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  • Locations: Austria, Germany & Switzerland, Multiple Countries;
  • Program Terms: May Experience
  • Restrictions: Furman applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: May Experience
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Experience 2019 10/29/2018 11/14/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Areas of Study: Psychology
Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Frank J. Provenzano - Psychology, John Batson - Psychology Applicable Financial Aid: Study Away Scholarship
Prerequisites: No Type of Course Credit: Furman course credit
Credit Hours Per Term: 2 credits Housing: Hotel
Program Description:

Program-Specific Info Session:
Friday, October 27th at 3:30pm in Johns Hall 101

Discovering Psychology's European Roots


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In this program, students will study the History of Psychology through visits to museums, original laboratories and cultures in Europe that gave rise to the discipline of Psychology. Students will also reflect on the legacy of early psychological theorists by exploring their relevance for contemporary psychological approaches. Students will be responsible for generating an academic family tree for a significant researcher in the history of psychology, i.e., charting out the academic lineage of a researcher that includes information about who influenced the thinking of the researcher and whose work this researcher subsequently influenced. This project will be informed by information gathered from museums and archives attended while traveling, as well as assigned readings. Historical figures to be studied include Wundt, Freud, Jung, Frankl, and Piaget, among others.

To learn more academic, environmental, physical and health expectations for this program view our Psychology Europe Program Inventory.


Course Title: Discovering Psychology’s European Roots
Course Number: PSY 150
Course Description: Students will study the History of Psychology through visits to the original laboratories and cultures which gave rise to the discipline. Students will learn about connections between key researchers and explore the role of culture and historical context on the development of early psychological theories. Students will also reflect on the legacy of early psychological theorists by exploring their relevance for contemporary psychological approaches.  Historical figures and locations studied may vary by term. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.


May Experience programs are open to Furman University students of all majors, subject to any course prerequisites. Successful applicants will demonstrate a marked academic, vocational, or personal interest in the topic of the course. The faculty directors of this program will read all applications and admit the most qualified individuals. All things being equal, preference is given to upperclassmen who have not participated in a study away program previously.


The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education reviews all study away programs on an annual basis, and more frequently as needed, to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the health and safety of participants while traveling. In this day and age, nothing is risk-free. Students and faculty are instructed to remain vigilant and cautious at all times and will receive additional instructions during a pre-departure orientation session and on-site orientation programming. When students commit to a study away program, they are asked to self-disclose personal information - which may include allergies, medications, disabilities, mental health conditions, medical concerns, and past medical histories. This information is shared with the faculty directors and study away staff for use during medical emergencies, and in an effort to be aware of and plan for situations that may arise or accommodations that are needed while students are away from Furman's campus resources. It is extremely important for students to be transparent and forthcoming about their concerns, needs, and medical histories prior to the start of the program as well as during the program. Furman University contracts with Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA) to provide medical and emergency services to students while traveling abroad on Furman study away programs. Students participating in study away programs in the United States are required to show proof of medical insurance. 


To confirm participation in a study away program, a non-refundable $500 deposit is due two weeks after acceptance. The final payment deadline is in early to mid-March and will be specified in the Financial Agreement associated with the program.

Study Away Need-Based Scholarships
Need-based study away scholarships are available. Priority is given to students who have not previously participated in a study away program. Students who apply by the May Experience scholarship deadline will receive a scholarship amount estimate ahead of the program deposit deadline. Townes, Duke, and Hollingsworth Scholars should alert the Rinker Center for Study Away to apply their one-time study away stipend to their study away program.

May Experience Study Away Program Fee Inclusions
        Roundtrip airfare from a designated city (for international destinations)
        Transportation for domestic study away programs varies by program
Tourist visas (if required)
Lodging for the duration of the program
Ground transportation for program-related activities/events
Entrance fees to programmed activities/events/venues
Tours included in the study away program
Group meals (students will know ahead of time how many group meals will be provided)
Emergency Medical Insurance (on international programs)

Program Fee Exclusions
Transportation to the designated departure city (for international programs)
Transportation for domestic study away programs varies by program
Meals not included in program fee (will vary by program)
Required books/materials/supplies/equipment/gear
Passport fees

Optional Program Expenses
Site-seeing during free time
International cell phone plan
Trip cancellation or interruption insurance 
Personal expenses and souvenirs

Please see May Experience Budget Sheet at the top of this page for estimated program costs.