Study Abroad - Southern California


Chicago School students enjoy unparalleled real-world training opportunities—including an impressive range of international experiences that assist them with gaining the multicultural sophistication and competence they need for success and impact in our increasingly diverse, global world. Following is an overview of the many study abroad opportunities available to students.

Power of One

Through this unique international service learning program, students attend class (online or on-ground) for an entire semester, earning academic credit while learning about critical international challenges in a particular region of the world—and then travel to that region as a class (generally for 7-10 days between terms) to witness the challenges first hand and provide therapeutic services to address them.

The Global HOPE Initiative

One of our most popular Power of One courses gives students the opportunity to participate in The Chicago School’s own Global HOPE Training Initiative, through which they work alongside faculty to train teachers, orphanage workers, and other childcare professionals to conduct assessments and provide treatment to young survivors of trauma. While post-genocide Rwanda was the first country to benefit from our Global HOPE (HOPE stands for Healing Opportunities through Purposeful Engagement) initiative, we have since expanded the effort to Zambia, and plan to bring our sustainable train-the-trainer model to many countries around the world. Watch a brief trailer of a recent Global HOPE documentary, or watch the full documentary here.

Psychology in an International Context

Regardless of the program you choose at The Chicago School, you will likely have the opportunity to apply program specific lessons in an international context through department-specific study abroad courses called Psychology in an International Context.  These courses follow the same model as Power of One courses but are anchored around applying highly program-specific knowledge in a hands-on, global context.  View a slide show created by our Forensic Psychology faculty and students following a recent trip to Israel.

Field Experiences

Students enrolled in our International Psychology doctoral programs participate in two required, international field experiences led by Chicago School faculty—during which they gain first-hand insight into the social, political, and psychological issues impacting a particular country or region and the unique challenges confronting international psychologists. They may meet with community and political leaders; attend classes taught by professors at international universities; and gain hands-on experience providing crisis intervention, counseling, organizational leadership training, or other professional services.