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Studying abroad can be a great way to travel, meet people, and learn new things about Psychology. We will hold an information event for psychology students interested in going on exchange in Semester 1 (3pm - 4pm Weds 14th Oct, via a Collaborate session on Learn). Please join to learn more about study abroad opportunities, and to hear from students who went abroad last year.  The University also has the Principal's Go Abroad fund, which can be used for internships and other short trips abroad:

The University has a number of exchange programmes, which offer the possibility to study your junior honours year (i.e., year 3) in Psychology abroad at an approved partner university. Exchanges are available through two schemes: ERASMUS (Europe) and General Exchange (for countries outside of Europe). Selection is based principally upon academic performance. Psychology has four exchange partners: University of Copenhagen (Denmark), Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain),  Universiteit van Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). These universities have spaces available specifically for Psychology students, and they offer courses that have been approved by our department. However, you are not limited to these four places: it is possible to go on exchange to other partner institutions of the University (our students go to places such as California, Canada, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland). Interested students should consult their personal tutor and the University's Edinburgh Global website. You can also get in touch with the Psychology International Exchange coordinator Prof. Caroline Watt (

The applications for academic exchange are submitted online. The system opens in early November, and the deadline will be in late November. Applications are assessed in December/January, and places are awarded by the end of January. 

Successful completion of the year of study abroad confers (a normal) 120 study credits. However, grades obtained abroad will not be converted and your degree will be classified on the basis of your final year performance in Edinburgh. The year of study abroad counts as part of your British Psychological Society accredited degree on the condition that you cover all of the five BPS curriculum areas and advanced research methods over years 3 and 4. Whichever core areas you do not cover abroad must be covered on your return through selecting relevant option courses in year 4. Please note: If you do not study courses equivalent to our compulsory methods/stats courses at your exchange institution, then you may be required to take these compulsory courses in year 4, in place of y4 options. See the section British Psychological Society Accreditation in the handbook for further information.

NB: See important information regarding Methodology training while abroad.

Students who are accepted for an exchange programme can obtain further advice about appropriate course choices from the Psychology International Exchange coordinator Prof. Caroline Watt (, and we will also hold an information meeting for those holding offers for study abroad, in March 2021.

Click here to read testimonials from Psychology students who studied abroad in the past few years