Schreyer Honors College (SHC)at Penn State

Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) in Africa

  • Time

    Fall and spring courses, three-week May/June trip

  • Location

    Zambia, Mozambique, or Sierra Leone

  • Eligibility

    5th semester standing at University Park in all majors

  • Credits

    9.5 credits

Program Summary

"The Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) in the College of Engineering engages students and faculty across Penn State in the rigorous research, design, field-testing, and launch of technology-based social enterprises. HESE ventures are multi-year endeavors and built on principles of Empathy, Equity and Ecosystems to create a vibrant and emerging framework for students, faculty, and diverse partners who come together to develop sustainable and scalable solutions."

- Dr. Khanjan Mehta HESE Director

While HESE is not a Schreyer Honors College program, Scholars may honors-option its require and optional courses, and special SHC funding is available for the international travel component.

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Eligibility

5th semester standing at University Park in all majors; interested students should consult first with Dr. Khanjan Mehta or attend a HESE information session.

Estimated Costs (Subject to Change)

  • Airfare: $1200 to $1500
  • Required summer Penn State credit: $700-$1400 including fees, depending on residency and standing
  • Payment to Penn State: $1000
  • Typical in-country expenses: $200 ($300)

The SHC will provide $650 to Scholars in good standing towards HESE expenses.

Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Certificate

A HESE certificate is available with additional coursework.

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