Student Mobility

According to the tentative new mobility map, Global-MINDS students start at SWPS. They then spend their 2nd semester at one of two Partner Universities. Two mobility paths, focusing on 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 same university after the second semester or return to the original university for the second year (internship & master thesis) semesters.

SWPS is located in Eastern Europe and is paired with Northern and Western European Partner Universities. Moreover, the academic content is complimentary in each mobility path.

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

Inclusion & Health: Semester 1 at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland; Semester 2 at University of Limerick (UL), Limerick, Ireland.

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

Semester 1

As the starting university, SWPS provides the foundation regarding social and cultural psychological contents. 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 ethnic conflict.

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:

  • Inclusion & Health: Students will gain understanding of Social and Cultural psychology with a focus on how they intersect with Health Psychology in the experiences of migrants. Students in this path will gather experience in interventions and political issues that arise at the intersection of these three branches of psychology as well.
  • Mobility & Society: Students will learn how to plan, conduct and evaluate applied research and interventions regarding justice and sustainability with an emphasis on migration and intergroup relations. They will also learn about how psychology can contribute to issues of human rights violations as well as post-conflict reconstruction.

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

More information regarding specific course offerings is available on the Curriculum Page