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See the World Global Perspective

At the Schreyer Honors College, we believe that a well-developed and experience-based global perspective is critical to your success, wherever your path might lead after graduation. While the basis of this perspective begins with your academic and extracurricular choices on campus, our goal is for all Scholars to have at least one international study, service, research, or internship experience.

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Schreyer Scholar Markea Dickinson looking over a cliff during study abroad in Argentina

Distinctive Honors Experiences Signature Travel Programs

The Schreyer Honors College's signature international programs are even older than the Honors College itself. Our London Study Tour started way back in 1984, under Penn State's University Scholars Program. Today, we offer semester, summer, and short-term programs that have one thing in common — they provide the same level of honors enrichment that Scholars expect from honors courses.

South Africa Study Tour World Media Systems

Program Summary

This course is designed to comparatively assess media systems in two different political and economic contexts. In the spring of 2019, the course will appraise the media systems of the U.S. and South Africa. Each context will be viewed as a political, economic and communication system.

Students will evaluate media vis-à-vis each system’s history and will analyze the functions of the mass media in the respective contexts. Though understanding the theory and practices of other media systems is an important end in itself, as it may foster greater awareness of other cultures, a crucial motive of this course is to ensure that students have a better appreciation of the U.S. media system.


Students will depart from State College via charter bus to Washington Dulles Airport on the morning of Friday, March 1 for an overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa. During the next week students will visit a variety of media outlets, as well as universities, the United States Embassy, and non-governmental organizations. For more complete information including student blogs and photo/video gallery from the 2018 trip, please visit the program website.


This program is for Scholars at University Park in their second year or beyond, in all majors.

Estimated Costs

The estimated program cost for the trip is $1,900. Scholars will receive a travel grant to reduce their estimated effective payment to $1,400. Final cost information will be available in early January once we have a firm price for airfare, which is the largest component of the program fee. The fee will include, besides airfare, transportation to/from State College, lodgings, and 3 dinners. You should have an additional $250 available for food and incidental expenses during the trip. Scholars with demonstrated high financial need should contact Dr. Stoller about the possibility of additional financial support. Other possible sources of support are your academic college, and the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Scholarship (application deadline January 15).

Application Process

This course is open to all current second-year through fourth-year students at University Park. To apply, send an e-mail to Professor Anthony Olorunnisola by December 15. If you have taken COMM 410, you can register for the course directly in LionPath.

Nelson Mandela statue in South Africa
  • Spring Break
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Second-Year+
  • Anthony Olorunnisola
  • COMM 419H (3 credits)

London Study Tour Musical Theatre & Drama

Program Summary

The London Study Tour embarks on its thirty-sixth year! Professor Raymond Sage of Penn State's School of Theatre will organize and guide the tour, and teach its course component, Theatre 490H.

Theatre-going forms the heart of the LST and of its academic identity. London is the outstanding theatre city of the English-speaking world, offering consistently superb choices in classic plays, contemporary and avant-garde theatre, musical theatre, opera and dance. Students will see a minimum of twelve theatre and dance performances: some will be purchased in advance by the instructor, and others will be selected by participants from a wide range of choices. As a complement to the theatre core, the LST's faculty leaders will provide students with an orientation to London and its history, culture and sights. The new and extended program will include more extensive travel beyond London.

This course is designed for the student who is interested in observing a culture politically, theoretically, ethically, religiously, socially, and philosophically through live musical theatre and drama. Prior to arrival, each student selected for the course will choose a specific area of diversity to explore, such as race, gender, sexuality, politics, religion, ritual or science. The student will research the issue as it "plays out" in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Issue choices will be discussed at the first of the mandatory meetings in late spring semester.

Once in London, prior personal research on specific diversity issues will act as a foundation for personal observations of both a culture in practice and the practice of theatre within a culture. The personal observations will be applied to journal work and post-performance discussions. Ongoing observations will be shared in informal settings over the two-week course, and an assessment of individual explorations will be based upon a journal, the post-show discussions, and the seminar paper.

Students accepted for the LST will be enrolled for 3 credits of Theatre 490H in the summer.

Students will be required to attend several preparatory meetings and on-campus theatre performances during the second half of spring semester. Information on these meetings and performances will be provided as part of the application process. Arrangements can be made for accepted students at other campuses to meet pre-departure requirements.

Student journals will be read in two stages: the first half will be read by Professor Sage while in London, and the second half will be turned in soon after our return to the United States. Students will be given a participation grade, which evaluates your level of inquisitiveness and positive contributions to discussions and other group activities.

The final project will be a personal exploration of a specific issue of diversity and inclusion/exclusion in the United States and the United Kingdom, and how theatre practices can help make conversations about social issues visible in unique and impactful ways.


Transportation to and from the United Kingdom is handled by the student.


This program is for Scholars in all majors, and at any Penn State campus, who want an intensive academic and cultural experience in the theatre capital of the English-speaking world.

Estimated Costs

Three credits of summer undergraduate tuition/fees, program fee of $1,000, transportation to UK (purchased by student), estimated in-country costs of $500-$700. Program fee includes lodgings, shows and other admission fees, transportation between London and Edinburgh and within both cities, and selected meals. Summer tuition is charged at in-state, lower-division rates for all students.

Application Process

Applications must be completed (including letter of recommendation) through the Penn State Education Abroad website by February 1, 2020.

Big Ben in London
  • Maymester
  • London & Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • All Scholars
  • Raymond Sage
  • THEA 490H (3 credits)

Thailand Study Tour Natural Disasters in a Developing Country

Program Summary

With the 2nd largest economy in southeast Asia (behind Indonesia), Thailand plays a leading role in driving development and forging regional policy. Its capital, Bangkok, is a global megacity with an estimated 10 million inhabitants in the metropolitan region and a current growth rate of over 2%/year. This generally positive economic outlook may obscure a more fraught future. Thailand has major vulnerabilities related to natural hazards. Although it is generally a tectonically quiescent region, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami (with almost 10,000 confirmed dead or missing in Thailand) demonstrated a substantial (and under-appreciated) risk associated with its location surrounded by major plate boundary fault zones. It has also experienced moderate (but damaging) earthquakes within its borders; has evolving problems of groundwater degradation by saline incursion from both natural (sea level rise) and man-made (agricultural) causes; suffers from severe flooding in Bangkok and other major cities, and is seeing detrimental effects from climate change and sea level rise in coastal regions. In this course students will develop a background in the underlying causes and impacts of these natural hazards, with a focus on implications for the Thai society and its future.

During Maymester, the class will travel to Thailand and see first-hand the intersection between natural hazards and societal well-being. Specific topics for this field excursion may include analysis of the tsunami hazard along the Andaman Sea coast, earthquake potential in northwestern Thailand and Bangkok, the causes and consequences of brine degradation of the groundwater resource, the causes and impacts of significant flooding, and effects of climate change on coastal regions. All of these vulnerabilities will be placed in the context of a rapidly growing, mixed industrial/agricultural economy, in a largely Buddhist country and society.

Integrated into the Thailand trip will be visits to a range of historic and cultural sites including multiple UNESCO World Heritage sites.

This course will collaborate with faculty and students at Kasetsart University (KU) in Bangkok. KU is the #2 ranked university in Thailand (with ~70,000 students), and has a “land-grant” style history somewhat similar to PSU. Furlong has a strong research and educational collaboration with Prof. Passakorn Pananont at KU, including joint research projects, and educational/outreach activities (several short courses taught to both professionals and teachers in Thailand and the southeast Asia region). Most recently we collaborated on a short-course for Thai high school science teachers on earthquake and tsunami science, which was financially sponsored by Thai research and educational funding agencies. Results of our joint science research have been published in major international geoscience journals.

While in Bangkok, we will be based at KU Home, a university-run Hotel (Guest House) on the KU campus, nearby to the Earth Sciences department. During overnight travel outside Bangkok, we will stay at hotels or other guest-house facilities. Students will share rooms, but each will have their own bed. During the duration of the Maymester travel, classroom/writing days will be interspersed with site visits and travel. While on campus at KU, students can access their PSU accounts via their eduroam login. This will allow students to incorporate their experiences and observations into their analysis of interactions between hazards and society. The intent is for the course to be academically self-contained - most work will be accomplished during the trip.

While in Thailand, we will meet with and where possible travel with a peer group of Thai students. This will allow the PSU and KU students to develop longer-term links, and help the PSU students to better understand Thailand, its culture, and its people. Additionally we will arrange opportunities for our students to meet with policy makers and other leaders in the areas we are studying.


There will be a recommended flight to and from Thailand, but participants can make their own arrangements as long as they arrive within a time window to be specified.


For Scholars at University Park in all majors and semester standings. The selection process will emphasize a mix of students from across majors and colleges. Interested Scholars at other campuses should contact Dr. Stoller for more information about the spring course and whether it might be possible to complete outside of University Park.

Estimated Costs

Required one credit of summer tuition and fees. For Scholars, the Honors College will provide a grant to cover tuition differential for out-of-state students. There will also be an additional $1,800 program fee. Scholars will receive a $500 refund via scholarship for this fee.

Application Process

Please complete the application form and return by e-mail attachment to both Professor Kevin Furlong and Dr. Richard Stoller by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 6, 2019. After decisions are made in early December, accepted students will have through the end of drop/add for the spring 2020 semester to finalize their participation.

Flooding in Thailand
  • Maymester
  • Bangkok & Other Locations, Thailand
  • All Scholars
  • Kevin Furlong
  • GEOSC 397 (2 credits) / GEOSC 499 (1 credit)

Tokyo "Washoku-Yashoku" Study Tour Food & Culture in Japan

Program Summary

The destination is Japan, and specifically the Kantō region and Tokyo, the largest ‘megacity’ in the world. The theme is the traditional Japanese diet, “wa” shoku – its origins, history, ways of expressing Japanese life and culture, seasonality, and festivity. Shoku is one of the most easily identifiable Japanese characters, 食—to eat; meal, food—and it combines with “wa,” referring to Japan and all things Japanese, to describe the traditional ways of food in Japan. But, now, the Japanese diet is undergoing rapid change, through assimilation, becoming more “yō” (westernized) shoku. Although yōshoku originated with the opening of Japan in the Meiji era, it has by new reached a new level through globalization. This change is not necessarily “bad,” but it does represent a fundamental change and an ongoing adaptation to modern life. Studying washoku and yōshoku will provide a window into cultural change.

Tokyo has been the center of Japanese life since the Edo era. All roads lead to Tokyo. The “0 mile marker” for the nation resides in downtown Tokyo. Edo was and Tokyo is the seat of government and culture, has the greatest population density, and is the transportation hub for the nation. During Maymester, our two weeks in Tokyo will offer students abundant opportunities to understand how, in the >70 years of peace following World War II, the Japanese have built an infrastructure that is the rival of the world, and have used it for increased productivity, enjoyment of the outdoors, respect for nature, promotion of tourism, and an unrivaled food system. Tokyo is also a city of trees and parks, shrines and temples and churches, rivers and canals, and museums and stores to delight many tastes. There are even rice paddies in Tokyo. Food is not consumed in isolation, but in the context of the seasons of the year, specific locations, and celebrations. This Maymester course will focus on food, but the experience will be that of Japan at its center, Tokyo. The experience will include trips to the nearby mountains and bay, historical museums, architectural museums and walking tours, visits to graphical/ sculptural/calligraphy/origami museums, botanical gardens, and river walks/bike rides to understand the importance of nature, rivers, and the sea to the life and food culture of Japan. Our fundamental purpose will be to understand Japanese foods, and why Japanese washoku is consider “special” enough to have been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. Let’s understand washoku!

We will plan our excursions together and we will travel together as a group to the various locations, as this is necessary in a large city like Tokyo, but, once at our destinations, students will have leeway to look and explore independently, then regroup on schedule so we can move on together. For example, in Ueno Park there are several different museums to choose from, while at Jindaiji there are temples, craft shops, outdoor botanical gardens, and a large collection of diverse tropical plants in the conservatory. Students can decide which they prefer and apportion their time accordingly. We will arrange most of our discussions before our visits and in the evening afterwards.

Students will be required to attend several preparatory meetings on campus during the second half of spring semester. Information on these meetings will be provided as part of the application process. If you can also take a spring course that provides context about food or about Japan during the spring semester, please do! (For instance, ANTH 45, ASIA 100 or 172, FDSC 105, GEOG 3N, HORT 150N)

During the pre-departure course each student will select a topic and write a précis of a concept they wish to test through their experience in Japan. The students collectively will also identify 3 topics that they will work on in groups. They will be encouraged to keep these topics simple and addressable within the time and location of their travels.

To assure that the trip includes context and that the students develop an appreciation for changes that have taken place over time, the class will collectively read and have discussions during the trip on two or three classical monographs on Japanese life. One of these is Ruth Benedict’s “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword,” about the characteristics of the Japanese people that informed the U.S. efforts during the post-war occupation and reconstruction of Japan. Other useful texts are: “The People and Culture of Japan,” Conversations between Donald Keene and Shiba Ryotaro, and “Washoku Seasoning,” by Michiko Matsuda. By reading from common texts and participating in group discussions on these various topics, the students will integrate what they observe in present-day Japan with how Japan was, and was viewed by westerners previously. While on their study tour, the students will gauge and reevaluate their thesis assumptions through journal entries and short reflection papers, and they will submit a final summary paper on return to the U.S. that evaluates the (presumably transformative) thinking regarding their concept, as a result of their study tour to Tokyo. We will have a variety of shared experiences, and we will discuss them as we go. Students will have assignments and writings to turn in, and a final summary focused on one pre-identified question due after they return. Student journals/writing will be read in two stages: the first half will be read by Professor Ross while in Tokyo, and the second half will be turned in soon after the students return to the United States. Students will be given a participation grade, which evaluates their level of inquisitiveness and positive contributions to discussions and other group activities.

Before our departure to Japan, the students will also be introduced to cultural expectations and standards of etiquette practiced in Japan, so that they will be prepared to “blend in” and be perceived as good visitors. These briefings will begin during the spring semester and be reinforced in the on-campus session immediately before the trip.

Because “food is life,” many other aspects of daily life and culture (art, religion, architecture, nature) will be experienced and discussed as we enjoy learning about washoku. The course will not require Japanese language skills and the venues selected for visits will be those that have satisfactory English-language signage and explanations for visitors. We will be met at several locations by Japanese professors, practitioners (e.g., of architecture), and will arrange for a tour in English of specific cultural landmarks (e.g., Meiji Shrine). Even in these visits, students will see the relationship of food to culture; for example, each year, new kegs of sake are placed at Meiji Shrine in a ceremony of respect and celebration. There will be specific short lecture-discussions on foods and nutrition –washoku-yōshoku– to be held during the trip; these will be understandable to students across a variety of majors. The students will have plenty of opportunities to reflect on Japanese life. A “fun experience” will be learning about the train and subway systems in and around Tokyo. The students will gain a sense of the city and a level of comfort in how to navigate in it. We will visit Tokyo Station (through which more than a million people pass daily); use the buses, trains, subways, cog-rails, and trams, and do a great deal of walking during our adventure to Tokyo and environs.

As examples of some areas for student group research are:

Policies in Japan with respect to food safety; school lunch; food labeling and health claims.
Seasonality in Japanese cuisine. Practical aspects (marketing, distribution); cultural symbolism; the use of seasonal flowers in food arrangement.
Food production in Japan. Regional specialties. Rice as a staple; meat and dairy; soy and its products; wheat and buckwheat; foods from the sea.

Participants are responsible for their own round-trip ticket from the United States to Tokyo. Approximate cost is $1,000 to $1,500.


The course will focus on foods and food culture in a way that will be suitable for students in a variety of disciplines: Nutritional Sciences and any of the other majors in Health and Human Development, Nursing, Architectural and Landscape Design, Agriculture, and Social Sciences. Students from these disciplines should all benefit, as should any student with a passion for becoming acquainted with modern Japan. As designed, it does not require a very specific prerequisite.

Estimated Costs

In addition to the travel costs mentioned above, there is a required one credit of summer tuition and fees (tuition differential grant for out-of-state Scholars) and an additional program fee of $1,800. Scholars will receive a refund of $500 via scholarship for the program fee.

Application Process

Please complete the application form and return by e-mail attachment to both Professor Catherine Ross and Dr. Richard Stoller by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 6, 2019. After decisions are made in early December, accepted students will have through the end of drop/add for the spring 2020 semester to finalize their participation.

Red arched bridge in Tokyo
  • Maymester
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • All Scholars
  • Catherine Ross
  • NUTR 497H (2 credits) / NUTR 499 (1 credit)

Contemporary Colombia Program

Program Summary

Colombia has experienced profound economic, social and political change over the last two generations, and is now in a "post-conflict" stage having concluded a peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla group.. The Schreyer Honors College Contemporary Colombia Program examines these changes in different regional settings, and in large cities through small towns and the countryside. We interact with universities, local government offices, and a range of non-governmental organizations to gain an understanding of various aspects of Colombian, and by extension South American, economics, culture, politics, and society.

The program is structured as a three-credit honors course (LATAM 499) with some pre-departure reading and get-acquainted meetings in person or by Skype (for non-UP participants), with classes and assignments due periodically over the course of the trip, and with a final paper due later in the summer.

You can view a preliminary syllabus, with itinerary and travel information, here.

You can also review a PowerPoint presentation for the 2019 program, including photos and links to videos.


Participants are responsible for their own round-trip ticket from the United States to Colombia. Approximate cost is $600 to $1,000.


This program is open to all Penn State students, with priority given to Scholars and Paterno Fellows aspirants.

Estimated Costs

In addition to the travel costs mentioned above, there is a required three credits of summer tuition and fees at the University Park lower-division in-state level and an additional program fee of $800. Scholars will receive a refund of $500 via scholarship for the program fee.

The Official Budget Sheet can be viewed on the Global Penn State website.

Application Process

Applications, through the Education Abroad website, must be submitted by February 1, 2021. Decisions will be released by February 15, and the commitment deadline is February 25.

Government building in Bogota, Colombia
  • May-June 2021
  • Bogotá, Cartagena, Tolima & More, Colombia
  • All Penn State students (priority for Scholars and Paterno Fellows)
  • Richard Stoller
  • LATAM 499 (3 credits)

Ghana Study Program Global Perspectives for Intergenerational Living and Learning

Program Summary

This new course is designed to introduce students to how people across the globe live, learn, value and care for one another while embracing treasured cultural traditions. Intensive travel and learning experiences occur in the 2020 Maymester, first in Charleston, South Carolina and then in Ghana. Students will work with faculty, senior volunteers, and professionals engaged in innovative intergenerational (IG) programs and practices at the local, national, and international levels. Penn State faculty leaders for the program are Profs. Matthew Kaplan from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Grace Hampton of the College of Arts and Architecture.

During the second half of the spring semester, students will take a 2.5-credit course on campus in which they will be introduced to the IG studies field, go on site visits to local IG programs, and engage in experiential learning activities with local older adult volunteers engaged in IG programs. The travel component will be an additional 0.5 honors credits.

The trip begins with an intensive 5-day learning experience in Charleston, focused on the history and culture of the Gullah/Geechee people and Low Country-West African connections. The next 11 days in Ghana will include multi-city visits, including Accra, Kumasi, Tamale, and Yendi. There will be immersion experiences through cultural visits and events, and meetings with village elders and community leaders to learn about their unique environmental, social, political, and economic circumstances.

Learning Outcomes
  • Through an IG lens, learn about lifestyles, family life, community support systems, and cultural identities of people living in Ghana.
  • Learn about innovative IG programs taking root around the globe to enrich the lives of individuals, strengthen families, build communities, and promote cultural continuity.
  • Learn about culturally significant places, foods, values, and arts in Ghana.

This course is open to Schreyer Scholars in all majors at University Park (because of the spring on-campus class), and to other students at the discretion of the instructor.

Estimated Costs

The estimated costs for this program include transportation to Charleston to start the program, 0.5 credits of Penn State summer tuition and fees (varies by residency and other factors) and an estimated program fee of $2,250 (includes airfare from Charleston to Ghana and back to Washington or New York, lodging, in-country transportation, and most meals). The final program fee will be determined in late fall 2019.

Additional costs include a Ghanaian visa, required or recommended vaccinations/medications (including yellow fever vaccination), and transportation from the U.S. return airport to your next destination.

Application Process

Apply for this program by Friday, December 6, 2019 by sending a one-paragraph statement of interest to Professor Matthew Kaplan and Dr. Richard Stoller.

People weaving fabric in Ghana
  • Maymester
  • Various Locations, Ghana
  • All Scholars at University Park
  • Matthew Kaplan/Grace Hampton
  • ??? (3 credits)

Ireland Study Program Walking in the Footsteps of the Irish During the Potato Famine: Examinations of New World Crops in Old World Societies

Program Summary

This program is for Scholars in all majors, and at any Penn State campus, who want to learn about the relationship between Old and New World crops and their impact on civilization. The course will highlight the role of the Irish potato in the Great Famine (also called the Irish Potato famine) that struck Ireland during 1845 to 1852 and the resulting loss of population to Ireland and the wave of Irish immigrants to the US. We will travel to Ireland during Maymester to visit important locations associated with the Famine and observe current agricultural industries and potato production in that country. This experience will emphasize and highlight the importance of agriculture to global experiences. Students need to enroll in the spring semester based course and the Maymester travel component of the course.

"Walking in the Footsteps of the Irish During the Irish Potato Famine: Examinations of New World Crops in Old World Societies" is a 2.5 credit interdisciplinary course (during the Spring semester) introducing the students to new world crops (crops that were native to North and South America before 1492) such as potato, corn, bean, tomato and chocolate. Crop discussion will include areas of origin, history of uses, and current production along with how these crops "migrated" to Old World Societies (Europe, Asia and Africa or those parts of the world known to Europeans before 1492) often coinciding with exploration to influence those societies. One to two new world crops per week (during a 2 hr class period) would be discussed followed by some hands on sampling of some of the culinary uses of some of the food crops would end each class period.

The later section of the Spring course will include a more in-depth 5-week study of the Irish potato and Ireland. This will prepare the students for the international travel part of the course to Ireland. Pennsylvania has a long, storied history of growing and processing potatoes (such as into chips). We will discuss contemporary production practices of potatoes in Pennsylvania with on farm and in processing plant class field trips. A discussion on the Irish potato famine and its effects sociological and political effects on Ireland and the US would culminate this section of the course.

The international study portion would be a 0.5 credit Maymester summer offering to travel to Ireland to retrace important steps of the famine and the emigration and death that resulted. We would couple with researchers in Ireland to provide a 10 day immersion into this subject and not only observe cultural impacts of the famine but historical sites but current production practices of potatoes in Ireland and compare and contrast those with US practices.


All students are responsible for securing their own flights from Philadelphia to Dublin (and back to the US). CIEE, one of Penn State's main study abroad partners, will arrange lodgings and transportation within Ireland.


This program is for Scholars in all majors, and at any Penn State campus, who want to learn about the relationship between Old and New World crops and their impact on civilization.

Estimated Costs

The estimated program fee is $1,700 (after grant from the Honors College), plus the cost of a round-trip ticket to Ireland from your point of departure, plus the required 0.5 credit of Penn State tuition and fees. The program fee covers lodgings, in-country transportation, admission fees, and some meals.

An additional $800 is suggested as spending money for things like non-covered meals, snacks, pub visits, and souvenirs.

Application Process

To apply for this course, choose one issue of the Irish Potato Famine that is personally compelling, and write a 750 word essay that describes the issue and its impact on agriculture, citizens, communities, or culture. E-Mail your essay as an attachment to Dr. Dennis Decoteau by October 21, 2019. Applicants will be notified by November 1 to confirm their participation with a deposit. First priority will be given to Schreyer Scholars in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The first meeting of the course (HORT 499H) will be January 14, 2020.

For additional information or application, please contact Dr. Dennis Decoteau or Dr. Tracy Hoover.

Potato Famine memorial statues in Ireland
  • Maymester
  • Various Locations, Ireland
  • All Scholars
  • Dennis Decoteau & Tracy Hoover
  • HORT 499H (3 credits)

Contemporary India Program

Program Summary

India is a country of enormous diversity: linguistic (22 official languages), religious, geographic, and economic. What are the defining features of modern India, and how has it stayed together in a world where many other large multiethnic states have fallen apart or lurched from crisis to crisis? This four-week program will provide a window on the major issues facing India, and how Indians understand and argue about their country’s past, present, and future. We rely on interactions with university students and faculty throughout our trip. View a PowerPoint presentation about the program and the course syllabus for trip information.


Participants are responsible for the cost of a round-trip ticket between your preferred departure/return point and Dehli — typically $1,100 to $1,700 from Philadelphia and other east coast cities.


This course is open to Penn State students from all campuses and majors, with selection priority given to Scholars and Liberal Arts Paterno Fellows aspirants.

Estimated Costs

In addition to the travel costs mentioned above, participants are responsible for three credits of summer tuition (billed at the in-state lower-division University Park rate) and fees, a program fee of $750 that covers lodging, in-country transportation and most meals, and $60 for an Indian visa and recommended medications.

Application Process

Apply for this program via the Education Abroad online system between October 15, 2010 and January 31, 2020. If you aren't a US citizen, you should determine your eligibility for an Indian e-Tourist via (eTV).

Building in India
  • Summer Trip/Course
  • Delhi, Pune, Dahanu & Jaipur, India
  • All Scholars
  • Prakash Kumar, Nimisha Thakur, Richard Stoller
  • ASIA 499H (3 credits)

University College Freiburg Semester Exchange

Program Summary

The University of Freiburg (Germany) is one of Penn State’s key partner universities and as part of that collaboration the Honors College and University College Freiburg offer a special exchange opportunity. UCF is Freiburg’s new English-language, interdisciplinary liberal arts and sciences program, drawing students from across the European Union and beyond. This is a German spring semester program (March-July) beginning with an intensive German language program to help you navigate life outside of UCF.


Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements from the United States to Freiburg, Germany.


The UCF exchange is intended for second-year students in any major, but it may work for some Liberal Arts third-year students. UCF’s interdisciplinary liberal arts and sciences courses typically don’t align with standard courses at Penn State, so for most students these would be general education credits (via substitution in consultation with your honors adviser), mostly in the GS category but possibly in GH, GA, GN and GQ. This program is ideal for students who can finish their entrance to major requirements in three semesters rather than the usual four (in Business or Engineering) or who can otherwise make a typical four semesters’ worth of progress towards their major in only three semesters (in Science, for instance), or whose majors are not rigidly sequenced. This program is limited to four to five students per year.

If you have at least fourth semester German proficiency and you want to attend the “regular” University of Freiburg through Penn State, Penn State Education Abroad has a spring semester program.

Estimated Costs

This program follows the budget sheet produced by Education Abroad for the regular Freiburg semester. The College will pay the additional tuition for intensive language instruction for Scholars. The usual Schreyer travel grant for a semester in Germany will apply.

Application Process

Applications are due on May 15 for the following year. Decisions will be released by late June, and accepted students will have until late October to confirm their participation with the Education Abroad office. Applications may be taken through September 15 if space permits.

There will be an informational meeting, including a Skype session with students at UCF, in late February.

Wide view of Freiburg, Germany
  • Spring Semester (German calendar, March-July)
  • Freiburg, Germany
  • Second-year Scholars in any major, may work for third-year Scholars in Liberal Arts.

Volunteer Abroad International Service Learning

After formal study programs, one of the most popular international educational experiences is known as service learning. Service learning is an opportunity for you to go abroad to help an international community or organization, or even the natural environment. These rewarding and challenging experiences are sometimes sponsored by Penn State academic units or student organizations and sometimes self-designed, but most often they are offered by specialized service-learning providers not affiliated with Penn State.

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Fund Your International Experience Travel Grants

In addition to the significant subsidies the Honors College offers for its own signature international programs, our travel grant program provides funding for Scholars pursuing experiences abroad whether through Penn State or other providers. Each year, we spend well over $250,000 supporting Scholars in their international pursuits.

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I was looking at a lot of other big schools, and they were all places where I could’ve done my double major in music and science. When I got into Schreyer, however, I realized I wouldn’t have all these opportunities provided here at other schools, and that really elevated Penn State for me.

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