This program offers internships in London, combining real world experience with coursework which helps you understand the global workplace. There are a wide range of internship placements including opportunities in the art world, charitable organizations, media and broadcasting companies, health care establishments, government offices, and large corporate enterprises. Participants will be in the placements eight hours per day for three days per week. The program starts with a week-long orientation program in London, including a 3-day home stay with a British family (to provide participants with a brief insight into British family life). Students must register for a total of 14 to 18 credits which includes a 4-credit required course, INPR 310 Work in Thought and Action, as well as at least one 4-credit course available through Arcadia's London Center. The remainder of your coursework will be made up of Arcadia-taught courses and those offered by select partner universities in London. Detailed information on the courses available can be found on the Arcadia website.
NOTE: If you take any courses with the partner institutions in London, you will be charged an additional supplemental fee. So make sure to check this information here.
Applicants will need to submit a resume and interest statement that will act like a cover letter as a part of the application process. Arcadia will provide some instructions to assist students in preparing their materials. Education Abroad highly recommends that you also consult the Penn State Undergraduate Writing Center for their expertise in résumé and cover letter writing.
Education Abroad Credits
Students are required to complete 14-16 credits as a part of the program. You will receive credit for all academic courses completed, 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.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the ARCADIA London Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work toward your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
IMPORTANT: Not all Penn State departments treat the academic accreditation of internships in the same way. Before applying for this program, please check with your academic adviser to see if/how the internship courses will count toward your degree.
Housing and Meals
You will live in rental housing operated by Arcadia University, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals.
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.
Please note that tuition rates above 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 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 see Funding Study Abroad.
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. If you're not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Nimisha Thakur, 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 at the top of this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
1 or 2 academic recommendation(s)
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with Arcadia as a part of your Penn State application. Applications open approximately one year before the program term begins.