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Program Description:

Program Overview     

Our group will be working with the Fair Trade Service Learning organization,, to travel to Petersfield, Jamaica (it would not let me list this as a destination) to do service in the local community. This location is "in the heart of Jamaica's sugarcane industry" per the Amizade website. Students will have the opportunity to work alongside and stay with local community members, to learn more about the Jamaican history and culture. In addition, students will be participating in a number of flexible service opportunities, including construction, maintenance, and supporting and mentoring youth.

Prior to leaving for Jamaica, students will explore topics relating to leadership, service, culture, and history to better prepare for their trip. Upon returning, students will debrief with an emphasis on how they can bring what they have learned abroad back to the United States, Penn State, and especially the Berks campus.

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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.
  • This course is open to all majors and/or all colleges at Berks 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 homestay overnight accommodations.

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: Angela Cuva 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 attend an information session in order to receive an application. Schedule accommodations have been made for students interested, but unable to attend due to class or other obligations. Students will then complete an application, which will be reviewed by the program coordinator, Autumn Fritz, and co-facilitators Aubrey Edwards and Angela Cuva. If the number of applications exceeds the number of spaces available for the trip, we will proceed with interviews. Interviews will include questions to assess student readiness for international travel, as well to assist in balancing out the age, diversity, and familiarity represented in our group.

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 TBA TBA

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