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Most Memorable Moment

One of the most memorable experiences from my time abroad in Sweden took place as part of my Sami history course at Umea University. Some other international students and I assisted the Sami people (indigenous peoples of Sweden) with their winter reindeer herding in northern Sweden. To see thousands upon thousands of reindeer was a striking example of both the beauty and the fury of nature and an experience that I will never forget.

Noah Mergendahl

Linguistics & Scandinavian Studies, European Studies certificate
IAP Umeƅ, Sweden



Major Advising Page - Department of Psychology

Questions to Ask    Identifying Programs That are Right for You

The Department of Psychology strongly encourages you to expand your educational experience through participation in UW's International Academic Programs. While such programs provide you with opportunities to gain a broader understanding of the cultural influences on behavior, more importantly, it allows for tremendous personal growth. Placing yourself in an unfamiliar cross-cultural context deepens your self-awareness and your understanding of psychology. With careful planning, Psychology majors can study abroad for up to one year without delaying their degree completion.

Prospective Psychology Students

Current and potential Psychology majors should be aware of the Psychology Major Requirements as they are planning a study abroad experience. While Psychology majors can study abroad at any time during their academic career, we strongly encourage students to complete all Foundation courses (Psychology 202, 210, 225, and the biology requirement) at UW-Madison and before studying abroad. We recommend meeting with a Psychology advisor early in your academic career to discuss your intent to study abroad and plan classes accordingly.

Attend the Study Abroad Fair or visit the Program Search on the International Academic Programs (IAP) website to get an idea of what programs are available to you. Schedule a meeting with advisors at IAP to learn more about your study abroad program options.

Psychology Course Considerations Abroad

Many programs abroad offer a variety of Breadth level classes in the major, while Depth and Capstone classes can be more difficult to find. Because of the flexibility of the major, many students opt out of taking Psychology classes altogether so they may focus more on immersing themselves in their new cultural surroundings. Other students choose Psychology classes so they can learn about diverse theoretical orientations and approaches to psychology. Still others choose classes not offered at UW-Madison, which can be a great way to expand your knowledge of the field. What is most important is that you choose a program that caters to your interests and passions. Taking Psychology classes might be a part of that plan and our advising office help you determine what would be best given your academic plan.

Mapping Your Study Abroad Experience as a Psychology Major

Current and prospective majors should consult the recommended four-year planning guide for the Psychology major. You should be aware that this is only a suggested plan and there is flexibility in this plan. It is always best to meet with a Psychology advisor to develop a plan that is unique to your circumstance. We work hard to make study abroad a viable option for all students.

Below are some sample plans for you to consider. Keep in mind that your Psychology Advisor can help you create a plan that is best for you and note where there is flexibility.

One semester abroad: This sample plan is for students who start the major early in the college career.

One semester abroad: This sample plan is for students who may have spent more time exploring the Psychology major.

One year abroad: This will take careful planning, very early on, in your college career.

*Some students opt to take Statistics 371 or Sociology 360 for the statistics requirement for the major. If you choose one of these alternate options, be aware that you must complete 33 Psychology credits for the major. As such, you will need to complete an additional 3 credits of Psychology elective credit.


Questions to Ask

Your Academic Advisor

Your Study Abroad Advisor


Identifying Programs That are Right for You

We encourage you to consider programs that are intrinsically the best fit for you. Where do your passions and interests guide you? If you've always wanted to visit a particular region of the world, we can help you build an academic plan while meeting your graduation timeline. Psychology major students have studied all over the world. Some have opted to take Psychology courses and others have not. Still others have pursued programs that offer internship options to gain more insight into the international professional world of psychology.

Below is a brief list of programs that seem to be most popular among Psychology majors and/or provide unique opportunities for taking Psychology courses abroad. This is not an exhaustive list of all programs, so feel free to explore all your options with IAP and find the program that fits your interests best! Keep in mind that some programs do offer more Psychology courses than what you might find in the course equivalency listing, so be sure to check the subjects offered on a program for a more in depth look. You are always free to work with IAP to submit Psychology syllabi though your study abroad portal for department review.

Programs with two or more Psychology Breadth course options

Argentina, Buenos Aires: IFSA-Butler Argentina Study Abroad Programs
Australia, Brisbane: University of Queensland Exchange
Australia, Cairns & Townsville: James Cook University
Australia, Canberra: Australian National University Exchange
Australia, Sydney: Macquarie University Exchange
China, Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong Exchange
England, Bristol: University of Bristol Exchange
England, Lancaster: Lancaster University Exchange
England, Leeds: University of Leeds Exchange
England, London: University of Westminster
Ireland, Galway: National University of Ireland, Galway
Italy, Rome: John Cabot University
South Africa, Cape Town: University of Cape Town Exchange
South Korea, Seoul: Korea University Exchange
South Korea, Seoul: Yonsei University Exchange
Thailand, Bangkok: Mahidol University Exchange
Wales, Cardiff: Cardiff University

Programs with one or more Psychology Depth course options

Australia, Sydney: University of Sydney Exchange
Denmark, Copenhagen: Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)
England, London: University of Westminster
Ireland, Galway: National University of Ireland, Galway
Italy, Rome: John Cabot University
South Africa, Cape Town: University of Cape Town Exchange
South Korea, Seoul: Korea University Exchange
Spain, Seville: CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts & Liberal Arts in Seville
Thailand, Bangkok: Mahidol University Exchange
Wales, Cardiff: Cardiff University

Programs with one or more Psychology Capstone course options

Australia, Sydney: University of Sydney Exchange
China, Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong Exchange
Denmark, Aarhus: University of Aarhus Exchange
Denmark, Copenhagen: Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)
Italy, Rome: John Cabot University
South Korea, Seoul: Korea University Exchange
Spain, Barcelona: IES Liberal Arts & Business Program in Barcelona

Search all IAP programs
Research all programs using the IAP Program Search page. Again, the above is not an exhaustive list of all programs that offer Psychology courses. There may be other programs that are a better fit for your individual needs or interests.