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A major in Psychology provides a strong foundation for many different career fields. Studying abroad is a great way to differentiate your experience from other students when applying for graduate school or a job after graduation.
Study abroad programs provide an opportunity for you to develop a valuable skill set that can set you apart from other applicants by:
“Study abroad: what a great idea! In addition to expanding your understanding of psychology, studying abroad is a wonderful way to see the world, experience different styles of education, take in a new culture, set yourself apart from other applicants to grad school or career opportunities, make lifelong friends and develop personally. Students that study abroad display an appreciation of the rich human diversity the world offers and communicate their enthusiasm for seeking new challenges and succeeding in novel environments and circumstances. Study abroad provides a great complement to the education and experience you gain on campus, and will be a highlight of your education at ASU.”
- Dr. Steven Neuberg, Foundation Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology
Psychology majors are fortunate as they have a lot of flexibility in course scheduling. This allows our majors the opportunity (in most circumstances) to study abroad any semester after their first year. The Psychology Advising Office’s recommendation as to the process of planning and then studying abroad is as follows:
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As a Psychology major, most students have the flexibility to take many elective courses during their degree program. It is recommended that students save some of these elective courses for their time studying abroad. This will allow for courses to be taken toward a minor, certificate, or just as fun electives while studying abroad. If major coursework is needed, it is recommend that students choose from one of the recommended study abroad programs below that offer Psychology coursework. Students are always encouraged to consult with a Psychology Advisor prior to choosing where and when to study abroad to determine the best time to study abroad and which coursework is most appropriate to complete while abroad.
Be sure to view the list of recommended steps for getting started on your study abroad journey.
Attend a Study Abroad 101 info session to get all the basic information from a Study Abroad Student Recruiter on program types, eligibility, housing, finances, searching for and choosing a program and the application process. Discover times and locations.
Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad workshop to get information on program fees and deadlines, how financial aid can apply to study abroad, how to utilize community-based funding and tips on finding and applying for study abroad scholarships. Discover times and locations.
Peer Advisors are ASU students who have studied abroad on various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own! They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad.
No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.
Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can talk you through the application process, and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Study Abroad Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Skype.
Studying abroad is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad.
You can find a link to your program’s Cost Sheet near the top of the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while abroad. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Study Abroad Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees, and personal expenses since these are not included in any Program Fee.
Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your study abroad program. You can receive funding for studying abroad through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:
Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid;
Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general study abroad scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program;
Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funding their programs.
We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to our study abroad program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:
How do loans work for study abroad? What kinds of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I study abroad?
Have I reached the maximum of (insert name of) loan allowed per academic year?
When will funds be released for my semester of participation?
How will additional scholarships impact my ASU financial aid?
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers study abroad scholarships for which you may apply.
Check out the Study Abroad Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-source funding. There is funding out there… you just have to ask!
Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer bi-weekly in-person and online Financing Your Study Abroad Workshops. Join us in the MU on Monday afternoons or log in through Adobe Connect (register here) on Thursdays to learn how to finance your study abroad program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.
“Studying abroad was a highlight of my college experience. It broadened my view of the world, made lifelong contacts on the other side of the world, and learned more about myself than I thought was possible. Studying abroad will truly change your life for the better, so if given the opportunity to do so, DO IT! You won't regret it!”
- Beth Rosenberg, Psychology Major
“Studying abroad was nothing less than a thrilling adventure. Learning by doing, by seeing, by tasting, taught me more than I ever imagined.”
- Michelle Marji, Psychology Graduate
Although Psychology majors can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the Department of Psychology recommends the following programs.