Studying abroad helps students develop an appreciation of human diversity and an understanding of different world views. This is invaluable for students' personal and professional development. London is one of the most exciting and multicultural cities in the world. Thus, it is a perfect setting to study the cultural determinants of behavior. On average, 100 different languages are spoken in each borough of London, with 22% of the population speaking another language besides English as their first language.
The London Psychology Program allows students to immerse themselves in this cultural experience while advancing their academic studies. Each summer, students in the Program take two upper division psychology courses that are not offered on the Tallahassee campus. Courses are small in size (25-35 students) and count as 4000-level electives that can fulfill either psychology major or minor requirements. In addition to class meetings, the program involves a variety of excursions, some of which have direct relevance to the courses (e.g., Darwin's home, Freud Museum, Science Museum) and some of which are of general social, cultural, and historical interest (e.g., Houses of Parliament, Windsor Castle, Shakespeare performance at the Globe Theatre).
The London Psychology Program is designed for psychology majors, although it is open to all students who have completed General Psychology (PSY 2012) with a C- or better, and who have a strong interest in psychology. The dates for the 2015 Program are June 4 to July 30, 2015 (8-weeks, 56 nights).
To help make this Program more accessible to students with limited financial resources, FSU's Department of Psychology, in collaboration with FSU's International Programs, established a new scholarship fund in 2014. Awards go to students that meet criteria for both academic achievement and financial need. Awards are up to $2000 for use toward the FSU London Psychology Summer Program. More than one scholarship may be awarded for each summer.
Students take two 4000-level courses that are not offered in Tallahassee. Both courses count as psychology electives for the psychology major or minor. Both are numbered PSY 4930r (Special Topics in Psychology, 3 credit hours each). Prerequisite: Successful completion (C- or better) of General Psychology (PSY 2012).
For summer 2015, two of Psychology's most distinguished Professors (Dr. Rick Wagner & Dr. Jeanette Taylor) will be teaching in the London Psychology Program. Both instructors have been described by their students as "totally awesome!" See course descriptions below:
1.Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Psychological Disorders and Impairments. Instructor & Program Leader: Rick Wagner, Ph.D.
Psychological disorders and impairments occur throughout the world and have occurred throughout recorded history. When viewed contemporaneously across different countries and different times, remarkable similarities and pronounced differences are apparent in how disorders and impairments are manifested, treated, and viewed by society. This course will examine the roles of genes, environments, and cultures in explaining these similarities and differences. Basic concepts and methodologies will be presented and then applied to the study of several specific psychological disorders and impairments. Potential disorders/impairments that will be covered include dyslexia, schizophrenia, and autism-spectrum disorder. Readings will be a compilation of articles and book chapters (from edited volumes) that will be made available online.
In addition to being an outstanding instructor, Dr. Wagner is the Associate Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research, and he holds the Eugenia and W. Russell Morcom Endowed Chair. Dr. Wagner is a world leader in research on normal and abnormal development of reading skills and the remediation of dyslexia. He also is a leader in research on how practical knowledge and intelligence operate outside the classroom. Dr. Wagner was awarded the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Research Professorship in 2009. This is the highest honor that faculty can bestow on a colleague.
2.Individual Difference Dimensions Across Cultures in the Psychology of Art. Instructor: Jeanette Taylor, Ph.D.
This course will focus on individual difference dimensions in psychology that are associated with the experience and production of art (broadly construed). Individual difference constructs will be explored from a cross-cultural perspective and will include personality (openness to experience, extraversion, etc.), psychopathology (depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse, etc.), emotion, and religiosity. Students will be engaged to think critically about these psychological constructs and how they may influence the preference for certain styles of art, architecture, and literature and how they may contribute to the creation of art in various forms. Readings will be a compilation of articles and book chapters (from edited volumes) that will be made available online.
In addition to being an outstanding instructor, Dr. Taylor is the Chair of FSU's Department of Psychology, and she previously served as Director of FSU's Clinical Psychology Training Program. Dr. Taylor is an internationally recognized researcher in two areas. One examines biological, psychological, cognitive, and environmental factors related to substance use disorders. The other examines genetic and environmental influences on externalizing problems, personality, and academic achievement. Dr. Taylor established the Florida State Twin Registry, which now includes more than 2,600 twin pairs in Florida.
FEES, DEADLINES, FINANCIAL AID & MORE:
London Psychology Program (LN97) June 4 to July 30, 2015 (8 weeks, 56 nights)
Fees:$9,360 (see below for what is and is not included)
FEES INCLUDE: All registration fees All instructional costs for up to 6 undergraduate credits Housing Welcome orientation Continental breakfast on class days at the Study Centre* Weekly pizza dinner at the Study Centre* Program scheduled excursions Program scheduled group activities Most course-specific field trips London transport pass Scheduled group pickup at airport Full-time academic support Full-time administrative support Health Insurance International Student ID Card IP T-shirt and travel water bottle *Participation in these meals is optional.
NOT INLCUDED: Round-trip international airfare Passport Food (except as noted) Books and supplies Personal travel/activity/spending money University-assessed fees (e.g. per credit hour technology fee) See www.international.fsu.edu for tech fee info.
Deadlines & Amount Due:
Early application deadline*
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Confirmation deposit due
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Full payment due
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
remainder of $9,130
*If you apply by December 3, 2014 you will save $100 on fees.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Psychology Information Session: Friday, October 3, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Psychology Building, Room A211. Financial Aid Specialist will be there, as will both instructors. Financial Aid Specialist will be there. This is Parents' Weekend, so bring your parents! Tea & cookies served.
FSU International Programs Fair: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Union Green. Get info on all FSU Study Abroad Programs. Financial Aid Specialist will be there. Stop by the Psychology table!
TO APPLY: Apply online at
the International Program's Website www.international.fsu.edu Click Academic Programs> England> Psychology. Click "Apply."*
*If General Psychology has not been completed at the time of application, contact Dr. Barbara Licht at firstname.lastname@example.org to request permission to apply.
Send questions to Dr. Barbara Licht email@example.com or call International Programs at
(850) 644-3272 or (800) 374-8581.
NEED A PASSPORT? FSU's International Programs office is officially designated as a Passport Acceptance Facility by the U.S. Department of State. Students, faculty, staff, and community members can apply for a U.S. passport and/or passport card directly through their office.
HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. No appointments, walk-ins only on first come, first serve basis.
Dates for which the passport office will be closed in 2014:
Tuesday, November 11th: Veteran's Day
Thursday and Friday, November 27th and 28th: Thanksgiving