It’s a big world out there, and Penn State students have ample opportunity to explore it through education abroad programs. There are hundreds of options all over the globe, and this past summer, several students took advantage of a new program in Australia.
The Penn State Lion Scouts and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will host the third annual Lion Leadership Conference from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. The goal of the conference is to inspire ethical leadership among undergraduate students and provide an opportunity for students to network with one another, as well as with business, University and community leaders.
For many study-abroad students, transferring the credits they earn in European Union schools back to the United States is a complicated and sometimes futile task. Jamie Myers and three of his graduate students collaborated with a European research team to examine how study-abroad credits are recognized by home institutions.
"Credit recognition matters for student mobility between the European Union and the United States," said Myers, professor of education at Penn State. "Students who do not have clear information about whether and how credit from abroad will be recognized or those who fear that their qualifications may not be adequately recognized when pursuing their studies abroad are less likely to be mobile or will opt for those countries where these risks are perceived as being lower."
The University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) expressed deep concern on behalf of the entire Penn State community for the victims of the massive earthquake in Japan and resulting tsunamis and nuclear power plant damages. UOGP is working with officials in Japan and at the University to ensure that every effort is made to provide assistance to Japanese students on campus and Penn State students studying in Japan, and to fundraising efforts to send relief to those affected by the disaster. As of March 17, all 17 Penn State students studying in Japan, or scheduled to study in Japan, have been accounted for and are either already home or making their way back to the United States.
The University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) will hold its annual Education Abroad Fair from noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 5, in Alumni Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State's University Park campus. The event will showcase more than 190 study abroad opportunities across the world.
On March 18, the University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) at Penn State is featuring education abroad programs in China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and India. Students who have participated in those programs and Asian international students will share their experiences with prospective education abroad students. The participants will have an opportunity to discuss everyday life, culture, sights, sounds and what to expect living in and among a variety of Asian cultures to aid in deciding on an education abroad experience in Asia.
Penn State ranked eighth in the nation in doctorate institutions in numbers of students on study abroad in the 2007-08 academic year according to information released Monday (Nov. 16) by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The University also placed eighth in sending students on mid-length (semester) education abroad programs, 17th in sending students on short-term programs, and 25th in institutions hosting international students for the academic year 2008-09.
Penn State's study abroad programs are having unprecedented success in sending students on international experiences. In 2008-09, more than 2,500 Penn State students University-wide took part, up from 2,100 in 2006-07. In the last year alone, the number has increased by nearly 17 percent.
A class of six nursing students that recently traveled to South Africa to learn first-hand how the role of a nurse differs from country to country, recently gathered with other students involved in international nursing trips to share a video they created during and after the trip. The event was sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.
College students interested in studying abroad can never plan too early to get their passports. In addition to avoiding expensive fees for expedited processing, students who have passports in hand can be ready if unexpected opportunities for international research, study or travel present themselves.