Education Abroad for

Geography Majors

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Globalize Your Education

Geography majors are highly encouraged to study abroad. Participating in study abroad is an ideal way to add a global perspective to your Geography major through first-hand experience living and studying in another country and culture. Studying abroad can also help accelerate learning the theory and methodology found in the Geography major through exposure to diverse viewpoints both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Review the resources here to first help decide how an international experience can fit into your degree plan. It is important to work with your Undergraduate Advisor and an Education Abroad advisor early on in the application process to make sure that you are choosing the best program to fit your goals and meet major requirements.

Why Study Abroad?

When you step out of a familiar environment and engage with another society, where cultural, political, and academic perspectives differ from the U.S., it can greatly enhance your perspective by placing domestic issues and experiences within an international context.  It helps participants negotiate differences, listen to and learn from new viewpoints, and adapt to unfamiliar situations.  The changed perspective students gain from studying abroad helps make them better informed global citizens, and they are often more competitive for employment, fellowships, and graduate school.

You Can Afford to Study Abroad!

Receiving FAFSA? All subsidized & unsubsidized Stafford Loans will automatically work on your study abroad program! 
Veteran? Use your Veterans Benefits to help cover the cost of your program fee! 
Pell Grant Recipient? Not only can you use your Pell Grant, but you are also eligible for the Gilman Scholarship, worth up to $5,000! 
Need Scholarships? The PSU Ed Abroad office offers scholarship workshops every term and has a multitude of resources online for students on a budget. Come meet with us so we can talk about awards ranging from $500 - $10,000.

Through participation in this program, I have learned how to take scientific data and conduct interviews. I know how to hold myself with dignity and I also have lots of professional contacts now. Staying with my host family has been my highpoint. SIT is amazing and so rewarding. Anyone would have a life changing experience.



- Taylor Allen, Geography/GIS major.
Program: SIT Study Abroad Tanzania: Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology

Which Education Abroad Programs Work Well for Geography Majors?

The programs listed below are recommended because they offer the largest number and range of courses relevant to Geography majors.

AFRICA

SIT Study Abroad Tanzania: Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology
USAC South Africa: Stellenbosch University Undergraduate Courses
USAC Ghana: African Studies in Accra
SIT Study Abroad Tanzania: Climate Change and Sustainability from Mount Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar (Summer)
CIEE Arts and Sciences Program in Cape Town, South Africa

ASIA

IE3 Global South Korea: Seoul, Yonsei University
IE3 Global Japan: Tokyo, Waseda University
USAC India:  Health and Society in Bangalore
PSU Faculty-Led Malaysia: Borneo - Environmental & Cultural Sustainability

EUROPE

DIS - Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark
USAC Italy: Intensive Italian Language, History, Mediterranean Studies, and the Arts in Viterbo 
CIEE Liberal Arts Program in Barcelona, Spain
USAC Scotland: University of St Andrews Undergraduate Courses
IFSA - University College Dublin
CIEE Liberal Arts Program in Rennes, France
USAC Italy:  Intensive Italian Language, History, Mediterranean Studies, and the Arts in Viterbo
IFSA - London School of Economics and Political Science

LATIN AMERICA

CIEE Liberal Arts Program in Santiago, Chile
CIEE Liberal Arts Program in Buenos Aires, Argentina

MIDDLE EAST

Hebrew University:  Rothberg International School - Undergraduate Study Abroad Program
PSU Direct Enroll Turkey: Istanbul, Bogazici University (Summer)

OCEANIA

IFSA New Zealand University of Otago
USAC New Zealand: Massey University Undergraduate and Graduate Courses
in Palmerston North, Auckland, or Wellington

IE3 Global Internships
CIEE Open Campus in Sydney, Australia

Don't see a program that works for you? Click here for the complete list of programs. 

Ready to take the Next Step?

Attend an Ed Abroad 101 session to learn more about studying abroad at PSU. These are 30 minute sessions offered when classes are in session. They cover the application process and direct you to next steps. 

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