Steps to Study Abroad

The planning stages outlined below will help you have the best study abroad experience possible. We recommend that you begin this process at least one year prior to the semester you plan on studying abroad.

Step 1: Study Abroad 101

Attend a Study Abroad 101 session or listen to a Study Abroad 101 webinar to learn about: 

  • Program options
  • Available regions
  • Application deadlines
  • Scholarships
  • Financial aid
  • And much more!

Step 2: Meet With a Peer Adviser

Education Abroad Peer Advisers are Penn State study abroad returnees who have enjoyed their experiences so much that they volunteer their time to advise other students on education abroad opportunities at Penn State. Each Peer Adviser can explain program options, give an overview of the study abroad process, as well as provide information about their experience abroad.  

You can find the Peer Advisers in the Education Abroad Resource Room, 422 Boucke Building, University Park, weekdays from 11am - 4pm (while classes are in session). No appointment is necessary - you can just walk right in! The Resource Room also has a wealth of information about studying, living and traveling abroad, as well as books and magazines about topics of interest to students going abroad. Feel free to come by and take a look and chat with the Peer Advisers!

You can also email the Peer Advisers at or call them at 814-865-5195.

For more information on who the Peer Advisers are and where they studied, check out the Peer Adviser detail page.

Step 3: Find a Program

  • Search for and compare programs. Visit our program search page.
  • Utilize “advanced search” to compare program courses, dates, cost, and more! 

Step 4: Talk to Your Academic Adviser

Step 5: Meet with Your College or Campus Representative

Find Your University Park College Representative

The Education Abroad Office encourages all students to contact the International Programs/Study Abroad coordinator in their respective college on the University Park campus while planning a study abroad program. These coordinators are excellent resources for students, and can help with the following:

  • Selecting a program that will fit with the student's academic plan
  • Locating programs, if any, that are tailored to the student's major
  • Notifying the student of any college- or department-specific policies regarding study abroad
Global Programs University Park College Representatives
College Name Title Office
Agricultural Sciences Ketja Lingenfelter Assistant Director for Student Global Engagement 135 Ag. Admin
Arts & Architecture Kyrie Harding Academic Advising Manager 104 Borland
Bellisario College of Communications Jamey Perry Assistant Dean for Academic Services 204 Carnegie
Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) Maren Larson Senior Undergraduate Studies Adviser 118 Grange
Education Leila Bradaschia Director of International Programs 233 Chambers
Earth & Mineral Sciences Michael Gordon Academic Adviser 014 Deike
Eberly College of Science Tomalei Vess Director, Office of Science Engagement 207 Ritenour
Engineering Sara Kuhlman Coordinator of International Experiences  208 Hammond
Health & Human Development Abigail Diehl Assistant Dean HHD 0325 HHD Building
Information Science & Technology Susasn Agee Director of Academic Advising E115 Westgate
The Liberal Arts Chelsea Keen Global Experiences Coordinator, Career Enrichment Network 101 Sparks
Smeal College of Business Maureen Desorcie Assistant Director of International Programs 202 Business
Schreyer Honors College Richard Stoller Coord. of Academic Advising/International Programs 10 Schreyer


Find Your Commonwealth Campus Representative

Don't wait to learn about Education Abroad! Each of the Penn State campuses has a Global Programs representative that can provide guidance on the study abroad process and help students select a program that fits their academic plan.

Global Programs Campus Representatives
Campus Name Title Office
Abington Dr. Dolores Rafter Arevalo Coordinator of International Affairs 320B Sutherland Building
Altoona Dr. Beth Seymour Interim Education Abroad Coordinator 211A Learning Resources Center
Beaver Dr. Robin Bower Associate Professor of Spanish 101 Administration Building
Berks Dr. Randall Newnham Associate Professor of Political Science 222 Luerseen Building
Brandywine Dr. Paul Greene Assistant Professor of Traditional & Popular Music 121 Vairo Building
DuBois Dr. Deborah Gill Assistant Professor of Spanish 108 Hiller Building
Erie (Behrend) Ruth Pflueger Director of the Learning Resource Center 203 Lilley Library
Fayette Dr. Aris Karagiorgakis Assistant Teaching Professor of Psychology 206 M Eberly Building
Greater Allegheny Dr. Mary Preuss Professor of Spanish & Comparative Literature 109 C Main Building
Harrisburg Magdalene Ntonados Senior Academic Adviser W-131 Olmstead
Harrisburg Marie-Louise Abram Director of International Programs C114R Olmstead
Hazleton Dr. Sherry Robinson Assistant Professor of Business A001 Administration Building
Lehigh Valley Dr. Mike Krajsa Assistant Professor of Psychology Academic Building
Lehigh Valley Dr. Angela Jeon-Huh Global Education and Inclusive Excellence Consultant and Adjunct Professor Academic Building
Mont Alto Somjit Barat Associate Professor, Baccalaureate/Associate Business Programs, Marketing 201 Goddard House
New Kensington Melba Amador Medina Instructor, Social Sciences and Education Administration Building 107A
Schuylkill Michael Verhagen Senior DUS Programs Coordinator 000 Administration Building
Shenango Jammie Clark  Assistant Director of Student Affairs 103 Sharon Hall
Wilkes-Barre Dr. Albert Lozano-Nieto Director of Academic Affairs 206H Hayfield House
World Campus Dr. Ashley Adams Director of Student Affairs - World Campus 223F Outreach Building, UP
Worthington-Scranton Dr. Beatriz Rivera-Barnes Assistant Professor of Spanish and Interim Coordinator of International Programs 213 Dawson
York Dr. Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez Associate Professor of Spanish & Portuguese Main Building

Step 6: Meet with an Education Abroad Adviser

  • Make an appointment to discuss your program or country of interest in greater detail. 
  • Each adviser works with a specific regional portfolio, so be sure to meet with the appropriate adviser! 

Step 7: Research Funding

  • Funding opportunities are available to study abroad students through scholarships. 
  • Global Programs, individual college and academic departments, and other resources outside the university all have scholarships available. 

Step 8: Submit Your Application!

  • Read the instructions on our How to Apply page
  • Be sure to complete all requirements by the application deadline for the term you are applying. Best of luck!