Study Abroad

Earn credits, experience other countries, meet new people, travel overseas, and add to your resume - all while being a Penn College student on a study abroad program! Penn College offers a growing number of study abroad programs. You may choose from short-term, week-long experiences to semester-long programs around the world.

Why Study Overseas?

  • Experience another culture first hand.
  • Gain skills that make you a marketable employee.
  • Gain a global outlook - develop new perspectives.
  • Enhance your educational experience.
  • Become an independent thinker - develop a deeper intellectual maturity.
  • Foster personal growth and build self confidence.
  • Learn about yourself.
  • Build life skills such as decision making and budgeting.
  • Travel!

Study Abroad Programs

As noted below, some study abroad programs are available only to students in specific majors. Fees, including tuition, housing, and travel-related costs, vary by program. Current students can find these details, as well as application information, on the International Programs portal site.

Semester Exchange Programs

Australia – Central Queensland University

Students can study for a semester at CQU in Rockhampton, Australia. Situated between Reef and Outback, Rockhampton is on the east coast of Australia, about 650 kilometers north of Brisbane. Renowned for snorkeling and scuba diving, Rockhampton offers a variety of outdoor activities, such as wind surfing, horse riding, swimming, and golf. (Program is not major-specific.)

Germany – FH Würzburg-Schweinfurt

Students in their junior or senior year can study international business and the German language at Fachhochschule Würzburg-Schweinfurt. A vibrant and charming city, Würzburg is both a university town and a bustling marketplace; it is also home to the Franken Wines and the start of the “Romantic Roads.” (Program is not major-specific but includes some business prerequisites.)

Austria – FH Vorarlberg

Students can spend a semester in the Alps studying international business and the German language at Fachhochschule Vorarlberg in Dornbirn. At the base of the Alps, Dornbirn is Vorarlberg’s largest town and the economic centre of the state and is known for its outdoor activities, such as skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. (Program is not major-specific but includes some business prerequisites.)

Short-Term Experience Programs

Italy – Transportation Technology in Milan, Italy

Students can earn three credits studying new techniques in collision repair at the Pittsburgh Paint and Glass Color Laboratory and Training Centre in Milan, Italy. The experience includes visits to the Lamborghini Motor Company, Ferrari Motor Company, Maserati Motor Company, and private repair and body shops in Italy. (Restricted to students in Transportation Technology majors.)

Italy – Explore Classical Antiquity

Students can visit the preserved cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum on this one-week tour offered during winter break. The tour travels from Rome to Naples and includes the Roman Ruins, the Colosseum and Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican, as well as prominent museums and churches. (Program can be used to fulfill an open elective, art elective, or Graphic Design elective.)

Japan – Tsuyama and Osaka

Students can earn college credits while experiencing the technological and historical wonder of Japan during this two-week program in May, immediately following the spring semester. Students visit Tsuyama, home to Tsuyama National College of Technology; Osaka, the second largest city in Japan; Kyoto, the center of traditional culture with more than 2,000 temples and shrines; and Hiroshima, a thriving, internationally minded city. (Program is not major-specific.)

Europe and the U.K. – Sustainable Building and Design

Students can earn three credits studying historic art and architecture and modern sustainable building practices in Europe. The course emphasis is on integrated design and community planning. Topics include introduction to monumental building styles and art across the spectrum of European culture.  The experience includes travel to England, France, Germany, and Italy, with guided tours and lectures at buildings and museums. (Program is not major-specific; coordinated through the Architectural Technology Department.)

Central and South America – Non-European Mathematics in the Mayan World

Mathematics in Non-European Cultures I and II are courses designed to work together—one part lecture in the classroom, one part travel to a location to study that culture and their mathematical systems. The trip occurs during winter break, immediately following a semester of classroom lecture. (Program is not major-specific; coordinated through the Mathematics Department.)

Nicaragua – Dental Hygiene in Nicaragua

Dental Hygiene students earn credits to fulfill a Dental Hygiene elective while teaching general dental hygiene education and participating in clinical training in Managua, Nicaragua.  Participating students will be working with students and families of La Escuelita (the Little School) in Managua during this eight-day experience. (Restricted to students in the bachelor’s degree completion major in Dental Hygiene.)

Ireland – Plastics and Polymers Technology at Queen’s University, Belfast

Students can earn three credits studying at the Plastics and Polymers Research Centre at Queen's University in Belfast, Ireland. Students learn techniques in rotational molding and co-extrusion while experiencing the beauty and culture of Northern Ireland. (Restricted to students in the Plastics and Polymers Engineering Technology major.)

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