Semester Abroad

Global Correspondents

The Global Correspondents are semester abroad students dedicated to sharing their experience with the Penn community. By sharing their writing, photographs, and videos, they highlight the student experience abroad and how Penn students engage with the world during their time in an immersive, academic setting.

Interested in sharing your experience while you are abroad? By participating in the Global Correspondents program, you have the opportunity to:

  • Document your study abroad experience

  • Gain experience and exposure in writing, photography, videography, and/or other creative outlets

  • Build your résumé and LinkedIn profile

  • Earn money for successfully meeting the requirements ($200, subject to tax withholdings)

Students will be notified of openings once accepted to a Penn approved semester abroad program. Spring 2020 applications will open in November 2019. 

Program Requirements

  • Attend a pre-departure meeting with fellow Global Correspondents

  • Write a reflective blog post, to be published on the Penn Abroad Blog, a minimum of two times over the course of the semester

  • Engage with Penn Abroad on social media and do an Instagram Takeover

  • Connect with your peers during the semester abroad

  • Become a Penn Abroad Ambassador upon your return


  • Going abroad on a Penn approved semester abroad program

  • Interest in writing, photography, videography, and/or social media

  • Accountability to meet all program requirements


Applications for the Fall 2019 are now closed. Students interested in Spring 2020 will be notified of openings once accepted to a semester abroad program. Learn more about semester abroad opportunities to get started. 

Award Disbursement

The $200 award (subject to tax withholdings) will be disbursed upon completion of the program requirements and return from the semester abroad. Students who studied abroad in the spring semester should expect payment in July, and students who studied abroad in the fall semester should expect payment in January. Students will also be presented with a certificate of completion that can be picked up at Penn Abroad at their convenience.

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