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Psychology is a broad discipline with many specializations and applications; although, at its core it is study of human beings and how we interact with our environments. Psychology study abroad programs will give you profound new insight into how different cultural norms can influence societies and the individuals who compose them, elevating your perceptiveness both in and outside the classroom. In a discipline that focuses so much on the vast differences between cognition from one culture to the next, the question becomes, why NOT study psychology abroad?

Why Study Psychology Abroad

Psychology is an increasingly popular field of study all over the world, as universities continue to research different ways to tackle the behavioral demands of the 21st century. For those who are pursuing a psychology major out of theoretical or supplemental interest, traveling the world can be the perfect complement to the study of psychology. Those who are serious about a career in psychology and want to enter into the clinical or academic profession can likewise benefit from experiencing a new approach to the subject within a different university and cultural setting.


Most major colleges around the world have psychology departments, meaning that the language barrier might be your primary limitation when deciding where to study psychology abroad. Generally, national universities tend to use their native tongue as the medium of instruction, so unless you are adept in the local language you will likely have a hard time enrolling in many of larger public schools. The top destinations to study psychology abroad that are home to a number of English-speaking universities with plenty of psychology courses include Australia, South Africa, India, Canada, and England.

Of course there are alternative ways to study psychology abroad in the non-English speaking world too. There are many third party providers that offer psychology study abroad program at smaller satellite schools around the globe, featuring a course catalogue tailored for international students and often taught by local professors. While psychology courses may not always be available through this route, you will at least be able to take courses in a variety of fields related to psychology (ex. anthropology or sociology), and may be able to knock out a few general education requirements.

There are also opportunities to study psychology abroad that are specifically for psychology majors. These psychology study abroad programs are often shorter and run over the summer term as opposed to a traditional fall or spring semester, but can be a great way to explore the discipline among like-minded students through an interactive course-load. Why not spend several weeks embarking on an exploratory psychology study abroad program in Vienna, the home of the great Sigmund Freud?

Psychology Study Abroad Programs

Available courses will depend on where you study psychology abroad and what type of program or university you enroll in. Students attending large local universities will likely have the luxury of picking and choosing from an extensive course catalogue, while students attending smaller schools or third party programs will have a more limited selection.

Do not let the challenge of real cultural immersion deter you from traveling somewhere vastly different; sometimes culture shock can be an even more educational experience than any academic lesson, especially when it comes to psychology.

Popular subject areas within the discipline include social psychology, behavioral psychology, cognitive psychology, and educational psychology. The field is very far-reaching, and different cultures will likely place emphasis on different aspects of the discipline. Pay special attention to the available courses when choosing where to study psychology abroad and which program feels like the right fit!

Psychology study abroad programs are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Choosing to study psychology abroad as an undergraduate will give you the opportunity to enroll for a single semester or full academic year at a foreign university and have your credits transfer back home toward your degree. At the graduate level, you will more often be expected to complete your whole degree abroad, though there are also research opportunities if you want to travel for a shorter period of time.

Benefits & Challenges

Nurture. One of the most valuable things about studying psychology abroad is witnessing the countless ways in which culture and environment help to mold human behavior. You will see people behaving everyday in much different ways from home, and the only explanation lies with how their society nurtures them! 

Nature. At the same time, you will become aware of your own predispositions and cultural tendencies during your psychology study abroad program, which means you’ll begin to sort out what may have been conditioned (or “nurtured”) into you, and what underlying aspects of human nature we all share in common.

Good Old Fashioned Fun. Leaving behind the psychological jargon, studying abroad will be one of the best memories you ever create. The sense of freedom and newfound learning while studying abroad are simply irreplaceable. 

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Our international internships are customized to match your interests, career aspirations, and your desired length of stay in Spain. Internships last a minimum of 4 weeks, but we encourage you to stay as long as you can. Obviously, the longer you stay in Barcelona, the more time you will have to immerse yourself in the local culture, practice your Spanish, learn the ins and outs of your internsh...


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Spend a semester or academic year in the picturesque city of Prague with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 18 credits through a variety of courses studying at Charles University. Courses are taught in English or Czech. No previous Czech language study is required. Live in a student residence hall well connected to the rest of the city. Students have a double room and access to a shared bathroom and k...


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The IES Abroad Madrid Program is designed for those who want to experience the vitality of Spain! Live in its capital city and through course enrollment at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), one of the country's most distinguished universities. Students enroll in Spanish language courses as well as courses in their academic major. Field study trips are organized to compliment spec...


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Gain relevant work experience in your field of study through Boston University Study Abroad. Psychology students can work a professional internship while taking major coursework and electives. The programs are customized to meet individual needs and preferences.


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Athena's partner school in Florence, Italy, Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM), is a private institution located among several buildings in the center of this charming Renaissance city. The campus' main building dates back to the 13th century and, before being renovated, was originally a convent and church. Florence was the heart of the Renaissance, and its artistic flair is still tangible. With that ...


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Syracuse University's London Center is located in the heart of this vibrant city. It offers professional courses in theater, public communications, business, design, music industry, and architecture, as well as a broad selection of liberal arts courses. Internships can place students in professional settings and provide superior preparation for a career in today's global economy. Living in loca...


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Costa Rica is one of the world's most breathtaking and lush countries. Why not spend a semester or a summer in San Jose, Costa Rica's radiant capital? Immerse yourself in a Spanish language exchange program (ranging from beginner to advanced) and the native country's rich culture. Adelante offers various programs to better suit your study abroad needs. During your free time, explore the scen...


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Study at Cardiff University (CU). Join a low-cost program that lets you earn credits. The programme is open to all students and adults worldwide. A transcript will be issued by CU. Students can take Liberal Arts & Science courses taught in English. Cultural activities and excursions are included in the programme, as well as low-cost housing options. Students can choose between Semester, Year, ...


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Students who study with API in Rome at the Lorenzo de' Medici - The Italian International Institute, can choose from courses in Italian Language, International Business, Humanities, Liberal Arts, and Studio Arts. API students will have the opportunity to earn 12-16 semester credit hours, depending on their course selections. Courses are available at lower and upper-division levels. Language cou...


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ISA established its first study abroad program in Salamanca, Spain, in 1987. Salamanca (pop. 156,000) is described by many as the ideal study abroad location because of the outstanding academic possibilities at the University of Salamanca and assorted cultural opportunities. Salamanca is one of the most magnificent renaissance cities in all of Europe, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Si...


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The Prague program is ideal for students interested in studying and living in an extraordinary medieval city. Prague is an open textbook of modern and traditional literature, art, architecture, and culture enclosed in the beautiful scenery of the city, including its walls, castles, and frescoes. You will learn the basics of the Czech language in a two-week Czech intensive course offered at the ...


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Study abroad in the vibrant city of Montpellier, and experience its centuries-old history of social tolerance and intellectual advances. Program participants get the chance to enjoy the student-centered community, nightlife, and college-town atmosphere. Students can choose from beginning, intermediate, and advanced French language courses. The program is based at the Paul Valery University, ...


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Program Overview Don’t just study in Spain – immerse yourself in the people, places, and events that have made it what it is today. Take part in CIEE’s challenging Advanced Liberal Arts program in Seville. Awaken your senses during excursions and cultural activities. Build your Spanish language skills during homestays, a conversation exchange, and more. And dive into the Spanish history and cul...


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Studying abroad is an incredible opportunity to build your resume while you experience the world, learn a new language, and make international friends. As an American university in the historic center of Rome, Italy, John Cabot University allows you to become a part of our international campus community representing 70 countries while you experience the incredible city of Rome. We accept st...


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Build your teaching skills while discovering the beautiful and ancient city of Seville. In addition to the regular summer curriculum, Spanish Studies Abroad offers a variety of education courses for education students and teachers of Spanish, including: Seminar for Teachers of Spanish: Culture in the Classroom: This course is designed for teachers of Spanish, as well as university students...