Multicultural Psychology Program
The Multicultural Psychology Program allows students to complete classes toward their degree, taught in English, as they experience first-hand the influence that culture has on motivation and management structures, disability, human development, and research methods, all of which inspire students to address psychology from previously unexplored viewpoints and gain a culturally diverse perspective.
Why study psychology abroad?
Students who study abroad understand psychology through a multicultural lens; a useful tool when approaching careers in counseling, education, research, or social work. Through a series of hands-on activities, Umbra Institute students use Perugia as a classroom in order to directly engage the cultural context of nature vs. nurture.
Not only do students study psychology, but they are also required to take an Italian language course (available from beginner to advanced). Language provides interesting insight into the cultural makeup of a society as it interprets the world, and even a basic understanding of Italian can help students begin to understand how behavior relates to linguistic expression.
Certificate Program Structure
PYHD 430: Human Development in Culture (core course)
ITLN 101-ITLN 310: Italian Language at any level from beginner to advance
Any Two Psychology Electives
Optional: An elective from Umbra’s General Studies offerings
Each course includes various co-curricular activities that contribute to the student’s personal and academic growth, with some courses even offering limited field experience. Each activity supplements topics of study, facilitating greater engagement in course material. In addition, students will take part in reflective workshops at the start and the end of the semester to help them tie each element of their experience abroad into their understanding of psychology.