University Partners

The five Global-MINDS consortium  institutions have some of the best Master courses related to Social and Cultural Psychology in their respective countries. These national Masters are an integral part of the Global-MINDS programme*:

By bringing together the Social and Cultural Psychology branches of these 5 Master programme, Global-MINDS offers a unique combination of diverse scientific sub-domains in one integrated programme relying on the complementary expertise of the Partner Institutions and its staff.

All five Partner Institutions are individually full members in the European University Association.



ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, located in Lisbon, Portugal, is a public university established in 1972. The Institute has a strong link to and impact on science, economy and society. ISCTE-IUL is a research oriented university with a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approach, including nine research units that conduct excellent research and continuously run more than 200 scientific projects. ISCTE-IUL was included in the Times Higher Education Rankings for the first time in 2017, showing its steady growth in quality and prestige. CIS-IUL (Centre for Psychological Research and Intervention) is a centre of reference at the (inter)national level in social psychology and intergroup relations. One of ISCTE-IUL’s great assets is it’s laboratory that provides state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment (e.g., eye-tracking, EMG, EEG).

View video about ISCTE-IUL                                       International Student Perspective on ISCTE-IUL



UiO: University of Oslo, located in Oslo, Norway, is a public university, founded as the first university in Norway in 1811. It is the highest ranked institution of education and research in Norway – and one of the World’s Top 100 universities in the social sciences, according to the Shanghai World Ranking. UiO has a strong track record of pioneering research and scientific discovery. UiO adds value through their focus on highly relevant applied issues of migration and post-conflict resolution, as demonstrated in their collaboration with the Peace Research Institute in Oslo, the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, the Department of Public and International Law (at UiO) and the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims (Denmark).


SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, located in Warsaw, Poland,  is a private university established in 1996. SWPS is considered to be one of the most prestigious educational institutions in Poland according to the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and representatives of the 500 biggest Polish companies. It is the only Psychology programme in Poland honoured by the governmental accreditation body (PKA) with the designation of “exceptional” (i.e., the highest quality designation). The Department of Cultural Psychology and Cross-Cultural Research has a 20 year history; it was the first department of this type in Poland and is now one of the leading centres on cross-cultural research in Europe. To date, there are over 200 alumnae of the who Master in Cross-cultural psychology.


Koç University (KU), located in Istanbul, Turkey, was founded in 1993 as a non-profit private university in Istanbul. KU University is now one of the leading universities in Turkey, distinguished by the number of published articles per academic member as well as notable contributions to education, knowledge and services (inter-)nationally. KU University has 16 research centres including the Migration Research Center (MIREKOC), which studies the causes and consequences of international migration and transnationalism.

View of Koç from the Sky                                       See the Koç 25th Anniversary short film




University of Limerick (UL), located in Limerick, Ireland, is a public university, established in 1972, with a proven record of innovation in education and excellence in research and scholarship. It has a reputation for delivering research that impacts industry, society and the wider community. It was named ‘University of the Year 2015’ in the Sunday Times Good University Guide among others, due to its leading position in graduate employability and strong research commercialisation. Adjacent to UL is Ireland’s first science/ technology park, which is home to over 80 organisations employing over 3,000 people. The University was nominated as an Erasmus Success Story by the EU in 2009 and 2010.



* We warmly invite students to apply to the respective national master programmes if they are not eligible or not selected for the Global-MINDS programme or do not wish to take part in the Global-MINDS mobility scheme.