For Parents

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Penn is thrilled that your student has chosen to embark on a global program as part of their studies at Penn. Education abroad is one of the most transformative experiences a student will have during their time at Penn and will provide your student with countless opportunities to gain intercultural competencies and confidence in an ever-increasing global world. This competitive advantage is one that stands to assist your student in their future career, wherever that path may take them. The Penn Abroad team is here to assist and support your student through the entire education abroad process. We encourage students to take ownership of their global experience and recognize the important role that you, parents and guardians, play in ensuring this success.

The information below is a great starting point for parents, guardians, and family members as they begin to research the opportunities abroad at Penn. We have also included resources that help to answer some of the primary questions we hear from families as they navigate the process. 

We thank you for being part of your student's global journey.

Sincerely,

The Penn Abroad Team

Why Go Abroad?

Penn Abroad Resources

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Global Programs

We encourage students to examine their goals and consider factors like location, academic focus, program length and living arrangements when choosing a program abroad. Our diverse portfolio of programs enable students to take advantage of the global opportunities that are essential to the Penn experience regardless of their major or year. Our offerings include short- and long-term study abroad programs as well as summer internships. 

Other Penn departments also offer program opportunities depending on the student's area of interest and major. Our programs and partnerships are developed so that any Penn student who wants a global experience can have one. 

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Money Matters

Penn Abroad is committed to making its global opportunities financially accessible to all students. It is important for students to understand the costs associated with going abroad, opportunities for funding, and how to create a realistic budget. Funding models differ by program with models developed to streamline processes and make programs affordable.

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Health & Safety

The safety and security of students abroad is our top priority. The Penn Abroad staff works closely with resources like the Office of Risk Management, International SOS, our local contacts onsite overseas, and our many campus partners. With these partners, we thoroughly review and vet programs, put contingency plans in place, and anticipate and mitigate student risk abroad.

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Planning & Resources

We provide students with a guide to planning and the resources available to them before, during, and after their experience abroad. 

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Global Programs

We encourage students to examine their goals and consider factors like location, academic focus, program length and living arrangements when choosing a program abroad. Our diverse portfolio of programs enable students to take advantage of the global opportunities that are essential to the Penn experience regardless of their major or year. Our offerings include short- and long-term study abroad programs as well as summer internships. 

Other Penn departments also offer program opportunities depending on the student's area of interest and major. Our programs and partnerships are developed so that any Penn student who wants a global experience can have one. 

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Money Matters

Penn Abroad is committed to making its global opportunities financially accessible to all students. It is important for students to understand the costs associated with going abroad, opportunities for funding, and how to create a realistic budget. Funding models differ by program with models developed to streamline processes and make programs affordable.

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Health & Safety

The safety and security of students abroad is our top priority. The Penn Abroad staff works closely with resources like the Office of Risk Management, International SOS, our local contacts onsite overseas, and our many campus partners. With these partners, we thoroughly review and vet programs, put contingency plans in place, and anticipate and mitigate student risk abroad.

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Planning & Resources

We provide students with a guide to planning and the resources available to them before, during, and after their experience abroad.