Undergraduate Short Term Abroad
Penn Summer Abroad (PSA) programs are faculty-led and offer undergraduate courses that are taught abroad during the summer for Penn credit. The programs range from two to six weeks in length and provide students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in another culture while fulfilling curricular requirements. PSA programs have run in the following locations: Alicante, Spain; Beijing, China; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cannes, France; Grahamstown, South Africa; London, England; Seoul, South Korea; Tours, France and Venice, Italy. Participants include students from all the undergraduate schools at Penn and most of the programs also welcome students from other universities. The programs are sponsored by departments in the School of Arts and Sciences and administered by Penn's College of Liberal and Professional Studies.
Designed for busy Penn students who want to go to overseas but don't have time to spend a whole semester or summer, C.U. in India and Southeast Asia is a hybrid, domestic/overseas course series which provides students with the opportunity to have an applied learning and cultural experience abroad, while earning two credit units per course. Each yearlong, 2-C.U. course features weekly 1.5 hour class meetings at Penn in the Fall term, a faculty-led, 12-day trip to India and/or Southeast Asia during the winter break to visit key sites and conduct original research, and weekly 1.5 hour class meetings at Penn in the Spring term. A research paper is due at the end of the spring term. The program is sponsored by the South Asia Center and the South Asia Studies Department.
If you want to have an international experience while at Wharton, but you are unable to study abroad for a full semester or prefer not to study abroad for a semester, you can participate in Wharton's shorter international trips. As early as your freshman year, you will have the opportunity to apply for an 8 to 10-day Wharton International Program (WIP) half-credit course. The program gives undergraduate students an amazing global opportunity featuring business site visits, lectures, cultural excursions, and networking opportunities with undergraduate students and business contacts from the destination countries. Three courses are offered each year; one during spring break and two in May after finals. Previous WIP trips have gone to Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Italy, South Korea, India, France, Costa Rica, Argentina, and China. In addition to programs close to campus, Wharton Leadership Ventures (WLV) offers 7 and 10-day expeditionary ventures in challenging environments like Iceland or Peru. Students not only engage in hands-on experiences for exploring and mastering the capabilities for effective individual and team leadership, but also participate in social impact projects that deepen their knowledge about the region and the local community.
Experience in an international setting is something that Penn Engineering strongly encourages students to obtain. By spending time in another country, students learn to see things from another perspective and develop skills in a hands-on way. Two short term paths that can be taken to have experiences abroad through Penn are by participating in Service Learning projects and Summer Study Abroad Opportunities. Service Learning is a unique form of outreach, in which the individual performing the service engages not only in the act of service, but also applies knowledge gained in the classroom in a hands-on way. Two of our best-known International service-learning organizations are the Penn Engineers Without Borders and the Global BioMedical Service Program. Summer Study Abroad Opportunities range from 8 to 12 weeks and include past locations such as France, Germany, Africa, and Korea.
Students have access to a range of Nursing Summer Programs that vary from 2 to 4 weeks in duration. These programs are intenstive faculty-led courses for credit. Courses include Comparative Health Systems, Community Health, and Maternal and Infant Care in the Americas. These opportunities take place around the world in locations, such as Botswana, Central Amrican highlands, Hong Kong, India, and Thailand.
Graduate Short Term Abroad
The 12 Graduate Schools all offer a wide range of graduate short term study abroad opportunities. Please visit each school to explore the broad range of offerings.
- Annenberg School for Communication
- Graduate School of Education
- Law School
- Perelman School of Medicine
- School of Arts and Sciences
- School of Dental Medicine
- School of Design
- School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
- School of Nursing
- School of Social Policy & Practice
- School of Veterinary Medicine
- The Wharton School