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Apartment, Dormitory, Homestay, Other
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2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Language, Research
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Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Sarah Spiegel
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Program Overview     

Announcing International Research Opportunities for Penn State Undergraduate Students 

The Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) grant awarded to the Center for Language Science at the Pennsylvania State University trains a diverse workforce of language scientists, many of whom are from underrepresented groups in the STEM workforce, to conduct basic and applied behavioral and neuroscience research. Our PIRE work involves domestic and international collaborations, and aims to translate basic science in culturally diverse contexts.  PIRE II is hosted at both Penn State and the University of California at Riverside.
Research on the language and learning sciences has grown at a remarkable pace, in part due to the contributions of cross-disciplinary approaches that merge the power of behavioral, neuroscience, and computational methods. In the past decade, we have discovered that language experience shapes learning and the brain across the lifespan. Right from birth, exposure to two or more languages changes the trajectory of language learning. The tuning of brain networks has consequences for bilinguals at all ages. Far from the stereotype that exposure to multiple languages produces confusion for young learners or that mixing languages invites pathology, new research reveals a level of neuroplasticity that requires that we revise our account of language learning. Our faculty team is at the leading edge of this frontier, with a diversity of perspectives, including linguistics, psycholinguistics, cognitive neuroscience, and speech pathology. The award of a PIRE grant in 2010 facilitated the development of a broad and sustainable international research network that enabled new discoveries about the consequences of bilingual and multilingual experience for learning and the brain. Our new proposal harnesses the excitement surrounding these discoveries to ask how the basic science might be translated to transform educational practice and policy and to serve a changing global population whose language experience is increasingly broad, culturally diverse, and international.

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
University of Ottawa, Canada
Beijing Normal University, China
University of Edinburgh, UK
University of Hong Kong, China
Jagiellonian University, Poland

Visit the Center for Language Science website for additional information and requirements.

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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 PIRE faculty. 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 2016 02/12/2016
02/15/2016 TBA TBA
Summer 2017 02/01/2017 02/21/2017 TBA TBA

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