Process and Resources
Study Abroad Process
Consider what you want to accomplish during your study abroad. Common goals include following an avocation like music or art, exploring your heritage, improving language fluency or setting yourself apart from your peers while having an incredible adventure in an exotic locale.
Attend Study Abroad 101 to learn about available programs, their eligibility requirements, course choices, program structure, and financial information. Peer Advisors in 313 Boucke Building will discuss and compare programs abroad.
An appointment with the Smeal Office of International Programs is recommended during the program selection process to ensure your goals fit well with the chosen program. As you narrow your choices find out more about program specifics.
Meet with academic, international, and minor advisers to plan how available courses will fulfill degree requirements. Some departments will give special permission in advance to use one or more classes from abroad for a minor. The Education Abroad Planning Document form can be helpful during these meetings. Smeal major courses must be taken at University Park. Classes abroad may fulfill:
- Arts (GA)
- Humanities (GH)
- Social and Behavioral Science (GS)
- Natural Science (GN)
You may NOT fulfill your GHA (Health & Physical Activity) general education requirement abroad.
Global Impact Internships are offered by the Smeal office of Career and Corporate Connections. They are NOT eligible to be used toward credits in the International Business Minor. Students interested in an international internship abroad now have funding available through a grant from dedicated and supportive alumnus, Bill Lane. The Community Engagement and Development Program Grant will assist students with funding for unpaid international internships that focus on using your business skills to help those in need.
Some study abroad programs on the IB Minor list of accepted programs offer an international internship. While this may be a worthwhile opportunity for students, there are several issues that must be kept in mind.
- Internship credits for Smeal students will show on the Penn State transcript as IB 199.
- These credits count toward the 15 credits required by the education abroad program.
- The grade received in IB 199 will count toward semester and cumulative grade point averages.
- IB 199 cannot be used toward Penn State graduation requirements. The course will appear on the major degree audit under “OTHER COURSES (NOT COUNTED IN MINIMUM CREDITS REQUIRED)”.
The Pre-Departure Agreement form completed with your Adviser will help you understand how the courses will be used toward your Smeal graduation requirements.
International Business Minor
Smeal OIP staff will discuss how I B Minor requirements may be met at PSU and abroad. The education abroad program you attend must be on the list of approved study abroad programs to qualify for the IB Minor. The study abroad portion of the International Business Minor is to ensure students expand their understanding of other people by experiencing a new culture.. For instance, students that attended high school in mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore or Hong Kong will need to study abroad in a location other than these places to earn the International Business Minor. Similar considerations may apply to international students from other countries.
Apply to One Program
The online application must be complete before the deadline for your first choice program. This is a competitive process and some programs have more applicants than can be accepted, so carefully consider the second and third choices you include on your application.
Before deciding to study abroad at a non-PSU program and giving up the International Business Minor, use the Non-PSU Program Checklist page to understand the implications of this choice.
Smeal Office of International Programs
355 Business Building
Schedule an Appointment Online or by calling 814-865-4264
To discuss how your goals fit with available programs, please call to make an appointment to meet with us, either in person or a telephone appointment. We also administer the International Business Minor and can help plan how to fulfill its requirements at PSU and abroad.
410 Boucke Building
This office manages Penn State's education abroad programs, online application process, eligibility requirements, course choice, program structure and financial information. This is the appropriate place to get information about program specifics and logistics: application details, accommodations, location, campus characteristics, size, program structure, and costs.
Peer advisers are available in 313 Boucke to talk about their education abroad experience M-F 10-4:00, answer questions, share literature and give more detailed information about the program in which they participated. Staff Advisers, assigned by region, are also available to discuss programs and offer advice to narrow or focus your choice. Appointments can be made online.
Smeal Undergraduate Advising Center
202 Business Building
Smeal students may consult their Adviser about academic and degree requirements relating to study abroad courses, recommendations, course exceptions, financial aid, and course transfer procedures. All students should consult with their Adviser to plan ahead each semester.