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International Science Certificate

International Science Certificate recognizes students who aquire a global perspective on the study of science through time abroad and coursework.


This certificate is intended to recognize students who spend significant time abroad during their undergraduate careers and who complete courses that allow them to acquire a more global perspective on the study of science. The certificate is intended to provide recognition for students who have developed a familiarity with science outside of the United States and who have experience with the regional cultural context of the host nation(s).

Consultation with an academic adviser prior to studying abroad is strongly recommended to ensure course choices fulfill the requirements of the certificate.


  • a total of at least 6 weeks abroad on one or more Penn State-approved courses/programs
  • 6 credits (typically two courses) abroad that are either Penn State Science courses taught abroad or courses that are granted equivalency in the College of Science at Penn State
  • 6 credits (typically two courses) that directly relate to the host regions’ cultures, histories, or languages. These supporting courses can be taken while abroad or in residence on a Penn State campus.

Students who have completed these requirements must call 814.865.5000 and setup an appointment to have the certificate added to their transcript.