International study tours provide opportunity to explore new countries

Penn State Harrisburg's International Study Tours provide students an exciting opportunity to travel around the world and learn about different countries through first-hand experience.

In March 2014, Penn State Harrisburg is offering study tours to China, London and Guatemala.

These tours go beyond the classroom, books, video and even the internet to immerse students into the culture of these countries.

Students will experience everything from walking along the Great Wall of China, to hearing Big Ben announce the time of day on the crowded streets of London, to taking in the amazing sights, sounds and smells of hiking on a volcano in Guatemala.

Here’s a brief description of each International Study Tour:

China (March 7 through 16)

Prerequisite: The tour is open to students who are enrolled in China IB299 and BUS596.

Cost: $2,900 (includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and daily hot buffet breakfast). A portion of the cost of this trip has been underwritten for each participant by the Penn State Harrisburg Chancellor's Office.

Overview: China is home to 20 percent of the world’s population and plays an ever-increasing role in globalization. The course and study tour will provide an introduction to the history, economy, and political culture of this influential country. Activities will include a tour of the China-based operations of the Hershey Company and TE Connectivity during a visit to Shanghai. The tour also will include visits to attractions and business operations in Xian and in Beijing.

London (March 7 through 15)

Prerequisite: FIN 301 (for undergraduate students), FIN 456 or FINAN 596 London

Cost: $1,985 (includes hotel accommodations and daily breakfast buffet. The cost does not include round-trip airfare.)

Overview: The objective of this course is to provide finance students with exposure to the international capital markets, in particular those of the United Kingdom. While in London, students will become familiar with the U.K. banking system, as well as financial and derivatives markets.

The tour will include visits to London attractions such as 10 Downing Street and Westminster Abbey, as well as a guided tour and lecture at Oxford University and numerous corporate visits.

Guatemala (March 7 through 15)

Prerequisite: Liberal Arts 199/499 (3 Credits IL)

Cost: $2,595 (includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and meals)

Overview: This course and the study tour will emphasize service learning, culture, history and language encounters. Modern Guatemala presents multiple and contrasting facets: from the stately colonial architecture of Antigua, diverse Indian groups, Lake Atitlan, surrounded by volcanic peaks and colorful villages; to the modern metropolis of Guatemala City, with its museums and cultural programs. Students will have the opportunity to sample and explore all these different facets during this diverse tour.

To learn more about any of the 2014 International Study Tours and any travel awards, contact Marie-Louise Abram, director of international programs at Penn State Harrisburg, at 717-948-6003 or by email at

Last Updated November 12, 2013