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Starting Your Experience

Not sure if you want to study abroad? Follow these steps to see what study-abroad program is best for your academic goals.

Familiarize Yourself with Penn State-Approved Programs

Access a list of potential programs by visiting the Global Penn State search page where you can review programs and specific requirements for each. For engineering-focused programs, visit our program matrix.

Meet with a Study Abroad Representative

These students have studied abroad and can help you get started and discuss the process to apply. Meet with them during their daily office hours on the third level of Kunkle Lounge.  

Meet with Global Engineering Engagement

If you have questions about where to go, program details, specific options for engineers, finding courses to take, or more, email Sara Kuhlman with Global Engineering Engagement at to set up an appointment or schedule one via Starfish. 

Please note: Global Engineering Engagement is not able to advise students regarding academics or review selected study abroad courses.

Review Courses Offered Abroad 

Course offerings for many programs are on the program website. Students must be full-time if studying in the fall or spring semester (at least 12 credits) however, we suggest you identify 15-20 total credits you could take in case you need backup courses. 

Meet with Your Academic Adviser in 208 Hammond (1st- and 2nd-year students)

Advanced planning is important. Meet with your adviser to review which courses you'll need to take in order to stay on track to enter your major. Consider your entrance-to-major courses as well as your GH, IL, and GS courses. 

Meet with an Undergraduate Coordinator (juniors and seniors and if taking major coursework abroad)

The undergraduate adviser in your major or intended major should review the list of major courses you intend to take abroad to determine their Penn State equivalents and course mapping. Be sure to bring the course syllabi or descriptions to this meeting. 

Start Your Application!

Yay! You're ready to start your application!! Go to the program page and click Apply Now!

Meet with an Education Abroad Adviser

For specific questions about the program or application process, schedule an appointment with the appropriate adviser listed for the program. 

Research Funding Options

Global Programs list many scholarships online. Students may also apply for College of Engineering Travel Grants.

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The mission of Global Engineering Engagement is to create an environment that embraces the values of international education, where access to global exposure and opportunities to develop cross-cultural competence is pervasive. We believe that it is within our reach to ensure that all engineering students can become internationally engaged.

Global Engineering Engagement

College of Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University

208 Hammond Building

University Park, PA 16802