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BIOL 499A Tropical Field Ecology


This course is an intensive introduction to tropical biodiversity taught in Costa Rica over the winter break between the fall and spring regular semesters. Enrollment is limited to 20 students. Watch for enrollment information and registration during the fall terms.



BIOL 482 Coastal Biology

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Biol 482 is a combination lecture and intensive field course designed to introduce participants to the Caribbean coral reef biome and other near-shore environments such as rocky shores, mangroves and seagrass beds.  A field trip during spring break will take us to the beautiful island of Curacao, part of the Netherland Antilles in the southern Caribbean.

BIOL 416 Biology of Cancer

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The course covers selected topics in cancer biology as well as cell and developmental biology. A major goal is to understand molecular and genetic mechanisms important for animal development and tumorigenesis. This course is designed to be part of Penn State’s Education Abroad Program and lectures will be done in Beijing, China in July. In Beijing, Penn State students will take this course together with local students from Peking University, which is one of the best universities in China. In addition to lectures and group discussions, students will have guest lecture from Peking University faculty and visit local research facility. Moreover, students will visit a number of historic and cultural attractions, including the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall. Through these activities, students are expected to gain unique and first-hand experience and knowledge about biological research in China today, and Chinese culture and people.; More information about this course.


Eberly College of Science Office of Science Engagement

Penn State students have the opportunity to study anywhere around the world. However, if graduating on time is of concern or if you want to focus on science, students might want to consider attending a university in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, or Canada. The ECoS has several "science-partner" institutes where upper-level science course equivalents have already been established.

  • University of Bath, University of Leeds, or University of Sussex - England
  • National University of Singapore - Kent Ridge, Singapore
  • McGill University - Montreal, Canada
  • Universite de Strasbourg - Strasbourg, France (in French)
  • Philipps Universitaet - Marburg, Germany (in German)
  • Victoria University - Wellington, New Zealand

It is best to plan early and meet with our advisers when planning a semester for study abroad. For information, please visit the Office of Science Engagement in 224 Ritenour Building or call 814-865-5000.

University Office of Global Programs

There are many ways to get involved in international activities at Penn State, whether you are from the U.S. or other parts of the globe, whether you're returning from study abroad or thinking of going, whether you're dreaming of an international career or just want to reach out to others from diverse backgrounds. There are a number of ways to add international experiences to your resume. Penn State is dedicated to educating the next generation of global citizens and leaders by providing students with diverse opportunities to experience world cultures and helping students develop a global perspective. Becoming a global citizen requires a strong understanding of the major challenges that all citizens of the world share. More information on Global Programs

Penn State Global Medical Brigades

The Penn State Chapter of this club organizes several brigades each year, in which students and medical professionals travel to under-served communities of Honduras, Panama, or Ghana to provide medical relief. For more information on Penn State Global Medical Brigades visit the PSU clubs list.

Social Entrepreneurship Projects Implemented Through the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology

The Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Research (HESE) Program in Kenya epitomizes the integration of the three-part mission of teaching, research, and service in a global context. Undergraduate of all disciplines are invited to participate in these projects.