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Program Description:

Program Overview     

Students who are enrolled in Child Psychopathology (PSYCH 476) and Psychological Interventions in Childhood (PSYCH 474) will have the opportunity to travel to Santiago, Chile to learn about child mental health services in South America. The goal of this experience is to demonstrate that mental health and mental illness are concepts best understood from a cultural perspective, and that assessment and treatment of mental health disorders is strongly impacted by cultural and societal variables. Students will attend guest lectures and site visits addressing topics such as the impact of cultural and family values on adolescent mental health, access to mental health care and stigma surrounding treatment in Chile, and the current status of school-based mental health services in Chile. In addition, students will participate in a service learning experience to contribute to the Santiago community. Students will also have the opportunity to explore museums and cultural centers in Santiago and nearby Valparaiso.

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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-requisites: PSYCH100 ; PSYCH212 , PSYCH238 , PSYCH243 , or PSYCH270
  • This course is open to all students in all majors who are at least a sophomore standing student at University Park and World 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 hotel/hostel 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: Melissa Hunter 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 submit an interest form to indicate that they would like to learn more about the embedded experience, and will be asked to meet with Dr. Melissa Hunter on an individual basis to assess their goals for attending the travel abroad experience.

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 03/07/2020 03/14/2020
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader (Melissa Hunter) by emailing ( if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.

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