Education Abroad for Psychology Majors

Education Abroad for

Psychology Majors

Seagulls flying over the Brighton pier in England

Globalize Your Education

Psychology majors are highly encouraged to study abroad. Participating in study abroad is an ideal way to add a global perspective to your Psychology major through first-hand experience living and studying in another country and culture. Studying abroad can also help you to understand the discipline of psychology more deeply, and to analyze human behavior, learn about theories in which research is rooted, and about how to actively critique the assumptions, methods, and ethics that are a part of generating and using psychological knowledge through a global lens.

Review the resources here to first explore how an international experience could fit into your degree plan. Review the resources here to help decide how an international experience can fit into your degree plan. It is important to work with your Undergraduate Advisor and an Education Abroad advisor early on in the application process to make sure that you are choosing the best program to fit your goals and meet major requirements.Your Education Abroad advisor can also help you explore ways to use financial aid, scholarships, and grants to finance your travel! 

Why Study Abroad?

When you step out of a familiar environment and engage with another society, where cultural, political, and academic perspectives differ from the U.S., it can greatly enhance your perspective by placing domestic issues and experiences within an international context.  It helps participants negotiate differences, listen to and learn from new viewpoints, and adapt to unfamiliar situations.  The changed perspective students gain from studying abroad helps make them better informed global citizens, and they are often more competitive for employment, fellowships, and graduate school.

You can Afford to Study Abroad!

Receiving FAFSA? All subsidized & unsubsidized Stafford Loans will automatically work on your study abroad program! 
Veteran? Use your Veterans Benefits to help cover the cost of your program fee! 
Pell Grant Recipient? Not only can you use your Pell Grant, but you are also eligible for the Gilman Scholarship, worth up to $5,000! 
Need Scholarships? The PSU Ed Abroad office offers scholarship workshops every term and has a multitude of resources online for students on a budget. Come meet with us so we can talk about awards ranging from $500 - $10,000.

One of the subjects that comes up in many, many psychology courses is individualism vs collectivism.  As the field of psychology becomes more globally minded and less focused on Western cultures alone, the differences in these mindsets become more apparent and important.  Studying abroad in Japan, a highly collectivist country, allowed me to really experience this for myself and understand the differences on a personal level. For this reason, studying abroad was a great asset to my degree as well as my growth as a person.

- Madison Lawrie, Osaka, Japan

View of Tibetan peace flags and monastery in the mountains.

Virtual Study Abroad: Tibet, Summer 2021

Tibetan Buddhism and the Psychology of Happiness

Professor Chris Allen will be teaching while abroad in Tibet! Exclusive interviews and site visits will provide an understanding and experience of Buddhist teachings on happiness and well-being  Earn 4 credits towards your Psychology degree. 

castle near the water at sunset

Online Study Abroad: UK & Ireland, Summer 2021

Paranormal Psychology in the United Kingdom & Ireland

Examine the psychological theories around paranormal experiences including ghosts, possessions, aliens, demons and out of body experiences! Partnering with locals on the ground, the content will be focused on experiences in the UK & Ireland.


Education Abroad Credit Limit Toward Psychology Major

Students earning a BA/BS in Psychology may apply up to 24 credits from any PSU-approved study abroad program towards their Psychology major. 4 of the credits can be 200 level Psychology, while 20 of the 24 possible credits must be at the 300 level or above.  

The Psychology major is a 60 credit major, of which 52 of the credits are PSY credits.  As a result, PSY students have a minimum of 52 PSY credits to graduate, while the remainder of their credits can come from BA/BS requirements, UNST or Honors requirements and elective credits.  PSY students usually have anywhere from 20 to 40 credits of elective credits they can use towards their degree.  Please note that many of these elective credits can be earned while studying abroad.

Courses Must Be Taken For A Grade

Education Abroad courses used for the Psychology major must be taken for a grade (A-F) unless that option is not available.

Which Education Abroad Programs Work Well for Psychology Majors?

The programs listed below are recommended because they offer the largest number and range of courses relevant to Psychology majors.


CIEE Arts and Sciences Program in Cape Town, South Africa
USAC Ghana: African Studies in Accra


IE3 Global South Korea: Yonsei University in Seoul
PSU Faculty-Led Tibet:  The Psychology of Happiness and Well-Being
SIT Study Abroad Nepal:  Development, Gender, and Social Change in the Himalaya
USAC Thailand: SE Asian Economics, Politics, and Cultural Studies


CIEE Business and Society Program in Seville, Spain
IE3 Global Germany:  Baden-Wuerttemberg     
USAC England: University of Brighton
USAC Italy: Reggio Emilia - Education, Health, Communications, and Italian Studies
USAC Netherlands: Maastricht University
USAC Spain:  San Sebastian - Spanish Language, Basque, Psychology, and European Studies
USAC Sweden: Linnaeus University in Vaxjo or Kalmar


CIEE Liberal Arts Program in Buenos Aires, Argentina   
IE3 Global Internships 
IFSA Mexico:  Merida University
IFSA - Universidad Nacional


PSU Exchange Egypt: The American University in Cairo
PSU Direct Enroll Turkey: Bogazici University in Istanbul
PSU Direct Enroll Israel: University of Haifa


       USAC New Zealand: Massey University in Palmerston, Auckland, or Wellington
       USAC Australia: Griffith University in Gold Coast or Brisbane

Don't see a program that works for you? Click here for the complete list of programs. 

Ready to take the Next Step?

Attend an Ed Abroad 101 session to learn more about studying abroad at PSU. These are 30 minute sessions offered when classes are in session. They cover the application process and direct you to next steps. 

Upcoming events

Ed Abroad 101

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Drop-In Advising with USAC!

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