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Europe Trip

Psychology and Culture in Europe

The Psychology and Culture in Europe program offers an opportunity for psychology students to gain a unique perspective on the cities of Rome, Venice and London. The spring semester 2014 pre-departure course will introduce students to the importance of these significant cities regarding contributions to the field of psychology. Travel for this program will occur in May session 2014. The London portion of the program will include field trips to numerous sites of historical and cultural interest. Accompanied by an Ohio State Psychology Director of Undergraduate Programs Alisa Paulsen, the group will also visit Cambridge, Bethlem Royal Hospital and the homes and museums of Freud and Darwin. The Italy portion of the program will include visits to the Roman Coliseum, Vatican, San Servolo Madness museum along with other great sites of psychological importance.

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Please note that you will receive 3 credits of Psychology 5797 credit and 1 credit of Psychology 3193.01 for participating in this program. The Psychology 5797 credits DO NOT count toward your major program in psychology. The Psychology 3193.01 credit DOES count toward your major program as part of the six credit hours allowable of the following (Psychology 3191, 6193.xx, 4998) if you are under the 38.86 (58-quarter hour major).  If you started at OSU in AU11 or after, the Psych 6193.02 credit will be one credit hour of three you would need to count for one course of electives on your major (you can add additional 6193.xx hours or internship hours, Psych 3191 to this).

To learn more about this experience, please plan to attend an information session on Wednesday, October 15th from 4:30PM - 5:30PM in PS 35. If you have questions but are unable to attend the information session, please contact Dr. Alisa Paulsen at with any questions you have about the seminar or the experience in Europe and contact Caitlin King at with questions about the application process.

My Adventures Abroad - by Kayla Higginbotham

This past May, I was one of twenty incredibly lucky students to get to travel abroad through the Psychology and Culture in Europe program. In just twenty-one days we made it through Rome, Venice, and London, and saw just about everything a Psychology major could hope to see in those cities. My time abroad was easily the best of my life, and I wish I had the time and space to write about every part of it. Although it would be impossible to capture such a life-changing experience in just a short article, I’ll do my best!

My favorite part about this program is that the “study” part takes place the semester before the trip. We all met once a week for a class that revolved around Psychology and history in Italy and London, and it gave us a chance to get to know each other before going abroad. This is not to say, however, that our time abroad was not educational. The difference is that it allowed us to learn through first hand experience while we in Europe, instead of sitting in a classroom. We spent everyday for three weeks touring the most historical sites that the cities had to offer, led by passionate tour guides, and learned more about this world than I ever imagined.

All the cities we visited on this trip were unique and fun, and reminiscing about them has become my new favorite pastime. Italy is by far the most beautiful place I have ever been. I am so used to seeing sleek new buildings lining the city streets in the United States, so seeing these colorful brick buildings in Italy and the ruins intermixed within was like looking at a work of art. My favorite sites in Rome were the Coliseum and the Sistine Chapel. Both of these are historical sites I have learned about and seen pictures of since I was a child, and actually standing in them was surreal. In Venice, I loved going to San Servolo, an old mental hospital on an island. I have always loved learning about the history of mental illnesses and how illnesses were treated, so this was fascinating to me.

After ten days in Italy, London was a complete change in atmosphere. Other than cars driving the other direction, I think London can be equated to New York City in many ways (which made it the perfect place to stop after Italy to relieve a little homesickness!) From getting to take a tour of Charles Darwin’s house to winning front row tickets to the hottest show at the time (Book of Mormon), I had the most amazing time. Some other highlights from our ten days in London were touring Sigmund Freud’s house, seeing Westminster Abbey, having afternoon tea, and seeing Titus Andronicus at the Globe Theatre.

The program ended in London, but several students went on to travel to different countries afterward. I went with four other students to Barcelona and Madrid, and it was a completely different experience being on our own and not having a laid out schedule. In Barcelona, we went up to Montserrat, a mountain with a chapel on top and lots of beautiful trails, we took a boat tour around the city, and spent a lot of time at the beach. In Madrid, we did a hop-on-hop-off bus tour to see the city, and spent almost an entire day relaxing at a local coffee shop and journaling about our incredible experiences at a beautiful park. Spain was completely amazing and if I had to choose one city to go back to, it would be Madrid!

I learned so many things about myself on this trip that have made a huge impact in my life. One of those things is that I have the power to be an independent person. I blinked when I graduated from high school and all of a sudden I am already halfway through my four years at Ohio State. The thought of entering the real world has always been terrifying to me, but I feel more confident than ever that I can handle life without someone holding my hand through it. Another thing I learned on this trip is that I am a true optimist, and, after having my wallet stolen two days into this month-long trip, I was able to see the difference that having a positive attitude can make in a bad situation. Lastly, I learned that I am a passionate traveler, and this trip is just the first in a long lifetime of adventures!

I am forever grateful for the experiences I had on this trip, the friends I made, and the memories that I will never forget.