Global Competency

The growing interconnectedness of global society means that our day-to-day lives are increasingly affected by events and actions taking place in the national and international arena. Whether it is the impacts of global warming, the price of oil, changes in international demand and supply of food products, or the availability of cultural resources from around the world, our connection to this global society impacts our access to these resources, the price we pay for goods and services and influences decisions such as what we buy, where we live and how we vote. Developing an understanding of how this global society functions, how it affects us, and how our actions influence others, both as a nation and as individuals, is now an essential component of any undergraduate education.

For Students

  1. Why Study Abroad, and Why Africa?

    Why study abroad?  Numerous websites will give you a top ten list of reasons.  They are almost certain to tell you that it is fun, that you can satisfy degree requirements, that the experience is transformational……  All this is true–but these...
  2. Get Involved

    There are many ways you can get involved in Penn State programs in Africa through formal educational programs, internships and through faculty research projects. You can find information on educational opportunities by contacting individual programs listed on this site.  There...
  3. What Graduates are Doing Now

    Meet some of the students who have taken part in the various Penn State programs in Africa and learn more about their experience. Check out these facebook pages: Parks and People:  South Africa   Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship  ...
  4. Sources of Funds

    Some funding may be available to help defray the costs of studying abroad in Africa.  Some Departments and Colleges will support students wishing to study abroad and it is worth talking to your Department Head or the Undergraduate office in...