There are many ways to do study abroad. Visit the University's Study Abroad website to learn more.
- Enrolling in traditional University programs in English-speaking countries which involve taking regular classes with host country students (the focus of this website).
- Enrolling in traditional University programs that require proficiency in another language and involve taking regular classes with host country students
- Enrolling in another American University Sponsored Program which is taught in English or another language. Students must apply through the specific host American University for this option.
- Enrolling in University Programs sponsored by International Educational Agencies, such as:
a. IES – http://www.iesabroad.org
b. UTSA Exchange – http://www.utsa.edu/intprograms/SAoptions.cfm
c. Semester at Sea – http://www.semesteratsea.org
Students attempting to do study abroad often reported that it was difficult to sift through the various study abroad websites on the internet to find programs that offered psychology courses in English.
The primary purpose of this website is to assist students in finding traditional psychology programs in English-speaking countries (example 1 above). In addition, traditional programs in non-English speaking countries are included when there is an opportunity to enroll in certain psychology classes taught in English.
Below you will find a wide range of international universities that offer psychology courses and offer this course of study in English. Unfortunately, many American students do not have proficiency in another language in order to study psychology while abroad. Also, many study abroad programs offer courses in language and culture, while valuable and certainly an alternative for many students wishing to study outside the United States, this website is exclusive to studying psychology. Please know that there are many other universities where a student can study abroad in psychology, but most will require fluency in the host countries language.
Most universities do not encourage Psychology majors to study abroad until their junior or senior year. Pay attention to the requirements of your department to ensure that all requirements will be met if you study abroad. Institutions vary in terms of how many courses or units they allow students to transfer into the psychology major. Summer is also good time to participate in a short-term study abroad program if you are unable to participate during a regular semester.
- Plan early. Talk with your psychology advisor if you have an interest in studying abroad. Determine which term studying abroad will be best given your academic plan and how many psychology courses you can complete abroad.
- Narrow down which countries you are interested in. Visit university websites in the countries listed here to learn more about the institutions. Spend time learning about each country and the area in which the university is located.
- Research program costs and how going abroad may impact any scholarships or loans you may have.
- Because world conditions can change rapidly, it is a good idea to discover what the U.S. State Department currently reports about the country you are interested in. You can find this information at: http://www.state.gov/
- Decide on 1-3 programs and apply.
Why study abroad in psychology?
- Enhance your overall educational experience
- Learn about psychology from an international perspective
- Broaden your knowledge of psychology as a discipline from another cultural context
- Observe how psychology is taught and practiced in another country
- All language instruction is in English unless otherwise noted.
- Most weblinks are for the university and not the department of psychology. You will often find departmental links under one of the following links: undergraduate programs, faculties, departments, colleges or look for other links on the University web page. Also, look at the university admissions page for more information.
- Some countries have dozens of universities offering psychology curriculum in English. These countries are listed with an *.I have listed the most highly recommended institutions below. You are encouraged to search further. If a country is not listed it most likely means that institutions did not offer psychology courses in English. They may offer psychology in the native language of the country and if you speak that language you are encouraged to search further if a country/school appears to be missing.
- Schools are listed by geographical area in alphabetical order within each continent and then again by country.