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Students studying abroad in Tanzania.

Whether you want to discover a part of the world that is unfamiliar to you, hone your language skills, prepare for a global career, or learn about a particular culture, you can find a Study Abroad program that ties together your passion for travel and your academic interests.

With more than a dozen faculty-led Study Abroad programs to choose from, Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development provides a wide range of opportunities for students who want to get out and explore a new part tof the world while continuing their studies.

Whether you major in Biobehavioral Health; Health Policy and Administration; Human Development and Family Studies; Kinesiology; Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management; or Hospitality Management; you may elect to study abroad in South Africa, Costa Rica, England, Italy, China, Fiji, Australia, Japan, France, Chile, or Spain, to name just a few of your options.  

For a full list of Penn State-approved Study Abroad programs, including semester- or year-long programs, please visit Penn State's Office of Global Programs program search page.

Global Programs announces cancellation of fall education abroad programs

University leaders have made the decision to suspend all fall 2020 semester-long study abroad programming.  This decision in no way reflects what Penn State’s plans for residential instruction are for the fall semester, which is to be announced by President Eric Barron on June 15. 

This decision, which has been made following a considerable amount of information-gathering and careful thought, is heavily based on safety considerations. A number of factors that played a critical role in the University’s decision include:

  • International travel advisories.
  • Potential health risk to self and others.
  • National travel regulations and immigration support.
  • Academic and program modifications.
  • Financial and planning issues.

Students who applied for education abroad programs for the fall 2020 semester will have their applications deactivated and the education abroad fee waived. If a student wishes to defer their application to another semester, the Education Abroad office in Global Programs will work with students to make that happen. Learn more 

The Center for Global Studies (CGS)

The CGS's core mission is to create a cross-disciplinary center for the creative, impactful, and innovative study of the many complex facets of a globalized world. The center's awards are intended to encourage Penn State faculty and students to engage in cross-disciplinary outreach, research and teaching that will allow for engaged and sustained dialogues on studies of vital importance to understanding key global issues facing all regions across the world. Additional information on CGS funding opportunities can be found at ​​.