Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Cusco, Peru; Lima, Peru
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Summer
All majors are welcome in this Penn State faculty-led, interdisciplinary program that is based in lively Lima, Peru. Students will become acquainted with STEM challenges and opportunities in Latin America. Learn how science and global engineering connect with other disciplines in a mixed cohort of Peruvian and Penn State students, while studying Spanish and experiencing Peru’s rich culture. For 6 weeks, you will take 2 classes taught by Penn State and local faculty. Participants will gain cross-cultural competencies by investigating issues in global society and their future implications.
This program is designed to be the perfect blend of cultural immersion and interdisciplinary learning. Experience life as local residents do while you enjoy Peruvian cuisine prepared by your host family and practice your Spanish.
All participants will earn 6 credits.
ENGR 399 Global Engineering Culture and Society (3 credits)
This course is open to students from all Colleges. Students will learn to approach challenges and leadership from an interdisciplinary perspective, analyzing the role of
scientific knowledge in international development.
Students are engaged, in this team-taught course, through an immersive global engineering experience, utilizing local resources as an integral component of the academic experience. Students will explore global engineering culture and social issues through multidisciplinary, cross-cultural teams.
As a pivotal component of this course, students will investigate current issues in global society and their future implications, exploring how engineering intersects with other disciplines. This course will provide a baseline to understand STEM challenges and opportunities in Latin America. Case studies of site specific experiences for engaged scholarship and intellectual development will be emphasized.
LANGUAGE (select one of the following courses):
SPAN 199 Spanish through Peruvian Culture (3 credits)
In order to derive the maximum benefits from an immersive experience abroad, students should be able to communicate in the language of their international hosts. Students in Peru with little or no Spanish will learn about the history and culture of Peru, while at the same time acquiring the basic Spanish language skills they need to communicate effectively with their Peruvian hosts and counterparts. This understanding of another language and culture will not only be key to their success in this program, but will also better equip them for success in an increasingly competitive global market, in which sensitivity to foreign cultures and knowledge of foreign languages are among the critical skills of leaders in all fields.
Students in this course will learn basic Spanish, including verb forms in the present and past tenses, appropriate use of pronouns, common prepositions, and fundamental aspects of Spanish syntax. Grammar lessons will be built around vocabulary that students will need in their daily lives in Peru, and will introduce the
specialized terms associated with their study of engineering.
SPAN 499 Spanish through Peruvian Culture (3 credits)
Students with at least four semesters of college-level Spanish will enhance their knowledge of Spanish while gaining significant insights into the culture of their hosts.
This course will be designed for students who have already achieved at least an intermediate control of Spanish and will be able to serve as the linguistic bridge for their American and Peruvian peers.
Students in this course will build on the foundation they have already built in Spanish. Grammar lessons will focus on the areas that are the most difficult for native speakers of English to master, including use of the subjunctive mood, distinction between past tenses, and pronouns, as well as the often complex sentence structure of the language. Grammar lessons will feature the vocabulary associated with Peruvian history and culture, as well as terms relevant to the engineering project they will be completing.
The petition for course substitution process is handled between the student and academic adviser.
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 planning to take SPAN 499 must have completed at least four semesters of college-level Spanish. There are no required prerequisite courses for SPAN 199 or ENGR 399.
In Lima, students will stay in homestays with other Penn State students and 2 meals will be provided daily (included in the program fee). Additionally, host families will provide a laundry service. On field trips, students will be responsible for paying for their own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
For more information, please contact Professor Julio Urbina, the faculty leader for this program in the Electrical Engineering Department. You may also schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
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:
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