Education Abroad for

Sociology Majors

Student peched on Lions Head overlooking Table Bay in S. Africa

Globalize Your Education

Sociology students are highly encouraged to study abroad. Participating in a study abroad is an ideal way to add a global perspective to your Sociology 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.

My interactions with professors, host family, and friends in Mexico deepened my sociological imagination. I found myself being able to contextualize my experiences and interactions during my time abroad on a global level. More importantly this experience has made it easier to interact and understand different cultures and societies.

- Sarah E Przybylo, Sociology
Program: IE3 Mexico: Querétaro


Education Abroad Credit Limit Toward Sociology Major

Students earning a BA/BS in Sociology may apply up to 24 credits from any PSU-approved study abroad program towards their Sociology major. The table below specifies which major requirements can be met through education abroad.  

Courses Must Be Taken For A Grade

Education Abroad courses used for the Sociology major must be taken for a grade (A-F) unless that option is not available.

PSU Course


Education Abroad Eligibility

SOC 200

Introduction to Sociology

Approved for Education Abroad

SOC 301

Foundations of Sociology I

Either SOC 301
OR SOC 302
may be taken for Education Abroad, but not both

SOC 302

Foundations of Sociology II

SOC 397

Social Research Methods

Not eligible for Education Abroad

SOC 397L

Social Research methods (Required Lab to be taken in conjunction with 397)

Not eligible for Education Abroad

SOC 398

Social Research Project

Not eligible for Education Abroad

STAT 243


SOC 399

Introduction to Probability and Statistics

SPST: Social Statistics 
(note: this class fulfills the STAT 243 requirement for Sociology majors ONLY)

Not eligible for Education Abroad

Sociology electives:

28 elective credits total required for major,

including at least 12 credits in 400-level courses (see Sociology advisor for a list of approved 400-level courses)

Earn 4 elective credits (SOC 407) in Borneo over spring break in 2021!


Which Education Abroad Programs Work Well for Sociology Majors?

The programs listed below are recommended because they offer the largest number and range of courses relevant to Sociology majors.


CIEE South Africa: Cape Town Study Center - Arts & Sciences
CIEE South Africa: Study Abroad, Cape Town - Service Learning
CIEE Senegal: Development Studies Program in Dakar, Senegal
SIT Study Abroad Kenya: Urbanization, Health, and Human Rights in Mombassa
USAC Ghana: University of Ghana Undergraduate and Graduate Courses in Accra
USAC South Africa: Stellenbosch University Undergraduate


CIEE India: Art and Sciences Program in Hyderabad
IE3 Global Japan: Tokyo, Waseda University - (Click here for the summer option)
IE3 Global South Korea: Seoul, Yonsei University - (Click here for the summer option)
PSU Faculty-Led Malaysia: Borneo - Environmental & Cultural Sustainability
USAC India: Sociology, Service Learning, and Indian Cultural Studies in Bangalore


CIEE England: Arts and Humanities Program in London, Goldsmiths
CIEE Spain: Advanced Liberal Arts Program in Seville
CIEE Spain: Liberal Arts Program in Madrid
CIEE Russia: Russian Area Studies, St. Petersburg
DIS Denmark: Study Abroad in Copenhagen
IE3 Global Germany: Baden-Wurttemberg
IFSA-Butler England: London School of Economics and Political Science
IFSA-Butler Scotland: University of Edinburgh
IFSA-Butler Scotland: University of Glasgow
USAC Czech Republic: Politics, Culture and Art Studies in Prague
USAC Norway: University of Oslo Undergraduate and Graduate Courses


    CIEE Argentina: Liberal Arts Program in Buenos Aires
    CIEE Brazil: Liberal Arts Program in Rio de Janeiro
    CIEE Chile: Liberal Arts Program in Santiago
    CIEE Dominican Republic: Liberal Arts Program in Santo Domingo
    IE3 Global Ecuador: Quito, Universidad San Francisco de Quito
    IE3 Global Mexico: Puebla, Universidad de las American, Mexico
    IFSA-Butler Costa Rica: Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica
    USAC Brazil: Brazilian Culture Studies, Global Economy, and Natural Resource Management in Florianopolis


    PSU Direct Enroll Turkey: Istanbul, Bogazici University
    PSU Exchange Egypt: Cairo, American University in Cairo


    IFSA-Butler New Zealand: University of Auckland
    IFSA-Butler New Zealand: University of Otago, Dunedin
    IE3 Global Australia: Melbourne, Deakin University

    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. 

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