This program is geared toward Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Psychology majors and minors. During the 6-week summer program, you will take Introduction to Biological Psychology and Research Laboratory in Psychology. Both courses fulfill Psychology B.A./B.S. requirements. During the semester program, you will take Sensation and Perception, Learning and Behavior, and Research Laboratory in Psychology, along with other English-taught courses. The three Psychology courses fulfill Psychology B.A./B.S. requirements. Both the summer and semester programs will allow you to gain an international perspective on psychology and hands-on research experience.
This program is offered in partnership with the prestigious Fundación Ortega–Marañon in Madrid and the University of Minnesota's Department of Psychology. The Fundación is located in the central part of Madrid, near Paseo de la Castellana. Due to its location, it is easy to catch public transportation to any other part of the city.
Explore madrasas, fonduks, palaces, and 13th Century ruins. Take intensive Modern Standard Arabic and fascinating cultural courses. Live with warm and welcoming host families. Surround yourself with Arabic. On weekends, travel to the imperial city of Meknes, the capital city of Rabat, and the hypnotizing markets of Marrakesh. Fez's medina, declared an UNESCO world heritage site in 1981, is one of the largest and most enduring Medieval Islamic settlements in the world. Experience the complexity of modern and ancient Morocco in the cultural and spiritual city of Fez. All classes are held in a large villa surrounded by a lush garden and patio in the modern Ville Nouvelle neighborhood. The University of Minnesota partners with the Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF), the preeminent institution in the Maghreb for teaching Arabic as a foreign language. ALIF has many clubs students can join- photography, film, book club, etc., in addition to a service-learning club where students can get involved with volunteer and service-learning opportunities that support the local populations in Fez.
Few countries as small as Ecuador contain such remarkable geographic and biological diversity. It ranges from coastal deserts to temperate mountain valleys to Amazon forests. Culturally and racially, its population includes every mix of indigenous, Spanish, and African elements. The program is based in Quito, an Andean city—within sight of snow-capped volcanoes—that houses remarkable combinations of colonial and modern, rich and poor.
The Intensive Spanish in Ecuador program can be combined with the MSID Ecuador semester or academic year program for an extended experience abroad.