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Study Psychology abroad

An in-depth guide to studying psychology as an international student.

Psychology degrees abroad

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and how it influences our behavior. It helps us better understand what makes us tick, and is one of the most popular university subjects to study at home and abroad.

Choosing to study psychology abroad can open up a huge number of opportunities, and there are plenty of great psychology degree programs available all over the world for international students to choose from.

You can study psychology at undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels, and in most cases you will need to study at graduate level in order to become a qualified psychologist.

Psychology program structure

Most psychology degrees are made up of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Some programs also offer a year work placement which let you apply the theory you’ve learned in a working environment. This hands-on experience can help you when it comes to choosing your future career and is a good addition to your CV.

Exactly what you study, and the depth of detail will depend on the degree level you are studying.

The course structure and scope of studying psychology abroad will also vary depending on the country and university you’re studying in. However, common themes and modules you’ll see in a psychology program curriculum include:

  • Foundations of psychology

    This will include a focus on the four main areas of psychology: biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology. These areas are often studied in more detail in the second or third years of your degree.

  • Research methods

    These will cover the quantitative and qualitative research methods you’ll need in order to complete your research project.

  • Conceptual and historical issues

    This covers how psychology theory has changed over time and what factors will affect its development in the future.

  • Individual differences

    This looks at why people have different personalities, how we can measure intelligence and how we treat mental disorders. This is often linked to social psychology.

  • Optional modules

    Depending on the university, you can usually choose some of the modules you study so you can specialize in an area you enjoy. These could include things like forensic psychology, neuropsychiatry or addiction.

  • Research project

    Most psychology degrees will include a year-long research project in the final year of your studies. This will make up a significant part of your final assessment.

Types of psychology degrees

Psychology is a broad topic, and a psychology degree will aim to give you an understanding of all the areas of the subject.

However, there are many options and concentrations you can choose from that offer a more focussed curriculum in a specific area. Some common psychology subdisciplines you could study include:

  • Clinical psychology
  • Counseling psychology
  • Experiment psychology
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Criminal psychology
  • Applied psychology
  • Child psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Sport psychology

It’s worth exploring one of these programs if there’s an area of psychology you’re most interested in. Psychology can often be studied as a joint degree in combination with another subject, like sociology, education, business or mathematics.

Why study psychology abroad

Successfully completing a psychology degree will not only give you great career prospects, but it will also enhance your understanding of the people and world around you. Psychology is the perfect subject for those with an inquisitive mind, and a passion for helping people.

Choosing to study psychology abroad opens you up the opportunity of studying a much wider range of programs, and will give your studies an international perspective that can give you an edge in your future career.

Where to study psychology abroad

An important factor to remember when deciding where to study psychology is where you want to work after graduating. It will be easier to work as a practicing psychologist in the country you are studying in, provided you can get the correct work visa because you will be accredited in that country.

For example, in the UK, your degree will need to be accredited by the BPS (British Psychological Society) to practice. However, you can still work in the UK if your undergraduate and postgraduate education took place abroad, but you will need to contact the BPS and meet certain criteria and potentially do some additional studies.

Consider how long you want to study before you start work. If you want to practice as a psychologist in the US or UK, you’ll need a doctorate, however, in some countries you only need a master’s degree. This means studying and working in these countries would offer a much shorter pathway to your chosen career.

Best countries to study psychology

Europe is regarded as the birthplace of psychology, so many of the best courses are located here.

The UK offers some of the most highly ranked psychology programs in the world, as does the Netherlands. Germany also boasts a number of well respected psychology courses and has the added allure of meaning you’ll be studying in the country where the discipline was born.

The US is at the forefront of modern psychology theory and is home to many of the subject’s top-ranked programs. It’s also a great location if you want to stay and work after graduating, with many psychology related career opportunities available.

Best universities to study psychology

The best university for you to study psychology will offer a program that matches your interests and ambitions and be in a country you want to live in for at least three years.

Take a close look at the program curriculum in detail, and think about what the course offers. Ask yourself questions like:

  • Do I want to study a degree that includes work placement or internship?
  • Do I want a course that offers more practical learning?
  • How long do I want to study?

There are a large number of universities that offer psychology degrees, so take your time to make the right decision. It’s also important to think about what the university offers outside of the classroom.

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Psychology study abroad programs

Psychology degrees abroad are offered at several different levels. At undergraduate level you can study a bachelor’s as a BA or BSc. There may be slight differences between the two, for example a BSc may have a stronger focus on scientific study and research, but generally, the curriculums are the same. They usually take three or four years to complete depending on the country you are studying in.

As a graduate, you can study for a master’s as an MA, MS or MSci. An MSci is offered as a four year undergraduate program with an integrated master’s level qualification. Studying a separate master’s after your undergraduate degree will usually take between one and two years.

You can also study for a PhD in psychology, and it’s often necessary to do this if you want to practice as a psychologist. These programs will be largely research based, and can take two or three years to complete.

Psychology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in psychology

  • Altinbas University Logo

    Psychology Altinbas University, Turkey

    • Tuition fees per year 8,500 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date February, September
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  • Fisher College Logo

    Psychology Fisher College, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 31,992 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, September
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  • Greenville University Logo

    Psychology Greenville University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 27,580 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • Arizona State University Logo

    Psychology (Psychological Science) Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 28,453 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, May, August
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  • University of Liverpool Logo

    Psychology University of Liverpool, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 20,700 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date September
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Pathway in psychology

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    Criminology & Psychology (Foundation) Leeds Beckett University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 10,900 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate pathway
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, September
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Associate in psychology

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    Psychology Oklahoma City Community College, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 7,552 USD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, June, August
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Psychology graduate programs

Master's in psychology

  • Arizona State University Logo

    Psychology Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 24,818 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date August
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  • RMIT University Logo

    Psychology - by research RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 33,600 AUD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • University of Dundee Logo

    Psychology of Language University of Dundee, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 18,150 GBP
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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    Professional Psychology University of Newcastle, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 40,375 AUD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date February, July, September
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  • University of Tasmania Logo

    Professional Psychology University of Tasmania, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 33,586 AUD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date February, July
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Pathway in psychology

  • University of Surrey Logo

    Environmental Psychology, Pre-Masters University of Surrey, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 12,500 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 6 months
    • Start date February, September
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Certificate in psychology

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    Business Psychology (Exit Award) University of Newcastle, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 20,190 AUD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 6 months
    • Start date February, July, September
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  • University of Central Arkansas Logo

    School Psychology University of Central Arkansas, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 9,648 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, May, August
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Doctorate in psychology

  • University of Tasmania Logo

    Psychology University of Tasmania, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 37,493 AUD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • Clark University Logo

    Psychology Clark University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 15,616 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, September
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  • University of Southern Mississippi Logo

    Psychology (Counseling) University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 10,770 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • Central Michigan University Logo

    Clinical Psychology Central Michigan University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 15,300 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date May, August
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  • University of Greenwich Logo

    Psychology University of Greenwich, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 14,500 GBP
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date September
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Entry requirements to study psychology abroad

The specific entry requirements for each psychology course will depend on the country and university you’re applying to, however there are some requirements you’ll always need to meet:

  • Completion of secondary education in your home country
  • A clear interest in, and passion for, psychology
  • Satisfactory English language proficiency test scores
  • A bachelor’s degree, usually in psychology or a related field, to study at postgraduate level

Check the requirements for your chosen program carefully before you apply, to see what grades you’ll need. The application process will also be unique to the country, university and program you’re applying to, but you can see the general study abroad application requirements here.

Future psychology careers

One of the most attractive things about a degree in psychology is that it opens you up to a huge number of potential new careers - it’s not just for practicing psychologists.

It can give you loads of transferable skills that most employers value, so you’ll have plenty of options after graduation.

Here are some of the most common careers that psychology graduates go into:

  • Psychologist (you can also specialize in a specific area, e.g. clinical, educational, forensic psychology etc.)
  • Counseling
  • Advice work (e.g. careers adviser)
  • Police officer
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Probation officer

Remember that to become a practicing psychologist you will usually need at least a master’s degree, and often a doctorate. However, a bachelor’s degree in psychology is still a valuable asset that many employers look at favorably.