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Education Abroad

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1. What is Education Abroad?
A semester or more of your Penn State program spent studying in a different culture. Education Abroad (EA) at Penn State currently offers more than 160 semesters, summer, and short-term education abroad programs around the world. When you are in a Penn State sponsored EA program, you pay your Penn State tuition and are considered to be enrolled as a Penn State student.  For complete information, visit the University Office of Global Programs.

2. What programs are there in EMS disciplines?
a. Materials Science and Engineering study abroad—research internships in France, Germany, others.
b. Universities in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Africa have strong programs in atmospheric science, geography and geosciences. Use the Penn State Study Abroad Search Page to choose a location, then discover all of the universities there with Penn State exchange programs, and the courses available.

3. When should I start thinking about a semester or summer abroad?
The earlier you consider a semester or summer abroad program, the better. It is ideal for a student to start researching study abroad programs in the freshman year, to plan for a semester abroad during their sophomore year. However, smart planning can make a semester abroad possible during the junior or senior years, as well.

4. Why would I want to study abroad?
Building self-confidence, having a wonderful time, taking advantage of an exciting opportunity, really learning a second language. . .
Hear Thomas, Shumona, Justin and Devina answer that question.
Hear Lauren, Danielle, Devina, Andy and Thomas' answers.

5. How would it impact my life?
International experiences can lead to exciting job opportunities. Hear Irene's experience!

6. How can I afford to study abroad?
Your regular aid applies to study abroad, plus there are scholarships, grants. . .
Ashley, Kiera, and Justin tell how it's done.

7. Will the credits I take all transfer to my degree in EMS?
All credits taken in EA programs will transfer as either Gen Ed or for your major; ask your advisor. . .
Hear the word from Devina, Andy, Shumona and Lauren.

8. What do I do first, if I want to find out more about study abroad?
Check out the getting started page, it’s all here!

9. Whom may I see in EMS about my interest in study abroad?
Tim Robinson in the Ryan Family Student Center can help match you with overseas opportunities. Also, the College of EMS has an International Studies Committee, with a representative from each department. Contact the committee member from your department to discuss specific opportunities in your area. Be sure to include a meeting with your academic advisor, to discuss how your EA courses will fit into your degree program.

Earth and Mineral Sciences International Studies Committee
Dean John Hellmann (ex officio)
Tim Robinson ADED
Kevin Furlong GEOSC
David Bice GEOSC
Anne Thompson METEO

10. Do I have to pursue one of the EA programs? What happens if I just want to take a leave of absence and find my own program?
It is possible to take a leave of absence and find your own program, but remember: there is no guarantee that the courses will transfer, plus, your financial aid will not transfer. So, you should do very careful research before making your decision! Read the course equivalency process.

11. Global Competency: Why is it so important?
As the workforce continues to diversify, will you be ready to embrace a range of social and cultural settings? As the world becomes more inter-connected, your life will be impacted in where you live, how you spend your money, how you vote. . . A deeper knowledge and appreciation of other cultures and their history will benefit you as you navigate the current state of world affairs No matter what EMS discipline you study, the issues of primary concern are all global! So take advantage of a global education. You’ll need it!

12. O.K., so other than study abroad, how can I increase my global awareness and competency?
International Cultures Courses satisfy the IL requirement in your general education CAUSE— Focused international experiences for juniors and seniors.