Get A New World View

Students enhance their academic and personal brands through short-term study abroad courses offered at Penn State Abington. Prepare now to travel to Iceland, Japan, or Scotland next year with the support of Abington's Office of Global Programs.

Study climate change in Iceland, organizational communication in Japan, or gaming or criminal justice in Scotland during the Spring 2020 semester. The courses are based at Abington and include a five- to 10-day study abroad component.

Now is the time to connect with the Abington Office of Global Programs for financial aid and preparation for these courses.  

Continue reading to find out more about Abington student experiences in Asia and Europe. 


This course, Android Mobile Development in China, served as an international enhancement to other Information Sciences and Technology (IST) courses that are related to programming technologies. The course, which was held at Abington during the spring 2017 semester and required a 10-day required travel component to China in May, gave students hands-on experience of designing and developing mobile applications.

The Abington students, led by two faculty, obtained critical experience working with people from different cultural backgrounds in a project team setting, enhancing their communications and teamwork skills.


Global March 2017 Malta

Penn State Abington students studying how cultural differences impact business ethics in Malta. 

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Business Ethics and Society: A Global Perspective, taught by faculty member Steven McMillan, illuminates the importance of culture in determining ethics, which will prove valuable to students as they embark on their careers.

The group traveled to Malta, which is located at a strategic point between Europe, Africa, and Asia. Its diverse culture is home to substantial differences from the American view of ethical behavior.

McMillan spent almost six months on Malta as a Fulbright scholar so his contacts and familiarity with the island nation enhanced the student experience. 

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Penn State Abington students studying comparative criminal justice in England. 

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Abington students focused on a body of scholarship addressing critical issues, policies, and complexities of the criminal justice systems in the United States and the United Kingdom. And what better way to compare and contrast the two than traveling to England and experiencing it for themselves?

Lisa Morris, senior instructor in criminal justice, has taught this course for several years and has strong relationships with her colleagues in England. As a result, Morris' students benefit from established connections. 



Representing Place, Exploring the Visual Arts in Ireland explores the creation of art in response to the beauty of Ireland’s physical landscape and its rich cultural landscape and tradition in the dramatic, literary and visual arts.

Two Abington faculty, Bonnie Levinthal and H. John Thompson, were joined at various times by Irish artists and writers.

Students lived and worked in Ballycastle, County Mayo, home of the distinguished Ballinglen Arts Foundation. While in Dublin students will have the opportunity to visit Irish artist’s studios, art galleries and museums.

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A group of Penn State Abington students studied in Salamanca, Spain, in the fall 2016.

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Abington students and faculty traveled to Spain in the fall 2016. They students immersed themselves in the centuries old language and culture and returned to more engaged than ever with the world beyond their hometowns.

"This trip opened my eyes to how people around the world live every day so differently without us even thinking about it," senior Valerie Santangelo said. "It has given me an entire new perspective and appreciation on how our world connects as a whole."

The Office of Global Education & Engagement opened the world to these students and will do the same for you, finding programs that mesh with your goals and helping find financial assistance when needed. The travel component generally lasts between seven and 10 days.

Spring and Summer 2017 study abroad programs are scheduled in art, business, criminal justice, science, and information science and technology.

About the Office of Global Programs, International Student and Scholar Services, & Global Education & Engagement

The mission of the Office of Global Programs is to support the development of cross-cultural awareness, an appreciation of other cultures, the development of intercultural competencies and responsible global citizenry by providing diverse global opportunities for the Penn State Abington community.

Opportunities for information and access to global engagement programs are available to students through semester long programs of study abroad, short-term faculty led programs with an international travel component, international internships, leadership positions as Global Ambassadors or Global Buddies and other opportunities to work and/or teach abroad upon graduation.