Study Abroad

Study Abroad Overiew

Studying abroad is an incredible opportunity and Pennsylvania Western University encourages students to explore such an opportunity. A study abroad experience can be short-term (two to ten weeks), for a semester, or academic year. Pennsylvania Western University offers short-term, for credit, study abroad programs at various locations throughout the world for all students.

Short-term programs are offered in the summer, during winter and spring breaks, and our faculty accompany our students. Recently, students have traveled to England, Scotland, Italy, China, Japan, Ireland, and the Dominican Republic on long and short-term experiences.

The Global Education Office will provide students with a basic overview of study abroad opportunities and the process. They are here to help students understand PennWest’s policies on study abroad and will assist in receiving formal approval for study abroad programs.

Individual guidance is provided to meet a student’s specific goals regarding location, finances, classes/transfer credits, and preparation. Getting started is easy! Prospective study abroad students can learn more by emailing

Upcoming Short-Term Faculty Led Programs

2023 Programs

  • Deaf Education in the Dominican Republic – January
  • A Taste of Italy - May
  • Healthcare & Nursing in London & Edinburgh - May
  • Explore Japan’s Vibrant Art & Pop Culture – May
  • Yokoso Japan! – May
  • Tuli Wilderness Authentic Africa Bush Experience – May-June
  • Scotland: Our Heritage Tour – July-August
  • Developing a Sustainable Business Abroad in Italy – August

2024 Programs

  • Graphic Design Abroad: London, Paris, Florence, and Rome – May
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Student Experiences
“It opened the door to the world for me…. I learned so much about the people we met, my fellow students and myself. You don't start learning until you start moving, and this trip gave my life the motion I needed.”
- Hannah McDonald, Edinboro student who studied abroad in Belize

Student Teaching with Slippery Rock University in Spain

By student teaching abroad with Slippery Rock and PennWest, you will:

  • Gain international student teaching experience
  • Learn culturally responsive teaching philosophies
  • Develop awareness and skills to teach in an internationally diverse classroom
  • Learn how to build rapport and communities in other cultures
  • Add global experience to your resume

If you are interested in student teaching abroad, please email

Long-Term Study Abroad Programs

There are a large variety of long-term study abroad opportunities at PennWest that vary from exchanges to third-party providers. Students should email to schedule a time to meet with a member of the Global Education Office staff to learn more about their options and the application process.

Don’t wait until your senior year to plan a study abroad program! Meet with the Global Education Office your freshman or sophomore year to start planning!

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