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by Chris Thomas — Posted Apr 13, 2011 02:55 PM

Faculty-Led Programs

Faculty led programs broaden Penn State’s campus.  Students in these programs are taught by Penn State professors in sites abroad.  The benefits are multiple.  Students are familiar with the teaching and grading practices of Penn State faculty; they can speak the language, and they will be travelling with other Penn State students.  Also, grades need not be adjudicated and transferred back to the university.  Students can expect a program fee in addition to their regular tuition.

Summer in London Program

For one month each summer, students can live and study in the vibrant metropolis that inspired visionary writers from Shakespeare to Virginia Woolf. In this faculty-led English Department program, students will explore writings from early and modern authors that capture the comedy and tragedy of this magnificent city. London will be the students’ classroom, and the poems, novels, and plays of London’s authors will be their maps, leading them from Bloomsbury to the Globe Theater, from the British Museum to the Poet’s Corner, and from Cheapside to Whitehall.

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Summer in Ireland Program

Students will spend a month touring Ireland, from a tiny coastal town to the hubs of Galway and Dublin. This is a nine credit program. Students take one art class, one English class, and a third class in one of those disciplines as per their choice.

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Sede di Rome, Italy

Fall Semester in Rome, Sede di Roma, Rome, Italy—A full semester program, this offering gives students a full 16 credit semester, including 2 major courses, while living in the heart of Rome.

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Exchange Programs

In these programs, students matriculate into a foreign university, almost as if they were transfer students.  This gives students the opportunity to meet and live with other international students, to acclimate to a new university, its grading and its teaching, and experience life as a student in another country just as the locals do.  In these programs, students might sit on a bus with a Penn Stater on one side, and a woman from Madagascar on the other.


University of Cape Town, Cape Town, Africa by Lynn Setzler — last modified Apr 13, 2011 01:46 PM
Students interested in creative writing, African/African American Literature and Post-Colonialism will excel in this program.
CIEE Prague, Prague, Czech Republic by Lynn Setzler — last modified Apr 13, 2011 01:50 PM
Students with an interest in film will be particularly well-suited to this program.
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand by Lynn Setzler — last modified Apr 13, 2011 02:10 PM
Victoria boasts the strongest creative writing program in New Zealand, a plus for students studying for an emphasis in creative writing. They also have strong offerings in Pacific literature and post-colonialism.
University of Sussex, Brighton, England by Lynn Setzler — last modified Apr 13, 2011 02:20 PM
This university boasts strong programs in post-colonialism, women’s studies, gender theory and postmodernism.
IES New Delhi, New Delhi India by Lynn Setzler — last modified Apr 13, 2011 02:31 PM
For students interested in post-colonial literature, Indian film and literature, and ancient texts, Delhi offers wonderful opportunities. American University of Cairo, Cairo Egypt—Students can pursue a fairly traditional course of study in Western literature augmented by courses in Egyptology and African literature and cultures. Another program that would benefit students pursuing an emphasis in African/African American literature.
The University of Leeds, Leeds, England by Lynn Setzler — last modified Apr 13, 2011 01:53 PM
This University is third in the UK behind Cambridge and Oxford. Students can expect terrific seminars and survey courses in British Literature from medieval times to the present. These courses can help prepare students for the GRE subject tests for those interested in graduate studies in English. The National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland—At this University, students will be surrounded by literary history. Research strengths of the English Department include Irish writing, women’s literature, post-colonialism, Chaucerian Studies, Theatre and Travel and Periodical Literature.
The University of the West Indies by Chris Thomas — last modified Apr 13, 2011 02:22 PM
Here, students will have the opportunity to study Carribean literature. This is particularly well-suited to students interested in the African/African American Literature emphasis within the major.