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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 and take classes at another university, become involved with internships or volunteer organizations, or even gain research experience abroad, any of which can be an extremely life-enriching experience.

"This past fall I had an awesome experience studying abroad in Ecuador! I felt welcomed by my host families in Quito and Otavalo and loved observing diverse communities on each trip I took—from the Sierra, to the Coast, to the Galapagos!"
–Manju, Ecuador, fall 2015

"I studied abroad in Tanzania for seven weeks. I stayed with the most welcoming family and created relationships that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I learned so much through this experience and encourage anyone considering it to learn more!"
–Susan, Tanzania, summer 2015

Learning Abroad

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 throughout the entire learning abroad process of choosing programs, 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 psychology's major advising page for a guide to studying abroad as a psychology major and a list of suggested programs.

Psychology & Research in Madrid

Psychology & Research in Madrid, offered by the Learning Abroad Center in conjunction with the Department of Psychology and Fundación Ortega-Marañon, provides students with an opportunity to study psychology coursework in Madrid, Spain during fall, spring, and summer semesters. This program is a great opportunity for students to gain an international perspective on psychology, specifically in the brain science area, and to work on psychological research while abroad. 

  • During summer term, students will earn six PSY credits in just six weeks! Students will take PSY 3061, Biological Psychology (taught by Professor Jonathan Gewirtz, Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities) and work in research labs in Madrid, earning three credits of PSY 5993, Directed Research in Psychology. This program is a great opportunity for students to gain an international perspective on psychology, specifically in the brain science area, and to work on psychological research while abroad.
  • During fall or spring semester, students have the option to choose from: Abnormal Psychology, Health Psychology, Biological Psychology, Sensation and Perception, and Research Laboratory in Psychology, or Internship in Psychology, along with other Spanish culture courses to total 13-16 credits.

For more information, visit the Learning Abroad Center website

"[Studying abroad in Madrid] was literally a dream come true. It proved to me that hard work pays off. I learned much more than what was in the classroom. I learned more about myself on the way. It was an eye opening experience because I learned I was capable of things I didn't know I could be capable of. I learned that I can be self-sufficient and that I can have fun and still do well in class." –Anna, Spain, Summer 2015

National Student Exchange (NSE)

Want to study in another part of the US or Canada for a year, semester, or summer? National Student Exchange (NSE) allows students to go on exchange to another school. Choose from more than 200 schools and hundreds of majors/minors. You can still earn credit toward your U of M degree, and the credits you earn may be usable toward your psychology major or minor.

Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA)

HECUA 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 Bangladesh, Ecuador, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, and Norway.

International UROP Scholarship

Learn more about the $2,500
international UROP scholarship
by contacting the
Learning Abroad Center

The International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Scholarship is designed to promote learning abroad opportunities to University of Minnesota-Twin Cities undergraduate students by providing critical funding to students enrolled in select credit-bearing learning abroad programs involving a research project. The learning abroad program must be a semester or academic year in length involving a minimum of 100 hours dedicated to research that occurs onsite.