Dickinson in Australia- University of Queensland

Psychology Study Abroad in Australia

Phoebe Oldach ’13, pictured conducting fish-feeding experiments in the wetlab of the University of Queensland's (UQ) Moreton Bay Research Station.

The Dickinson in Australia program, located at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, was founded as the Dickinson College University of Queensland Science Program. The program was originally designed to provide students studying psychology, biology, chemistry, and other sciences the opportunity to expand their knowledge through international study at one of Australia’s premier science universities. Students from other majors are also considered for admission. Normally, psychology majors take two courses from the UQ Department of Psychology, one other science course, and one Australian culture class per semester. Students are either housed in apartments near the University or live like an Ozzie in one of several residential colleges on campus (kind of like Harry Potter for adults). The proximity to Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast beaches, a multi-day excursion to Sydney mid-way through the semester, and visits to historic and cultural sites around Brisbane during orientation make Dickinson in Australia a favorite among psychology majors.

UQ Course number

Course title

Dickinson Course Equivalent

Courses Generally Offered in Fall Only (Semester 2)


Psychological Problems of Adolescence

PSYC 180(2)


Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology

PSYC 480


Measurement in Psychology

PSYC 380


Judgement & Decision-Making

PSYC 480


Psychotherapies and Counseling

PSYC 480


Attitudes & Social Cognition

PSYC 380


Parenting and Family Psychology

PSYC 480


Intergroup Relations & Group Processes

PSYC 380


Evolutionary Approaches to Human Behaviour

PSYC 480


Cognitive Neuroscience

PSYC 480

PSYC2311 Developmental Disorders of Childhood PSYC 455

Courses Generally Offered in Spring Only (Semester 1)


Psychology of Sport and Exercise

PSYC 180(1)


Science of Everyday Thinking

PSYC 180(3)


Topics in Social Psychology

PSYC 480


Introduction to Human Factors

PSYC 480



PSYC 165


Sensory Neuroscience

PSYC 380


Industrial & Organisational Psychology

PSYC 480


Developmental Perspectives on the Origins of Human Culture

PSYC 480

Courses Generally Offered in Spring & Fall (Semester 1 & 2)


Neuroscience for Psychologists

PSYC 180(1)


Developmental Psychology

PSYC 155


Social & Organisational Psychology

PSYC 380


Learning & Cognition

PSYC 180(1)


The Neuroscience of Social Behaviour

PSYC 480

Psychology courses offered on the UQ program (whether courses are listed here or not) will be counted as Dickinson courses’ and grades received for these courses will be factored into the student’s Dickinson GPA

Notes on the University of Queensland (UQ) psychology program: 

  1. Students may take more than one PSYC 180 course at UQ. Courses noted as PSYC 180(1) fulfill the 100-level Group 1 requirement, courses noted as PSYC 180(2) fulfill the 100-level Group 2 requirement, and courses noted as PSYC 180(3) fulfill the 100-level Group 3 requirement.
  2. Students may take more than one PSYC 380 course and/or more than one PSYC 480 course at UQ.
  3. Dickinson students should not attempt to enroll in 4000-level courses at UQ.
  4. Because differences exist in offerings between institutions, students are advised to choose psychology courses from the above pre-approved list.While other courses at UQ may be worthwhile and may complement a student's study of psychology, they will not typically transfer for credit as a psychology course. If a student chooses to take a course that has not been pre-approved, that student must request course approval from the Department of Psychology. The student should provide course syllabi, course descriptions, and samples of assignments in order for the Department to determine whether or not the student should receive Psychology credit for that course. Questions about Psychology course credit should be directed to Prof. Marie Helweg-Larsen.