Current Student Resources

International Opportunities

Through “embedded” courses or numerous study abroad programs at Penn State, students may gain exposure to different situations that help them open their minds, and possibly change their lives. Such experiences prepare students for the global professional environment of the 21st century.

Embedded Programs

Embedded courses allow students to complement a semester of classroom work with a focused week of study and hands-on work in a foreign country.

COMM 402 International Reporting

Sixteen Penn State students in South Africa for an International Reporting course.

This program is designed to give student journalists experience in reporting the news in a foreign country. This course includes an international travel component and has visited Brazil, China, Cuba, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Mexico and South Africa.


COMM 419H World Media Systems

The beautiful city of Prague, location of COMM 419 World Media Systems travel component.

This course emphasizes a comparative study of modern media systems of mass communications in selected foreign countries. This course includes an international travel component to South Africa.

COMM 426 International and Intercultural Strategic Communications

This course emphasizes developing a methodology for researching international and intercultural strategic communications problems, and then discussing possible communications-based solutions. Real-life applications are explored during the embedded portion of this course in Costa Rica.

COMM 437A International Documentary Production

International documentary class on location

Students research and produce a short documentary film to be shot during their abroad experience. Filming locations have included England, Ireland, Iceland, Peru and Hungary.

COMM 497 (section varies by semester) International Telecommunications

This course compares the histories, politics and industries of different nations and regions; analyzing telecommunications networks and media content with an international focus; cultural and historical understanding.  Previous embedded locations have included Cuba, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Study Abroad

Penn State Global Programs Website

A traditional study abroad program will open your mind and change your life. It will also prepare you for the global professional environment of the 21st century.

Follow the information under "resources" to begin your exploration of Penn State's 160 study-abroad programs around the world.

For students interested in a media related experience for summer, please consider the CzechMates program, an approved program sponsored by Penn State. Students will earn 3 credits of COMM 499 during this Maymester experience. 

For students interested in a semester-long media related experience that includes internship placement (that must be pre-approved by our internship office) please check out the semester CzechMates program.


  1. Office of Global Programs

    Lists all programs, options and available financial aid.

  2. Peer Advisers

    Students who have studied abroad will consult on a walk-in basis in 422 Boucke Building.

  3. Education Abroad Advisers (EAAs)

    After talking to a peer adviser, make an appointment with an EAA to discuss: choice of program, the application process and financial aid. EAAs are also located in 422 Boucke Building.

  4. Bellisario College Academic Advising
    Advisers in 204 Carnegie Building and the faculty adviser in your major will help make study abroad courses fit your course of study.

You need to know

A traditional study abroad program will open your mind and change your life. It will also prepare you for the global professional environment of the 21st century.

Planning and preparation represent a big part of the process when considering study-abroad opportunities.

  1. Your degree requirements.
    See an adviser to go over your degree audit to ensure your abroad program aligns with your graduation plans.
  2. How your credits abroad will count.
    Studying through a Penn State international program or through a non-Penn State international program differ in terms of accreditation and transfer of credits. *World Campus is not affiliated with Global Programs and is not an Education Abroad approved study abroad program

  3. Your financial aid situation.
    If you wish to receive financial aid or have received financial aid in the past, discuss your study-abroad plans with the financial aid office to understand how studying abroad works with your financial aid qualifications and obligations. Go to the Financial Aid Office, 314 Shields Building, or call 814-865-6301.
  4. Your internship possibilities and obligations.
    If there is a possibility of an internship abroad, it is extremely important for you to understand all the internship obligations before going abroad. You must meet with Robert Martin, assistant dean for internships and career placement, 208D Carnegie Building (814) 863-4674, prior to going abroad or your internship will not be approved for credit.