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Study Abroad​​​



The Chicago School of Professional Psychology:

Faculty-Led Short Term Study Abroad 

  • Courses meet on campus or online, culminating in travel typically over school breaks​
  • In-country portion of program is typically 2 weeks and occasionally up to one month
  • All programs are led by TCSPP faculty focusing on international aspects of psychology

Click here to fill ​out the Study Abroad Application

​NOTE:  This is NOT a Field Experience trip or part of the IP or MPH program

International Programs and Services
TCSPP Faculty-Led Short Term Study Abroad

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Important information to read before you apply:​

Interested in a life-changing experience? Study Abroad is an excellent way to expand your experience, mind and education. At TCSPP, we offer study abroad experiences that are uniquely tailored to our students: 

  • Semester long classes at your TCSPP campus or online that meet at your local campus or online and travel during school breaks  
  • Time outside of country usually between 10 and 15 days during term break  
  • Faculty-Led programs focused on research and topics in the field of psychology

Eligibility Requirements

All TCSPP students in Active status during the term when a program is offered are eligible to apply.  All applications must meet the following at the time of application submission and review:

  • Online application is complete

  • Student is in good academic and conduct standing with TCSPP

  • Student does not face pending or active review with SAC

  • Student does not have billing holds at TCSPP

  • Must agree to the students rights and responsibility agreement (this is included in the application)

Application Criteria: Typically Faculty accept students into their program on a first come, first serve basis. However, it is at the faculty’s discretion to also consider factors such as:

  • Course or Degree Requirements

  • Campus: If program is an online program, the faculty may choose to allot spaces for each campuses

  • Degree Progress

  • Academic and Professional Fit: This can be based on essay, Grade Point Average, interview, etc.

  • Essay review or Interview or both

  • Final selection is at the discretion of the faculty lead and the student’s Department Chair

Students with Disabilities: Students with disabilities who are requesting accommodations should consult the TCSPP handbook for information regarding how to make a request for accommodation. Students are encouraged to contact the appropriate party listed in the student handbook prior to applying for a program and are likewise encouraged to submit any request for accommodation as soon as possible after receiving notification of acceptance to a program.

Notification and Waitlists: Applicants will be notified via e-mail shortly after they apply to confirm that they wish to be enrolled in the course, if they will be placed on a waitlist, or if they do not meet eligibility requirements. If you are selected and decide not to participate, you must send an email to IPS before the end of the add/drop period in which the term the course is listed (on-ground calendar), otherwise you will be held responsible for the study abroad program fee.  If you are offered a spot and do not take it, but later reconsider, you can be added back onto the waitlist. If you are added to the waitlist, IPS will email you at your TCSPP email address to inquire if you want to take the spot. We will give you typically 48 hours or a specific time to respond, and if you do not, we will move on to the next person on the waitlist. Once you are placed in a program we will remove your name from other program lists  if you have applied for more than one program.

Course Registration and Student Responsibility:  Upon acceptance, you will be registered for the study abroad course by IPS. After the last day of the add/drop period in which the course is held, all fees for study abroad are non-refundable.  Upon acceptance and prior to departure you must participate in the Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation and complete the TCSPP International Travel Registration (ITR) as a requirement prior to travel. Failure to complete these requirement will result in failing the course and not being permitted to participate in the overseas portion of the program.  You will be also responsible to prepare your travel documents for your travel, such as Passport, Visa if needed, Immunization/Vaccine if required by the destination country...

Credit for Study Abroad: Only the Department Chair or Academic Advisor can determine how you may receive credit for a study abroad course. You may receive credit to satisfy a degree requirement, elective credit, or you may be welcomed to enroll in study abroad, but it may not count as credit towards your degree. ​Confirm this before you apply! You can fill out a petition by completing the Course Substitution Petition​​​ before you apply to confirm how your credit will apply to your program.  Please be aware that if it cannot be counted towards your degree requirement, you are still welcome to apply, but you might not be eligible for Financial Aid and the Supplemental Aid to support your program.

What Does Program Fee usually Cover? Can I afford to Study Abroad?: The Study Abroad Program Fee coverage is different from program to program and covers some, but not all expenses.  It usually covers in-country lodging during the program, some meals, some in-country transportation, Supplemental Travel Insurance including Emergency & Evacuation, all program scheduled events and activities.  You are responsible for tuition (the same as you pay for any other courses at TCSPP), the study abroad program fee, airfare, passport fee, visa if needed, vaccination fees if applicable, etc. You may be eligible for aid to cover the cost of some study abroad expenses. Contact your financial aid advisor prior to applying to see if you are eligible for aid and how your aid may be dispersed. Also see additional aid information on our Resources Page.

Program Cancelation:  Friday before each term starts (On-Ground and Online Term I Calendar) is the decision deadline for IPS to decide which programs can proceed based on the minimum enrollment requirement.  Each program must have minimum 8 enrollment in order to proceed.  If a program has to be cancelled, IPS will email all applicants, so you still have time to register for another course before the Last Day of Add/Drop if you have to maintain a full time enrollment.  If the program is moving forward, we will email you as well with next step information.  ​​

When to Apply:​ Programs offered in  Summer 2018 and Fall 2018

All Study Abroad Courses follow the On-Ground/Online Term I Academic Calendar


First Day to Apply

First Day IPS will register students

​*Last Day to Apply

​​First Day of Classes

​Summer I ​2/1/2018 ​3/12/2018 ​5/4/2018 ​5/7/20​18
​Summer II ​2/1/2018 ​3/12/2018 ​5/4/2018 ​7/2/2018
​Fall/Fall I ​2/1/2018 ​6/11/2018 ​8/24/2018 ​8/27/2018
​Fall II ​2/1/2018 ​6/11/2018 8/24/2018 ​10/22/2018​

 When to Apply:​ Programs Offered in Spring 2019

All Study Abroad Courses follow the On-Ground/Online Term I Academic Calendar


​First Day to Apply

​First Day IPS will register students

​*Last Day to Apply

​​First Day of Classes

Spring/Spring I​ ​2/1/2018 ​10/29/2018 ​1/4/2019 ​1/7/2019
​Spring II ​2/1/2018 10/29/2018 ​1/4/2019 ​3/4/2019

     *If course reaches minimum enrollment by this date, we may be able to accept students through add/drop until course reaches maximum capacity. If course is under enrolled by this date, the course is cancelled and students are notified via TCSPP email.​​ 

International Programs and Services
TCSPP Faculty-Led Short Term Study Abroad
Spring 2013

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International Programs and Services
TCSPP Faculty-Led Short Term Study Abroad
Spring 2013

 Click here to apply!

 Study Abroad Programs


Study Abroad Programs

All programs require registration in the designated course. Upon a complete application and review, IPS will contact you to confirm your interest and will register you in the corresponding course. The Study Abroad Program Fee covers some, but not all expenses, which can include in-country transportation, lodging, meals, etc. You are responsible for tuition, the study abroad program fee, airfare, passport fees, vaccination fees, etc. Faculty Leads for some programs have provided breakdowns, see below. If you are looking for further cost breakdown or course related information, please contact the Faculty Lead. For all other questions, please contact​

Click on the following links for more information
NOTE:  This is NOT a Field Experience trip or part of the IP or MPH program 

​​Fall 2018

TCSPP All Ca​mpus Offerings:

Bali, Indonesia: IS610AP Power of One: Assessment in Other Culture​; Led by Dr. Jack Wasserman

Denmark:IS610AN Power of One: Happiness, Well-being, & Meaning; Led by Dr. Robyn Catagnus

​​Cross Affiliated School Offerings​​:
South Africa: IS600C Identity In Context: Examination of South Africa​; Led by Dr. Cynthia Langtiw (TCSPP), ​Dr. Marcia Bankirer (Pacific Oaks College), Dr. Jason Dominguez (Colleges of Law), Dr. Theopia Jackson (Saybrook University), and Dr. Iris Hobson (Dallas Nursing Institute)
​​Spring 2019


TCSPP All Ca​mpus Offerings:

China:AB583SA: China​​; Led by Dr. Susan Flynn and Dr. Dorothy Zhang

Lima, Peru:CM655SA: Global Perspectives Impacting Mental Health​: Led by Dr. Denita Hudson and Dr. LoriAnn Stretch

South Africa:AB583B Special Topics III: Study of South Africa​; Led by Dr. Julie Ackerlund Brandt and Dr. Annette Griffith



Cross Affiliated School Offerings​​:
Austria: IS600B Global Leadership, Networking and Cultural Intelligence in Context: Examination in Austria​; Led by Dr. Chuck Piazza (Saybrook University).

 Handbook & Resources

Handbook  ​

Student Handbook for Travel Abroad Programs

Pre-Departure Orientation - Health & Safety

Please Review: Welcome Abroad! Health & Safety for Global Programs​ ​​​

Please complete the Review Confirmation Assignment​​​​ and send it to​, or your IP Administrator, or MPH Department as instructed for required Field Experience Program assessment.  


Supplemental Financial Aid to support your Travel​ Abroad program

Do I need a visa?​

All students who will be travelling abroad should read the Department of State's Country Information Sheet for their destination. This information sheet will provide you the most accurate and current information regarding visas and travel conditions.

Study Abroad/Field Experience Travel Insurance: 

All TCSPP-sponsored student abroad programs are required to enroll all participants in our school's plan. This supplemental plan covers sponsored faculty and students while they are in their program with additional coverage of a student or faculty's regular health insurance plan with special insurance for travel. Please note that all inquiries and assistance with claims must be handled directly through their insurance carrier and TCSPP and International Programs and Services do not manage any insurance claims or reimbursements.

Deviation Coverage Request Email Template ​- Please be aw​are of that you will be responsible for the extra cost for any deviation coverage outside the period of the program traveling dates

Welcome Kit, Emergency Assistance Instruction,​ and FAQs​

Deviation Coverage Request Email Template – Study Abroa​d​​

Deviation Coverage Request Email Template – Field Experience​​​ ​​

Prescription Medicine Legality Check Email Template​​ 

Emergency Service Instructions

Claim Form ​

Claim Instructions​​​

Military Veterans Study Abroad

​​Veterans are a growing population on U.S. college campuses, and education abroad offices are finding ways to better understand how best to help them use their educational benefits to fund study abroad.

Please follow these two two links about Veterans Study Abroad​:

Helping Military Veterans Study Abroad

Using Veteran's Benefits for Education Abroad​

Helpful Links for Travelers:​

U.S. State Department ​

Currency Conversions

U.S. Postal Service​

Centers for Disease Control: Health Information listed by country, and vaccination and immunization requirements

Embassies and Consulates of the World: Directory and search engine of every nation's embassies

Passengers with Disabilities​

Mobility International: Information on international exchange for people with disabilities

LGBTQ Links: Resources for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered international student community and study abroad students

Electricit​y Voltage and Outlet Information

Cell Phone Tips ​​

Travel Guides

Website for Discounted Student Airfare​

World Electricity Guide​​

Tools and Advice for International Travelers

Destinations, Tips, Insurance, Bookings and more

Publisher of Travel and Reference Information

Expert Travel Advice for International Trip


 Required Travel Forms

Required Travel Forms

International Travel Registration requires you to have a passport, itinerary, emergency contact, medical and  accommodation information. You may log in as many times as you wish to provide the information; your profile will be saved as long as you sign the electronic signature on the form. Failure to complete the registration may result in inability to participate in your TCSPP sponsored travel program.

Study Abroad Programs Only:
International Travel Registration- must be submitted  no later than one week prior to travel unless Faculty Leader requires submission earlier.

A​ccess Abroad - Supplemental Accommodation Request for Students Traveling on TCSPP-Sponsored Int'l Programs

International Field Experience Students Only:
International Travel Registration

A​ccess Abroad - Supplemental Accommodation Request for Students Traveling on TCSPP-Sponsored Int'l Program


  • ​You will need your Ego log in and password to access these forms. If you do not know your log in or password or need assistance with logging in or resetting your password, contact the TCSPP Help Desk at 800.747.8367 (toll free) or 312.467.8600.
  • To attach a picture of your passport: a simple way to accomplish this task is to take a picture of your passport with a smartphone, and then email the picture to yourself.  Save the picture on to your computer, and then upload the picture as an attachment in your registration. 
  • Problems attaching passport? Firefox is the recommended browser. Try completing the form in Firefox if you have problems uploading your passport.
  • Don't Forget to Click: SUBMIT! When you finish the form! The data will not be submitted unless you click: SUBMIT!​

 Study Abroad Syllabus

Study Abroad Syllabus

Program Syllabus Samples

Please click on the link below to access a syllabus for study abroad programs PLEASE NOTE: These are for student and departmental reference only and are sample syllabus;  information, such as semester, meeting times, vary prior to the start of the semester/term.

TCSPP Study Abroad Tentative Syllabi:
IS610: Austria​
IS610U: Bhutan
PC/PY543: Brazil (Dr. Kenefick) ​
PC/PY563: Chile​
IS610AN: Denmark​ (Dr. Catagnus)
IS610: France
IS610: Gamb​ia​​​
IS610: Accra, Ghana (Dr. Mickens)
FO611A: Greece
CC521: Guatemala
​IS610AH: Hong Kong​
​IS610AB: Italy
IS610Q: Japan​​
​IS610AJ: Myanmar (Burma)
​IS610: Nicaragua
PC/PY563​: Northern Ireland​ ​
PC/PY563SA: South Africa (Dr. Kenefick)​​
IS610A: Rwanda
IS610V: Turkey
IS610B: Zambia

Cross-School Interdisplinary Study Abroad Tentative Syllabus:

IS600:  Germany 2016 - Immigration in Context-Examination of Germany​​​​

 Global Psychology Scholars & Start Ups

Global Psychology Scholars & Start Ups

Deadline of Submission: October 1, 2018

The ​Opportunity

Do you have an idea, project, event, initiative, or research that will impact the global world of psychology, but need funding to see it come to fruition?  TCSPP is proud to kick start your efforts with resource funding.​

How It Works

  • Tell TCSPP about your idea, event, initiative or research that will impact the global world of psychology and why you need assistance from TCSPP to make it happen. 
  • A committee will review your Global Psychology Scholars & Start Ups proposal and award up to $3,000 based on creativity, feasibility, appropriate funding structures, application quality and potential to contribute to the psychology field. 
  • You will be awarded 50% of the funding the week of January 7, 2019 and to receive the remaining you will submit a deliverable by March 4, 2019. 
  • The funding will be awarded through your TCSPP student account and the award will first be applied to your outstanding balance. By applying for the full amount of federal financial aid up to your cost of attendance, your loans may be adjusted to make room for the scholarship in your cost of attendance budget. Please consult with Financial Aid ( or 1.800.684.2890, option 1) to determine if the scholarship will impact your funding. ​


To be eligible for Global Psychology Scholars you must:

  • Not have previously received this scholarship
  • Submit a completed application to by the application deadline of October 1, 2018. ​
  • Be a TCSPP full-time student in semester that scholarship is awarded.
  • At the time of review, be in good academic and professional standing at TCSPP.
  • If your project involves a research component, then you must include your IRB approval in your application ​
Scholarship Deliverable must be submitted by the deadline above in order to receive full funds.​​​


Meet Your 2017-2018 Global Psychology Scholars 

​Michael Barbera, Business Psychology Ph.D. Project Overview. The goal of this project is to translate the Clicksuasion podcasts into French Canadian, French, Spanish (dialects: Castilian, Mexican and Central American), German, Japanese, and Chinese and then market the podcast in those respective languages. Clicksuasion behavioral science podcast is hosted by Michael, who brings together marketers, researchers, and thought leaders to share their insights on consumer relationships and consumer experiences. Clicksuasion aims to understand the consumer’s behavior, enhance relationship with customers and generate increased demand through an improved consumer experience.

​Jennifer Drummelsmith, Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Project Overview. The goal of this project is to gain a better understanding of mental health needs of incarcerated Canadian veterans and compare that to research around feasible interventions in other countries. The project will be a mixed-methods approach that will assess the types of charges incarcerated Canadian veterans are serving time for, possible mental health concerns they present with, the available services, veteran’s perception of contributing factors to their mental health needs, and barriers to seeking treatment. ​

Somchart Sakulkoo, Applied Behavioral Analysis M.S. Project Overview. The goal of this project is to extend the effects of the copy, cover, and compare strategy (CCC) on acquisition, maintenance, and generalization of English word spelling in students with learning disability who use English as a second language. The CCC is a self-management academic intervention known for improving accuracy, fluency, and maintenance across academic domains such as mathematics skills and word spelling. The overall goal will be to assist participants to use the CCC procedure to increase word learning and examine maintenance and generalization of the method. ​

​Maryam Tafreshi, International Psychology Ph.D. Project Overview. The goal of this project is to integrate healing practices from experts in the Middle Eastern Psychology Association (MEPA) and bring awareness to research and practice that exist in functional neurology and functional medicine across disciplines to heal chronic, autoimmune, and mental illness. This project will also illustrate how illness (physical and mental) is conceptualized, put into remission, and made manageable through natural non-medicinal and non-counseling approaches. The long-term goal of the project is to bring 4 experts from Dubai to address the aforementioned areas of research. ​

​Patrice Sentino, Educational Psychology and Technology, Ed.D. Project Overview. The goal of this project is to work in South Africa with the Ukulapha Community Outreach project, a grassroots community outreach project working in impoverished townships. Ukulapha is in partnership with Slangspruit Primary School to incorporate a holistic approach to improve teaching and learning environment for staff, administration, and the primary school learners. The purpose of this project is to collaborate with Ukulapha on the start-up of a counseling center that would be located at Slangspruit Primary School in South Africa. ​

Meet Your 2016-2017 Global Psychology Scholars

Ruby Lirio, M.A. I/O Psychology. Project Overview.  The project goal is to design, develop and implement a mental health awareness training program for senior leaders, HR professionals, managers and employees in various companies in the Philippines.  The objectives of the program will be to increase awareness and reduce stigma around mental health difficulties as well as to spark dialogue on issues surrounding mental health in the country.  The long-term goal is to encourage businesses to take proactive measures to create healthier workspaces for their employees as well as to advocate for the Mental Health Act within the country.

Natalie Price, PsyD. Clinical Psychology. Project Overview.​ ​The project goal is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Each Amazing Breath, CIC program located in Nottinghamshire, UK.  The evaluation will involve in-person interviews from stakeholders as well as the collection of onsite data.  These in-person interviews will allow for the sharing if personal narratives which in turn will provide insight into the narrative of the community.  The big picture goal is to evaluate the strength and capacity building practices of this program within a community so that the impact of the program can be determined, in addition to the possible impacts of increased implementation of this program.       

Tsvetomilla Kachovska, PhD. Organizational Leadership. Project Overview. The project is to create a 3- to 5-minute video that will help being awareness to mindfulness practices.  Recently there has been an increase in the use of mindfulness, both clinically and publically, which has resulted in the increased use of such practices within organizations and corporations without the proper knowledge base. The goal of this video is to provide an overview of what mindfulness is, where the concept came from and how it has been utilized in various settings, the benefits of using mindfulness and various interventions.  The idea is to increase leaders understanding of what mindfulness is and what it entails so that mindfulness can be utilized for better performance.        

Meet Your 2015-2016 Global Psychology Scholars

Erin Langdo, M.A. International Psychology.  Project Overview:  The project is to create a five- minute public awareness video addressing the plight of the mentally ill as applied to incarceration rates and treatment. The video will serve as an awareness campaign piece and is an introduction to a full-length film addressing the global degradation, human rights violations, and indiscriminate incarceration of the mentally ill. The main goal is to use video and film to call attention to the need for intervention in this very serious global mental health issue. In addition, the making of this film will be helpful in learning the aspects of intervention that work within this moral framework. The production of this educational video and film might assist in changing or addressing the policymaking that contributes to the atrocities inflicted on this population in the future.

Sharon Asonganyi, PhD International Psychology. Project Overview: 
The Threads of Our Fabric (TOF) Project is an innovative life story venture that seeks to empower and support the development of young African immigrant women and girls in America, using multimedia to address the social, educational, cultural, and environmental factors that affect their quality of life. Its goal is to weave a vibrant multimedia tapestry chronicling the personal story threads of African women and girls’ immigrant experiences in America. This project utilizes three platforms for personal oral stories: 1) an “African Girl Development in the U.S.” Facebook page, Wordpress blog, and Twitter that engage a broad audience on important topics for African women and girls in America; 2) YouTube stories capture the personal and unique nature of adjusting to the American experience as told by African immigrant women; and 3) Presentations in partnership with multicultural organizations and colleges and universities engage students in diversity conversations.

Jay Burke, PsyD MFT.   Project Overview:  The project is to create a premarital education program for couples who identify as Muslim. They recognized that there is a serious lack of premarital resources available for Muslim couples, and their goal is to create a premarital education program for Muslims that can then be distributed to and utilized by clinicians or individuals who work with Muslim couples. They are currently reviewing the literature and talking with individuals about the needs for premarital education in the Muslim community, and the intention is to develop this information into a formal premarital education program for Muslim couples.

Hope England, M.A. Counseling Psychology.  Project Overview: 
This project is to provide children with acute, chronic, or terminal illness an opportunity to experience improvisational comedy as a therapeutic intervention. Humor For Hope, a soon to 501©3 non--‐profit, partners with families, caregivers, and medical staff to utilize humor as a form of healing therapy. The aim is to break down the pre-established barriers of how we process and react to illness by educating and implementing the art of improvisation through one-by-one and/or group therapy. At Humor for Hope, they believe that the human spirit is not only resilient, but that it is wired for human connection. For this reason, they have created an interactive encounter, one that enables an alternative and effective model to handling some of life's most challenging circumstances. Specifically, her idea is to implement this healing art form in children's hospitals for populations placed on isolation wards that are suffering from terminal and/or chronic illness and have little to no access to any form of engagement due to serious risk of infection. She has already began implementing this humor therapy in two hospitals and has received resounding feedback.

Cheryl Green, PhD International Psychology.  Project Overview: 
This project is to establish a global non-governmental organization (NGO) for research and capacity-building training of civil society organizations (CSOs) around the world, in full collaboration with civil society leaders within each country. Her NGO is to be called The Global Research Center on Civil Society Organizations. Her dissertation research is the first time that she is using her research and professional experiences to study civil society in another country (South Africa). My dissertation would lay the foundation for the type of work and approach the start-up NGO research center would conduct as she engages in work as an IP. She will legally set up her NGO and travel to South Africa to continue collecting data collection for her dissertation research, which, once finished, will be one example of the type of research my NGO would and could do in association with CSOs/TSOs across the world.


Meet Your 2013-2014 Global Psychology Scholars

Leslie Ellis, PhD Somatic Psychology, Southern California Project Overview:  I have developed a protocol for the treatment of PTSD-related nightmares using an experiential (focusing) approach that is showing some promise in the initial stages of my research. I am working with the Vancouver Association for the Survivors of Torture on a pilot study to determine the potential effect of this short-term treatment on participants' PTSD symptoms, such as the frequency and types of dreams they are having, and on their ability to think metaphorically. I plan to use a numerically-assisted phenomenological approach to analyze the data and to refine the protocol for further study. I plan to capture not only a range of possible effects of this new treatment for nightmares, but also a sense of the participants' experience with the process, with a spotlight on pivotal moments in the sessions that may be the catalyst for change.

Nidhi Trivedi, PsyD Clinical Psychology, Chicago Project Overview: 
Due to the meager resources available to individuals with a mental illness and wide-spread stigma regarding mental illnesses in India, the task of the primary caregivers of individuals with chronic mental illnesses is expected to be challenging, especially the ones who have decided to take care of their family member with a mental health illness.  Through my research, I want the voices of the primary care givers of India who have closely seen the reality of mental illnesses to be heard and the truths about their lives and of that of mental illnesses to be exposed to everyone. In addition to that, individuals in India, who have had no exposure to mental illnesses, will be surveyed regarding their knowledge about mental illness, to get an impression of their understanding of this matter. Through this initiative, I will take the first step in bringing about a change in the prevailing mentality of people in India regarding mental illnesses, and I will get the satisfaction of having brought home what I learnt at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a place that celebrates diversity and gives an opportunity to students to create a global impact. 

Jenifer White, PhD International Psychology, Online Project Overview: Humanity is a part of culture and is not separate from it; culture is part of the soul. As the soul or culture in communities is oppressed, Bosnia-Herzegovina experienced wounding by ethnic division that need healing and reconciliation. The Balkans’ offer a complex history of culture, war, survival, and religion. In taking the healing path, the global community is in need of understanding a way toward liberation and fullness of life that promotes harmonious interactions with other’s different than oneself. As a research study, understanding intergenerational trauma among Bosnian young adults, who have experienced narratives of ethnic cleansing throughout childhood and adolescence, is important for future generations in hopes of leaving the world a better place in which to grow. The strength and endurance of the Balkan region reminds humanity in the face of atrocity, a human can survive siege and move toward healing that further will impact future generations in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Akanksha Dutt, PsyD Clinical Psychology, Chicago Project Overview: My education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has taught me to be present with others, and empathic to their struggles. I find that the urge to reach out, to contribute and to help people find strength in their fragility and societal limitations drives my therapeutic work. That being said, when I go back to my home country, India, I still find myself being asked about what I do, why I do it and how I do it. Being a Global Psychology Scholar entrusts me with the responsibility of working beyond the four walls of a therapy room and catering to society and the world at large. This is my way of giving back. Thus, as a Global Psychology Scholar my initiative will focus on providing outreach to students in schools (6th – 12th grade) across India. Through this outreach effort I aspire to normalize mental illness, validate the experience of those affected by it and motivate them to advocate for themselves and seek the services of a mental health clinician. I view the impact of this outreach effort as contributing to greater awareness about mental health and services and being reflective of my commitment to social justice, diversity and international psychology. 

Amanda Grace Garoutte, PhD International Psychology, Chicago Project Overview:  I am starting a nonprofit that focuses on peacebuilding in Rwanda through mental health and development initiatives. The first project of this nonprofit will focus on improving the quality of education, as research has shown school attendance as a resiliency factor. This project will help support students by helping pay school fees, and through training teachers to better work with traumatized or struggling students, and to be more effective in teaching their subject areas.

Jenna Hedglen, PsyD Clinical Psychology, Chicago 
Project Overview: The Rwandan people have demonstrated tremendous resilience in the wake of the 1994 genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi. The Children’s HOPE Club is an expressive arts intervention developed to cultivate resilience in Rwandan children who have experienced intergenerational trauma. However, community counterforces such as poverty and the culture of silence have threatened the efficacy and sustainability of programs such as the Children’s HOPE Club. My project will be focused on program development and sustainability of the Children's HOPE Club (CHC) through conducting focus groups with facilitators to assess the program needs, providing my individual support in terms of organization of expressive arts documents and written reports, and working with Dr. Masson to discuss the development of the NGO. 

Priscilla Cheng, PsyD Clinical Psychology, Chicago Project Overview:
 As a global psychology scholar, I will establish a non-profit organization to facilitate distribution of trauma-informed resources and funding for the Children’s HOPE Club at St. Famille School in Kigali, Rwanda.  The Children’s Hope Club is a trauma-informed after-school expressive arts program developed to cultivate strength and resiliency in Rwandan youth. It is a safe therapeutic space for children to express themselves and work through their experiences with the support of trained, concerned and caring teachers. Interventions that are utilized in the Children’s Hope Club include expressive arts activities such as storytelling, musical expression, poetry, artwork, comedic dramas, cognitive strengthening (i.e., memory games) and physical activation (i.e., dance, sports). The Children’s Hope Club at St. Famille has approximately 80 members between the ages of ten and 23 years. They meet every Wednesday after school for two to three hours, until the last child leaves.  

Orlando Saiz, PhD Organizational Leadership, Southern California 
Project Overview: I am creating a business plan for an artistic/multicultural themed clothing and accessory line that will be focused on much more than making profits, but will have a mission to give. For each apparel (t-shirts, hats, hoodies, etc.) and accessory (bracelets and hand-made scarves) item sold, a donation will be made to support international charity causes. All imported/handmade items will be sourced ethically, while smaller manufacturers/makers will be given preference over larger conglomerates, helping to support small businesses and local economies.
Another part of the business will be to host local events, in the form of art and music shows, or private parties, where money can be raised for charity. My plans are to give a substantial amount of the proceeds from these events to Brazilian charity organizations. My company will use a simple and straightforward message: that we are a giving company and that a donation will be made to support international charities for every purchase made. 

 Travel Photo Contest

 Travel Photo Contest​


International Travel Photo Contest 

Click here to submit a photo!

Limit 2-Entries


Do you have a great photograph from a TCSPP sponsored international travel program? If so, this is an opportunity to share your experience with our TCSPP Community and to win a $250 gift card!  We will also be offering $150 to the second place and $100 gift cards to six runner up winners. 


You must be an Active TCSPP student to be eligible to submit images from all the travel abroad programs sponsored by TCSPP.  The image must be original work and you must be the one who have taken the photograph. 


You may submit maximum two photos for consideration but only one will be entered in the contest.  Please click here to submit a photo!


The review committee will review submissions based on


  • Ability to capture academic richness of experience
  • Uniqueness of the destination/program/culture
  • Quality of image


Good luck and thank you for your participation! 

We are pleased to announce the following winners of this year's contest:​

2018 First Place Photograph

Photographer: Amanda Frankel
Study Abroad: Zambia (Fall 2017)

Caption: I am sitting in the streets of Lusaka with some street children listening to their stories to better understand their needs and wishes for a better life. Exactly where I am sitting is where these children sleep and live daily.

2018 Second Place Photograph

Photographer: Lucy Turek
Study Abroad: South Africa (Fall 2016)


​​Caption: We visited a children's orphanage center just outside Johannesburg, South Africa. This picture is from the center. We all were playing outside together after doing artwork. It was amazing! The children were full of love and energy. At one point, I was able to begin a circle and teach the children all how to do handstands. It was wonderful.

2018 Runner Up Photographs

Photographer: Benjamin Carter
Study Abroad: Germany (Summer 2018)