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Erie-Behrend: Toronto, Ryerson University (Summer)
Toronto, Canada
Program Terms: Summer
Homepage: Click to visit
Fact Sheet:
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
 Courses Offered:
International Relations, Political Science
 Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:

This program is offered through Penn State Erie-Behrend and runs once  in two years. This will run again in Summer 2014.  Please see their website for more information on how to apply. 

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.

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 of a Pass/Fail basis.



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.

Program Costs
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. 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.

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 additional funding available for minority students and students with disabilities. 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 see Finances.

For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonwealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.

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


Pre-Departure Information
Prior to departure, all students are required to:
  • complete a general pre-departure online orientation, and
  • attend an in-person program specific orientation (details sent to accepted students).

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 02/01/2014 
02/27/2014 05/18/2014 06/14/2014

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