International Opportunities

Many opportunities exist for students to engage in international travel and research. The University's Office of Global Programs has information on "traditional" study abroad programs that may run for a summer, a semester or an academic year. One such program is Parks and People, which originated as a joint initiative between the geography department and the Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering, and Development in Africa (AESEDA) in South Africa. Recent geography majors have studied in Argentina, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Jordan, New Zealand, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

In addition, students have the option to participate in an "embedded" programs that have a travel and field experience as part of a single academic course. The College of Earth and Mineral Science's Center for Advancement of Undergraduate Studies and Experience (CAUSE) program is a two-semester course with a field experience sandwiched between semesters. Geography students have traveled with CAUSE classes to Europe, Iceland, Ghana, and South Africa.

In the geography department, we offer an embedded course, Environmental Issues Across the Americas, which involves a field experience in Peru. A long-standing joint initiative with Schreyer Honors College is Homes of the Indian Nation (HOINA) in which students work with an orphanage in India. The HOINA program was started by a Distinguished Alumna of Penn State.

Geography majors also have participated on Semester at Sea, which is currently run through the University of Virginia.

Students are encouraged to meet with Jodi Vender as early as possible to discuss how an international program can fit into their academic plan.