Study Abroad Week 2018

Join Global Programs and our partners during Study Abroad Week 2018 to learn all of the ways you can take your education overseas! Study Abroad Week 2018 will be held from January 22-26 and will feature events throughout the week to give you a deeper understanding on all things study abroad. Since the Summer and Fall 2018 deadlines are quickly approaching – February 1 and March 1 respectively – this is the perfect opportunity to plan your last minute trip. 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 will be able to begin your planning for perfect study abroad experience!

Monday, January 22: Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

SHOWCASE EVENT: Paying the Way! How To Fund Your Education Abroad Experience presented by Education Abroad, the University Fellowships Office, and the Office of Student Aid

  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm in Boucke 410
  • Description: If you are thinking about studying abroad but not sure what financial resources are available to you as a Penn State student, this session will explore resources available to help fund your experience. 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, fellowships, and grants are available.
  • Availability: Open to All Majors

Spanish for Agricultural Sciences Summer Program in Costa Rica Information Session presented by the College of Agricultural Sciences Office of International Programs

  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm in 122 Ag Admin Building (Study Abroad Lounge)
  • Description: ¿Dónde quieres ir? The Spanish for the Agricultural Sciences summer study abroad program can help you get where you want to go.  As the number of native speakers in the workforce rises, Spanish proficiency is becoming more important than ever for agricultural professionals. See waterfalls, rain forests and volcanoes during a five-week immersion experience in Costa Rica starting in May. Students live with host families, take Spanish classes at a Costa Rican language school, and participate in activities like agricultural site visits, weekend trips, community service, and national park tours. Authentic cultural experiences and greater familiarity with native Spanish help you prepare for a summer internship where you can use what you've learned. Attend this information session to learn more about this exciting program.
  • Availability: Open to All Majors

Tuesday, January 23: Career Enrichment & Internships

SHOWCASE EVENT: International Internships and the Career Benefits of Education Abroad presented by the College of Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network and the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm in Carnegie Building, Carnegie Cinema Room 113
  • Description: The session will begin with an overview of information and academic considerations for pursuing international internships followed by strategies for articulating the career benefits of study abroad to future employers. The second half of the session will include a Q & A sessions with a panel of study abroad alumni who participated in international internships. This Q & A session will be facilitated by Bob Martin, the Assistant Dean for Internships and Career Placement in the College of Communications.  
  • Availability: Open to All Majors

IES Abroad International Internships Information Session presented by IES Abroad and the College of Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network

  • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm in Carnegie Building, Room 24
  • Description: Enjoy a few slices of pizza and learn more about internship opportunities abroad! IES Abroad offers an exhilarating challenge of real-world experience combined with professional skill building and cultural immersion through credit bearing international internship placements. IES Abroad can facilitate internship placements in a variety of fields from business, communication, political science, and much more! Internships are available in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Dublin, London, and Santiago!
  • Availability: Open to All Majors

Pforzheim University Summer Business Program Information Session presented by Dirk Wentzel, Director and student alumni for the Pforzheim University Summer Business Program and the Smeal College of Business  Office of International Programs

  • 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm in 108 Business Building
  • Description: Interested in studying abroad in Germany this summer? On the Pforzheim University Summer Business Program, students will learn about Germany's place in the European and Global communities in terms of business, culture and politics. This will involve visits to global businesses large and small, such as Mercedes, Daimler-Chrysler, Porsche, Bosch and Hugo Boss. Global jewelry companies headquartered here will also be included in the schedule. In addition, students will hike in the Black Forest, visit the Supreme Court in Karlsruhe and travel to cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich for on-site history, politics and cultural lessons.  
  • Availability: Open to all majors

The School for Field Studies (SFS) Information Session presented by the College of Agricultural Sciences Office of International Programs

  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm in 122 Ag Admin Building (Study Abroad Lounge)
  • Description: The Penn State representative from the School for Field Studies (SFS) will be on-campus to speak with students interested in the SFS semester or summer programs. As an SFS student you’ll be out in diverse and incredible ecosystems, participating in groundbreaking research and translating what you’ve learned into impactful action. This is a study abroad experience like no other. Semester and summer programs available in Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Panama, and Tanzania.
  • Availability: Open to All Majors

Academic Libraries Abroad: An Open Discussion presented Penn State University Libraries

  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm in Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library
  • Description: Planning on studying abroad or just want to learn about libraries in other countries? Join University Libraries’ staff and faculty members as they share their experiences and expertise about international libraries and how they compare with their US academic library partners. A tour of the exhibit “Academic Libraries Around the World,” located on the second floor of Pattee Library, will follow the discussion.
  • Availability: Open to All Majors

Peace Corps Information Session presented by the Penn State Peace Corps Recruiter, Richard Dickerson-Garcia and the School of International Affairs

  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm in Boucke 410
  • Description: Peace Corps provides the opportunity of all-expenses paid international work, travel, and cultural immersion after graduation. The application process to become a Peace Corps Volunteer takes 7 –9 months, so begin your journey today. Join us at this information session to learn about Volunteer experiences, ask questions about service, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.
  • Availability: Open to All Majors

Wednesday, January 24: Regional Focus

SHOWCASE EVENT: A Regional Look at Study Abroad Programs: Fall, Spring, Summer presented by the Smeal College of Business International Office and Education Abroad

  • 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Business Building Atrium and breakout sessions in Rooms 104, 106, 107, 108
  • Description: If you’re interested in studying abroad and have a specific destination in mind this session is for you! Attend this event to learn about study abroad program opportunities in specific countries and regions.
  • Availability: Open to All Majors

Study Abroad 101 presented by Education Abroad Peer Advisers

  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm in Boucke 410
  • Description: The process of studying abroad can feel overwhelming for many students, with hundreds of program options to consider, application requirements to complete, and deadlines to remember. A Study Abroad 101 is a one-hour presentation designed to give you an overview of studying abroad through Penn State. This session will cover how to navigate the Education Abroad website and search for programs, financial considerations, how to apply to a program, and much more.
  • Availability: Open to All Majors

Sustainable Tourism and the Environment in New Zealand and Australia Information Session

  • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm in 101 HHD Building
  • Description: This 3.5-week study abroad program that takes place over the summer will examine the natural and human environments of New Zealand's North Island and Queensland, Australia.  This program travels to national parks, forests, wildlife reserves, coastlines, marine areas and islands of New Zealand and North Queensland under the guidance of knowledgeable field professionals. The course offered on this program is RPTM 499 Sustainable Tourism and the Environment for 3 credits. Attend this information session to learn more about this program.
  • Availability: Open to All Majors 

Thursday, January 25: Focus Academics/STEM

SHOWCASE EVENT: STEM Students Abroad: Mapping your Academic Experience presented by the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Eberly College of Science

  • 4:00 – 7:00 pm in the Kunkle Lounge in Hammond Building
  • Description: This open house addresses the academic challenges many Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students face when planning a study abroad experience. Drop by to get tips on how to fit a study abroad experience into your 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.
  • Availability: Open to All Majors

Friday, January 26: No Focus

2018 Global Learning in Agriculture Virtual Conference

  • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Online via Adobe Connect
  • Description: Are you interested in "globalizing" your agriculturally-focused instruction?  The Global Learning Conference in Agriculture is designed to help you create global learning opportunities for students in any agricultural discipline. Registration required. Please register at the Global Learning Conference in Agriculture website.
  • Availability: Current secondary and post-secondary agricscience educators of all disciplines, extension educators, pre-service agriscience educators of all disciplines, vendors and stakeholders in global learning.