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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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Italy

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
Study abroad in Florence, Italy at the Florence University of the Arts (FUA) and Apicius International School of Hospitality...

United Arab Emirates

American University of Sharjah (AUS)
International students are welcome to take courses in all four colleges and schools at the American University of Sharjah, in...

South Africa

iXperience
iXperience is the only program that embodies the optimal summer. Hosted in Cape Town, students get invaluable experience in h...

Ireland

Trinity College Dublin
Studying abroad at Trinity College Dublin offers an ideal experience: - An unbeatable location in the heart of Ireland’s vibr...

Argentina

CAPA The Global Education Network
Simply saying the words “Buenos Aires” brings back memories of warm summer days and rolling breezes. When you study in Buenos...

Germany

BCA Study Abroad
The BCA Marburg program offers two amazing locations in one program. Students start their program in the heart of Vienna whil...

Ireland

University College Cork
Looking for an incredible abroad experience in the land of intriguing tales of magic and folklore, celebrated writers, a fasc...

England

Edge Hill University
The Study Abroad Programme at Edge Hill is a short programme for students who wish to study for one or two semesters. Our tea...

New Zealand

University of Otago
The University of Otago is New Zealand’s first university and the top choice for more than 20,000 students. After almost 150...

France

APA Paris
You can make your dreams of studying in Paris a reality, even if you’ve only studied French for 2 semesters. Upon arrival, st...

England

University of Roehampton, London
The University of Roehampton in London is a friendly campus based university. Set in 54 acres of beautiful parkland, we are j...

Uganda

SIT Study Abroad
Examine the root causes of the 1994 genocide and Rwanda’s ongoing efforts in fostering peace, unity, and reconciliation among...

Greece

Study Abroad Compass
Located in Athens, this program will allow students to immerse themselves in the community culture and take courses at New Yo...

Cameroon

Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad
The Middlebury program in Yaoundé offers cultural and linguistic immersion through a rigorous curriculum and adherence to the...

United Kingdom

University of Brighton
We offer semester and yearlong program, with the opportunity to take classes from a variety of subjects. Our team, Mary, Zoe...