PSY220 International Cultural Experience (0)


Students enrolled in this subject will typically spend time in an international setting. This will involving living in another country; engaging in studies of local culture, language, history, etc. as well as studies related to their academic discipline. It may also involve visits to sites of cultural and educational siginficance, and intercultural engagment with local peers. The subject will provide students with an opportunity to become more culturally aware and to develop an international perspective in relation to their academic discipline. It will also provide the opportunity to discover new strengths and abilities, conquer new challenges and solve new problems thus enhancing generic skills.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 3
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY220
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionSY/USSchool of Psychology

Enrolment restrictions

Students must be enrolled in a course offered by the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Science and normally should have completed first year. The number of places available in this subject is limited. A competitive selection process will be used to allocate these places.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • display an improved ability to think globally and consider issues from other cultural perspectives
  • demonstrate an awareness of their own culture and its perspectives, and other cultures and their perspectives
  • better appreciate the complex and interacting factors that contribute to notions of culture and cultural relationships
  • have improved cross-cultural communication skills
  • be able to recognise the importance of global knowledge and cultural understanding in their chosen profession.
  • have improved social, cultural and educational knowledge and understanding of the specific context of the international experience


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to the concept of culture
  • Orientation to the country and culture in which the visit will occur
  • relevant disciplinary activities and learning

Specialised Resources

This subject requires students to spend a period of time in an overseas country. The cost associated with travel and accommodation for the Subject Coordinator will need to met by the School. Students will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses; each year the School will explore opportunities for external funding e.g. via Commonwealth Government programs, to minimise costs to student.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.