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Cognitive Science

Below you will find programs suggested by both CGIS & the Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science for students interested in pursuing courses abroad related to all tracks within the major (Computation, Decision, Language, and Philosophy). Please note that all LSA students receive in-residence credits when studying abroad through CGIS.

Cognitive Science is an exciting, fast-growing, and revolutionary area of study which seeks to develop integrated explanations of mind, brain, and behavior. Drawing on concepts and methods from a range of related fields — including linguistics, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, and computer science — Cognitive Science students acquire a truly interdisciplinary knowledge base and a multifaceted set of analytic skills.

Cognitive Scientists have much to gain from a study abroad experience, from forging global connections with scholars and peers in the field of Cognitive Science to gaining a deeper understanding of cross-cultural approaches to the study of CogSci topics such as decision-making, moral judgment, perception, language, and more!

Study Abroad courses that are often used for CogSci major requirements: Students on all tracks of the CogSci the major often use study abroad course work to complete their elective requirements. Cognitive Science students who are considering studying abroad should meet with an academic advisor to discuss their course records, consult on course selection and/or the process of submitting a course petition.

Pre-Approved Courses: Students may see where courses have been approved for CogSci credit on our Previously Petitioned Study Abroaqd Course List. Any course listed in green may be taken for CogSci credit without submitting a course petition. Students need only notify an advisor once their study abroad coursework appears on their transcripts.

Course Approval Process: If you locate a course that does not appear on our Previously Petitioned Study Abroad Course List, you may submit a course petition here. Students must submit a syllabus in order to receive a final decision on their course petition.

Funding opportunities: Because Study Abroad is such an enriching and valuable experience, we are introducing the Weinberg Cognitive Science Study Abroad Award! Students may apply to receive up to $1000 as needed (and as the budget allows) for a study abroad experience. To be eligible to apply, students must meet the following criteria:

  • The student must be declared as a Cog Sci major
  • The student must be participating in a credit-bearing international experience (including CGIS or self-organized study abroad)
  • The student must be taking at least one course for CogSci credit as part of their study abroad program
  • The student must demonstrate significant financial need.
  • Application Procedure: 
  • Submit an application through InfoReady, answering all questions and including the following information:
  • Proof of acceptance to Study Abroad program
  • Students must provide a 1-2 paragraph statement of how the funds will be used, as well as a bulleted budget of expenses
  • Students must write a 2-3 paragraph statement of purpose on how their Study Abroad experience contributes to their knowledge/experience as a CogSci major
  • Application Deadlines:
  • Students participating in Winter term programs must apply by December 1 
  • Students participating in Spring/Summer and Fall term programs must apply by April 1
  • Other Financial Aid
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available for many programs and the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship is also available to all eligible LSA students.

Next Steps: Once you've spoken to a Cognitive Science advisor, attend a First Step session (optional) where you will learn general information about studying abroad through CGIS. For detailed information, visit our CGIS Advising page where you can get access to First Step and information on how to meet with peer advisors and program advisors. Our team will be able to help you through the application process and can address any of your questions or concerns in relation to curriculum, navigating your identity, navigating through a specific country, and so much more!


Want to explore Winter programs that are a good fit for Cognitive Science students? Check out our video below!