MAY UPDATE: Feel free to read student reflections from our time in Costa Rica. You are also welcome to comment on a reflection. The 2020 trip is forming now and applications are currently being accepted.

If you are interested in the 2019 program please fill out the following form and you will be sent additional details about the 2019 program once they become available– 

Warning – This program fills up quickly! You may wish to go ahead and fill out an application for 2019 as it is almost full. The word version of the application is below. Interviews will be conducted on a first come first serve basis once your application is turned in. This program always has a long waiting list.

Scholarship Opportunities

  1. Study Abroad Student Scholarships available:
  2. Student Engagement Scholarships:
  3. Beta Sigma Travel grants for students: Sigma Theta Tau scholarship from Penn State College of Nursing STT Beta Sigma Chapter
    1. The travel may be associated with a course or may be associated with a service trip and is used for those who have been inducted.
    2. Please email Amy Forsythe ( for a copy of the application 
    3. The application is submitted 2 months prior to planned travel

Financial Aid Information

Apply for independent research study awards. See links  such as this one –

Smeal Students –

Contact your specific college and request funding. Many colleges provide funding for students participating in a study abroad program.

Please refer to the PSU Global Programs web site for information. The below information is from their website for the 2018 summer embedded programs (summer semester embedded programming with a travel component during Maymester or summer session).

March 15 – Scholarship applications due

Students will be notified of scholarship decision beginning April 15

Students traveling on an embedded program are eligible to apply for the Pennsylvania Commonwealth scholarship.  Full time graduate and undergraduate students at University Park and the commonwealth campuses are eligible to apply.  International students are eligible to apply.

Look for information on the Global All In Scholarship and the PA Commonwealth Scholarship on the Global Programs website. It is our understanding there may be a special $1,000 PA Commonwealth Scholarship for students participating in an embedded program!

Please make sure to look into the Student Engagement Grant which can be found at this website –

The Student Engagement Network is now accepting grant applications for fall 2018! Individual awards of up to $3,000 are available to undergraduate students who are looking to expand their experience beyond the classroom.


Funding can cover unpaid internships, research opportunities, travel costs, living expenses, event fees, supplies and materials, books, software needed for projects and presentations, and more. Funding can also be used as compensation to work less hours in order to be involved in a club or organization.


The application will close end of day on Friday, August 31. Award notifications will be sent on Friday, September 14. For questions or concerns, please email or call the Student Engagement Network office at (814) 863-5995.


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Travel Grants for Students:

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Education Abroad Scholarship is a scholarship application available for undergraduate and graduate students participating on faculty-led embedded programs.

The following grants are not for embedded programs, but can be used for faculty-led summer programs:

Grant-in-Aid is applicable for undergraduate students participating in semester, summer and year-long Education Abroad programs.

Africa and Latin America Grant-in-Aid application is available for undergraduate students participating in semester, summer or year-long programs to Africa or Latin America.

Whole World Scholarship application is available to undergraduate students studying on semester, summer and year-long programs in non-traditional locations. A list of eligible countries is available for review.

Summer Tuition

Because several factors go into calculating tuition, please refer you to the tuition calculator here:  and schedule: