Studying abroad is a rewarding experience that will require personal investment from you, the student, and guidance from Penn Abroad. The following outlines what you can expect from the study abroad process.

  • What Penn Abroad expects of you, the student:
    • Patience, flexibility and open-mindedness throughout all phases of the study abroad application process and experience abroad
    • Willingness to adapt to local academic and living conditions, even when this is difficult or inconvenient
      • Whenever possible, Penn emphasizes immersion in a university setting alongside regular degree candidates from your host country, typically without Penn personnel on site. Although you will still have access to many Penn support services and resources, you will generally work with the local university/program representatives for day-to-day issues. You are expected to duplicate, as much as possible, the experience of the local students and adhere to the host institution's policies and procedures. You should expect to encounter different teaching styles and evaluation methods, and you should not assume that you will find the same conveniences or comforts of life at Penn. Students who are able to view this as an opportunity tend to be most successful.
    • To serve as an ambassador of the University of Pennsylvania and accept your responsibility to act as a global citizen while studying abroad. This includes but is not limited to:
      • Comporting yourself in a manner that is consistent with the expectations that Penn has set for you while on campus as a Penn student
      • Striving for academic excellence and maintaining academic integrity
      • Interacting with others in a respectful and mature manner
    • Personal investment in all phases of the study abroad experience. This includes but is not limited to:
      • Researching program options
      • Ensuring that you meet all eligibility requirements
      • Submitting all application materials by the due date
      • Attending all mandatory meetings and orientations
      • Reading provided information and seeking out answers independently
      • Requesting credit for all courses taken abroad through XCAT
      • Taking ownership of this experience from start to finish; do not expect others to complete any aspect of the study abroad process on your behalf
    • Determination to create an immersive study abroad experience, independent from other American university students
    • Active engagement in the host university and local community
    • Constructive and thoughtful feedback on your abroad experience 
  • What you, the student, can expect of Penn Abroad:
    • Diverse semester and academic-year program options throughout the world
    • Programs of high academic quality vetted and reviewed to maintain academic rigor and relevance
    • Individualized advising to select a study abroad program that suits your academic goals and provides opportunities for personal development
    • Guidance to academically, mentally, and practically prepare yourself for a successful semester/year abroad
    • Ongoing support throughout the study abroad experience
    • Collaboration with each of the four undergraduate Schools to integrate the study abroad experience with your broader academic career at Penn
    • Cultural immersion via programs that seek to maximize cultural understanding and growth whenever possible

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Penn Abroad
3701 Chestnut Street, Suite 1W
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tel: (215) 898-9073
Fax (215) 898-2622

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