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 significance, and intercultural engagement 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.


Session 3 (90)
Bathurst 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

Grading System



One session


School 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; and
  • have improved social, cultural and educational knowledge and understanding of the specific context of the international experience.


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY220 in Session 3 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Pre-travel research
Travel journal
Reflection on the influence of the experiences

Special 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 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.