Penn Global Seminars Course Offerings by Term

One Penn Global Seminar course will be offered with travel in the Fall 2021 semester. Applications will open on Monday, April 12 and the deadline to apply is Monday, April 26 at 10:00 pm EST. The PGS team will continue to monitor the global travel situation and will provide regular updates to program participants as to the feasibility of travel. An advising session is not required to apply to a Penn Global Seminar. If you would like to speak with a Penn Abroad advisor about the program or application process, please sign up for virtual drop-in advising. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions at

The Spring 2022 Penn Global Seminars will be announced in August 2021. You are invited to join our mailing list to receive updates about Penn Abroad programs, events, and application deadlines.

Fall 2021

Travel over Winter Break 2021/2022

Laboratory of Evolution: The History, Philosophy, and Science of Evolution in the Galápagos
Dr. Michael Weisberg, Philosophy; School of Arts and Sciences
Travel to the Galápagos, Ecuador
Charles Darwin's first impression of the Galápagos was not a positive one. Upon landing on San Cristóbal Island, he was underwhelmed, commenting that the island reminded him of "what we might imagine cultivated parts of the Infernal regions to be." But Darwin quickly recognized that the Galápagos is a unique place to study geology and natural history. We will follow in his footsteps, studying ecology, evolution, and the natural history of Galápagos, along with the growing impact of humans on this fragile place. The course will culminate in a visit to the Galápagos archipelago to examine first-hand the issues and theories discussed throughout the seminar.