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Spend a summer or winter/spring break abroad

Short-Term Programs Abroad

Students Abroad

Some students find a short term program is the best way to go abroad:

1. Science Courses Abroad

    • Earn three credits in science while abroad for 1-3 weeks
    • Taught when regular classes are not in session, to avoid “losing” a semester.
    • Focused on experiential learning, whether through field study or lab research in a cross-cultural context.
    • All led by faculty members from the Penn State College of Science


2. Summer or embedded programs

    • Length varies from one to twelve weeks
    • Students can often earn general education credit or credit towards a minor
    • Search for summer (term=summer) or embedded (show=outgoing embedded) opportunities on the Education Abroad website.

Spend three weeks over the summer studying cancer biology with local students in China. Learn more about BIOL 416

Study the evolution of anatomy in Renaissance Italy. Learn more about BIOL 475N

Research coral reefs with this spring semester course that travels to Curacao over spring break. Learn more about BIOL 482.

Learn biological oceanography and sailing onboard the SSV Corwith Cramer around Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. This course will expose students to the wide range of organisms, from microbes to animals, living in the open ocean. Learn more about BIOL 497

Study the regional ecology and human-environment interaction along the Serengeti plains. Learn more about BIOL 498A

Gain valuable research experience while studying the ecology of Costa Rica during winter break. Learn more about BIOL 499A

Travel to Beijing, China to study Mathematics at Peking University. Also, explore the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. Learn more about MTH 497

Learn how Costa Rica is a world leader in the use of renewable energy technologies. Learn more about PHYS 299

Study superconductivity under a Nobel Laureate in Shanghai, China. Learn more about PHYS 499