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Tineka Lebrun
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Program Overview     

Are you interested in language? In languages in a foreign setting? In what is involved in speaking or learning more than one language? The Center for Language Science at Penn State has received a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation as part of the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program. The project is entitled “Translating cognitive and brain science in the laboratory and field to language learning environments,” and is designed to study the way one or more languages are learned and used across the lifespan. The scope is very broad, and includes the consequences of being or becoming bilingual, the use of minority languages and dialects, and the incorporation of research on language into the educational curriculum. Students who participate in the PIRE program will have the opportunity to work closely with Penn State research faculty who study language from a variety of perspectives. They will also spend a summer abroad at one of our partner institutions (in Europe, Latin America, and Asia), participating in collaborative projects, both in an academic setting and through educational and community outreach efforts. This is an excellent opportunity to engage in hands-on research in an exciting field with significant social implications. Expenses to travel abroad during the summer to conduct research (e.g., summer tuition, airfare, lodging, meals, incidentals) will be covered by the grant.
For information on the PIRE project
For information on previous PIRE participants

University of Campinas, Brazil
University of Granada, Spain
Radboud University, the Netherlands
University of Antioquia, Colombia
Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany
National Autonomous University, Mexico
Beijing Normal University, China
University of Edinburgh, UK
University of Hong Kong, China
Jagiellonian University, Poland

Visit the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) website for additional information and requirements, as well as descriptions of current projects to which students can apply.

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Education Abroad Credits

You will receive 6 credits of LING 496 on this program. 

You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State. 


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
  • Two semesters of research experience with PIRE faculty member before travel 
  • One semester in residence remaining at Penn State after return from travel 

Housing and Meals

Your housing will be arranged by the PIRE program. You will live either in a dorm or apartment.

Program Costs

Program costs including tuition, airfare, lodging, meals, and incidentals are covered by the PIRE Grant. 

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

For more information about this program, please contact Maryam Sinawa or Giuli Dussias

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire

  •  One academic recommendation

  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018
02/14/2018 TBA TBA
Summer 2019 02/01/2019 02/13/2019 TBA TBA

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