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Engineering Study Abroad Photo Contest

The Center for Global Engineering Engagement Study Abroad Photo Contest provides you with an opportunity to combine an adventure abroad with serious picture taking, and it provides a forum for formal recognition of your artistry.


The photo contest will be open to all current undergraduate Penn State students in the College of Engineering who studied abroad. These opportunities include embedded courses, and semester programs (spring, fall, and summer). For purposes of this competition, “study abroad” may include international internships or research approved by Global Programs, it does not, however, include vacation travel abroad.

Subject Matter

The only subject matter restriction is that your photo or photos capture an experience or record an observation abroad, not necessarily limited to your program site. A student studying in Amsterdam, for example, could submit a photo taken in London during an interim break. Apart from this requirement there is no restriction in subject, theme, or style. We encourage photographs that capture locally characteristic phenomena, engineering experiences, scenes, and people without falling back on the picture postcard monuments that we all know only too well (though a superb photo of the Brandenburg Gate or Big Ben could receive honorable mentions; quality of execution, if it captures the study abroad experience, and Penn State pride will be the judges’ chief standard).

Submission Process and Deadline

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may submit up to four photographs. Please use our online form to submit photos.

Study Abroad Photo Contest Submission Form: Note that uploads can be up to 25 MB each and should be jpg, jpeg, or png, files. Please submit high-resolution photos.

Deadline for Submissions: 11:59 p.m. (ET), March 21, 2024.


The winning photos will capture the student’s education and cultural immersion experience. In addition to a photo, submissions must include a short explanation (no more than three sentences) of its significance.

Winning photos will be displayed at our annual poster exhibition on April 4, and published on our social media channels.

  • First place winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.
  • Second and third place winners will receive $25 Amazon gift cards.

Important Advisory

All submissions become the property of the College of Engineering at Penn State, which will enjoy full, non-exclusive rights of use and circulation (with attribution to the photographer). If you submit a photo, it is understood that you have granted this right.

Further Information

Please email any questions about the photo contest to the Center for Global Engineering Engagement at,



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