Education Abroad for

Social Science Majors

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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.

AFRICA 

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

ASIA

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

EUROPE

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

LATIN AMERICA

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

MIDDLE EAST 

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
 

OCEANIA 

CIEE Open Campus in Sydney, Australia
IFSA - University of Auckland
USAC Australia: Griffith University Undergraduate Courses in Gold Coast or Brisbane

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. 

Upcoming events

Program Spotlight: Florianopolis, Brazil

Next stop on the Program Spotlight Series: Florianopolis, Brazil! Take a…
Add to my Calendar 2021-07-27 09:00:00 2021-07-27 11:00:00 Program Spotlight: Florianopolis, Brazil Next stop on the Program Spotlight Series: Florianopolis, Brazil! Take a deep-dive journey into our University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) Specialty program Florianopolis, Brazil. This event will be broken into two 40-minute sessions with a 10-minute break in between to give you some time to refocus. Our Resident Director will walk you through this program by turning your attention to academics, student pre-departure preparation, experiential learning opportunities, a highlights tour, and more. We hope to see you there! USAC is a PSU-approved study abroad program provider. It's a nonprofit organization since 1982, has provided students with life-changing opportunities to live and learn in countries around the globe.  https://unr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpcu-srz0pGd0nc268ZT-9e30KjhjKOb…+ edabroad@pdx.edu edabroad@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Drop-In Advising with USAC!

Would you like to study abroad and earn credit toward your major and minor…
Add to my Calendar 2021-07-27 21:00:00 2021-07-21 00:26:38 Drop-In Advising with USAC! Would you like to study abroad and earn credit toward your major and minor without spending a fortune? Come chat with the USAC representative (Johanna Moxley) who works closely with Portland State University. She will be happy to answer any of your questions about studying abroad with USAC! https://unr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrcOGtqz0uGtAvjXCcsgCdJvxfBKn1te… edabroad@pdx.edu edabroad@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Ed Abroad 101

Each session is 30-60 minutes and conducted over Zoom while classes are in…
Add to my Calendar 2021-07-28 18:00:00 2021-07-21 00:26:38 Ed Abroad 101 Each session is 30-60 minutes and conducted over Zoom while classes are in session. Can't attend a live session? Watch the recorded video to learn about how the application process works, how to make an advising appointment, and how to narrow down programs. Questions? Email edabroad@pdx.edu for help. https://bit.ly/36A6tdF edabroad@pdx.edu edabroad@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Getting Started: Studying Abroad with USAC

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Add to my Calendar 2021-07-29 12:00:00 2021-07-29 13:00:00 Getting Started: Studying Abroad with USAC Attend this info session to learn the basics about USAC and start planning your study abroad adventure! USAC is a PSU-approved study abroad organization that offers programs that allow you to earn credit towards your major and/or minor.  https://unr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsc-GvrjsjGtcC9C5nNXZzp-60hrALmw…+ edabroad@pdx.edu edabroad@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public