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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 2020

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 2020

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 2020 is the application deadline for summer 2020.  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).

Ireland: Irish Studies Summer Study Abroad

Course Directors: Dr. Joseph Kelly (English),  Dr. Mike Ruscio (Psychology), and other faculty TBA

Location & Dates: Ireland, June 2020 (exact dates TBD)

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.

Dr. Mike Ruscio (Psychology) will be offering PSYC 315 during this study aborad. For questions about PSYC 315 during this study abroad please contact  Dr. Mike Ruscio, and for questions about the program in general please contact Dr. Joseph Kelly (English)

Future Study Abroad Programs

Neuroscience Study Abroad in Germany

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

Location & Dates: TBD Summer 2021

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).

This program will return Summer 2021. For more information pelase contact Dr. Chris Korey (Biology) & Dr. Mike Ruscio (Psychology)

Previous Study Abroad Programs

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!