Education Abroad for
Social Science Majors
Globalize Your Education
Social Science students are highly encouraged to study abroad. Participating in a study abroad is an ideal way to add a global perspective to your major through the first-hand experience living and studying in another country and culture.
Review the resources here to first help decide how an international experience can fit into your degree plan. It is important to work with your Undergraduate Advisor and an Education Abroad advisor early on in the application process to make sure that you are choosing the best program to fit your goals and meet major requirements.
Why Study Abroad?
When you step out of a familiar environment and engage with another society, where cultural, political, and academic perspectives differ from the U.S., it can greatly enhance your perspective by placing domestic issues and experiences within an international context. It helps participants negotiate differences, listen to and learn from new viewpoints, and adapt to unfamiliar situations. The changed perspective students gain from studying abroad helps make them better informed global citizens, and they are often more competitive for employment, fellowships, and graduate school.
You Can Afford to Study Abroad!
Receiving FAFSA? All subsidized & unsubsidized Stafford Loans will automatically work on your study abroad program!
Veteran? Use your Veterans Benefits to help cover the cost of your program fee!
Pell Grant Recipient? Not only can you use your Pell Grant, but you are also eligible for the Gilman Scholarship, worth up to $5,000!
Need Scholarships? The PSU Ed Abroad office offers scholarship workshops every term and has a multitude of resources online for students on a budget. Come meet with us so we can talk about awards ranging from $500 - $10,000.
This study abroad was one of the best experiences of my life. I met so many friends from all over the world, I learned about many different cultures, I visited so many amazing places...overall I am very happy about the program. The overall study abroad experience with PSU and CIEE is something I will recommend to all of my peers! It was the best time of my life.
- Hannah Lauffer, Social Science Major
Program: CIEE Open Campus Block Program in London
Which Education Abroad Programs Work Well for Social Science Majors?
The programs listed below are recommended because they offer the largest number and range of courses relevant to Social Science.
CIEE Arts and Sciences Program in Cape Town, South Africa
CIEE Summer Community Development and Social Justice: Theory + Practice in Cape Town, South Africa
SIT Study Abroad Senegal: Global Security and Religious Pluralism
USAC Ghana: Accra - African Studies, International Development Studies, and courses offered directly by the University of Ghana
USAC South Africa: Stellenbosch University Undergraduate Courses
PSU Exchange Japan: Osaka, Kansai Gaidai University
PSU Exchange South Korea: Seoul, Hanyang University (Exchange)
PSU Exchange South Korea: Asan, Soonchunhyang University (Exchange)
USAC China: Chengdu - Chinese Language and Culture
USAC Thailand: Southeast Asian Economics, Politics, and Culture Studies
USAC India: Health and Society in Bangalore
ALBA Study Abroad in Barcelona
CIEE Social Sciences + Humanities Program in Amsterdam, Netherlands
DIS - Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark
Faculty-Led Germany: Berlin - The Fall + Rise of an Art City
IE3 Global Ireland: Cork, University College Cork
USAC Italy: Education, Communications, Health, and Italian Studies in Reggio Emilia
USAC Spain: International Business, Spanish and Cultural Studies in Bilbao
CIEE: Global Institute - Multi Campus
IE3 Global Internships
IE3 Global Mexico: Queretaro, Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro - Summer
SIT Study Abroad Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization
USAC Cuba: La Habana - Cuban History, Society, Politics, and Culture
CIEE Summer Middle East Studies Program in Amman, Jordan
Hebrew University: Rothberg International School - Undergraduate Study Abroad Program
PSU Direct Enroll Turkey: Istanbul, Bogazici University
Rothberg International School - Summer Program
Don't see a program that works for you? Click here for the complete list of programs.
Ready to take the Next Step?
Attend an Ed Abroad 101 session to learn more about studying abroad at PSU. These are 30 minute sessions offered when classes are in session. They cover the application process and direct you to next steps.