Planning your study abroad experience

How much does it cost?

Affordability is an important factor when selecting an education abroad program. The programs offered through Education Abroad vary in cost, depending on the features of the program, geographic location, length, inclusions in the program such as excursions and cultural activities, and the level of on-site support.  For complete information, visit the University Office of Global Programs.

Courses and credits

Students are ultimately responsible for ensuring that their Education Abroad program offers coursework that is relevant for their academic needs. The role of the student in their own education abroad experience is vitally important. Students are encouraged to work closely and frequently with their academic adviser and Education Abroad adviser throughout the entire process. Once abroad, it is the student's responsibility to complete the course equivalency process in order to obtain Penn State equivalent course numbers for all courses taken abroad.  The student is also responsible for working with his or her academic adviser on course substitution to ensure that all courses and grades earned abroad are assigned to an area within the student's degree audit. For more information, visit Global Programs Academics.


All students interested in participating in an education abroad program must submit an online application through Penn State Education Abroad by the appropriate deadline. For more information, visit Global Programs' How to Apply.

Find Penn State Study Abroad Programs

Use the Penn State Study Abroad Search Page to find more international education opportunities.

EMS Faculty Representative

Kevin Furlong
Department of Geosciences
413 Deike Building
Phone: 814-863-0567