We hope all members with international interests find useful information here, and that chapters inside and outside the United States will connect with one another.
11/22/2019: Psi Chi is seeking a new International Director! View more details. Applications are due December 31, 2019.
09/01/2019: Psi Chi welcomes its first chapter in Mexico at the Universidad de Sonora.
02/01/2019: The first-ever international Board of Director's Nominee is Dr. Michael Souza (p. 24) from the University of Toronto, Scarborough.
01/23/2019: New international flyer now available online.
What are the requirements for a new Psi Chi chapter?
Associate Director of Membership Services Lisa Norman will work with the applying faculty member to determine how non-U.S. programs can meet Psi Chi's academic requirements. View the complete requirements. In general, the psychology department must:
Memorandum of Understanding
APA has signed a memorandum of understanding with national psychology associations in each of these countries: Austrailia, France, Jordan, Spain, China, Great Britain, Mexico, South Africa, Columbia, Israel, Norway, Sweden, Cuba, Japan, Portugal, and Turkey. Do you have connections with a university that might apply for a Psi Chi chapter in any of these countries? If so, please encourage them to contact Lisa Norman.
New Psi Chi chapters are chartered often! You are invited to visit the Psi Chi Chapter Directory Search in order to view all chapters by Psi Chi region, U.S. state, or international status. Also available is an Interactive Map of all international chapters. If you are interested in building relationships with chapters outside of your own, please explore the unique opportunities to become an International Ambassador or receive a Sister Chapter.
Psi Chi has a long history of international involvement even though the Society did not change from national to "Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology" until 2009. In fact, Psi Chi was originally founded in 1929 at the Ninth International Congress of Psychology at Yale University in Connecticut.
Since then, international activities were often the result of a particular president’s initiative. For example, 1962–63 was designated Psi Chi’s "International Year" during Dr. Roger Russell's presidency. With Dr. Charles Spielberger’s 1980–83 presidency, Psi Chi assisted U.S. psychology students interested in studying abroad. During the presidencies of Drs. Slater Newman (1997–98) and Harold Takooshian (1998–99), there was a good deal of international activity including the Summer 1998 issue of the Eye on Psi Chi (Vol. 2, No. 4), which boldly proclaimed Dr. Slater's president's message "Internationalizing Psi Chi" on the front cover with the word psychology appearing in 20 languages.
Psi Chi added the international affiliate option to the Constitution in 1985. The first international affiliate, University of British Columbia in Canada, was approved that year, but the faculty advisor decided not to install the chapter because the international exchange rate of currency made the modest U.S. dues excessive in their currency. Not until 2003 was the first international affiliate chapter at University of Victoria in Canada chartered. By the time chapters voted to become international in 2009, we also had affiliate chapters at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and the National University of Ireland, Galway. These three affiliate chapters immediately entered full chapter status.
HELP University's (Malaysia) beloved lecturers sharing with Psi Chi members about how they progressed in their careers.
June 12–13, 2019
* Indicates Psi Chi programming/attendance.
Become an Ambassador
Volunteer to become a Psi Chi International Ambassador, an informal role with the goal of encouraging faculty and students in psychology departments outside the United States to apply for a chapter. Being an Ambassador means explaining what Psi Chi is all about and often what an honor society is in general. Meet our Ambassadors.
Psi Chi Ambassadors should
Have plans to travel or live outside the United States (so Ambassadors are already planning to pay their own travel and hotel/living costs).
Agree to meet and talk with faculty and students at a university close to where they plan to travel or live.
Are typically graduate students or faculty, but may be undergraduates if they have special international connections, travel plans, or study abroad opportunities.
Are or have been active in their own chapters.
Know or are willing to learn about current eligibility requirements to become a Psi Chi member and how to start a chapter.
Are able to explain the benefits of bringing a chapter to campus using examples of activities and accomplishments from their own chapters.
May speak the language of the country to which they are traveling, but that is not required.
May assist Dr. Martha S. Zlokovich (Psi Chi Executive Director) in communicating with the chapter in the months after their department visit to help with determining how an institution’s grading, coursework, or degree requirements can be compared to those in the United States.
May assist faculty advisors with filling out applications, especially if they can help with translation issues. All Psi Chi materials are in English, and the applications must be submitted in English. However, we do cooperate with APA’s Division 52 (International Psychology) if translation is needed.
May assist with connecting U.S. and international chapters via social media.
Receive reimbursement on the day they travel for local transportation such as bus, train, or taxi from their hotel or home nearby and for one to three meals to
Ambassadors may be supplied with small Psi Chi gifts to give to the faculty and students they visit (if they can be mailed to a U.S. address). Information about starting a chapter and about Psi Chi in general will also be provided to ambassadors.
If you are interested in becoming an ambassador, email Dr. Martha S. Zlokovich, and provide the following information.
Establish a Sister Chapter
The sister chapters program pairs a U.S. chapter with a non-U.S. chapter to help the new non-U.S. chapter establish Psi Chi traditions and share ideas for continued chapter success. Please contact Dr. Martha S. Zlokovich if you are interested in becoming a sister chapter.
International Awards and Grants
APA Division 52
APA's Division 52 (International Psychology) offers numerous awards and grants throughout the year. View their upcoming financial opportunities and deadlines.
The PASEO program provides an opportunity for advanced undergraduate and graduate students to access international practicum placements. Students will provide all services in Spanish and work alongside mental health professionals from Peru as well as other Spanish-speaking countries, thus providing an international scope.
Planning Resource for Study Abroad Courses
PsychStudyAbroad.org is a new website developed by Dr. Dorothy Doolittle with support from the APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science. The website will operate as a clearinghouse for sharing ideas and information about planning, executing, and assessing faculty-led study abroad courses in psychological science.
UDLAP Visiting Faculty: Call for Applications
Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) in Mexico is seeking applications for Visiting Faculty, for any academic term (Spring, Summer, or Fall), at undergraduate and graduate level. Please send all questions and applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.