In this unique study abroad opportunity, students will receive training and experience in two areas:
- The practice of design with international collaborators in international environments and
- Conducting design for global markets.
In addition, students will learn to function in cross-cultural engineering design teams, partnering with students from the US, Spain and other global institutions. This study abroad program takes place at Tecnun (Universidad de Navarra) over a 2-week period at the end of May. This is an ideal program for Penn State Engineering students as it allows students the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program while still having time to complete a summer engineering internship!
As part of this program, students will participate in a course that examines engineering design from a global perspective through hands-on design activities, engagement with industry partners and a 2-week design project. Through the course, students will learn to identify global engineering design problems, develop effective solutions within a cultural context, evaluate their designs with global parameters and effectively communicate their designs. The culmination of the course is a final project where the results are presented in oral reports as well as detailed prototypes. Student evaluations in the course will be based upon the quality of oral reports, prototypes, and team performance.
Students will have the opportunity to visit the design studios and manufacturing operations of Spanish companies like Orbea to learn how the principles taught in class are practiced in industry. Students will also experience many cultural activities, such as surfing in the Bay of Biscay or visiting the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa, Spain.
Take a look at the Tecnun Summer School 2015 Video Report to get a glimpse of the facilities at Tecnun and to hear from 2015 Tecnun students.
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.
All students will be registered for:
EDSGN 297 - Introduction to Design Engineering (3 credits)
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.
- 3.0 Cumulative GPA
- Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
- Students must have previously completed EDSGN 100.
- This program is open only to Penn State Engineering students
Students will be housed in dormitories and will be responsible for their own meals.
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.
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.
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
Application deadline: February 1, 2018
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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