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  • The Psychology curriculum is quite flexible, and with careful planning you can study abroad for a semester or longer and still graduate on time.
  • There are a wide variety of both core and elective psychology courses to choose from abroad.  Many of the psychology course options focus on concepts and topics unique to that particular institution giving you a chance to study a topic that is not offered at KU.
  • Study abroad is a great way to satisfy your KU Core requirements.  Therefore, it is a good idea to reserve some of your KU Core classes to take abroad.  
  • Scholarships are available for study abroad both through the KU Office of Study Abroad and national organizations. In particular, psychology students may be eligible for the Cheryle A. & Burton MacKenzie Scholarship for semester long study.  Research your opportunities early.
  • Courses to take at KU: Psychology students should plan to take their orientation seminar (PSYC 102) and their research methods course (PSYC 200 or 210) at KU.


Sample Study Abroad Graduation Plan for Psychology


  • Schedule a meeting with a psychology major advisor during your first year at KU to discuss your graduation plan and identify specific courses as well as specific timing opportunities for your study abroad experience.
  • After you’ve met with your academic advisor, continue your program research by visiting the KU Office of Study Abroad Info Center in Lippincott Hall. Study abroad peer advisors can help you to identify suitable study abroad options based upon the information you received from your advisor.
  • Studying abroad usually requires two letters of recommendation, so it’s good to start identifying individuals who can speak to your academic qualifications as well as your ability to be successful during an international experience.
  • Complete your orientation seminar, PSYC 102, before going abroad.
  • The summer before your sophomore year would also be a great time to take some of your KU Core courses abroad.  Applications for these programs are usually due March 1st, so come to the Study Abroad Info Center early in the spring semester to learn more about your options.

Sophomore & Junior

  • Psychology majors can study abroad during the fall or spring semester of their sophomore or junior year.
  • Psychology majors are required to take their research methods course, PSYC 200 or 210, at KU.  This course is offered during the fall, spring, and summer terms at KU, so you have a great degree of flexibility in planning a study abroad experience around this course.
  • You can take a combination of PSYC major courses, PSYC elective courses, minor requirements, and/or KU Core requirements during your semester abroad.
  • Summer internships abroad are a great way to gain valuable professional experience in a unique location.  There are several locations to choose from, and you can participate in these internships the summer after your sophomore or junior year.


  • If you go abroad as a senior, work closely with your academic advisor prior to your departure to make sure that you are on track to complete all your degree requirements.


  • Psychology faculty have already pre-approved a number of psychology courses abroad.  To see available pre-approved courses, visit the Course Equivalencies Database.
  • If you want to take a class/classes that have not been pre-approved, complete the credit approval process.


Semester Programs

National University of Singapore (*Featured Program*)

National University of Singapore is an exchange program specifically designed for Psychology students.  Courses are taught in English, and there are a wide range of psychology courses to choose from.
Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Language, Human Memory

DIS Copenhagen - Denmark

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: Positive Psychology, Developmental Disorders, European Clinical Psychology

University of Birmingham - England

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: Child Development, Visual Perceptions, Understanding Emotions

University of Exeter - England

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: Personality, Behavioral Neuroscience

University of Kent - England

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: Freud & Post-Freud, Psychology of Music, Motivation

University of Leicester - England

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: Psychology and International Conflict, Psychology and the Law, Intimate Relationships

University of New South Wales - Australia

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: Perception and Cognition, Physiological Psychology, Health Psychology

University of Wollongong - Australia

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: Brain and Behavior, Psychology of Aging, History and Systems in Psychology

Short Term Programs

Gender Equity and Well-being in Iceland

Recommended Timing: Summer - after sophomore or junior year
Sample course: EPSY 598 Special Course: Gender Equity and Well-Being in Iceland

International Internships

Recommended Timing: Summer - after sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: Varies by location

Korea University

Recommended Timing: Summer - after freshman or sophomore year
Sample courses: Psychology major requirements - Abnormal, Social, Child Development, Cognitive


Study Abroad Information Center
To learn more about your study abroad options, we encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The Study Abroad Info Center offers walk-in advising for current and prospective students. Drop by to learn more about program options, make an appointment with a study abroad program coordinator, get information on scholarships and financial aid, and talk to returned study abroad students. We also encourage you to explore the resources available on our website to learn more about the application process, KU Core Approved programs, and the cost of study abroad. 

Study Abroad Information Center
Lippincott Hall, Room 105
1410 Jayhawk Boulevard
Hours: Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students. Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.


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9th among public universities in the country for high quality, low cost study abroad programs — U.S. News & World Report
Longest-running exchange program in Western Hemisphere (begun in 1958) between KU and University of Costa Rica
18th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
28.1% of KU undergraduate students study abroad prior to graduation.
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 160 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
The Office of Study Abroad and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
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44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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