Dickinson in Australia- University of Queensland

Psychology Study Abroad in Australia


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)

PSYC2341

Psychological Problems of Adolescence

Psych 180(2)

PSYC3000

Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology

Psych 480

PSYC3020

Measurement in Psychology

Psych 380

PSYC3052

Judgement & Decision-Making

Psych 480

PSYC3082

Psychotherapies and Counseling

Psych 480

PSYC3122

Attitudes & Social Cognition

Psych 380

PSYC3312

Parenting and Family Psychology

Psych 480

PSYC3142

Intergroup Relations & Group Processes

Psych 380

PSYC3262

Evolutionary Approaches to Human Behaviour

Psych 480

PSYC3302

Cognitive Neuroscience

Psych 480

Courses Generally Offered in Spring Only (Semester 1)

PSYC2000

Psychology of Sport and Exercise

Psych 180(1)

PSYC2371

Science of Everyday Thinking

Psych 180(3)

PSYC3032

Topics in Social Psychology

Psych 480

PSYC3062

Introduction to Human Factors

Psych 480

PSYC3102

Psychopathology

Psych 165

PSYC3192

Sensory Neuroscience

Psych 380

PSYC3202

Industrial & Organisational Psychology

Psych 480

PSYC3282

Developmental Perspectives on the Origins of Human Culture

Psych 480

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

PSYC2020

Neuroscience for Psychologists

Psych 180(1)

PSYC2030

Developmental Psychology

Psych 155

PSYC2040

Social & Organisational Psychology

Psych 380

PSYC2050

Learning & Cognition

Psych 180(1)

PSYC3272

The Neuroscience of Social Behaviour

Psych 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. Greg Smith.