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Study Abroad

Why study abroad?

Studying abroad can change your life, giving you experiences of other cultures and people, and radically altering your sense of the world as a whole and the place of your home in it. It's one of the best things you can do with your time in college.

All language majors are required to study abroad, but anyone can benefit from the experience. Many study abroad programs offer beginning language instruction, meaning that you don't have to have studied a language before going (though it helps).

The Global Penn State office holds Study Abroad 101 in-person presentations on the University Park campus throughout the fall and spring semesters (click here for the schedule).

How does study abroad fit with AS programs?

Our Director of Undergraduate Studies has developed a Powerpoint presentation that outlines options for Penn State undergraduates who want to major or minor in Asian Studies programs and go abroad. Find it here.

Is it expensive?

Studying abroad can be expensive, yes, but you should know that the Education Abroad office at Penn State offers a long list of scholarships and forms of financial aid. On the web page for each of its programs, Education Abroad posts an estimated budget for each program, showing both costs to be billed directly to student accounts as well as total costs for living expenses.



Three Boys in Primary Colors, by PSU student Jarlene Choy
First Place in OEA's Photo Contest, Fall 2007


Will my credits transfer?

Yes, as long as you're in a Penn State-approved program, your credits should transfer. For information on how your credits will transfer, you can contact College of Liberal Arts academic advisor Tom Spencer <>. For guidance on specific courses and on specific language majors, please check with your major advisor. Remember, language majors are required to study abroad, and to take at least 8 credits of language while doing so. For information on the study abroad experience – deadlines, student impressions, details on overseas study centers – you should drop by the EA Resource Room, 410 Boucke, open Monday-Friday, 10 am- 4 pm, no appointment necessary. The resource room is staffed by students who’ve returned from Penn State study abroad, who can fill you in on how the experience worked for them, tell you about the application process, and give you tips on how to choose a program that wil work for you.  

What are some of the study abroad programs available?

Penn State has officially recognized study abroad programs in China, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. More information and details about study abroad in Asia can be found via the Global Penn State office.