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The College of Charleston has a number of Study Abroad programs which offer Psychology courses and transferable credits.  These include semester programs and summer programs, some of which are run by faculty within the Psychology Department. Below are a few upcoming Study Abroad programs offered by our faculty.

For more information on the variety of  study abroad programs available check out the Center for International Education where you can search their program listing by geographical area and program types.

Summer 2019

University of Bremen, Germany Summer Research Assistant Positions in Psychology

Course Directors: Dr. Mike Ruscio (Psychology)

Location & Dates: Bremen, Germany 8-10 weeks in Summer 2019

In partnership with the University of Bremen, Germany, we are offering summer internships in Psychology for CofC students.  These are designed as 8-10 week experiences, engaging in full time research in dynamic laboratories at the University of Bremen.These research experiences are designed for upper level psychology students who have completed relevant course work in psychology including psych 211 and 220 (or 250), and upper level courses germane to the laboratory of interest. Applicants to this program should have a Psych GPA of 3.0 or higher.Applicants should contact Dr. Michael Ruscio ( to inquire about particular lab openings for a given summer.  January 31st 2019 is the application deadline for summer 2019.  However students are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Ruscio prior to the deadline (by the end of the fall semester or earlier) as statements of interest should be tailored to a specific lab (pending availability in the lab for the coming summer).

Neuroscience Study Abroad in Germany

Course Directors: Dr. Chris Korey (Biology) & Dr. Mike Ruscio (Psychology)

Location & Dates: Munich May 22nd - June 4th,2019 &  Berlin June 4th - June 15th, 2019

Neuroscience Seminar in Germany is a summer study abroad program for undergraduate students, which emphasizes the international nature of neuroscience research and the collaborative educational opportunities that are possible in today’s scientific community.  Registration for the course will be through the College of Charleston.  The course content will focus on current topics in neuroscience research while taking advantage of the historical lens Germany provides to examine the origins of our knowledge about nervous system function.  We will be hosted by two German universities: Ludwig Maximilians Universität (LMU) in Munich and Charité Medical University in Berlin. Both universities are members of the German Graduate Schools of Neuroscience (GSN).

Submit a one page letter of intent, curriculum vitae, current transcript and one letter of reference via e-mail to Dr. Chris Korey,  The preferred file format is pdf.  Application deadline is February 202019.

London, England

Course Directors: Dr. Chad Galuska (Psychology) 

Location & Dates: London, England May 31st - June 30th, 2019

Drug Use and Abuse in the UK and USA (Psychology 499CA or 599CA, 6 hours)

This course provides an introduction to the behavioral, cognitive, social, personality, and neural factors underlying drug and alcohol abuse. Commonly abused psychoactive drugs will be discussed in detail. Approaches to prevention, treatment, and contemporary drug policies – and how these differ between the UK and the USA – will be discussed.

If interested, please contact the course instructor Dr. Chad Galuska (Psychology) for more details!

Rwanda and Uganda

Course Directors: Dr. Jen Cole Wright (Psychology) & Dr. Chris Day (Political Science)

Location & Dates: Rwanda & Uganda May - June, 2019 

This study abroad program includes courses PSYC or POLI: Emerging from Violence: The Political and Psychological Consequences of Conflict and Trauma, and either PSYC or ENVT: The Psychology of Social Change, or POLI: The Politics of International Intervention. This program will include one week of traveling through Rwanda with Kigali Genocide Memorial to learn more about how the country is recovering from the 1994 genocide and a 3-week internship with a non-profit organization in northern Uganda to provide mental health education and services, as well as life-skill training, to individuals coming home after years of displacement during the LRA/Ugandan Army conflict.

If interested, please contact the course directors Dr. Jen Cole Wright (Psychology) & Dr. Chris Day (Political Science) for more details!

Cambodia and Vietnam

Course Director: Dr. Jen Cole Wright (Psychology) 

Location & Dates: Cambodia & Vietnam + 3 days volunteering at the Elephant Valley Project  Mid-July - Mid-August, 2019 

Travel to Southeast Asia for a month-long exploration of different cultures, past and present. This study abroad program includes  courses on PSYC Emerging from Violence: Trauma and Post-Traumatic Growth, and PSYC or ENVT: The Psychology of Social Change. In addition to regular coursework, you will design and carry out your own research project during the trip. These credit hours will count towards the 12-credit hours of individualized training required for Departmental Honors.

If interested, please contact the course director Dr. Jen Cole Wright (Psychology) for more details!

Ireland: Irish Studies Summer Study Abroad

Course Directors: Dr. Joseph Kelly (English), Dr. Jeremy Clement (Hospitality and Tourism), Dr. Amy Kolak (Psychology), Dr. Carrie Messal (Management/Marketing)

Location & Dates: Ireland, June 2 – 29th, 2019

This summer study abroad program features classes in Psychology, English, Irish & Irish American Studies, Humanities, Business Management, and Hospitality and Tourism Management.  Each student can choose 2 courses to complete during the program, and a full list of course descriptions are available on the Irish Study Abroad Blog.

If interested in coursework, please contact the appropriate director: Dr. Jeremy Clement (Hospitality and Tourism), Dr. Amy Kolak (Psychology), or Dr. Carrie Messal (Management/Marketing). For questions about the program in general please contact Dr. Joseph Kelly (English)

Fall 2019 (planned)

Trujillo, Spain

Course Directors: Dr. Jen Cole Wright (Psychology), Dr. Kendra Stewart (Political Science), & Dr. Celeste Lacroix (Communications) 

Location & Dates: Trujillo, Spain September - December 2019

This semester abroad program travels to Trujillo, Spain and includes courses such as PSYC 224 or 375 Developmental Psychology course (determined by student needs and interest), PSYC 315/ENVT 352 Psychology of Social Change, plus 2 additional courses from Political Science (2 courses to choose from), Communications (3 courses to choose from) and Spanish (one upper-level course). 

If interested, please contact the course directors Dr. Jen Cole Wright (Psychology), Dr. Kendra Stewart (Political Science),  or Dr. Celeste Lacroix (Communications) for more details!