Follow the adventure: Psychology in Italy and Switzerland!


















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Milan guest lecturer Dr. Paolo Riva talks to students on “The Many Faces of Social Exclusion.”


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Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano)  Construction began in 1386; it took nearly six centuries to complete.

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Milan guest lecturer Dr. Alessandro Gabbiardini discusses “Immoral and Violent Video Games.”

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What to do with old term papers?  Karina Cassillas (left) and Meli Sarkissian at the Pirelli Hangar Bicocca in Milan  The extensive exhibition Architecture as Art, curated by Pierluigi Nicolin,  was squeezed into a lunch hour.  That’s some creative time management, Dr. Devos!


For more information on College of Sciences study abroad, contact Maureen Crawford (619) 594-1813.




Jetlagged but jump-started with gelato: The Psychology 344/Psy 442 course “Thriving on Diversity: Exploring Multiculturalism in Italy and Switzerland” is now in full swing.

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Front and center is none other than Dr. Lara Bellardita (SDSU Psychology Master’s program alumna and Milan resident) who shared her perspectives as an I/O and health psychologist during the first day of the course.

The students participating in the 2016 course are: Dre-Anna Anderson, Karina Casillas, Lucinda Curry, Laurel Davies, Shaylynn Fox, Kelsey Goldman, Victoria Hernandez, Christina McKoane, Sonyda Nep, Melissa Pierce, Megan Puga, Alexis Rodriguez, Meghri Sarkissian, Paul Scott, Hailey Seibel, Elana Selitsky, Sydney Todd, Rahwa Weldeselase, and Stella Wu.

The 3 unit course is being led by SDSU Psychology professor Dr. Thierry Devos, who has strong collegial connections with Universita degli Studi di Milano Bicocca in Italy, and the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. The 19 SDSU participants will study at both universities.

This program focuses on the psycho-social dynamics coming into play in diverse and multicultural settings. During the two week program, participants will be exposed to a variety of relevant research topics, and will interact with international experts.


Mapping and understanding cultural variations
Cultural change and inertia
Cultural perspectives on morality, ethics and justice
Prejudices in multicultural settings
Multicultural minds: cognition, perception and reasoning
Multicultural self: Cognitive and motivational process
Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes in Diverse Contexts
Experiencing and Managing Diversity

Field excursions: Italy – day trip by train to Venice. Switzerland – alpine villages, with a component of cheese making and chocolate crafting.

More information on this experience

* * * UPDATES will be posted here! Stay tuned to this page for updates on SDSU Psychology’s first foray into Europe, May 2016!

The College of Sciences International Coordinator is happy to speak with you about all matters concerning study abroad. Contact Maureen Crawford,, 619 594-1813.