Why YOU Should Study Abroad

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:

  • Exposing you to unique differences in the human condition worldwide;
  • Expanding your knowledge of other cultures;
  • Challenging you to adapt and persevere under sometimes difficult and harsh social and cultural circumstances;
  • Improving your language and cross cultural skills for effective communication across populations;
  • Enhancing your portfolio of experience through the kinds of hands-on research and community-based opportunities you will need to compete and succeed in today’s workforce.

A Message from the Department of Psychology

“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

Planning Your Program

When to study abroad

When to study abroad

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:

Year Recommended Student Action
Year 1

Planning
Years 2-4

Study Abroad!
  • Study abroad any time between the summer after your first year and the time you graduate!
  • Consider doing the following:
    • A Global Intensive Experience during spring or winter break!
    • A Faculty-Directed study abroad experience during the summer!
    • A Partnership or Exchange study abroad experience during the summer, spring, or fall semesters!

General Advice

General Advice

Advice from the Department of Psychology

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.    

Advice from the Study Abroad Office

  • 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.

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

How to make an appointment

Key questions to ask

  • What are my remaining degree requirements?
  • How many upper-division credits do I still need to complete for my degree?
  • How many elective credits (lower vs. upper division) do I have left to complete my major?
  • What remaining prerequisites must I fulfill, and how will study abroad impact my progress?
  • Which of my remaining degree requirements could I complete abroad?  Are there any that I cannottake abroad?
  • Can I receive academic credit for an internship abroad?
  • Are there any in-residence requirements I need to be aware of before I go abroad?

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meeting with a Peer Advisor

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.

  • Stop by the Study Abroad Office anytime Monday through Friday from 8:00am - 5:00pm.
  • Contact a Peer Advisor by email.
  • Call a Peer Advisor at (480) 965-5965.

Meeting with an International Coordinator

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.

  • Find the name of your International Coordinator listed on the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program of interest.
  • Schedule an appointment online. Click on the International Coordinator name for your program of interest and follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.
  • Visit an International Coordinator during walk-in hours in Interdisciplinary B (INTDSB) Room 255.

Key questions to ask the Study Abroad Office

  • What are the eligibility requirements for my program(s) or interest?
  • What is involved in the application for my program(s) of interest? Is admission to the program competitive?
  • How will I get ASU credit and grades for the courses I take abroad?
  • What courses are available on my program? How can I get courses approved for my program(s) of interest?
  • What is the cost of participating in my program(s) of interest? What do I need to consider in preparing an estimated budget for my program(s) of interest, and what expenses do I need to plan for up front?
  • Where can I find more information about scholarships for study abroad?

Research Your Funding Options

Research Your Funding Options

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.

Review Cost Sheet

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.

Research Funding

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:

  1. Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid;

  2. Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general study abroad scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program;

  3. Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funding their programs.

Financial Aid

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?

Major-Specific Scholarships

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers study abroad scholarships for which you may apply.

Community-Based Funding

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!

Attend Financing Workshop

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.

Helpful Links

“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

Recommended Programs

Although Psychology majors can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the Department of Psychology recommends the following programs.



Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: Study how people lived and died in the past through global health and bioarchaeology. Go on behind the scenes tours of the British Museum and the Museum of London mummy and skeletal collections. Academic visits to the Tower of London and Highgate Cemetery, while walking in the footsteps of deadly diseases (bubonic plague, cholera) and Jack the Ripper, included. Day trips to Stonehenge, Oxford, Hampton Court Palace, and Darwin's personal home.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Spain
Unique Features: This program offers a comprehensive overview of cross-cultural psychology and immigration phenomena. Students will experience the cosmopolitan city of Madrid and then spend a month in the vibrant Mediterranean seaside town of Valencia. Students will stay in family homestays, an arrangement allows you to tune in to the daily rhythms and cultural influences of Spanish life.
Program Type: Global Intensive Experience
Available Terms: Spring Break
Country: Dominican Republic
Unique Features: Join us in the Dominican Republic this spring break. Students on this program will connect with the Peace Corps community to get a "taste of the Peace Corps." They will help to implement ecologically sustainable projects in rural areas, engage with leaders working on community development projects, and participate in a site visit to a current Peace Corps Volunteer. Visit a Haitian batey and snorkel in blue waters. Students will write a project proposal based on their experience during Session B online.
Program Type: Global Intensive Experience
Available Terms: Pre-Fall
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: Join us in London where we will explore social psychological phenomena fueling the provocative, humorous and tragic behavior and thought processes demonstrated in Shakespeare productions. Participants will visit the Tower of London, the London Eye and the Freud Museum. In addition, students will see plays at the Global Theatre in London and at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Through this program and the exploration of the human psyche, students will learn more about themselves and human nature in general.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Ireland
Unique Features: Take Communication classes at Dublin City University (DCU), an institution of 10,000 students. Within easy reach of Dublin, DCU is a high-tech campus where study abroad students are fully integrated with local and international students. Students get an in-depth look at Irish culture through the core course, History and Culture of Modern Ireland, and they can make the most of their program through CIEE-guided excursions, field study programs, volunteering, conversation exchanges and special events.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: Germany
Unique Features: The Open Campus program at the CIEE Global Institute – Berlin offers flexibility to experience Berlin your own way. Pair one, two, or three six-week blocks for your perfect amount of intensive study and cultural engagement. No matter how you build your program, you’ll immerse yourself in the German language, culture, and people-vibrant Kreuzberg district, all while taking classes in a range of subjects, including Women and Gender Studies.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: Argentina
Unique Features: Take psychology classes in English while exploring Argentina, the country boasting the highest number of psychologists per capita in the world. Students can take integrated university classes with local degree-seeking students and study Spanish language at all levels to make the most of interactions with locals. While on this program, students will live and learn in the cosmopolitan capital city of Buenos Aires, also called the "Paris of South America" for its blending of European charm with South American warmth.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Country: Italy
Unique Features: Take classes in a variety of subject areas, including Italian language courses at all levels. Elective courses are taught in English, with some offered in Italian for advanced speakers. Internships are available. Florence has preserved the essence of the Renaissance and gives the impression of living in an outdoor museum. The city is a cultural, historical, and academic hotspot in Italy. Florence is perfect for first-time travelers, art lovers and people who prefer a smaller city that's easy to navigate.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: Experience an urban campus located in central London! Courses are taught at the University of Westminster by local university professors, and study abroad participants will take classes alongside British and other international students. During your stay, visit exciting cultural points of interest in and around London, as well as other parts of the UK, including royal palaces, museums, art galleries, theaters, orchestras, sporting events, and abundant parks and open spaces.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Ireland
Unique Features: National University of Ireland, Galway is a leader in research and teaching and offers coursework in psychology that can be taken with local and international students. Savor the community feel of Galway as people stroll along its pedestrian streets, which are framed by colorfully painted buildings and street musicians who serenade onlookers with a combination of traditional Irish music and contemporary songs.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: South Korea
Unique Features: Korea University is a world-class institution featuring a dynamic educational environment, beautiful and conveniently located campus, and top-quality student facilities. It prides itself not only on being a progressive and globally conscious institution, but also one that plays a role in preserving and developing Korean culture. Take Psychology courses taught in English, and explore the natural beauty of the country along with its royal palaces, Buddhist temples, sleek skyscrapers, stellar subway system, and cutting edge technology.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Countries: Multi-Country
Unique Features: Semester itineraries traverse the globe and make port in interesting and diverse destinations that allow students to experience local culture. Port stays provide engaging learning opportunities through in-country field programs and labs as well as independent excursions. Your primary home away from home will be the MV World Odyssey. Semester at Sea's passenger ship is outfitted as a globe-exploring university; a living-learning community that provides a platform for discussion, coursework, and deep connections all while traveling to new locations.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Spain
Unique Features: Improve your Spanish through intensive language courses, immersion in Spanish culture, volunteering opportunities, internships, workshops, conversation partner program and excursions. Enjoy optional tours/field studies in locations such as Madrid, Spain or Morocco, which will allow you to practice the Spanish skills you will be gaining! Join in local celebrations, open air markets, and the lively atmosphere of the Mediterranean lifestyle. You can even enroll in University of Alicante courses with other Spanish students if you have advanced language proficiency.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Country: Thailand
Unique Features: Experience the charm of exotic and ancient culture while you live and study in a center of Thai trade, tourism, and academic activity. Visit lovely mountain regions featuring rivers, rainforests, national parks, nature preserves, and tea and coffee plantations. Enjoy cultural immersion activities such as visiting local Buddhist temples, taking training classes in Thai Kickboxing or Traditional Thai Massage, and practicing Thai with locals.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Australia
Unique Features: Located in Melbourne, Monash has five campuses in Australia at which ASU students can study. With over 70,000 students in total, Monash also welcomes more than 1,000 study abroad exchange students each year. One of Australia’s leading research universities, Monash offers thousands of course offerings, including a number of upper division psychology classes. When not in class, students can enjoy Melbourne’s restaurants, sports, beautiful parks, and thriving nightlife.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Singapore
Unique Features: A leading global university center in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. Its transformative education includes a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment, as well as special programs which allow students to realize their potential. Singapore, which houses populations around the world that coexist together, serves as an excellent learning environment for a student studying Psychology.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Spring
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: The University of Leeds is a Red brick university located in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Established in 1904, it is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK, and students studying at the university are taught alongside local and international students. Renowned globally for the quality of its teaching and research, the University of Leeds is a traditional campus setting that is a 10-minute walk to the city center.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Australia
Unique Features: Known as “Australia’s most international campus,” the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is ranked in the top 100 of Best Global Universities by US News & World Report. Students studying at UNSW will live in Sydney, the oldest and largest city in Australia, and have the opportunity to explore the famous Sydney Harbour, fantastic beaches and amazing museums.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: South Korea
Unique Features: Yonsei is the oldest private university in Korea. Living in Seoul, South Korea, students will experience the undeniable heritage and tourism scene: fortresses, temples, shrines, palaces and ceremonies compete for attention while modern skyscrapers, glitzy shopping malls and multi-media and entertainment complexes, including the world-famous K-Pop scene around the Itaewon, Jamsil and Namsan districts capture the imagination.

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