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.

Penn Global Seminars (PGS) combine intensive semester-long study with a short-term travel component during a break period 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, in addition to the embedded 8-12 day travel abroad component during 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 students, low-income students, and students who typically face challenges to study abroad for a semester or academic year, such as athletes and students with particularly rigorous curricular requirements.

Need some inspiration? Take a look at these stories from Penn News Today covering recent Penn Global Seminars to see the impact of the program on the Penn student experience!

Do you have an idea for PGS that you would like to discuss with Penn Global Seminars staff? Do you have a question about eligibility requirements or the role of a faculty leader? Let’s talk! Please reach out to pgs-abroad@upenn.edu to start the conversation.

Faculty interested in leading a Penn Global Seminar are encouraged to 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.