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Vienna, Austria, Pribor, Czech Republic & London, England

About the Course

  • The course will provide a survey into the historical and social underpinnings of the emergence and rise of psychology particularly in Europe and its influences on American psychology.
  • The course will focus on the works of pioneers of psychology, their philosophical ideologies and how they shaped the field of psychology. Students will learn about the emergence of psychology in Vienna and London, and consider closely how different methodologies today both reflect and challenge Freud's legacy.  
  • We will concentrate not only on the work of Sigmund Freud, but his contemporaries Alfred Adler, Anne Freud, C.G. Jung, Otto Rank, Carl R. Rogers and Viktor Frankl. The course will examine classical theory of Psychoanalysis as well as the critical work of scholars of Freud. Theories of psychology will help students gain deeper understanding of our (common) culture. Additionally, we will explore the relationship of those psychology pioneers to contemporary systems, and specifically their status quo in the current field of psychological science. Prerequisite: PSY 101.
  • Students will register for a hybrid class PSY 255 In the Footsteps of Grand Pioneers of Psychology for the Fall 2016 semester.
  • Portion of the coursework will be done online in September and October. Students will be also required to attend at least three orientation sessions and additional post-travel activity.
  • There are various assignments required while in Europe (journal entries, reflections).
  • Students will be also asked to conduct a group project and a final paper at the end of the semester. 


  • 3 credits
  • Taught by Dr. Porubanova | Students will be registered for:
    • PSY 255 In the Footsteps of Grand Pioneers of Psychology
      • satisfies requirement for Psychology Elective, Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective, and Free Elective
      • pre-req: PSY 101
  • Students must be a matriculated student at Farmingdale State College.


  • Students stay in local hotel accommodations in shared rooms.
    • Single rooms available at an additional cost.
  • Faculty will be staying at the same location as the students.

Program Requirements

  • GPA Requirement: 2.5 minimum.
  • Student must be in good disciplinary standing.
  • Program offered to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
    *freshmen planning to apply should meet with their Department Chair prior to applying.

Application Requirements

  • Complete the Preliminary Study Abroad Application
    • After this application is submitted a study abroad advisor will be in touch to go over the next steps in the application process.
  • All FSC students studying abroad for a semester/year are required to meet with a study abroad advisor in the Office of International Education and Programs prior to completing their program specific application.
    • OIEP is located on the 3rd floor of Laffin Hall, room 320.

Important Dates


Application Deadline

$500 Deposit Due by

50% Due by

Final Payment Due

Departure Date

Return Date

May 15th

July 15th

August 1st

August 22nd

November 16th

November 26th

 (deposits are non-refundable)


Additional Information