Lead a Penn Global Seminar

Penn Global Seminars are a partnership between Penn Global and Penn’s academic departments. This program could not exist without the support and interest of Penn’s faculty, department chairs, deans, and administrative staff. We invite faculty to submit course proposals for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Penn Global Seminars (PGS) combine intensive semester-long study with a short-term travel component that is intended to deepen students’ understanding of concepts discussed in the classroom. These courses require the same number of contact hours per week as a typical undergraduate seminar, and the travel component takes place for 8 to 12 days during a break period, such as winter break, spring break, or early-mid May. Undergraduates from all disciplines are encouraged to take a Penn Global Seminar during their time at Penn, and these courses are particularly advantageous to freshmen and sophomores, first-generation, low-income students, and students who, for a variety of reasons, are not able to study abroad for a semester or academic year, such as athletes and students with particularly rigorous curricular requirements.

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Submitting Your Proposal

Penn Abroad manages a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) period for Penn Global Seminars each year. Proposals for the 2019-2020 academic year are currently being accepted until September 30, 2018. Course approval notifications will be released by December 2018. All faculty members are eligible to submit a proposal with their department's support. Seminars are offered on the undergraduate level only. 

To prepare and submit a proposal, please review the following information:

PGS Roles and Responsibilities

Departmental Support Form

Online Application Form

Penn Global Seminars proposals are reviewed by a committee made up of Penn Global staff and representatives from each of Penn’s four undergraduate Schools. The committee uses the following rubric to evaluate proposals:


Proposed travel itinerary will add significant pedagogical value to the course

Travel location is unique, well-suited to topic of study, and offers opportunity for significant cultural exchange and immersion

Proposed travel itinerary takes advantage of the specific location, including local people, sites, and cultures

Topic of course is interesting and accessible to a broad range of student backgrounds

Course will provide value to students’ overall academic experience and will enrich and diversify their Penn education

Course aligns with strategic curricular or global goals of the School

Faculty interested in being notified when the 2020-2021 RFP period begins, please sign up for our mailing list and indicate your interest in PGS. Joining our mailing list is also a great way to stay connected with updates from Penn Abroad. 

For questions about PGS and the RFP process please contact pgs-abroad@upenn.edu