International study with the School of Psychology

Whether you are a student at Plymouth and want to study abroad, or a student abroad who wants to study in Plymouth, we are ready to help you.

All psychology undergraduates can opt to study abroad for their entire second year. We have established links with universities around the world, and add new ones every year. We ensure that the modules you take abroad match our curriculum, so that your degree is still recognised by the British Psychological Society.

Overseas students who are interested in studying in Plymouth are also welcome. You can join us for a short period through schemes such as Erasmus, study for an international relations degree, or enrol for a full three or four year course as an undergraduate, or continue your studies at a postgraduate level in our masters or PhD schemes. You'll find all of the information you need on these web pages, or you can contact us directly.

Study abroad year in the USA

I can proudly say that it has been one of the best and wisest choices I could have ever made!

Simge Engelkiran spent a year in Nebraska

A challenge year in​ the USA

Eska Gatland spent her second year abroad

I wouldn’t change my decision to study abroad for anything, and I highly recommend that if you have the option to study abroad too that you go for it!

All psychology students can choose to study abroad in their second year

Find out about Eska's year in Montana

Qavitha Buspanathan

I would definitely say that every day you study at Plymouth will be the best experience anyone can ever have. Enjoy those moments until the very last day when you graduate.

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Read more about Qavitha's experience

Erasmus +

Are you a student or member of staff interested in studying or working overseas? You will find all the information about Erasmus + here.

Gain work experience in Europe with Erasmus

While studying BSc Psychology, Alan Selman took advantage of the Erasmus scheme to spend a year working as a Research Assistant at the University of Aveiro in northern Portugal.

In this two minute video, Alan explains why he is really pleased to have had this opportunity to expand his horizons while a student at the University of Plymouth. 

Anna-Lena visited as an Erasmus student

My time at University of Plymouth was one of the best times in my life. All the people (students, lectures, administrative stuff...) were very friendly and I learned a lot. Plymouth is not a stunning holiday-town, but it is very worth living there and a perfect town for students. Living student life in Plymouth with all the societies, the SU, the many charity, sport and fun events as well as studying in a foreign language, using the cool Plymouth library and working together in course groups for projects were great experiences. It was also a great pleasure and an honour to get to know so many international students and making friends from all over the world. I’d always come back! Cheers, Plymouth.

Anna-Lena Bernreiter, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Danielle got more than she expected

"Going on an exchange is an amazing experience and I would encourage everyone to do it if they can. Plymouth is a beautiful ocean side city, and the University is conveniently located with coffee shops, grocery stores, pubs, (my very favourite PL4) and almost everything else a new student to Plymouth would need. University of Plymouth took amazing care of me and we even learned together since I was the first exchange student in my programme. My classes were both intellectually challenging and stimulating. Professors like Jon May and Brynmor Breese expertly presented new topics and practices that I had never learned before. My and my fiancé's experiences at Plymouth were truly amazing, and we even loved Plymouth so much that we decided to get married there during our exchange!"

Danielle Reid, University of Manitoba

Dennis - Erasmus student

Dennis Diatel, from Germany, visited on a three month Erasmus exchange scholarship. He worked with Professors Jackie Andrade and Jon May, and their team of doctoral and undergraduate students on mental imagery, motivation and behaviour change. This work helped him further his interests in the application of cognitive research in clinical psychology. 

He translated two of the groups' published questionnaires into German and ran online studies to collect data and validate them. As part of this he learned how to run Confirmatory Factor Analysis in the R statistical package. 

Dennis also had fun using a motion capture suit to help with the groups' work in virtual reality experiments.