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Get a New World View This Spring

Students will enhance their learning in specific courses through travel to Scotland, Spain, and Japan during spring break 2018. Find out more about their experiences.

By: Regina Broscius
Take a look at Penn State Abington students who enrolled in previous courses that included brief study abroad.


This spring/summer course, Android Mobile Development in China, served as an international enhancement to other Information Sciences and Technology (IST) courses that are related to programming technologies. The course, which was held at Abington during the spring semester and required a 10-day required travel component to China in May, gave students hands-on experience of designing and developing mobile applications.

The Abington students, led by two faculty, obtained critical experience working with people from different cultural backgrounds in a project team setting, enhancing their communications and team-work skills.

Go to the China 2017 Facebook album for more photos.

Global March 2017 Malta


Penn State Abington students studying how cultural differences impact business ethics in Malta. 

See the Study Abroad Malta, England, and Ireland Facebook album for more images.


Business Ethics and Society: A Global Perspective, (MGMT451W), taught by faculty member Steven McMillan, illuminates the importance of culture in determining ethics, which will prove valuable to students as they embark on their careers.

The group will travel to Malta, which is located at a strategic point between Europe, Africa, and Asia. Its diverse culture is home to substantial differences from the American view of ethical behavior.

McMillan spent almost six month on Malta as a Fulbright scholar so his contacts and familiarity with the island nation will enhance the student experience. Gina Kaufman, director of Student Affairs at Abington, will accompany the group, too. 

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Penn State Abington students studying comparative criminal justice in England. 


Abington students enrolled in CRIMJ499 focus on a body of scholarship addressing critical issues, policies, and complexities of the criminal justice systems in the United States and the United Kingdom. And what better way to compare and contrast the two than traveling to England and experiencing it for themselves?

Lisa Morris, senior instructor in criminal justice, has taught this course for several years and has strong relationships with her colleagues in England. As a result, Morris' students benefit from established connections. Bryan Polk, senior lecturer in religious studies and English, will accompany the group. He, too, has taken Abington students on multiple study abroad programs.


Representing Place, Exploring the Visual Arts in Ireland (ART 199/299/499) explores the creation of art in response to the beauty of Ireland’s physical landscape and its rich cultural landscape and tradition in the dramatic, literary and visual arts.

Two Abington faculty, Bonnie Levinthal and H. John Thompson, will be joined at various times by Irish artists and writers.

Students will live and work in Ballycastle, County Mayo, home of the distinguished Ballinglen Arts Foundation. While in Dublin students will have the opportunity to visit Irish artist’s studios, art galleries and museums.

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The Spain Experience

A group of Penn State Abington students studied in Salamanca, Spain, in the fall 2016.


Abington students and faculty traveled to Spain in the fall 2016. They students immersed themselves in the centuries old language and culture and returned to more engaged than ever with the world beyond their hometowns.

"This trip opened my eyes to how people around the world live every day so differently without us even thinking about it," senior Valerie Santangelo said. "It has given me an entire new perspective and appreciation on how our world connects as a whole."

The Office of Global Education & Engagement opened the world to these students and will do the same for you, finding programs that mesh with your goals and helping find financial assistance when needed. The travel component generally lasts between seven and 10 days.

Spring and Summer 2017 study abroad programs are scheduled in art, business, criminal justice, science, and information science and technology.

About Global Programs

Abington students earn credit for courses with required international travel of up to 10 days during semester breaks including summer. Upcoming courses feature travel to China, Japan, Central America, and England. 

Contact Dr. Dolores Rafter Arevalo in the Office of Global Programs for more information.