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Sandwich board for Health and Human Development's Education abroad open house.

There are many benefits to studying abroad. Studies have shown that students who study abroad show positive changes in their personality and their ability to communicate with people from other cultures. Students who study abroad also have higher graduation rates and find jobs sooner after their graduation.

Deciding when to study aboard

Meet with your advisor about your interest in study abroad as early in your academic career as possible. At a minimum, you should start planning at least one year prior to when you would like to study abroad. Most programs require that you have at least sophomore standing to participate.

Planning where to study aboard

Many locations may be a good fit for you. Your study abroad options will depend upon your major, career interests, language fluency, budget, and other factors. Penn State offers 350 programs in more than 50 countries! You can view a list of programs led by HHD faculty, search all Penn State-approved programs, or talk with your academic advisor about which programs might be best for you.

Typical Costs

The cost of studying abroad varies dramatically depending upon where you want to study and how long you will be there. Many students choose to participate in an embedded program – an on-campus course with a short-term travel component led by a Penn State faculty member. Programs offered by third-party providers such as IES or CIEE might be particularly appealing to out-of-state students, because they pay in-state tuition when studying abroad through these Penn State-approved programs.

Keep in mind that the best way to control your costs is to select a program that will keep you on track toward your degree. More information about costs and funding study abroad is available on the Global Programs website.

Education Abroad Program Applications Cycles


Application Deadlines, Notifications, and Comments

Term Application Deadline Students Notified of Decision Commitment Deadline
Summer (Internship & Other Exceptions) January 20* January 29 February 24
Summer (Regular Deadline) February 1* February 11 February 24
Fall and Academic Year March 1** March 11 March 24
Spring (Priority Deadline 1) May 1*** May 24 October 1
Spring (Priority Deadline 2) July 15**** July 27 October 1
Spring (Final Deadline) September 10 September 21 October 1