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EGEE 299 - Foreign Studies

This is a sample syllabus.

This sample syllabus is a representative example of the information and materials included in this course. Information about course assignments, materials, and dates listed here is subject to change at any time. Definitive course details and materials will be available in the official course syllabus, in Canvas, when the course begins.


EMSC 299 is a study away experience in which a student completes 3 credits in a Penn State, or equivalent, education abroad program. ("Abroad" is broadly defined and may vary on a student-by-student basis. In situations where this may be unclear, please contact the instructor.)

Credit is awarded through the following options:


Students who excel in this course are able to:

  • demonstrate growth in a minimum of 2 of 5 growth areas:
    • multicultural awareness,
    • civic responsibility,
    • ethical reasoning,
    • systems thinking,
    • professional development;
  • discuss topics related to energy, sustainability, or policy associated with the location of study;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the challenges of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)(link is external) across cultures;
  • discuss the politics, economy, society, history, identity, and culture of the host country;
  • show evidence of a deeper sense of differences/similarities across cultures, and how the US is perceived abroad.

Required Materials

The materials listed here represent those that may be included in this course. Students will find a definitive list in the course syllabus, in Canvas, when the course begins.

Required materials will vary depending on the program you participate in.




Communication is very important. Please keep in regular contact. If you are experiencing difficulty, or your travel plans aren't coming to fruition, I need to know as soon as possible so that we can address the issue appropriately. Failure to adequately complete the agreed upon travel may result in a course drop or grade deferral for the semester. A grade deferral will provide a limited window of time for the travel requirement to be fulfilled.

Major Assignments

  • Introductory Video Introduction (1%)
  • Daily summaries and journal entries (17%)
  • Host Country Report (14%)
  • 2 Group Book Discussions (14%)
  • 4 Video Quizzes (4%)
  • Capstone Presentation (25%)
  • Summary Poster/Infographic (25%)

Course Schedule

The course schedule will vary depending on the program you participate in.