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 Abroad?
- 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.
- Build life skills such as decision making and budgeting.
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
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.)
Spend a semester studying business and management courses or Networking and Information Security at Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland, the sunniest city in Scotland! Enjoy all of the benefits of living in the fourth-largest city in Scotland and its proximity to Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Highlands, and locations in England and Wales all while studying at a university that is a world-leader in Computer Arts and Computer Games Technology. (Program is not major-specific but includes some business prerequisites. Networking and Information Security is program specific.)
Short-Term Experience Programs
France and Italy
The focus of this course is studying new collision repair processes and techniques at a variety of locations in France and Italy. Students can earn three credits on this study abroad experience. In Mulhouse, France they will tour the Cité de l'Automobile museum. In Italy they will visit the Pittsburgh Paint and Glass Color Laboratory and Training Centre in Milan and see first-hand the service and repair process during their experience at the Lamborghini Motor Company, Ferrari Motor Company, and Maserati as compared to Penn College. They will experience the service and repair industry by touring dealerships and repair shops throughout Italy. (Restricted to students in Transportation Technology majors.)
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 changing European locations, 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.)
Dental Hygiene students earn credits to fulfill a Dental Hygiene elective while teaching general dental hygiene education and participating in clinical training in Santo Domingo and Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. Participating students will be working with students and families in both public and private schools during this eight-day experience. (Restricted to students in the bachelor’s degree completion major in Dental Hygiene.)
Nursing students earn credits to fulfill an elective while participating in an eight-day clinical experience through the Glens Falls Medical Mission Foundation in Guatemala. Penn College students will be working with doctors, nurses, and other health professionals in a medical clinic setting in Nueva Santa Rosa, Guatemala. (Students must be in the Nursing program.)