Study Abroad Week 2020

Join Global Programs and our partners during Study Abroad Week 2020 to learn all of the ways you can take your education overseas! Study Abroad Week will be held January 20 - 24, 2020 and features events throughout the week to give all students a deeper understanding of all things study abroad. Since the summer and fall 2020 deadlines are quickly approaching – February 1 and March 1 respectively – this is the perfect opportunity to plan your experience. From funding opportunities to career enrichment, you’ll be able to fully understand all of the opportunities that study abroad has to offer. With workshops and information sessions for all majors, you can begin planning for your perfect study abroad experience! Not at University Park? Check out all of our events below that you can participate in online!

Continue to check back as we add more Study Abroad Week events!

Monday, January 20:

Study Abroad and Your #CareerGoals Workshop

  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM | 410 Boucke Building
  • Thinking about studying abroad in the future? Come learn about how to maximize the career benefits of studying abroad by choosing a program that contributes to your future goals. This interactive workshop will be led by a career coach and education abroad adviser to help you prioritize a study abroad experience that will align with your career goals.
  • Not at University Park or unable to join us in person? Join this presentation online via Zoom.

Tuesday, January 21:

Smeal Abroad EXPO

  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | HUB Noontime Lounge
  • Come learn about what it's like to study abroad in the summer or semester as a Penn State student! The Smeal Abroad EXPO is a peer to peer study abroad fair for students interested in talking with other students who have studied or lived abroad. Get answers to your questions about housing, travel & courses abroad - all from the student perspective. Programs represented include DIS Copenhagen, CES Maastricht, CIEE Seville, IES Madrid, IES Dublin Internship, and more! 

School for Field Studies Virtual Information Session

  • 12:20 - 1:10 PM (Campus Common Hour) | Offered Online via Zoom.
  • Join us for a virtual info session about SFS and their many study abroad programs around the world. SFS offers semester or summer PSU approved programs. Their courses and research opportunities focus on areas including the environment, wildlife, conservation, development, ecology, economics, biodiversity, climate, and more.

Education Abroad Paying the Way Workshop

  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM | Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library
  • If you are thinking about studying abroad but not sure what financial resources are available to you as a Penn State student, mark your calendar for the spring 2020 Paying the Way Workshop. Education Abroad, in partnership with the Office of Student Aid and the University Fellowships Office, will be discussing how to utilize your existing financial aid toward the cost of a study abroad program as well as what scholarships and grants are available.
  • Not at University Park or unable to join us in person? Join this presentation online via Zoom.

Wednesday, January 22:

STEM Students Abroad: Mapping Your Academic Experience

  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | HUB Noontime Lounge
  • This open house addresses the academic challenges many STEM students face when planning a study abroad experience. Students can drop by to get one-on-one tips about how to fit a study abroad experience into their academic plan from academic advisors and learn how to find STEM courses abroad from experienced study abroad staff. Students in non-STEM fields can also ask questions about the course equivalency process. Tables will be set up as stations that students work through to talk with Education Abroad Advisers, Academic Advisers, College Study Abroad representatives, representatives from the Financial Aid office and Student Engagement, and finally, students who have studied abroad to learn about the process of finding an international program that will work for them, how to find courses, how to apply, funding options, and other steps to think about.

Virtual Study Abroad 101

  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Online via Zoom
  • The virtual Study Abroad 101 is designed for students who cannot make the in-person sessions. Peer advisers will cover program options, the application, scholarships, and more. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of the session.
  • Join this presentation online via Zoom.

Research Abroad Programs and Opportunities

  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM | 410 Boucke Building
  • This session will present research abroad opportunities for Penn State students. We will discuss programs such as EuroScholars, IFE, Arcadia STEM Summer Research, and many more. 
  • Not at University Park or unable to join us in person? Join this presentation online via Zoom.

Australia Summer Faculty-Led Study Abroad

  • 4:00 - 4:30 PM | 210 Patterson Building
  • PSU Summer Study Abroad in Australia (May 28-June 18) Join Penn State’s faculty-led summer study abroad program, Social Action and Sustainable Practices in the Arts, and earn 3 credits in 3 weeks! This summer study abroad program will introduce students to the role of activism art in confronting social injustices and artists' creative solutions for sustainable development. This course is open to all Penn State undergraduates, regardless of major or artistic experience. Coursework includes essays and participation in creative activities. Program highlights: • Brisbane • Great Barrier Reef • Alice Springs • Uluru

Study and Intern Abroad in Asia

  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM | 131 HUB
  • Thinking about studying or interning abroad? Diversify your experience and set yourself apart by considering a program in Asia. Join us to learn more about the 30+ opportunities we offer for Penn State students in countries such as Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. You will hear from Penn State students who studied or interned abroad on some of these programs and they will be available to answer any questions you have. Additionally, we will discuss how you can fund your experience in Asia by researching scholarship and grant opportunities. Snacks provided!
  • Not at University Park? Join this presentation online via Zoom.

Thursday, January 23:

Faculty-Led Programs Fair

  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM | HUB Noontime Lounge
  • The Faculty-Led Programs Fair highlights the many education abroad opportunities available to students led by Penn State faculty members.  Mostly occurring in summer, these programs are short-term, academically intensive, and take place all over the world.  Don't miss the chance to learn about - and apply for - a summer 2020 course abroad!

Study Abroad, Go Beyond: Learn and Intern in the Heart of Europe (CzechMates Program)

  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM | 412 Boucke
  • This presentation will discuss the opportunities for study abroad and internships through the CzechMates program.
  • Not at University Park? Join this presentation online via Zoom.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Application Presentation

  • 5:00 - 6:00 PM | 410 Boucke Building
  • Are you a Pell Grant recipient and U.S. citizen who is planning to study and/or intern abroad? Attend this presentation and learn about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, a federal scholarship that funds up to $5,000 toward a study abroad experience. This presentation will be facilitated by the University Fellowships Office and the Education Abroad Office and will cover scholarship eligibility requirements, provide an overview of the application process, and tips for preparing a strong application. A Gilman Scholarship application writing workshop will follow this presentation on Wednesday, February 5 at 5:00 pm in 410 Boucke. At the writing workshop, the University Fellowships Office will provide students the opportunity to have their scholarship application essays reviewed. Students who attend the writing workshop on February 5 are required to bring at least one printed copy of their Statement of Purpose and Follow-on Service Project Proposal for feedback and review.
  • Not at University Park? Join this presentation online via Zoom.

Friday, January 24:

Study in Spain Information Session

  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM | 410 Boucke Building
  • If you are considering studying somewhere in Spain for fall 2020 or spring 2021, come find out what Penn State's programs are like and how to apply! We will highlight new education abroad programs in Spain and talk about how to choose between the 10+ study abroad programs offered in Spain during the semester.
  • Not at University Park? Join this presentation online via Zoom.