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Studying Abroad

Studying Abroad is one of the best ways to understand a different culture in a meaningful way.

Studying Abroad

University Global Programs Office

College of Education International Programs Office

Studying abroad is one of the best ways to understand a different culture in a meaningful way. It is an experience that can have a profound impact on all students, especially future educators.

Education Abroad at Penn State offers more than 180 summer, semester and full-year programs in over 45 countries! Over 60 of these programs are either specially designed, semester-length programs or are reciprocal exchange programs with an international university. Education Abroad also offers numerous other short-term, faculty-led programs. Penn State is committed to keeping these programs affordable through financial aid and scholarships. Due to major requirements and sequencing of courses, students must work closely with their advisers to make early plans for studying abroad.

Education Abroad Goals

  • To prepare students for citizenship in an increasingly interdependent global community
  • To provide an international component to the University's curriculum
  • To enrich the University's general education program
  • To complement those professionally oriented programs, such as Education, where a study abroad experience is especially desirable
  • To support the University's cultural diversity initiative
  • To promote sensitivity to and appreciation of the world's diverse cultures

Short-Term Overseas Student Teaching

Looking for an exciting student teaching experience that will broaden your view of the world and allow you to share a unique perspective with your future students?

The Short-Term Overseas Student Teaching program allows Penn State College of Education teacher education students (early childhood to grade 12) to travel overseas for five to seven weeks following a 12 week student teaching placement in Pennsylvania. Overseas practicum placements are chosen by the student and will be in countries such as Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Turkey, or Wales. Students in this program will interact with teachers, administrators, children, and community members in their host nations. They also have the opportunity to live with host families and become involved in community activities. Structure analysis and reflection will occur through overseas communication with their assigned student teaching supervisor at Penn State.

  • This unique program
  • increases opportunities for students in the College of Education to travel abroad.
  • provides intercultural teaching and community involvement experiences in overseas nations -- experiences which offer realistic, in-depth exposure to other ways of life and schooling.
  • encourages students to develop a broader understanding of the world in which we live.
  • facilitates professional and personal growth through increased self-confidence and self-esteem, greater adaptability, and acquisition of new and different teaching methods, ideas, and philosophies.
  • allows students the opportunity to experience both the traditional student teaching experience in Pennsylvania as well as an international student teaching experience.

For more information, contact Dr. Leila Bradaschia.

Students majoring in any of the World Language options (French, German, Latin, or Spanish) are required to study abroad typically during the spring semester of their junior year. In addition to opportunities for regular study abroad experiences during a full semester or in the Summer (or during Spring Break).

Information for students majoring in Secondary Education for English, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies can be found at the following Curriculum & Instruction Field Experiences website: Education Abroad Opportunities For Secondary Education Majors.