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

Studying abroad can be a great way to travel, meet people, and learn new things about Psychology. We will hold an information event for students interested in going on exchange- this will take place from 1.15pm - 3pm on Wednesday 11th of October in seminar room 4, Chrystal Macmillan Building. There will also be a general University Go Abroad Fair on Wednesday 18th October 2017, 12.30am – 4.30pm. Please come along to one or both of these events to learn more about exchange, and to meet 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: http://www.ed.ac.uk/global/go-abroad/go-abroad-fund.

The slides from the Psychology Study Abroad event (11th October 2017) are available here.

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), Université Pierre Mendès-France Grenoble II (France), Universiteit van Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and University of Trento (Italy). 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 five 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 International Office website. You can also get in touch with the Psychology International Exchange coordinators Prof. Caroline Watt (Caroline.Watt@ed.ac.uk) and Dr Nic Chevalier (nicolas.chevalier@ed.ac.uk).

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 RMS2 and RMS3 at your exchange institution, then you may be required to take RMS2 and RMS3 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 coordinators Prof. Caroline Watt (Caroline.Watt@ed.ac.uk) and Dr Nic Chevalier (nicolas.chevalier@ed.ac.uk).