Study Abroad & Off Campus
An extraordinary opportunity available to University of Minnesota-Twin Cities students is the chance to study abroad or off campus. You can live in a foreign country, take classes at another university, become involved with internships or volunteer organizations, or even gain research experience abroad. Any of these experiences can enrich your life.
"I am spending this semester studying abroad in Thailand with the MSID (Minnesota Studies in International Development) program, and have been having an incredible experience! Throughout the first 9 weeks of my program, I have taken classes in Chiang Mai city and lived with a Thai host family, allowing me to immerse myself in the culture more than I thought would be possible."
–Kasey, Thailand, Spring 2018
"It was an eye-opening experience for me to explore London as a student, an employee, and a traveler. I have taken two classes with CAPA London and interned in the Center for Brain and Cognitive Development at the University of London. The most interesting part of my internship was to shadow and have hands-on experience handling the EEG device. I get to strengthen my networking skills by interacting with many experts in the psychology field and gain inter-cultural competency skills while working with colleagues and participants of diverse backgrounds. Overall, my study and intern experience in London has definitely reinforced my original career plans and boosted my confidence to achieve my goals!"
–Li Shen, England, Fall 2018
Begin the Study Abroad Process
by completing a First Step Session
through the Learning Abroad Center
(in-person and online options).
The Learning Abroad Center has fantastic resources to guide you through the entire process of choosing a program, acquiring financial aid, and enrolling in courses abroad. From short-term global seminars to year-long programs, there is a program to match your interests and goals.
- First Step Sessions guide you through the basics of going abroad and can be completed online or in-person at the Learning Abroad Center.
- Check out the psychology major guide to studying abroad as a psychology major and a list of suggested programs.
Psychology & Research in Madrid, Spain
Psychology & Research in Madrid, offered by the Learning Abroad Center in conjunction with the Department of Psychology and Fundación Ortega-Marañon, provides opportunities to study psychology coursework in Madrid, Spain during fall, spring, and summer semesters. Through this program, students can gain an international perspective on psychology, specifically in the brain sciences area, and work on psychological research while abroad.
- During the summer term, students will earn 6 PSY credits in just 6 weeks! Students will have the option to take Biological Psychology (taught by Professor Jonathan Gewirtz, Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities) for 3 credits, Cross-Cultural Psychology for 3 credits, Psychology in the Workplace for 3 credits, or a research lab in Madrid, earning 6 credits of PSY 5993, Directed Research in Psychology.
- During the fall or spring semester, students can choose from: Abnormal Psychology, Health Psychology, Biological Psychology, Sensation and Perception, Psychology in the Workplace, and Research Laboratory in Psychology, or Internship in Psychology, along with other Spanish culture courses to total 13-18 credits.
For more information, visit the Learning Abroad Center website.
National Student Exchange (NSE)
National Student Exchange (NSE) allows students to go on exchange to another school. Choose from more than 200 schools and hundreds of subjects to study. You can still earn credit toward your U of M degree and the credits you earn may be used toward your psychology major or minor.
Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA)
The HECUA program allows you to study off-campus in the Twin Cities area for a semester. While you do, you'll focus on key social justice issues. Choose between focusing on the environment, arts, writing, or urban studies. You can also choose to do a summer-session focused on civil rights or agriculture. Credit-bearing internships completed through HECUA may count toward elective credits for the psychology major.
HECUA also offers international programs in Ecuador, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Italy, and Norway.
International UROP Scholarship
The International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (I-UROP) Scholarship provides critical funding to students enrolled in select credit-bearing learning abroad programs involving a research project. The learning abroad program must be a fall or spring semester or the academic year. A minimum of 100 hours must be dedicated to onsite research.