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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Fall- Embedded, Summer-Embedded
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Program Description:

Program Overview     

All third year MFA actors in Theatre travel to South Africa to study and view the theatres, museums, historical landmarks and theatrical productions giving the student a global view of theatre outside of traditional Eurocentric values. They visit, tour, and attend performances, such as the infamous Market Street Theatre which opened in 1976, operating as an independently, anti racist theatre during the country's apartheid. Known internationally as the "Theatre of the Struggle" The Market Theatre was one of the few places in the 1980s that blacks and whites could mix on equal terms. Also they will visit the Athol Fuguard Theatre named after one of the most significant and internationally acclaimed playwright. For over fifty years he has written soul-searing plays with roles for all South Africans, which have moved audiences in South Africa and around the world to laughter and tears as they reflected the racism, barbarity and inhumanity of apartheid. In addition classes are conducted with local guest actors, designers, directors, voice instructors, and producers. Workshops and Master Classes are held frequently.


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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:
  • Pre-requisite: Students must have completed their 1st year of MFA Theatre studies at University Park campus.
  • This course is open to graduate students only at University Park campus.
  • 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 coordinator, Janet Bergamaschi, 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 contact program coordinator.

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
Fall- Embedded 2018 08/15/2018
Rolling Admission 11/27/2018 12/03/2018
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader Steve Broadnax by emailing if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.
Summer-Embedded 2019 08/21/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed