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Choosing a Program

Choosing a Study Abroad Program is not selecting a travel destination, but examining goals and comparing them to what each program offers in terms of language fluency, geographic location, and course work. These programs are all approved for the IB Minor.

All programs listed on the Smeal International Programs Choosing a Program list have been approved for the International Business Minor. All requirements of the program must be met to earn the IB Minor. These programs have been selected from the full list of Penn State Education Abroad Office programs for their appeal to Smeal students.

Beginning fall 2016 and thereafter, credits earned abroad during fall or spring semester at a non-PSU program will NOT be accepted toward any Smeal degree requirements including general education and electives. Credits toward Smeal degrees will be accepted from programs on the full list of Penn State Education Abroad Office programs.

Due to COVID-19 regulations, all education abroad programs have been cancelled through spring of 2021. Though the University has hopes to resume programming and travel, future travel is subject to University approval, dates are subject to change, and programming may be altered or cancelled due to changing circumstances.

How to Choose a Program

You will need to choose and apply to only one Education Abroad program. Carefully consider the following as you explore which Penn State Study Abroad Program is the best fit for you.

  • Keep your major goals in mind
  • Review eligibility requirements (GPA, semester standing, language or course prerequisites)
  • Research the required and optional courses
  • If cost is a consideration, visit the Financial Planning page
  • Meet with your Academic Adviser to discuss how the courses from abroad will fulfill your degree requirements.
  • The purpose of study abroad is to ensure students expand their understanding of other people by experiencing a new culture. Select a destination that has a culture different from your home country.
  • We strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment with us in the Smeal Office of International Programs.

 It is important to start the planning process early so that you can schedule any prerequisite courses you may need for your preferred program.



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