Penn Global estimates that over 1,000 Penn students are already participating in embedded study abroad courses each year.

Global Seminars are building upon a strong foundation of embedded, short-term study abroad courses for graduate and undergraduate students at all 12 of Penn's schools. Individual faculty members or school administrators have been designing and running these programs, often taking students to regions of the world that often are less considered by students as destinations for traditional study abroad.

Course Structure

Each Global Seminar is a full semester-long course at Penn with a travel component that occurs either at the end of the semester or over a break.  During the on-campus part of the course, students will take an in-depth look at a particular subject matter. Courses are intentionally smaller to allow for deep discussion and engagement with the material.  Most Global Seminars will have fewer than 15 students enrolled. The travel component of the course enriches and contextualizes the on-campus course material. 

Propose a Seminar

If you are a faculty member with an idea for a Penn Global Seminar or know of a course that would make a great seminar, please let us know. 

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Global Seminars Fast Facts

  • Semester-long, on-campus courses with an overseas research or learning component.
  • Available to undergraduates.
  • Faculty members travel with students for overseas component.
  • Small courses, generally no more than 15 students.
  • Most on-the-ground costs are covered through a generous donation from the Hasan and Arifa Ahmad Fund, as well as contributions from Penn's Global Engagement Fund.
  • Program participants typically pay for the cost of airfare to the program
    site, and any personal expenses such as personal meals, immunizations and travel visas.
  • Financial aid packages can be applied to Global Seminars to support the cost of the flight and personal expenses.


, Global Seminars Manager