The Next Steps

Psychology Study Abroad- The Next Steps

Initial discussions about study abroad should be with your academic advisor.  Then, if you still have questions, you may want to meet with Prof. Gregory Smith, the advisor for all study abroad programs in psychology. Students thinking about study abroad should follow these steps:

STEP 1

Students should begin their search for study abroad programs by exploring the various possibilities in consultation with staff from the Center for Global Study and Engagement.  Once a specific program has been identified, more information about that program can be obtained from the on-campus coordinator or program advisor for that program, or staff from the Center for Global Study and Engagement.

STEP 2:

Talk to your academic advisor about the program you are interested in and the specific courses you would like to take. Discuss how that program and those courses fit into your plans as a psychology major and progress toward your degree from Dickinson College.

STEP 3:

Determine how specific psychology courses taken abroad transfer to the psychology major:

(a)  Dickinson programs in Australia, England, France, and Denmark:  Lists of preapproved psychology courses and their specific Dickinson course equivalents can be found on the Dept. of Psychology webpage. If a course does not appear on the preapproved list, follow the instructions below for all other programs.

(b)  All other programs:  For psychology courses at other programs, including other Dickinson programs, it is important that you obtain conditional preapproval for each course before enrolling in that course.  Email Prof. Smith (smithg@dickinson.edu) a request for conditional pre-approval that includes the institution, the course title, and a complete course description.  You should attach as much supporting documentation as possible to that email:  a syllabus, a document that includes the number and types of class sessions per week (e.g., lecture, seminar, tutorial, lab), course level, and any prerequisites for the course.

STEP 4:

Getting course credit:  Once you return to campus, meet with Prof. Smith to receive credit for psychology courses taken abroad.

(a)  Dickinson programs in Australia, England, France, and Denmark:  If the courses you took are on the preapproved list, bring an Enrollment in Another Institution form to the meeting. If a course you took is not on the preapproved list, follow the instructions below for all other programs.

(b)  All other programs:  Bring the following to the meeting: an Enrollment in Another Institution form, copies of emails (or other documentation) showing conditional preapproval, the course syllabus, and copies of papers and other assignments your completed.