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 an in-person Study Abroad 101 session or view the online Study Abroad 101 module 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.  

Walk-in Advising and Office Hours

Our peer advisers are located on the fourth floor of the Boucke Building right outside of the Education Abroad suite (room 422). They offer office hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 AM - 4 PM and on Thursdays from 9 AM - 4 PM. No appointment is necessary - you can just walk right in!

Contact Information

You can email our peer advisers at

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 Mary Sergeant Academic Adviser 204 Carnegie
Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) Patricia Schempp Academic Adviser 121 Grange
Education Leila Bradaschia Director of International Programs 233 Chambers
Earth & Mineral Sciences Michael Gordon Academic Adviser 014 Deike
Eberly College of Science Nimisha Thakur Global Experiences Coordinator 418 Kern
Engineering Sara Kuhlman Coordinator of International Experiences  208 Hammond
Health & Human Development Abigail Diehl Assistant Dean HHD 0325 HHD Building
Information Science & Technology Angela K. Miller Director, Undergraduate Recruiting & Student Engagement E131 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. Angela Jeon-Huh Director of Abington Global Programs Conference Center, Lower Level
Altoona Dr. Beth Seymour Education Abroad Coordinator 211A Learning Resources Center
Beaver Dr. Robin Bower Associate Professor of Spanish 101 Administration Building
Berks Matt Lockaby Campus Associate for Education Abroad 311A Gaige Building
Dr. Randall Newnham Associate Professor of Political Science 309 Gaige 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. Doug Charles Professor of History 109D Main Building
Harrisburg Magdalene Ntonados Senior Academic Adviser W-131 Olmstead
Marie-Louise Abram Director of International Programs C114R Olmstead
Hazleton Dr. Sherry Robinson Assistant Professor of Business A001 Administration Building
Lehigh Valley Samantha Beebe Biobehavioral Health Program Coordinator 315J 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 Judy Lenick Academic Adviser 001 Clietti Memorial Library
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 Rose Petrunyak Academic Adviser - World Campus 301 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!