Study Abroad Opportunities
The Department recognizes the place that a period of international study and residence may have in the educational goals of students and supports those who wish to include such an experience.
In most instances, however, we encourage students to emphasize work in areas other than psychology while away and to be sure to save time at Swarthmore for broad experience in psychology and possible research involvement. The reason for this is that the traditions and emphases of psychology programs in other parts of the world often depart from those of psychology in the U.S.A. Thus the work does not contribute to students' overall sense of the discipline in America, nor can the work be synthesized and integrated with coursework done here.
However, the Department permits students to transfer a single psychology course from a study abroad program. Completion of introductory psychology in advance is an important component of approval for transfer credit.