Study in Israel: Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    • Directly enroll in psychology courses at the Rothberg International School in the heart of Jerusalem.
    • Students on this program can participate in a faculty led research project while abroad on this program through the I-UROP Scholarship.
    • Instruction at the Rothberg School is in English; no prior Hebrew is required. Students fluent in Hebrew may also take regular courses at Hebrew University.

    Kenya

    MSID—International Development in Kenya

    • Program focuses on international development in the context of Kenya through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship project in the latter half.
    • Work alongside host nationals on development projects or with agencies working in your area of interest

    South Africa

    University Study in 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

    Americas

    Argentina

    Study & Intern in Buenos Aires

    • Study language and culture in Buenos Aires, the political and economic heart of Argentina. Students can take a breadth of courses in economics and Argentine history while enhancing their experience through community engagement opportunities.
    • No language prerequisite; Courses available in English including ”Cross Cultural Psychology" and "The Paradox of Mental Health."

    Ecuador

    MSID—International Development in Ecuador

    • Program focuses on international development in the context of Ecuador through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship project in the latter half.
    • Work alongside host nationals on development projects or with agencies working in your area of interest

    Asia and Oceania

    Australia

    Study & Intern in Sydney

    • Internship placements are available in many fields, including psychology
    • Take a variety of area studies courses
    • Strong fit for students interested in I-O psychology

    University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

    • Live and study in Melbourne--the “World’s Most Livable City”--while taking classes at the University of Melbourne
    • Extensive course offerings through the Department of Psychology such as “Music Psychology” and “Psychology of Health Problems” among others.

    University Study in Australia: University of Sydney

    • The University of Sydney is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious university. It is ranked 38th in the world in the 2013 QS World Rankings and is consistently among the top three universities in Australia.
    • Students can choose from a full range of Psychology course opportunities. Students can also take advantage of various internship and research opportunities through the university.

    New Zealand

    University Study in 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

    South Korea

    University Study in South Korea: Korea University

    • Korea University, located in the rising metropolis of Seoul, teaches many courses in English allowing students to experience topics in Psychology in a non-English speaking country.
    • No language prerequisite; Some additional courses available in Korean for students proficient in the language.

    Thailand

    MSID—International Development in Thailand

    • Program focuses on international development in the context of Thailand through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship project in the latter half.
    • Work alongside host nationals on development projects or with agencies working in your area of interest

    Europe

    Austria

    IES Austria—European Society and Culture

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

    Denmark

    Study Abroad in Denmark

    • Live and study in Copenhagen while taking a wide-breadth of classes in English.
    • Psychology program offers a Positive Psychology course and a Positive Psychology practicum. Additionally, students can pursue a Child Development and Diversity track with supervised practicum.
    • No language prerequisite.

    France

    Language & Culture in Southern France

    • 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

    Youth Development & Psychology in France

    • Study resilience in young populations through a core course co-created by a University of Minnesota Developmental Psychology professor and a French Psychology professor, who will teach the course in Montpellier.
    • Earn Psychology major credit through Intro to Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Community Engagement and Cross-Cultural Psychology
    • Apply concepts and issues discussed in the classroom to their fieldwork in daycare centers, early education institutions, or after school programs.
    • Cultural activities and excursions
    • Extensive support, attention

    Ireland

    University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick

    • Directly enroll in psychology courses at the University of Limerick--one of Ireland’s most beautiful campuses. 
    • Students can participate in a research project while making connections with the local community through the UL Practicum course. Students pursuing this option are eligible for the I-UROP scholarship.

    Italy

    Study & Intern in Florence

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

    Norway

    University Study in Norway: University of Bergen

    • Located on Norway’s stunning Western coast, the University of Bergen offers a variety of English taught classes in Psychology.
    • No language prerequisite; some additional courses available in Norwegian for students proficient in the language.

    Exchange in Oslo

    • No language prerequisite.

    Spain

    Psychology & Research in Madrid

    • Fulfill Psychology major/minor requirements with seven psychology classes and one neuroscience class to choose from for the semester as well as other English taught courses and Spanish language classes 
    • Enroll in 6 credits for the summer and choose from three psychology classes plus a research option. Spanish 1003 and 1004 also offered.
    • Review the U Credit Abroad Search to view course equivalencies that have been approved for psychology major requirements
    • Taught in English—no Spanish language pre-requisite for English research placements but Spanish recommended for other options
    • Full list of course options available on the website

    Sweden

    Study Abroad in Sweden

    • Take unique psychology courses in Stockholm, including forensic psychology, positive psychology, and political psychology
    • Courses are taught by Swedish faculty who are also practitioners in their fields, and courses include excursions and field trips in order to allow you to see the industry at work.
    • No language prerequisite.

    United Kingdom

    University Study in the United Kingdom: University of Glasgow

    • Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow consistently ranks as one of the UK’s most highly-rated schools.
    • Students can take several courses in social and cognitive psychology.

    Study & Intern in London

    • Combination of social science coursework with a customized internship is a great fit for psychology majors, especially for students with an interest in I-O psychology
    • Internships have a seminar course that will help you to process your internship experience

    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.

     

    Student Experiences

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