This 9 day program will have students learn about the environment, culture and language of the "Rich Coast." At its heart, Costa Rica boasts an epic landscape that is home to nearly 5 percent of the world's biodiversity. Discover how fragile these endangered ecosystems are as you travel through different rainforest preserves and unearth dazzling displays of color and sound.
Get ready to experience the full breadth of Ecuador! Students will stroll through untouched national parks and adventures in the country's biggest cities. An 8-day program spending time in ancient ruins and among modern locals. Travel in a train that cuts through the mountains and on vibrantly colored buses to discover four major cities, two provinces and one Incan ruin. Students will have the opportunity to meet locals during an immersive salsa lesson and family dinner, where you can learn about the Ecuadorian lifestyle.
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:
This course is open to all majors at Altoona 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 ofovernight accommodations at a hotel/hostel.
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: Elizabeth Seymour by emailing email@example.com.
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 apply through our website. The faculty interview all students and make the final decision. Most students are in classes or have been students of the lead faculty members.
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:
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program coordinator Elizabeth Seymour by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.
** 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.