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  • Locations: Jerusalem, Israel
  • Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Program Description:

Program Overview     

COMM 402 is a three-credit course in International Reporting offered by the College of Communications to qualified juniors and seniors. The purpose of the course is to prepare young journalists to function in a foreign environment, and to recognize, overcome and ultimately benefit from the linguistic, cultural, economic and legal challenges that working in another country entails.

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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:
  • There are no hard and fast prerequisites. However, print students are strongly advised to have taken COMM 260 and COMM 460 at minimum. Broadcast students are likewise advised to have had COMM 360 and COMM 465. Photojournalism students similarly to have had COMM 269 and COMM 271.List pre-requisites here, using proper bulleting.
  • This course is open to journalism students at University Park campus only.
  • 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 regarding housing is not available 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: Anthony Barbieri - 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, all junior and senior journalism majors in the College of Communications were notified by email of the information and recruitment meeting for the class which was held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 14. About 50-60 students attended. After an hour-long presentation about the class, interested students were told to apply by Sept. 29. An application consisted of a resume listing relevant journalism experience and the name of a PSU journalism faculty member who could discuss the student's work. About 30 applications were received. Of these, about 20 students were invited for interviews with at least one of the four faculty members. Of these 20, the 12 students were chosen and notified by email on Oct. 6.

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 2019 08/21/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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