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Program Description:

Program Overview     

In the United States, video games have created an $18 billion industry centered on leisure and entertainment, but that is not the only use for such technology. This course, Gaming in Scotland, will give you the opportunity to design your own game while also seeing novel applications for gaming that include police training or designing for special populations.
You will collaborate with students majoring in game development at Abertay University–the UK's premiere video game program–to develop a prototype game as part of a multiple team competition. You will visit ancient castles, historic battlefields, and beautiful highland villages while developing stories, characters, and themes for use with your Scottish partners.

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Any pre-requisite courses are established by the faculty leader or department hosting the course.  The following have been listed as pre-requisites for consideration to enroll in this course and travel on the embedded education abroad program:
  • No pre-requisites. No prior game development experience is necessary and a variety of skills, including artist, musical, creative writing, programming, and game experience, are used in the development process. 
  • This course is open to students of all majors and campuses; however, priority registration in this course is given to Abington students and to Junior or Senior students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.  
  • Admission in the course and permission to travel with the group are at the discretion of the faculty leader and/or academic department hosting the course.  Academic standing and disciplinary or conduct issues may impact eligibility.

Housing and Meals

During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of  - information is not available regarding housing at this time

Program Costs

Students pay regular Penn State tuition (either in-state or out-of-state) for the credits associated with the embedded course.  Travel costs, lodging, meals, excursions, and other fees are determined by the program budget which is set by the program leader.  Please consult the program leader for additional information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Global Programs administers a scholarship that is specifically designated to support students studying abroad on embedded courses.  The scholarship is competitive, and the deadlines to apply are strictly enforced.  Please review the Embedded Programs Scholarship eligibility, deadlines, and application process.

For More Information

For more information about this course, please contact the program leader: Jacob Benfield by emailing

How to Apply

The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department.  The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must meet with course faculty after completing an initial Application of Interest. This interview includes basic questions about travel experience, interest in course content, and questions about the program. We also cover the program itinerary and trip inclusions to facilitate informed interest. This interview does not really determine if someone is "accepted" into the course but does provide both parties (faculty and student) the opportunity to better understand the personalities and expectations of the experience. 

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.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring- Embedded 2020 08/21/2019
Rolling Admission 03/04/2020 03/14/2020
NOTE: NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader Jacob Benfield by emailing jab108 if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.

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