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Study Abroad Programs with Psychology

My experiences in Japan also intersected with my psychology studies (both in the classroom and outside) due to my interest in bilingualism and cross-cultural cognition/behavior. By actually living in a very different culture and becoming some degree of bilingual for the first time, I was able to firsthand experience these changes and new ways of functioning in a way that I could not have done in America.

Jonah Shlaes, Rikkyo University, Japan, Academic Year 2015-2016

I began volunteering in a social psychiatry cafe, in which I learned a lot about the mental healthcare system in Copenhagen and how social psychiatry can help individuals with mental illness. More than anything, this experience helped me gain a better understanding of mental healthcare both in Denmark and in the United States and how aspects of both can be combined to create a system that is beneficial for individuals with mental illness. … There were many things that I could not understand on my own, but two of my professors were Danish psychologists and they helped me to understand both the social constructs that created differences in healthcare as well as the aspects of the institutions of the healthcare systems that I would not know as an American studying in Denmark.

Maddie Ipsen, DIS, Denmark, Spring 2016

Recent psychology majors have studied through Beloit College in China, Ecuador, Estonia/Morocco, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Russia, Scotland and Turkey; programs through other providers in Australia, Denmark, India, Italy, New Zealand, and Spain. Students are also encouraged to work with a Beloit faculty advisor on a special project tailored to their interest in any study abroad location. Other opportunities are available for students with research experience and a recommendation from their advisor.


Australia - James Cook University, Townsville (D)

  • Semesters: Fall or Spring (southern hemisphere calendar)
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: One college year of study, 2.8 gpa; previous coursework in field to qualify for advanced courses.
  • Housing: On-campus residence halls/off-campus apartments; students provide own meals.
  • Details: Study with local students; courses in psychology including brain & behavior, health psychology, counseling, indigenous Australian studies, Asia-Pacific community development; Australian literature; many courses have a field-trip component for hands-on experience; university research facilities include island, rainforest and outback field stations.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Significantly higher.

Australia – Macquarie University, Sydney (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring (southern hemisphere calendar). 
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.5 gpa, 3.0 for internship; previous coursework in field to qualify for advanced courses.
  • Housing: On campus residence halls/off-campus apartments, students provide own meals. 
  • Details: Study with local students; many courses in psychology, social science, indigenous studies and development studies; orientation and a guide to Sydney on line; internships possible, volunteer opportunities available.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Significantly higher.

Denmark – DIS: Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Copenhagen (P)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: Study in English, courses in Danish available. 
  • Prereqs: 3.0 gpa, previous coursework in your chosen program, several programs have additional requirements.
  • Housing: 5 living options: host family, a kollegium (student residence hall), shared DIS housing downtown, Danish roommate in an apartment, folkehøjskole (rural campus with Danish students).
  • Details: Students are mostly from American colleges; choose a program to study such as Psychology & Child Development (one or two core courses with unique program integrated study tours), elect 1 or 2 other courses many of which have field studies in Copenhagen; Danish language optional but recommended; optional adventure trips at extra cost; sports and volunteering available.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Significantly higher.

Ecuador - Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) (Ex)

  • Semesters: Exchange, fall, spring or academic year. 
  • Language: Courses in Spanish or partly in English.
  • Prereqs: 2 years of college Spanish; enrollment in a Spanish course the semester or summer before; 3.0 cumulative gpa and 3.0 in Spanish; previous course work for studio art courses; courses with a Latin American focus strongly recommended. 
  • Housing: Host family.
  • Details: Orientation in Quito; Quito in Transition course; full range of science and social science courses, some with field study trips; study with local students; excursions; volunteer opportunities.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Same.

Germany - University of Erfurt, Erfurt (Ex)

  • Semesters: Spring, Academic year.
  • Language: German, English.
  • Prereqs: 2 years college German, previous coursework relative to the understanding of Germany.
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Intensive German language at beginning of term; university courses in politics, development and international affairs, German as a second language with disciplinary focus; study with local students; no natural sciences; some courses taught partially or fully in English at this bi-lingual university; few non-native German speakers in Erfurt; region is historically rich with archives, museums and study centers; travel opportunities in Germany and Central Europe.
  • Scholarships: Available for study in Germany. See the Scholarships page on the OIE Study Abroad website. 
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Higher.

New Zealand – Massey University, 3 campuses (D)

  • Semesters: Fall (July-Nov), Spring.
  • Language: English, language courses in Maori available. 
  • Prereqs: Junior or Senior standing; see individual courses for terms of admission.
  • Housing: Single occupancy residences, shared bath; students provide own meals.
  • Details: extensive course listings in arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences and psychology, along with a diverse curriculum; psychology courses include: bi-cultural perspectives (Maori psychological theories), brain and behavior, community psychology. Many opportunities for outdoor activity. 
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Higher.

Turkey – Yeditepe University, Istanbul (Ex)

Note: Unavailable as of Fall 2016 due to the U.S. Department of State's Travel Warning 

  • Semesters: Spring, academic year.
  • Language: English. 
  • Prereqs: Previous coursework relative to the understanding of Turkey. 
  • Housing: Shared rooms in University residence halls; linens provided; students provide own meals at university cafeterias, snack bars and restaurants. Students are allowed to opt-out of on-campus housing and arrange their own housing after the arrival period. 
  • Details: Study in English with local and international students; courses from wide range of university offerings including the faculties of arts and sciences, fine arts including theatre, and economics and political science; university located on the Asian side of Istanbul. 
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Lower.

United Kingdom - University of Sunderland, Sunderland (D)

  • Semesters: Fall (mid-September to mid-December, Spring (January to late May).
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.75 GPA.
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Same.

United Kingdom - University of Bristol, Bristol (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 3.2 GPA.
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Information on the Department of Psychology. Fall semester exams take place in January. Alternative assessments can sometimes be arranged. Social & linguistic anthropology, evolutionary anthropology, material culture, archaeology. 
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Higher.

United Kingdom - University of Essex, Colchester (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA.
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Information on the Department of Psychology. One term in the fall, two during Beloit College's spring semester.  
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Lower.

United Kingdom - University of York, Heslington (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Academic year.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereq: 3.0 GPA.
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Find information on the Department of Psychology. Students live in colleges and are assigned to an academic advisor. York's campus is on a former estate; the medieval city center is short bus-ride away. Term system (1 in the fall, 2 in the spring).
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Same.



  • D: Direct enrollment in a university as a visiting student.
  • Ex: Enrollment in a university as an exchange student.
  • P: Provider program. Program organized for students attending U.S. colleges and universities.

Non-tuition educational expenses: 

Cost of room and board compared to Beloit College. Other expenses to consider: airfare, local transportation, visas, health insurance, immunizations, books, student activity fees, recreational travel and other activities. 

  • Higher: Up to $2,000 more than Beloit College room and board for one semester. 
  • Significantly Higher: $2,001 or more above Beloit College room and board.

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