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  • Locations: Belfast, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom; Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer-Embedded
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Program Description:

Program Overview     

This interdisciplinary course provides students in fields like business, economics, pre-law, public policy, and engineering with real-world experience of the political, economic, and social impacts of Brexit on the UK as a whole with special attention paid to Northern Ireland. With the recent official departure from the EU this January, there are many questions that have yet to be answered regarding the post-Brexit life in the UK. This major world event is creating many challenges for leaders of industry, education, political organizations, and everyday citizens. Students will have the opportunity to interact with people who are dealing with those new challenges.

Complicating matters with regard to the UK's departure from the EU is the subject of the Northern Ireland border. Many years of the "Troubles" has caused many to be sensitive to avoid decisions that could conceivably create a return to the past. How will the new Withdrawal Agreement be implemented in a way that satisfies both the English and the Northern Irish? How do they move forward? Students will spend time in Belfast--miles away from the new border with the EU--to learn about just this subject.

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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:
  • This course is available to students of all majors at Penn State Erie- The Behrend College.
  • 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: Chris Harben at

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 leader Chris Harben at

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
Summer-Embedded 2020 08/21/2019
Rolling Admission 05/11/2020 05/21/2020
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader Chris Harben by emailing if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.

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