Embedded Education Abroad
What is an Embedded Program?
An Embedded Program is a short-term education abroad experience which is offered as a component or supplement to an academic course taught in residence on a Penn State campus.
In order to minimize institutional risk and to ensure compliance with University Policy FN20, Penn State Education Abroad asks faculty and departments (graduate & undergraduate) organizing and/or sponsoring Embedded Programs to submit information and necessary documentation to Education Abroad.
Education Abroad reviews all Embedded education abroad programs through the following two-stage online process:
Stage 1: Pre-Decision
Pre-Decision (Program Development) materials include a questionnaire and recommendation form and must be submitted at least 4-6 months prior to program departure, but not before securing program approval by the associate dean or director of academic affairs of the sponsoring Penn State college or campus.
Stage 2: Post-Decision
Post-Decision (Program Implementation) materials include a number of things (including insurance enrollment for participating students) and must be completed at least 4 weeks prior to program departure. Embedded Programs must be reviewed for each successive implementation. A copy of all documentation must be submitted to the sponsoring Associate Dean or Director of Academic Affairs.
Read a more in-depth description of this process.
University College Programs - All embedded education abroad programs for University College campuses must be initially reviewed by the International Studies Review Committee (ISRC). The ISRC will review the proposal during the Pre-Decision phase of the above-mentioned process.
Scholarships - Students traveling on embedded programs are eligible to apply for the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Education Abroad Scholarship.