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Global experiences are accessible through a variety of short-term, course-embedded trips that provide not only a potentially life-changing travel experience, but also college credit.

Penn State Lehigh Valley faculty collaborate to offer a number of study abroad options in a range of subject areas.

Scholarships are available to cover some of the trip costs.

The following opportunities for the 2013-14 academic year are open to all Penn State students.


Lima, Peru: March 7-16, 2014
Courses: Span 001, Span 003, Span 100, Span 100A; I B 303 (International Business Operations), MKTG 445 (Global Marketing)
Description: A Latin American International Business and Spanish language and cultural study abroad in conjunction with students and faculty from Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC)
Details: 20 seats available. Deposit due Sept. 30
Info: Prof. Mike Krajsa, mjk38@psu.edu or Dr. Ana Figueroa-Coddou, abf10@psu.edu
Info: http://sites.psu.edu/lvperu/

Guanajuato, Mexico: March 6-15, 2014

Courses: CIVCM 211 (Foundations in Civic and Community Engagement), BIOL 297 (The Ecology and Agriculture of Guanajuato, Mexico), WL ED 400 (Foundations of Language in Second Language Teaching)

Description: Exploration of the environment, ecology and economics of the region in conjunction with students from the University of Guanajuato
Details: Deposit due Nov. 30
Info: www.pslvasb.weebly.com

Honors Trip to London, England: March 6-13, 2014
Course: ENG 201 (What is Literature?)
Details: 18 spots available with priority to honors students
Info: Dr. Barbara Cantalupo, bac7@psu.edu, or sign up at room 217N



2014 CHANCE Costa Rica and Panama Program Description:

Biology 496(B) - Conservation Biology and Sustainability of Select Tropical Ecosystems
Through innovative online instruction during the late spring semester, 2014, all participants will engage in learning opportunities and lessons which will enhance their pre-field-trip knowledge in the following content areas: the biodiversity of the ecosystems to be explored (jungles – lowland, highland, and cloud tropical forests; mangroves; sea grasses; and, coral reefs); the research behind the conservation of these ecosystems; the natural history and plight of sea turtle populations worldwide; the conservation and scientific work of two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – Organization for Tropical Studies/La Selva and WIDECAST; and, the geography, culture, government, educational and environmental policies, and indigenous people of Costa Rica and Panama.

Biology 496(C) - A Field Practicum in Costa Rica and Panama
The two and one-half week field summer practicum (June 7 – 22, 2014) will provide real-world research and conservation experiences – that are chaperoned by Organization for Tropical Studies/La Selva field-based scientists – which focus on tropical rain forest ecosystem biodiversity and dynamics. As participants progress through the program they will also learn how conservation efforts and scientific research are key components to solving the global challenges of sustainability. A highlight of this embedded field course will be working with nesting sea turtles and hatchlings along with members of WIDECAST, an expert network of biologists, managers, community leaders and educators in more than 40 nations and territories committed to an integrated, regional capacity that ensures the recovery and sustainable management of depleted sea turtle populations, so as to help sustain these endangered animals.

For more information, visit http://www.chance.psu.edu/fieldcourses/panama2014/index.html or contact Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin, CHANCE Founding Director, at jxm57@psu.edu.


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