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A Guide to Earning A Psychology Degree Abroad

Psychology is an academic discipline which fundamentally concerns itself with the study of human behavior, or why individuals and groups think and act the way that they do. Traveling to other countries and experiencing firsthand how people in an entirely different environment interact can be extraordinarily enlightening and reveal the universal factors which underlie the entire field of psychology. In the end, beneath our different cultures and social systems, we are all simply human. Earning a degree abroad in Psychology will enable you to delve deeply into the entrenched layers of “nurture” and understand the “nature” which binds us all.


Wherever you earn your psychology degree abroad, you will benefit from having uprooted and placed yourself in an entirely different environmental context. This is the first step to developing an in-depth appreciation for the field of psychology. However, different regions of the world will generally offer their own distinct spin on the subject, so first and foremost you should consider location when deciding where to pursue your psychology degree abroad. Since it is an increasingly popular academic discipline, many major universities across the world boast thriving psychology departments and subsequent psychology degree programs. 

Some of the best psychology departments in Western education can be found in the halls of Kings College London in the England, the University of Queensland in Australia, and the University of Toronto in Canada. Alternatively, the University of Hong Kong in China, National University of Singapore in Singapore, and the University of Tokyo in Japan offer equally respectable psychology degree programs and will expose you to a different take on the field in the context of Eastern Civilizations. Obviously all of these world-class universities represent the cream of the crop, but together the latter provide a fairly representative portrayal of the regions of the world where psychology is a highly popular discipline of academic study.

Wherever you earn a psychology degree abroad, the first and foremost requirement should be that you study in a country whose culture intellectually attracts you. Much of your academic focus will be centered around how social interactions shape individual thought and behavior in that specific cultural context, so it is important you take an interest in your surroundings before you even leave home. Keep in mind though that the language barrier can be an inhibiting factor; if you are not willing to pursue language study in addition to your psychology degree abroad then make sure your host university offers courses taught in English (or whatever your native tongue may be).

Degrees & Programs

Psychology is a very broad spanning discipline. When pursuing a psychology degree abroad you will have the opportunity to choose from a large variety of courses in the fields of cognitive science, behavioral psychology, learning psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, and clinical psychology, to name just a few.

As you start your psychology courses, it is often helpful to begin by taking general courses and sampling classes from many disciplines before designating your focus in one area of the field. When you do discern a focus, it may be a good idea to become involved in research and outside internship opportunities, to expand your educational experience further. Not only will these extracurricular pursuits enhance your psychology education, but they will also boost your academic resume and advance your international career prospects after graduation.

While you are pursuing a psychology degree abroad do not limit yourself to classes strictly in the field of psychology. It will be a tremendous supplement to your educational experience abroad if you are able to supplement your research in the field of psychology with additional courses which shed valuable light on cultural phenomena which help to mold the discipline. Sociology, History, Biology, Economics, and Humanities are all areas of study which nicely complement a psychology degree abroad.

If you need financial aid to pursue a psychology degree abroad, check out GoAbroad’s Scholarship Directory specific for psychology.


Upon graduation you can do virtually anything with a degree in psychology, and earning a degree abroad only broadens your horizons more. It is an incredibly vast field of study which you will come to find applicable to many job prospects, domestic and international.

Earning a full psychology degree abroad is big commitment, but one that will come to greatly benefit your psychological studies as you develop a broader perspective of the human condition and societies around the globe. You will be challenged, your preconceived notions about life will be altered, and eventually, as you come to feel strangely at home in your new environment, you will discover just how adaptable human beings are.

Most importantly, however, you will have fun and explore the world while you are young. What more could anyone ask for?

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