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Embedded Study Abroad

A faculty-led embedded program is a short-term education abroad experience that is offered as a component or supplement to an academic course taught in residence on a Penn State campus. Smeal faculty may be interested in developing a course they currently teach into an embedded course option.

 

A faculty-led embedded program is a short-term education abroad experience that is offered as a component or supplement to an academic course taught in residence on a Penn State campus.  The international component is typically scheduled during a semester break or early summer, and it generally lasts 7-14 days. 

We encourage Smeal faculty to consider whether they might want to develop an education abroad experience for their currently taught residential courses. 

Benefits of Embedded Courses

  • Do not need to develop an entirely new course - travel component is integrated into existing course.
  • Target audience are upperclassmen already in their major with more business background and experience.
  • Shorter program - embedded travel is generally 7-14 days compared to 6 weeks in Summer.
  • Travel can be anywhere in the world - take advantage of your university and corporate contacts overseas to create a meaningful experience.

Faculty Responsibilities of Embedded Courses

SOIP can help advise along the way, but faculty must take the lead in this endeavor.
  • Meet with SOIP and Jeff Sharp in order to receive college approval for the proposal.
  • Two-step proposal process through Global Programs.
  • Create an itinerary for the trip, with specific destinations and visits. Faculty are also responsible for determining housing and transportation during the program - there are many vendors who provide these services and we can help you identify one to work with.
  • Recruit students
  • 24/7 responsibility for students, with support from PSU Global Programs if needed.

Please review the Global Programs page for more details: Develop a Faculty-Led Embedded Program


For more information or to schedule a meeting with SOIP, please contact Maureen Desorcie ().