The School of Psychology supports exchange with seven universities in North America and two universities in Hong Kong. Exchange with these universities present a great opportunity to grow personally and academically.

All of Psychology’s exchange partners and all of the information you need to complete your course agreements during exchange can be found in the links below. These partners allow study abroad while still satisfying the requirements of BPS accreditation for undergraduate psychology degrees. We are not piloting additional exchange partners at this time. For detailed information about the initial application to the International Exchange program, please coordinate with the University’s Go Abroad office.

Sadly, joint honours students are further restricted in exchange destinations due to the added complexity of matching multiple degree requirements in a foreign curriculum. Joint honours students can go to the majority of North American exchange partners, but often only for one semester of exchange. Programs of study that are viable for joint honours students are indicated in the course requirements section for each partner university linked below.

Exchange is only possible in year 2 of study due to BPS accreditation requirements. The academic requirements for Psychology International Exchange are a 3.0 GPA (B2) and no marks of D-level or lower.

Note that International Exchange is not for everyone. Moving to a new place, even temporarily, is fun but also very stressful. Students who have found their first year at the University of Aberdeen difficult for personal or academic reasons usually find that those difficulties are magnified by a semester abroad. We encourage you to think carefully about the possibility of exchange and to pursue the opportunities that are right for you. 

For additional information about the International Exchange application process, contact the Study Abroad office. For questions about your program of study during exchange, contact the psychology international exchange tutor, Dr. Devin Ray.

Clemson University

Clemson University, one of the US's top public universities, combines the best of small-college teaching and big-time science, engineering and technology. Clemson University is ranked as the 23rd best national public university by U.S.News and World Report. The University's 19,000 students can select from approximately 80 undergraduate and 110 graduate degree programmes.

Clemson provides educational and enrichment opportunities to create leaders, thinkers and entrepreneurs solving real-world problems through research, outreach and public service.

Less than 2 hours from Atlanta Clemson, with its college-town, lakefront setting against a backdrop of mountains and forests, is characterised by a strong sense of community, a commitment to service and a love of winning - in academics, in athletics and in life.

Courses – Fulltime study at Clemson University requires 12 units per semester

Full Year:

Students must take the following:

  • PSYCH 3090 - Introductory Experimental Psychology
  • PSYCH 3240 – Physiological Psychology
  • PSYCH 3330 – Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYCH 3400 – Developmental
  • PSYCH 3520 – Social Psychology
  • Three courses of choice

First semester only:

Students must take the following:

  • PSYCH 3240 – Physiological Psychology
  • PSYCH 3330 – Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYCH 3520 – Social Psychology
  • One course of choice

Second semester only (viable for joint honours):

Students must take the following:

  • PSYCH 3090 - Introductory Experimental Psychology
  • PSYCH 3400 – Developmental psychology
  • Two courses of choice
Queen's University

Queen's University is one of Canada's leading universities, with an international reputation for scholarship, research, social purpose, and spirit. Consistently highly-ranked, Queen's is known for its incomparable 24-hour learning environment.

Great teaching, great students, community and tradition - these are the hallmarks of the Queen's experience. The university has over 20,000 full-time undergraduate and graduate enrolments.

Queen's University is located in Kingston, which is a crossroads between Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa and all are within a few hours reach.

Courses – Fulltime study at Queen’s University requires 12-15 units per semester

Full Year:

Students must take the following:

  • PSYCH 202 – Statistics in Psychology
  • PSYCH 241 – Social Psychology
  • PSYCH 271 - Brain and Behaviour I
  • PSYCH 251 – Developmental Psychology
  • PSYCH 221 – Cognitive Psychology
  • Three courses of choice.

Single semester exchanges are not possible at this university.

University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia (UBC), established in 1908, is one of Canada's leading research universities and is consistently ranked among the top 40 in the world. The university attracts 54,000 students from across Canada and 140 countries around the world to two major campuses.

30 minutes from the heart of downtown Vancouver, on the most western tip of the Burrard Peninsula is a spectacular location - where snow-capped mountains meet ocean, and breath taking vistas greet you around every corner.

Students from all three schools can study here. To see what courses to take here to ensure you have all the knowledge to progress when you return, please select the appropriate school and level.

Courses – Fulltime study at the University of British Columbia requires 15 units per semester

Full Year (viable for joint honours):

Students must take the following:

  • PSYCH 207 - Contemporary Topics in Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYCH 208 - Contemporary Topics in Social, Developmental, Personality, and Clinical Psychology
  • PSYCH 218 – Analysis of Behavioural Data
  • Seven courses of choice, which must include one additional psychology course

First semester only (viable for joint honours):

Students must take the following:

  • PSYCH 207 - Contemporary Topics in Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYCH 308A – Social Psychology
  • Three courses of choice.

Second semester only (viable for joint honours):

Students must take the following:

  • PSYCH 218 - Analysis of Behavioural Data
  • PSYCH 315 – Childhood and Adolescence
  • Three courses of choice
University of Florida

Note, this is a new exchange being piloted for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The University of Florida is an American public research university located on a 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) campus in Gainesville, Florida. It is a senior member of the State University System of Florida and traces its historical origins to 1853, and has operated continuously on its present Gainesville campus since September 1906. In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Florida as the fourteenth best public university in the United States. It is the third largest Florida university by student population,and is the eighth largest single-campus university in the United States with 49,913 students enrolled for the fall 2012 semester. The University of Florida is home to sixteen academic colleges and more than 150 research centres and institutes. It offers multiple graduate professional programs—including business administration, engineering, law, dentistry, medicine, and veterinary medicine—on one contiguous campus, and administers 123 master's degree programs and seventy-six doctoral degree programs in eighty-seven schools and departments.

Courses – Fulltime study at the University of Florida requires 12 units per semester

Full Year:

Students must take the following:

  • EXP 3604 Cognitive Processes
  • PSB 3002 Physiological Psychology
  • SOP 3004 Social Psychology
  • DEP 3053 Developmental Psychology
  • STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics I
  • Three courses of choice

First semester only:

Students must take the following:

  • EXP 3604 Cognitive Processes
  • PSB 3002 Physiological Psychology
  • SOP 3004 Social Psychology
  • One course of choice

Second semester only (viable for joint honours):

Students must take the following:

  • DEP 3053 Developmental Psychology
  • STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics I
  • Two courses of choice
University of Guelph

The University of Guelph is one of Canada's top universities because of its commitment to learning and research. The university currently has over 19,000 full-time undergraduate and graduate students.

The campus is characterised by green lawns and a blend of modern and traditional architecture. The City of Guelph is located just an hour away from Toronto, Canada's largest city.

Students from all three schools can study here. To see what courses you can take here to ensure you have all the knowledge to progress when you return select the appropriate level below your school.

Courses – Fulltime study at the University of British Columbia requires 2.5 units per semester

Full Year (viable for joint honours):

Students must take the following:

  • PSYCH 2040 - Research statistics
  • PSYCH 2410 - Behavioural neuroscience
  • PSYCH 2650 - Cognitive psychology
  • PSYCH 2310 - Introduction to social psychology
  • PSYCH 2450 - Introduction to developmental Psychology
  • Five courses of choice

First semester only (viable for joint honours):

Students must take the following:

  • PSYCH 2310 - Introduction to social psychology
  • PSYCH 2410 - Behavioural neuroscience
  • PSYCH 2650 - Cognitive psychology
  • Two courses of choice

Second semester only (viable for joint honours):

Students must take the following:

  • PSYCH 2040 - Research statistics
  • PSYCH 2450 - Introduction to developmental Psychology
  • Three courses of choice
University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma, founded in 1890, is known for three things: a beautiful campus, a long tradition of academic excellence, and the home to the best of American college football! The University of Oklahoma is located in Norman, just half an hour south of Oklahoma City, is the third largest city in Oklahoma. Norman was ranked in CNN Money’s Top 100 places to live in both 2008 and 2010. The university enrols more than 30,000 students each year.

Norman is a diverse college town with a lot to offer beyond the campus and classrooms. There is something for everyone - restaurants, local dives featuring live music, vintage clothing boutiques, cafés with outdoor patios, festivals, and the list goes on.

Students from Medical Sciences and Psychology can study here. To see what courses to take here to ensure you have all the knowledge to progress when you return, please select the appropriate school and level.

Courses – Fulltime study at the University of Oklahoma requires 12 units per semester

Full Year:

Students must take the following:

  • PSY 3203 – Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 3703 – Social Psychology
  • PSY 3803 – Physiological Psychology
  • PSY 2113 - Research Methods I: Statistics
  • PSY 2603 – Lifespan development
  • Three courses of choice

First semester only:

Students must take the following:

  • PSY 3203 – Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 3703 – Social Psychology
  • PSY 3803 – Physiological Psychology
  • One course of choice

Second semester only (viable for joint honours):

Students must take the following:

  • PSY 2113 - Research Methods I: Statistics
  • PSY 2603 – Lifespan development
  • Two courses of choice
University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is one of only 62 institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities, and enrols more than 20,000 students. The university's mid-range size gives it the ambience of a smaller institution, but with all the benefits and resources of a major research institution.

The University of Oregon's 295-acre main campus is located in Eugene - nationally recognized as one of America's most liveable cities, as well as one of its best college towns. Eugene is less than two hours south of Portland where there is an international airport.

Students from all three schools can study here. To see what courses to take here to ensure you have all the knowledge to progress when you return, please select the appropriate school and level.

Courses – Fulltime study at the University of Oregon requires 36 units per year. Note that the University of Oregon operates on a trimester system.

Full Year (viable for joint honours):

Students must take the following:

  • PSY 304 - Biopsychology
  • PSY 303 - Research Methods
  • PSY 201 - Mind and Brain
  • PSY 202 - Mind and Society
  • PSY 302 - Statistics
  • Four courses of choice

Single semester exchanges are not possible at this university.

University of Vermont

Note, this is a new exchange being piloted for the 2018-2019 academic year.

UVM’s academic program combines faculty-student relationships most commonly found in a small liberal arts college with the resources of a major research institution. The university is home to 9,958 undergraduates, 1,371 graduate students, 459 medical students and 1,364 full- and part-time faculty. Located in Burlington, Vermont (America's #1 College Town — Travel + Leisure), UVM's setting on the shores of Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and the Green mountain ranges, gives a mountaintop perspective of all that's possible—and offers the tools you will need to get there.

Courses – Fulltime study at the University of Vermont requires 12 units per semester

Full Year:

Students must take the following:

  • PSYS 111 – Learning, Cognition, and Behavior
  • PSYS 130 – Social Psychology
  • PSYS 115 – Biopsychology
  • PSYS 054 – Statistics of Psych Sci
  • PSYS 150 – Developmental Psychology: Childhood
  • Three courses of choice

First semester only:

Students must take the following:

  • PSYS 111 – Learning, Cognition, and Behavior
  • PSYS 130 – Social Psychology
  • PSYS 115 – Biopsychology
  • One course of choice

Second semester only (viable for joint honours):

Students must take the following:

  • PSYS 054 – Statistics of Psych Sci
  • PSYS 150 – Developmental Psychology: Childhood
  • Two courses of choice
University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong is the territory's oldest university, and with a history that stretches back more than 90 years. Today, HKU, as it is fondly called, is a dynamic, comprehensive, university of world-class standing. With ten Faculties and numerous research centres, its reputation as a centre of intellectual excellence is recognised around the world.

The University offers a wide variety of programmes and activities outside the regular curricula to broaden students' learning experience, the university has over  110 affiliated societies, including faculty and academic societies, hall student associations, Independent Clubs Association (ICA) clubs, Cultural Association (CA) clubs and Sports Association (SA) clubs.

Neighbouring territories such as Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Korea, and Malaysia are within easy reach for a mid-term break, and the use of English as the medium of instruction makes Hong Kong an education hub for Asia. Gorgeous night views, towering skyscrapers, high-end shopping complexes, street markets, fashionable stores, high-spirited Hong Kongers, and extraordinary culinary outlets are some of the many facets of Hong Kong.

Please note that the culture of university service can be quite different in Hong Kong. Be aware that you are unlikely to receive the same degree of responsiveness and accommodation to your needs that you would receive at Aberdeen.

Courses – Fulltime study at Hong Kong University requires 24 units per semester.

First semester only:

  • PSYC2007 - Cognitive psychology
  • PSYC2020 - Fundamentals of social psychology
  • PSYC2101 – Foundations of Neuroscience
  • One course of choice

Full year and second semester exchange are not possible at this university.

City University of Hong Kong

Establishment in 1984, City University has grown into one of Asia-Pacific’s most reputable institutions in higher education, with around 25,000 students enrolled in programmes representing a variety of interest included in the Faculties of Business; Humanities and Social Sciences; and Science and Engineering; the Schools of Creative Media; Law; Graduate Studies; and Continuing and Professional Education; and the Community College of City University.

In order to provide our students with an environment conductive to learning, the University has invested in its campus environs, with modern classrooms, a library, laboratory facilities, Sports Complex, student residence and other conveniences.

Please note that the culture of university service can be quite different in Hong Kong. Be aware that you are unlikely to receive the same degree of responsiveness and accommodation to your needs that you would receive at Aberdeen.

Courses – Fulltime study at City University Hong Kong requires 12 units per semester.

First semester only:

  • SS3714 Social Psychology
  • SS3713 Learning and Behaviour
  • SS3720 Neuropsychology
  • One course of choice

Full year and second semester exchange are not possible at this university.