Education Abroad Adviser’s Role

The Education Abroad Adviser can provide information about the details of various study abroad locations and programs.  They are familiar with the courses, support services, application processes, housing details, program costs, cultural expectations, pre-departure requirements, and student feedback with regard to approved Penn State education abroad programs.  They support students throughout the study abroad experience.

Advising Process

  • We want students to make the best possible decision when choosing a study abroad program. Education Abroad Advisers are available to meet with students in person or by phone to discuss the student’s interests, goals, and academic requirements with the intention of matching those to a particular program.
  • Many of our international partner institutions have specific admission requirements.  The Education Abroad Adviser can explain the application process, admission decisions, and what to do once accepted.

Pre-Departure Preparation

Being accepted to a study abroad program is truly exciting! It also brings many questions.  Education abroad advisers help guide students through the process of preparing to go abroad.  Support offered includes:

  • Program orientation
  • Individual and group meetings
  • Advice on host institution paperwork
  • Guidance on exit and entry requirements
  • Connecting students to others going on the same program
  • General Q & A

While Abroad

  • Sometimes, students don’t think about certain issues until they arrive abroad.  Not to worry!  The education abroad advisers can address questions via email or phone while abroad.  Often, they will connect them to a staff person on-site to address their question!
  • Questions about the course equivalency process?  Students can refer back to their program orientation in Canvas, the Education Abroad website, or connect with the appropriate staff member.

After Returning from Abroad

The Education Abroad Office hosts an event for returned students each semester.  We want to welcome students back and connect you to resources to help them stay globally engaged, enhance their career prospects, and maybe even go abroad again!