Student Mobility

Global-MINDS students start either at ISCTE-IUL or SWPS. They then spend their 2nd semester at one of the other three Partner Universities. Four mobility paths, focusing on one of three specific social and societal issues, ensure that students experience the highest level of diversity in regard to cultural, socioeconomic, academic conditions and educational contents (see mobility path diagram). Elective courses offered at each Partner Institution in Psychology and other disciplines (e.g., political science) provide students the possibility to deepen a thematic interest and/or obtain an interdisciplinary perspective. Students can stay at the chosen university after the second semester or opt for additional mobility tracks to any of the Partner Institutions for their third (internship) and fourth (master thesis) semesters.

The Partner Universities ISCTE-IUL and SWPS are located in Southern and Eastern European regions and are therefore paired with Northern and Western European Partner Universities as well as a Partner University outside the EU. Moreover, the academic content is complimentary in each mobility path.

Student Mobility Diagram


When applying for the program, students must rank order their preference for the four possible mobility paths:

Path A (Diversity and Inclusion): Semester 1 at ISCTE-Instituo Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Lisbon Portugal; Semester 2 at University of Limerick (UL), Limerick, Ireland.

Path B1 (Global Mobility & Acculturation): Semester 1 at ISCTE-Instituo Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Lisbon Portugal; Semester 2 at University of Oslo (UiO), Oslo, Norway.

Path B2 (Global Mobility & Acculturation): Semester 1 at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland; Semester 2 at University of Oslo (UiO), Oslo, Norway.

Path C (Culture & Organisations): Semester 1 at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland; Semester 2 at Koç University (KU), Istanbul, Turkey.

Semester 1

The starting universities provide the foundation regarding social and cultural psychological contents.

ISCTE-IUL: Compulsory courses focus on basics regarding group phenomena including stereotyping and intergroup discrimination. Issues of intercultural contact as well as potential misunderstandings in communication situations are also covered. Students learn specific techniques to reduce prejudice in society and to improve their cultural competence.

SWPS: Compulsory courses cover an introduction to social psychological topics (e.g., prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination) and numerous cultural psychological issues such as cultural diversity, acculturation, as well as conflict resolution and mediation in an intercultural context.

Semester 2

After completing the first semester, Global-MINDS students will move to a Partner Institution as specified in the mobility path diagram. The mobility paths have been carefully designed in order to offer students the choice of a thematic focus according to their interests and career ambitions. Students will also receive a solid training in psychological qualitative and quantitative methods and data analysis as a preparation for their Master thesis project:

  • Diversity & Inclusion (Mobility Path A): Students will deepen their knowledge in Social Psychology by applying its principles regarding diversity and social inequality to contemporary social issues, such as how individuals relate to community and society, the groups they are part of and those people they see as not part of their group, including things like collective action and political extremism as well as the social psychological mechanisms of escalation of intergroup conflict.
  • Global Mobility & Acculturation (Mobility Path B): Students will be introduced to applied methods in studying and dealing with issues of migration. They will also learn about how psychology can contribute to migration and sustainability as well as post-conflict reconstruction, such as in the current refugee crisis.
  • Culture & Organisations (Mobility Path C): Students will be prepared to deal with a socially and culturally diverse workforce in national and international organisations. They will learn how organisational and national cultures shape businesses, institutions and people (e.g., regarding leadership styles).

The compulsory courses will be complemented with electives offered at each Partner Institution in Psychology and other disciplines (e.g., Anthropology, Political Science).

The compulsory Global-MINDS Summer School offers additional knowledge and skills development regarding topics not covered by the Partner Institutions.