Global Opportunities

Penn Engineering

As an engineering student, it is important to broaden your studies and take advantage of the variety of global opportunities available to you. Along with Penn Engineering, we strongly encourage you to take part in a global experience as part of your time at Penn. Through these global experiences, you will have the unparalleled opportunity to gain career-advancing skills, learn about different cultures and economies, and develop a more sophisticated global perspective. Penn offers a diverse portfolio of global opportunities that enables you to find a program that integrates into your major and meets your goals and interests.

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The Student Experience Abroad
Liliane Kevine Ikirezi, SEAS '19

"Before coming to Penn, I had never traveled extensively. Even just coming here has been a very mind-opening experience. The things you read in books are not the same as actually being in the place, interacting with people, getting to see their way of living, and just getting to know a few words of the language. Being a student at Penn and taking advantages of opportunities such as this class gives me a real-world education."

Opportunities at a Glance
Semester Study Abroad

Establish yourself in a new global community through extended study for a semester or year. This is the opportunity to embrace and adapt to new challenges, collaborate with people from different backgrounds and gain experience that you will carry with you in your career, and throughout your life. Penn Abroad partners with institutions around the globe that are academically well-matched for engineering students with a variety of programs approved for SEAS credit.

Global Internship Program

The Global Internship Program (GIP) enhances your career potential through life-changing global experience. This unique program provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to intern or conduct research outside of the United States for 8 to 12 weeks over the summer. The program offers both pre-approved placements and funding if you have already found an opportunity abroad.

Penn Global Seminars

Penn Global Seminars (PGS) combine intensive semester-long study with a short-term travel component that deepens your understanding of concepts discussed in the classroom. These seminars enable you to take full advantage of essential global learning opportunities regardless of your year or major. The Penn faculty leaders design seminars that travel to unique locations, which offer significant opportunity for cultural exchange and immersion.

SEAS Programs

The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers a number of interesting global opportunities that include:

Service Learning: A unique form of outreach that allows you to engage in an act of service while applying knowledge and gaining hands-on experience.

International Summer Research (ISURE): Spend 8-12 weeks working on a research project in one of SEAS’ partner institutions abroad.

Planning & Resources

As you explore program options and plan for a global experience, there are many resources to guide you through the process. Here are some general resources to learn more about programs, review eligibility requirements and read about the student experience:

Planning & Resources

SEAS Program, Eligibility & Academic Information

Events & Information Sessions

Questions?  Contact us to learn more, ask questions. or set an appointment to meet an advisor.