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Office of Science Engagement

Short-Term Science Programs Abroad

Short-Term Programs Abroad

Spend a summer, winter or spring break abroad!
Anatomy in Italy - BIOL 475N

Study the evolution of anatomy in Renaissance Italy   Learn more about BIOL 475N

Biological Oceanography Techniques-BIOL 497

Study Biological oceanography while learning skills to sail an ocean-faring sailboat. Learn more about BIOL 497 here.

Biology of Eco-Health - BIOL 498A

Study the regional ecology and human-environment interaction along the Serengeti plains  

Learn more about BIOL 498A

Cell Development & Cancer Biology - BIOL 416
Spend three weeks over the summer studying cancer biology with local students in China

Learn more about BIOL 416

Renewable Energy – PHYS 299
Learn how Costa Rica is a world leader in the use of renewable energy technologies

Learn more about PHYS 299

Tropical Field Ecology - BIOL 499A

Gain valuable research experience while studying the ecology of Costa Rica during winter break

Learn more about BIOL 499A

Coastal Biology - BIOL 482

Research coral reefs with this spring semester course that travels to Curacao over spring break


Learn more about BIOL 482

An Intoduction to Deep Learning - MTH 497

Travel to Beijing, China to study Mathematics at Peking University. Also, explore the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

Learn more about MTH 497

Some students find a short term program is the best way to go abroad:


1. Science Courses Abroad 

    • Earn three credits in science while abroad for 1-3 weeks
    • Taught when regular classes are not in session, to avoid “losing” a semester.
    • Focused on experiential learning, whether through field study or lab research in a cross-cultural context.
    • All led by faculty members from the Penn State College of Science

Explore science courses abroad using the navigation menu on the left

2. Summer or embedded programs

    • Length varies from one to twelve weeks
    • Students can often earn general education credit or credit towards a minor
    • Search for summer (term=summer) or embedded (show=outgoing embedded) opportunities on the Education Abroad website.





Local women carry supplies in Tanzania
Students pose outside of Lingyin Temple
Students hiking at Volcan Arenal in Costa Rica
Tree lined courtyard on Peking University campus

General Questions


124 Ritenour Building

University Park, PA 16802

Education Abroad

Vacant – Direct all questions to Tomalei Vess



Undergraduate Research

Dr. Tomalei Vess


Professional Development

Dr. Ann Marie Daniel