Program details published here are from Summer 2018. Updates for Summer 2019 including dates, costs, courses, and other specific details will be updated here by early November. Please be advised that the application process for Summer 2019 will open on December 15th, 2018. At that time, an Apply Now button will appear on this page. Please plan to attend the Summer Study Abroad Fair in Cox Hall Ballroom on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, to learn more information about program details, Global Internships, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities.
The Department of Psychology offers a five-week program in Ireland and Great Britain involving cross-cultural research in the area of child development. Students learn firsthand about the Scottish and Irish educational systems as they spend two weeks observing and interacting with school children in elementary school classroom and playground settings in either Dundee in southeastern Scotland or Galway, on the west coast of Ireland. As such, this program provides the opportunity to observe and experience the school system in another country and see typically developing children in another societal context.
Students will collaborate with the Program Faculty (Professors Ann Abramowitz and Cindy Messina) on an original research project. Students will collect data from children in their classes in either Dundee or Galway. For the remaining three weeks of the program, students are in residence in the Department of Psychology at University College London and will be taught by Professors Patricia Brennan and Robyn Fivush. Classes meet on Monday afternoons, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings of each week. During this time, students will work in close collaboration with the faculty to review the background literature on the research topic, complete analysis of the gathered data, discuss the implications of their results for our understanding of the social and cognitive development of children, and prepare a written report of the research project. For students who aspire to graduate school in psychology or a related field, this is an invaluable training opportunity. Students will also experience smaller towns (Dundee and Galway) and cosmopolitan London settings, as well as the different national identities in Scotland, Ireland, and England, and thus the program affords the opportunity for informal exposure to varied cultures in addition to the more structured cross-cultural study of child development.
- Because of its dynamic and pioneering role in theatre, arts and culture, Galway has earned the title ’Cultural Capital of Ireland’. Also, Galway is home to the largest Gaelic-speaking area in the country, remaining true to its Irish heritage
- Galway Population: 73,000
- Dundee, Scotland's sunniest city, is situated on the the River Tay on the east coast of Scotland. You'll find the major cultural centres of Dundee Contemporary Arts and the Dundee Rep Theatre, and much more
- Dundee Population: 142,000
- London is truly a global city and international capital of culture, music, education, politics, and finance. One of the world's most diverse and multicultural cities... over 300 languages spoken
- London Population: 8 million
Application Deadlines: Applications will be accepted starting December 15. The application deadline is February 15. Emory College Study Abroad encourages students to submit their applications as early as possible, as some programs reach capacity by the end of January.
Acceptance Process: This program accepts applications on a rolling basis.
June 8 - July 13, 2018 (The official program dates are the arrival and departure dates for the program)
- Students must meet the regular Emory College Study Abroad eligibility requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:
- Visiting students from other institutions are welcome to apply
- Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher
- Introductory course in psychology or equivalent
Courses: Program participants take 2 PSYC courses for a total of 8 credit hours. Both courses count toward the Psychology Major Requirements. One of the courses satisfies a continuing writing requirement.
PSYC 386WR or 387WR: Cross Cultural Studies in Psychological Research
5 credit hours
PSYC 494R: Directed Research
3 credit hours
Accommodations are provided in a hotel in Dundee, small apartments in Galway, and in a University of London residence hall.
Cost and Funding
A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheet
Emory undergraduate students who qualify are considered by the Office of Financial Aid for a summer aid award after registration in summer study abroad classes. The amount of the award depends on the number of credits and current financial aid package. Students currently receiving financial aid from Emory are typically eligible. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for information about specific awards. Emory Scholars are informed separately about the procedures for Scholars Summer Study Abroad awards. Emory University Employee Courtesy Scholarships may be applied to the academic fee portion of the summer study abroad program's cost. For more information, please see Summer Study Abroad Scholarships.
Each summer study abroad program will have at least one mandatory pre-departure orientation session and/or other pre-departure activities for accepted program participants. The Program Director will contact program participants with details. Emory College Study Abroad will also offer a mandatory general pre-departure orientation in mid-April.
Summer Study Abroad Refund Policy
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