The University of Iowa administers a large number of study abroad programs, and programs offered by other U.S. colleges and universities are also available to University of Iowa students. The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences has worked closely with Study Abroad to select programs that fit psychology majors particularly well. All areas of emphasis within the psychology major include options for study abroad. Consider your area of emphasis, your career interests, and your academic goals. Use these webpages and links, talk with your major advisor, and work with an advisor at the Study Abroad office to find a program that fits your needs.
While we suggest you look at these highlighted programs first, feel free to browse the programs section of the Study Abroad website and consult materials in the Study Abroad Resource Room.
Iowa Regents Semester in Australia
Students can choose from a variety of courses in psychology. Previous classes have included Psychobiology, Personality and Social Processes, Introduction to Abnormal Behavior, Basic Processes, Psychopathology and Neuropsychology, and Social and Organizational Psychology. Course listings can be found can be found on the university's website.
The School of Psychology offers undergraduate and Honors study in core and applied areas of psychology. The program follows the scientist-practitioner model.
University of Iowa students are invited to enroll in courses offered in English by Aalborg University faculty in the Department of Communications and by guest faculty from partner universities. In addition to these courses, students work individually or in groups to prepare projects or mini-projects. A selection of courses offered by the International Cultural Studies program are also available. Applicants should have completed a minimum of one year of university-level work in the field of psychology. During the exchange program, students are required to complete courses in three subject areas: psychology, international cultural studies, and Danish language and culture. In the fall semester, students must select two courses from the following psychology courses:
- Advanced Cognitive
- Developmental and Neuro-psychology
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods
- Counseling Practicum
In the spring students choose two courses from the following:
- Developmental Psychology
- Work and Organizational Psychology
- Educational Psychology
- Advanced Psychological Assessment
The Department of Psychology’s BA program includes courses in each of psychology’s major sub-disciplines (Abnormal, Applied, Cognitive, Counseling, Developmental, Educational, Group, Health, and Organizational Psychology), and it provides students with the opportunity to study the field of psychology holistically at the undergraduate level. Courses offered include:
- Introduction to Psychology
- Lifespan Development
- Personality Theories
- Social Psychology
- The Psychology of Gender
- Applied Psychology
- Research Methods & Statistics I
- A History of Psychological Thought and Discourse
- Theories of Self
- Educational Psychology
- Organizational Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology
- Introduction to Counseling Psychology
- Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
- Introduction to Psychoanalysis.
University College Cork
Psychology students can choose from an extensive offering of classes, including Social Psychology, Probability and Statistics, Abnormal Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Psychology Applied to Health Care, Occupational Psychology, Biological and Cognitive Models of Mind Cognition and Culture, Intro to Human Development, and Intro to Social Psychology.
The University of Iowa and the Radboud University Nijmegen have established a reciprocal exchange program which allows UI undergraduate students to undertake an academic year or semester of coursework in the Netherlands. Dutch language is not required. The School of Psychology and Cognitive Sciences offers a wide variety of courses in the fields of Biological, Clinical, Cognitive, and Social Psychology.
The United Kingdom
You can choose from the following classes: Cognitive Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Eating Behavior, Psychology of Early Childhood, and many others. Students who have at least sophomore standing at the time the program starts and a minimum 2.8 GPA are eligible for this program.
UK Exchange Programs
Year-long study in the UK is available through exchange programs between the University of Iowa and Lancaster University and the University of Strathclyde. Students enroll in classes that are part of the host institution’s regular curriculum. Most of the classes in the British system are year-long. Students typically take between three and five courses during the academic year, earning between 24 and 32 semester hours of transfer credit.
The Psychology Department at Lancaster University provides a broad selection of courses which cover the different major approaches to the study of human psychology. The department has a prolific national and international reputation. Courses are offered in social, developmental, cognitive, and physiological psychology, psychological issues, as well as in psychological research methods.
Students studying with the Department of Psychology at Strathclyde are required to have the necessary level of statistics knowledge. Students can choose from the following courses:
- Cognitive Development
- Research Methods in Psychology
- Biological Aspects of Behaviour
- Individual Differences
- Social Identity and Social Cognition
- Sensation, Cognition and Performance
- Thinking and Language