Learning Abroad in Psychology

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!


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Best Times to go Abroad 

Fulfill Core Major Courses

Fulfill Liberal Education Requirements

Study Psychology From a Different Cultural Perspective

Conduct Research Abroad 

Participate in Field Study/Internship and Experiential Learning Opportunities

Develop or Improve Second Language Skills

College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students


Africa and the Middle East


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


MSID—International Development in Kenya

  • 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 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


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



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


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


MSID—International Development in Ecuador

  • 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


Study & Intern 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


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

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


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


IES AustriaEuropean Society 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


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


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


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


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


Study & Intern in Toledo

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

Psychology & Research in Madrid

  • Fulfill Psychology major/minor requirements
  • Enroll in Introduction to Biological Psychology and Research Laboratory in Psychology and earn a total of 6 credits
  • Taught in English- no Spanish language pre-requisite
  • Six-week summer program

United Kingdom

University Study in the United Kingdom

Study & Intern 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

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.