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Study Psychology Abroad

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Psychology is one of the most popular majors in the world -- and for good reason! Holding a psychology degree is very useful and versatile, as it equips students with the skills they will need to have positive interactions with their future fellow employees. In addition to offering tremendous opportunity for personal growth, a psychology degree will provide a wide range of career opportunities from clinical psychology, to education, to forensic science, to advertising, and more.

However, it may not be the most obvious major to study abroad with -- but that doesn't mean psychology majors can't benefit from spending some time overseas. Read on for the different types of study abroad programs for psychology majors.

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The type of program you choose should be dependent on your level of study. Do you plan to get a bachelor's in Psychology? Or are you working on your Doctorate? You should also choose a program that allows you to focus on the subject you want.

Whether you want to study abroad to boost your resume for graduate school or to simply explore a different cultural understanding of Psychology, you'll have a lot of choice in programs abroad. Most generally, you'll need to decide if you should enroll directly or through a program provider.

Direct Enrollment

One option is to enroll directly through the school of your choice as an exchange student. This is a great option for students are comfortable being independent abroad. Ultimately, you'll be responsible for all the logistics of your trip, but you will have more control over what you are studying. This is a great choice for those who are studying psychology abroad, as you know better than anyone which sorts of classes will fulfill your requirements and which classes will hold your interest.

Provider Program

Enrolling in a program through a provider program can be a simpler process than direct enrollment. This is a good option for those who aren't well travelled, as a provider can help you with everything from your visa to your housing. You will have less choice in what you study, but that doesn't mean you won't have a good experience! In fact, you may find a program that is more specifically focused on a topic you love.

Universities in many different countries offer top-notch psychology programs, allowing study abroad students to study with the greatest thinkers-about-thought in a whole range of different places. Studying psychology abroad will help you grow as a student, as you'll be exposed to the influence of different cultural norms on the subject.

However, if you aren't fluent in a foreign language and want to continue taking courses related to your major while abroad, you might want to consider a study abroad program in at an English speaking university.

United Kingdom

It's no surprise that the UK is full of highly ranked programs, like those at Cambridge, Oxford, and University College London. In particular, Cambridge boasts that its professors are world leaders in the field; you can study psychological behavioral sciences or natural sciences in their degree program.

China

China's universities also rank quite highly, with the University of Hong Kong and Peking University topping the charts. The countries unique cultural problems will provide students an interesting and engaging experience. In recent years, China has been rising in the field of psychology, and will only continue to grow.

Australia

Australia, too, boasts amazing Psychology programs, particularly at University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, and Australian National University. If you want an education dedicated to making contributions to the benefit of society, Australia is a great choice for you.

Other Countries for Studying Psychology Abroad

If you're looking for a destination that's a bit more off the beaten path, try the National University of Singapore, Japan's University of Tokyo, New Zealand's University of Auckland, Spain's Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, or the Netherlands' University of Amsterdam.

Housing

You may need to budget for your housing, as some providers expect you to find your own living accommodations. If you need help finding a place to stay, you can start with our study abroad housing guide.

Scholarship Resources

Prices will vary depending on the type of study you plan to do. Home institutions often offer major-specific scholarships, so check with the Psychology department at your school!

These databases can also help you find scholarships specifically for Psychology students.

Contributed by Emma Cramer

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Israel

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
The Overseas Student Program (OSP) of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) offers students the opportunity to enroll in s...

United States of America

UniStudy USA
UniStudy USA is a university placement and scholarship service for international students overseas and in the U.S. who are lo...

Tanzania

IPSL (International Partnership for Service)
Students will have the opportunity to get a rich, traditional Tanzanian experience by living in beautiful Arusha - a traditio...

England

CEA Study Abroad
If you’re looking for a cosmopolitan experience filled with art, music, fashion, and food, London is the place for you! You c...

Australia

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
Students studying in Brisbane, Australia have the unique opportunity to choose between two international acclaimed institutio...

Zambia

Edutours Africa
Edutours Africa customizes academic and non - academic faculty-led programs across 13 countries in Southern and East Africa f...

Sweden

The Swedish Program
The Swedish Program at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) is an academically challenging study abroad program offering a...

New Zealand

University of Canterbury
The University of Canterbury was established in 1873 and is New Zealand’s second oldest university. Their globally recognized...

New Zealand

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
Excelling in both teaching and research, and fostering professional excellence at every turn, the University of Canterbury is...

Italy

CEA Study Abroad
Study abroad in Rome and discover la dolce vita— the sweet life. Imagine studying art history as you gaze up at the Sistine C...

Australia

The University of Wollongong
Our courses have been developed by teachers who are leading their fields. Our student-focused approach to teaching and learni...

Spain

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
Sevilla, the capital of Andalusia, is the fourth-largest city in Spain and offers students opportunities to explore Spain's c...

Czech Republic

Study Abroad Compass
You don't have to get behind in your studies while abroad. Spend the whole summer, semester, year or obtain full degree in th...

France

APA Paris
Become a true Parisian and take classes in French amongst French students with APA Paris' Advanced Program. Build your schedu...

United Kingdom

London South Bank University
London is one of the world's largest cities, with people from all walks of life living in the city. LSBU is a campus universi...