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Discover Spain: Psychology
Immerse yourself in Spanish culture as you delve deeper into your study of Psychology!
Fall Semesters Only!
The Discover Spain: Psychology program offers Psychology majors the invaluable opportunity to keep on track for graduation while studying alongside Spanish students and faculty—and perhaps even completing a local internship.
- Collaborate with Spanish undergraduates Your work together may include academic projects and presentations that will offer you a chance to experience local student life—both inside and outside the classroom.
- Enroll in an internship with placement possibilities that may include schools and mental health clinics. This career-defining option will be open to students with advanced Spanish language skills.
- Stay on track for graduation by taking classes that emphasize the cultural roots and implications of mental health services and the discipline of Psychology.
- Get to know Spanish culture & language through interactions with your Spanish peers and by living on the SJU Seville Campus, with all the activities and opportunities it has to offer!
For basic information regarding Housing, Meals, Local Staff, Costs, and Financial Aid please reference the Discover Spain: Seville page.
While abroad, students must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 18 credits. Those credits must include at least three in-person classes to ensure you make the most of your new home city.
Psychology Course Offerings
PSY 2210: Theories of Personality
An introduction to significant theories of personality and a critical evaluation of these theories. (3 cr)
PSY 2220: Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
Prerequisite(s): None. Developmental , clinical-diagnostic, and experimental approaches to child and adolescent psychopathology will be addressed. The developmental course of each disorder and the role of biological, psychological, and socio-cultural factors and how they interact with a child’s environment will be addressed. Specifically, the course will examine disorders related to anxiety, stress & trauma, mood, schizophrenia, eating and substance abuse, memory and organic dysfunctions, ADHD, and personality in childhood and adolescence. (3 cr)
PSY 4903 : International Internship
Students who want to take advantage of internship possibilities will need advanced Spanish language skills, as placement sites may include school settings or mental health clinics. Therefore, we suggest that you take language courses prior to departure (unless you’re already fluent in Spanish). Students interested in pursuing an internship abroad must receive approval from the appropriate language coordinator. Please visit our internships page for more information. (3 cr)
Want to learn more? To find out how the Discover Spain: Psychology program fits the curriculum of your SJU Psychology degree, please speak with your St. John’s College Academic Advisor.
The following testimonials are from students who participated in the spring 2015 Discover the World: Psychology program. Their reflections are based on the five weeks they spent in Seville.
On collaborating with students from Universidad Loyola Andalucía:
“Collaborating with students who knew very little English was an eye-opening experience. The language barrier was difficult at times, but there were more things that connected us than separated us.”
- Danielle Rouse
“Being grouped with students our age in a classroom setting not only built our team work skills, but also gave me so much insight and knowledge into Spanish culture.
- Gabrielle Swisher
“We were able to see how students value their work and how they view their education. Adapting to the language barrier was a challenge, but a rewarding experience.
- Rebecca Wade
On studying psychology in a foreign country:
“Whenever I think of psychology, I don’t often consider what the field is like for people in different countries. I learned that the United States emphasizes different approaches to psychology than Spain. For example, I took a Positive Psychology course, and the professor noted that these ideas were not prevalent, creating a different dynamic between the class and the professor. It made learning more interesting to understand how academic work and psychology practice differs from country to country.”
- Danielle Rouse
“I was excited to take courses within my major because I felt like I was keeping up with my peers who were back in the States.”
- Danielle Rouse
Available to all students: The College of Professional Studies awards a minor in International Studies upon the satisfaction of 18 credits distributed among foreign language courses, courses with an international and/or comparative focus as their primary area of study, as well as other courses taken abroad. Students of any college interested in a minor in International Studies should contact their advising dean. A maximum of 3 credits may overlap between major & minor, or minor & minor.
The following Global Studies courses may count toward the International Studies minor: ART 1095C, ART 1250, ART 1775A, ART 1790A, ART 1795A, ECO 1320, ENG 2500, GOV 2650, GOV 3320, HMT 2025, IB 3341, PHI 2200C, PHI 3000C, THE 2810, THE 2850, THE 3305.
Courses in French, Italian and Spanish at the 3000-level and 4000-level also count. Students may count 6-credits of foreign language study at the 1000-level and 2000-level.
By paying the $250 non-refundable deposit all students agree to accept the Office of Global Studies Refund Policy, detailed in the Confirmation Form as well as on this Accepted Students Site. Please note that the $250 deposit is non-refundable for All Programs, and not subject to (or not part of) the Office of Global Studies Refund Policy. In the event that you choose to withdraw from the study abroad program, notification of your withdrawal must be submitted in writing to the Office of Global Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Refund Policy schedule is as follows:
IF WITHDRAWAL OCCURS...
PROGRAM FEE REFUND
Greater than 8 weeks prior to the arrival date
6-8 weeks prior to the arrival date
4-6 weeks prior to the arrival date
3-4 weeks prior to the arrival date
1-3 weeks prior to the arrival date
One week or less
All fees are non-refundable
On or after the arrival date
All fees are non-refundable
Please note that tuition is refunded according to SJU's tuition refund schedule, available here.
Fall 2018 Program Fee: $8,490 (tuition and airfare not included)
Note: the Program Fee covers accommodations, our meal program abroad, excursions, and student health insurance.
Great News! In an effort to make study abroad more accessible to you, St. John’s offers additional financial aid toward semester programs abroad (based on financial aid). Grants can reach in excess to $6,000, which puts a significant dent in the $8,490 Program Fee. To find out if you’re eligible for a Study Abroad Grant—and how much it will be—look for a letter from the Office of Student Financial Services, sent home each semester, which compares the cost of study abroad with the cost of staying on the New York Campus.
Also, we highly suggest you check out our scholarship listings and conduct personal scholarship research of your own. You may be surprised by the scholarship opportunities you’ll come across via a simple Google search.
For tips from prior students on how to spend money wisely while abroad, read through the “Preparing to Go” section of our Student Guide.
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