Education Abroad Photo & Writing Contests

Studying or interning abroad is a life-changing  opportunity that is often hard to explain in words. Show us your creativity by submitting your photos and stories abroad in one of our contests!

Education Abroad Writing Contest

Writing Contest Overview

Education Abroad is excited to announce the 2022 Penn State Global Education Abroad Writing Contest. This contest is open to all current Penn State students who have participated, or are currently participating, in an education abroad program through Penn State Global Education Abroad. While participation in this contest is optional, it  is an excellent opportunity to showcase your creativity and talent. Communicate your experiences to a broad audience, including students considering participating in an education abroad program. Students from all majors, and all education abroad program types (short-term, long-term, faculty-led), are welcome to participate.

The 2022 Education Abroad Writing Contest is no longer accepting submissions. Submissions closed Sunday, October 23, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). We hope you consider entering essays in the 2023 Education Abroad Writing Contest. More details will be released as they’re available next year.

Why do we host a writing contest?

Each year, Penn State Global Education Abroad hosts a writing contest to acknowledge and honor our students who embark on a journey abroad. No matter where you went, why you went, what you did, or when you left; you had a uniquely incredible, life-changing experience. We want to share in just a small part of that experience with you. Not only so we can view your experience from your perspective, but also so we can show students considering studying abroad some of the immense impact it has. Education abroad is something we feel passionately about. We don’t want Penn State students to miss out on this potentially once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

Learning is a crucial part of our existence. Doing so in unfamiliar territories with different ways of life can reveal to us parts of ourselves we’ve never unlocked.

2022 Winners

Congratulations to the winner of each category:

To all who submitted writing this year, thank you so much and kudos to you. Judging the 2022 Writing Contest was so difficult that the Out of Your Comfort Zone category actually resulted in two separate tiebreakers. All of us here at Education Abroad who got a chance to review your essays felt privileged to have the opportunity. You made choosing winners difficult in the best way possible.

Education Abroad Photo Contest

Photo Contest Overview

Education Abroad is excited to announce the 2022 Penn State Global Education Abroad Photo Contest. Participating in an education abroad program is an amazing experience that can be difficult to explain in words. Celebrate and share your global experience by entering the best photos you snapped while studying abroad.

The 2022 Education Abroad Photo Contest is no longer accepting submissions. Submissions closed Sunday, October 23, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). We hope you consider entering photos from your time abroad in the 2023 Education Abroad Photo Contest. More details will be released as they’re available next year. To all who submitted photos this year, thank you so much and kudos to you! We received many fantastic submissions this year. All of us who got a chance to review your photos felt privileged to have the opportunity. You made choosing winners difficult in the best way possible.

Why do we host a photo contest?

Each year, Penn State Global Education Abroad hosts a photo contest to acknowledge and honor our students who embark on a journey abroad. No matter where you went, why you went, what you did, or when you left; you had a uniquely incredible, life-changing experience. We want to share in just a small part of that experience with you. Not only so we can view your experience from your perspective, but also so we can tangibly show students considering studying abroad some of the immense impacts it has. Education abroad is something we feel passionately about. We don’t want Penn State students to miss out on this potentially once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Learning is a crucial part of our existence. Doing so in unfamiliar territories with different ways of life can reveal to us parts of ourselves we’ve never unlocked.