This program is offered through Penn State Erie-Behrend and runs once every two years. This will run again in Summer 2016. Please see the Penn State Behrend website for more information on how to apply.
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 fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. This summer course, called North American Politics, is specially designed for students both from Penn State and from Ryerson University in Toronto. Penn State students will earn 3 credits for the course, which will be accredited as PL SC 299 or PL SC 499. The course will focus on comparing the political histories, politics, and institutions of the United States and Canada and on international relations between the countries. The course is taught by Penn State and Ryerson faculty and the subject matter will include in-class lectures and class-centered field trips to various government sites in Toronto.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Housing and Meals
You will stay in Ryerson University housing, located in downtown Toronto. Housing will be in private rooms with private bathrooms, television, telephone and air conditioning; kitchen, laundry and lounge facilities are shared among students on the same floor. You will be responsible for providing your own meals. High-speed internet access and parking are available for additional fees.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer 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.
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 theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
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.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs 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
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.