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Program Description:
Note: The in-person travel component of this program is not scheduled to run in summer 2021. This is a virtual program. However, future embedded travel to Italy and Switzerland for participants of this program may be considered pending University approval. Please contact international@engr.psu.edu for further information. Due to COVID-19 regulations, all education abroad programs have been cancelled through spring of 2021. Though the University has hopes to resume programming and travel for summer 2021, future travel is subject to University approval, dates are subject to change, and programming may be altered or cancelled due to changing circumstances.
 

Overview

Eligibility

  • 18 years of age or above
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
  • Rising Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program 
  • For more information or to enroll in this program, please email: international@engr.psu.edu

Program Description 

Virtual Global Program: Cross-Cultural Engagement and Technical Presentation
January 19 - April 29, 2021
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:30 to 11:50 AM
To enroll, email: international@engr.psu.edu

Through this virtual global program, students enroll in two courses: Technical Presentation for Engineers (3 credits) and Intercultural Learning (1 credit). These courses develop global competences and apply knowledge of how to deliver effective technical presentations in collaboration with students from La Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (SUPSI) in Mendrisio, Switzerland. In addition, participants will gain and demonstrate cultural insights during a variety of cultural activities and through collaborating in an international team setting. You will research and speak about social and cultural issues that can be improved with new technologies.

A major goal of the Technical Presentation course is to bridge the technical and practical demands of communication with the rhetorical elements of effective public speaking. The information presented aims to help you become a better communicator of technical information -- an important skill to be a successful engineering student and professional. The Intercultural Learning course will introduce students to the culture of this virtual global engagement experience, covering key historical, cultural, and societal issues and practical, country specific information and emphasizes effective communication techniques and strategies that prepare students to exchange information. More specifically, course content will include: essential vocabulary terms and phrases specific to the region, the concepts of cultural intelligence and humility, and culturally appropriate societal behaviors. In addition, learners will be provided context about the international destination to prepare them for their activities with those from other cultural groups.

Dates

Summer: January 19 - April 29, 2021; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:30 to 11:50 AM

Program Note

To enroll, please contact  international@engr.psu.edu

Program Leaders

Program Leader Information

  • Patrick Tunno, Assistant Teaching Professor; Director, Office of Global Engineering Engagement
  • Peter Miraldi,Teaching Professor, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Lori Miraldi, Director, Engineering Ambassadors Program

Academics

Course Descriptions

Through this virtual global program, students enroll in two courses:
ENGR 197: Technical Presentation for Engineers (3 credits) and ENGR 197: Intercultural Learning (1 credit). All students will enroll in
for a total of 4 credits in Spring semester.

These courses develop global competences and apply knowledge of how to deliver effective technical presentations in collaboration with students from La Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (SUPSI) in Mendrisio, Switzerland. In addition, participants will gain and demonstrate cultural insights during a variety of cultural activities and through collaborating in an international team setting. You will research and speak about social and cultural issues that can be improved with new technologies. A major goal of the Technical Presentation course is to bridge the technical and practical demands of communication with the rhetorical elements of effective public speaking. The information presented aims to help you become a better communicator of technical information -- an important skill to be a successful engineering student and professional. The Intercultural Learning course will introduce students to the culture of this virtual global engagement experience, covering key historical, cultural, and societal issues and practical, country specific information and emphasizes effective communication techniques and strategies that prepare students to exchange information. More specifically, course content will include: essential vocabulary terms and phrases specific to the region, the concepts of cultural intelligence and humility, and culturally appropriate societal behaviors. In addition, learners will be provided context about the international destination to prepare them for their activities with those from other cultural groups. This is a virtual program. However, future embedded travel to Italy and Switzerland for participants of this program may be considered pending University approval.

Course Selection

Students are required to take the prescribed courses listed above as participants on the program. To determine how these courses will fit into your degree requirements, you will need to work with your academic adviser. Suggested tips:
  • Research courses offered on your program
  • Meet with your academic adviser to discuss potential courses abroad and your degree requirements
  • Keep in mind that courses abroad may change or may be unavailable for your selected term, so you will need to discuss possible back-up course options

Academic Policies

  • You must enroll in a minimum number of 4 credits.
  • You cannot take any courses abroad on a Pass/Fail basis
  • If you are studying abroad in your final semester at Penn State, please note that Penn State may not receive your grades in time for graduation
 

Housing and Meals

Housing

This does not apply to this year's virtual program. Please check back for information regarding future travel pending University approval.
 

Meals

This does not apply to this year's virtual program. Please check back for information regarding future travel pending University approval.

Costs and Funding

Program Costs

Please contact international@engr.psu.edu for further information.

Scholarships

Please contact international@engr.psu.edu for further information.
 

Student Aid

Penn State students who plan to study on a Penn State approved program can use most forms of financial aid towards the cost of the program. Exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. If you have specific questions regarding your aid awards, contact the Penn State Office of Student Aid.

Withdrawal & Refund Policy

Withdrawal and refund details are dependent on the timing and reason for your withdrawal from a Penn State Education Abroad Program. For specific details and steps on how to withdraw, read the Education Abroad Policies. Note that the below may not be applicable to this virtual experience.

After Commitment

Once a student has committed to a Penn State Education Abroad program, they are financially responsible for any fees incurred on their behalf. Therefore, if a student plans to withdraw from a program it is their responsibility to immediately notify the Education Abroad office, in writing; email is preferred.

Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. For faculty-led freestanding programs, there is a specific withdrawal penalty schedule. 

Education Abroad makes every attempt at keeping the program and administrative costs to a minimum. However, when you commit to participating in a program, Education Abroad begins to make financial commitments on your behalf. In case of withdrawal, the following fees will be charged to your Bursar account

  • Upon Commitment - 90 Days Prior to Departure: 25% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee 

  • 30 - 89 Days Prior to Departure: 50% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee 

  • 29 Days - Departure Date: 100% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee


Following the start of the summer semester, any adjustment of tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. More information can be found on the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.


After the Start of the Program

If a student withdraws after the start of a program, any adjustment of Penn State tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. Students may be responsible for up to 100% of program costs. In most cases, partial credit cannot be awarded for leaving a program before its successful completion.

For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.
 

Life Abroad

General Information

Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting and transformative experiences of your college career. It is an opportunity to develop independence, build cross-cultural competencies, grow as a person, and enhance your academic program. Entering a new culture can be challenging for everyone. You may ask yourself: is this the right country for me? What are their cultural norms? How will my identity be perceived there? What can I do to prepare for this experience? What will my daily life be like? Below are resources to help you answer these questions.

Accessibility Considerations

Penn State Education Abroad works closely with campus resources and our partner institutions around the world to ensure that students of all abilities reach their goal of studying abroad. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged on an individual basis. If you have accommodation needs or further questions please consult with the Student Disability Resources office and your Education Abroad Adviser. Additional resources are available through the Global Programs Website. Disability information will not be used during the admissions process, but rather is meant to provide students with resources to help in planning a successful experience abroad.
 

Gender and LGBTQA Considerations 

There are dramatic and subtle differences in how gender, identity, sexual expression, and sexual health are perceived in different countries. Before going abroad, it is important that you research the specific country or countries you will be visiting and have a full understanding of their cultural norms. Below are some resources to help you with that research and provide guidance for your life abroad.

Race, Ethnicity, and Faith Considerations 

When choosing a study abroad location and preparing for your travels, you will want to be mindful of how your experience will be different than what you are used to in the United States. Your racial, ethnic, and spiritual identities may be interacted with and labeled by others differently than what you expect. Here are resources to help you prepare for these differences.

Non-U.S. Citizens

It is possible for non-U.S. Citizens to study abroad through Penn State. To do so successfully, you must plan early because this process may involve obtaining visas and other governmental procedures. Check with your DISSA Adviser prior to committing to a study abroad program and speak with your Education Abroad Adviser for specific information on the host country. If you plan on traveling to other countries during your study abroad experience, you will need to research and make plans to adhere to immigration policies for all of the countries that you plan to travel to and through. You are responsible for applying for visas for all applicable countries on your own. Advisers in the Education Abroad office cannot apply for your visa for you. Additional information may be available through your country's embassy and the consulate for your study abroad country.
 

Next Steps

Steps to Study Abroad

The planning stages outlined on the Global Programs website will help you have the best study abroad experience possible. We recommend that you begin this process at least one year prior to the semester you plan on studying abroad. Visit the Steps to Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

How to Apply

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Application procedures can vary by program. Students should consult the application instructions available within each application. For more information, see the Application Process section of the Global Penn State website.

Deadlines

You must apply to this program by the Penn State priority deadline, January 20. For a list of deadlines visit the Application Process page of the Global Programs website.

Contact Education Abroad

If you have general questions about Education Abroad opportunities at Penn State, please email EducationAbroad@psu.edu.

Peer Advisers

Education Abroad Peer Advisers are Penn State study abroad returnees who advise students on education abroad opportunities at Penn State. Each Peer Adviser can explain program options, give an overview of the study abroad process, as well as provide information about their experience abroad. Peer Advisers have walk-in hours in Boucke Building during the fall and spring semester when classes are in session. For more information, visit the Education Abroad Peer Adviser website.

Education Abroad Advisers

Education Abroad Advisers can provide information about courses, support services, application processes, housing details, program costs, cultural expectations, pre-departure requirements, and much more. Education Abroad Advisers have two types of meetings - scheduled appointments and walk-ins. For more information about how to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser, please visit the Global Penn State website.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 01/20/2020
01/29/2020 05/10/2020 05/30/2020
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.

Indicates that deadline has passed