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Students Abroad

There Are Many Ways for Students to Go Abroad:

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Penn State Education Abroad Programs

Interested in spending a semester or a summer abroad? Search through over 300 Penn State Education Abroad programs through the Education Abroad website, learn about the study abroad process, make an appointment with an Education Abroad adviser, and more.

Penn State Embedded Programs

Looking for something more short-term? Embedded programs are residential Penn State courses that include a credit-bearing travel component which is, on average, 5-10 days in length. Learn more about Penn State Embedded Programs by reviewing the embedded program information page.

Non-Penn State Study Abroad Programs

Found a program you are interested in that is not on our website? Learn about studying abroad on a non-Penn State study abroad program, the differences between Penn-State and non-Penn State programs, and what that means for you. Please note that students cannot use any financial aid (federal aid, student or parent loans, etc.) while studying on non-approved programs. 

Fellowships for Research or Teaching Abroad

Fellowships are a way for students to obtain funding for international experiences beyond traditional study abroad programs.

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Internships Abroad

If you are interested in gaining working experience in an international organization, an internship abroad may provide that for you.

Volunteer Abroad

Volunteer opportunities oversees are a great non-academic international experience. There are many organizations that organize service trips in other countries. 

  • Peace Corps is a government-sponsored volunteer and community engagement program with placements available in countries around the world
  • is a global networking and searchable database of nonprofit organizations

Other Opportunities

There are a multitude of international opportunities available to students. Haven't found something that interests you? Do some more research through these well-known sites that are not affiliated with Penn State.

  • Transitions Abroad is a searchable database of all forms of work, volunteer and internships abroad
  • IIEPassport is a database service from the Institute of International Education