Check out stories by our students learning around the globe.

Ireland: The Emerald Isle, by Mary Lemmon, Plant Sciences major

May 31, 2017

This experience was the perfect combination of challenge and fun and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a study abroad experience.

Mexico: When Last Minute Decisions Become Lifelong Memories, by Victoria Herr, Agricultural and Extension Education major, INTAG minor

May 31, 2017

I have always been the kind of person to jump at an opportunity, no matter how last minute or random, but out of all of my spur of the moment decisions, I think that going on this trip was the best I have ever made.

Ireland and Scotland: A Journey, by Nick Keeley, Turfgrass Science major

May 31, 2017

There are no words to describe what I gained in my trip to Ireland and Scotland that I will carry with me for the rest of my career.

Costa Rica: An Eye-opening Endeavor, by Gretchen Seigworth, Agribusiness Management major, INTAG and Civic and Community Engagement minors

May 31, 2017

I saw how physically and spiritually beautiful this little village was, and it enriched me in ways I can never explain.

Spain: Grab the “toro” by the horns, by Alex Kukorowski, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences major, Spanish minor

May 31, 2017

I learned to cook traditional Spanish cuisine, talk with my hands like a Spaniard, and dance the sevillana.

Ireland: Cheers to a Wonderful Journey Across the Atlantic by Casey Branstetter, Agribusiness Management major

June 20, 2016

Ireland felt like such a magical place, yet when I looked around I felt right at home as if in Pennsylvania. If ever you have the chance to travel abroad, do it. As a student, you will grow exponentially on an adventure like this. Networking around the world and getting to know your Penn State faculty leaders outside of the classroom is a wonderful opportunity that not everyone gets.

A Once in a Lifetime Trip to Guanajuato, Mexico by Zane Itle, Animal Sciences Major

June 6, 2016

I have witnessed and faced many agricultural aspects of Mexico and have gained a greater appreciation for this country that is so important to our economy in the U.S.

A Truly Life Changing Experience by Rachel Jaksec, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Major

June 6, 2016

Castles, Cliffs and all that Ireland had to offer me!

Learning about Local Rural Development in Pacayitas, Costa Rica by Kelsey Cantor, Nutritional Sciences Major, INTAG Minor

June 6, 2016

I felt welcomed into people’s lives and homes and learned the value of kindness, hospitality, and community engagement.

Comparing Cultural Practices at the Birth Place of Turf by Devon Carroll, Turfgrass Science Major

June 6, 2016

Stepping foot on the Old Course at St Andrews was an awe inspiring moment. This was not only the birthplace of golf but also of my future career.

Guanajuato, Mexico and Agriculture: Learn It, Live It, Love It by Casey Branstetter, Agribusiness Management Major

June 6, 2016

In just one week many closed-minded thoughts and misconceptions I had about Mexico were changed as I explored unfamiliar parts of the world and learn new lessons about the history, culture, and agriculture of Guanajuato, Mexico. I encourage all people to step out of their comfort zone and travel the world when given the opportunity to do so. It may be uncomfortable at times, but the sights and other first hand-experiences will leave a mark on your heart forever and fill your life with great stories to share.

Living the Simple Life in Costa Rica by Francesca Ramacciotti, Environmental Resource Management Major

June 6, 2016

After traveling to Costa Rica and seeing how others live, I realized changes I can make in my own life to have a better impact in this world.

Cheers from Ireland! by Casey Baxter, Plant Science Major

June 6, 2016

When I heard that there was a class that would allow me to travel and experience a different culture while simultaneously expanding my knowledge of agriculture, I knew that the opportunity was too good to pass up.

Golf Course Management in the Motherland: Irish/Scottish Culture, Climate, and Golf Tradition by Curt Moore, Turfgrass Science Major

May 31, 2016

Never be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone, it could be one of the greatest things you could ever do for yourself.

Three Weeks in Southern Zambia by Eva Bonta, Geography and Philosophy Majors

May 31, 2016

One of the most rewarding things you can do is to step out and away from your personal world and travel to a place where you will taste new foods, see new sights, interact with new people, and explore new sides of yourself.

There and Back Again: A New Zealand Tale by Lydia Maharg, Environmental Resource Management major

May 25, 2016

Sure, I could have gone to New Zealand on my own, but choosing to go with Penn State as a study abroad course proved to be such a beneficial experience.

Discovering New Zealand by Francesca Ramacciotti, Environmental Resource Management major

May 25, 2016

My experience in New Zealand is the first step in showing my aspiration to make a positive impact on the environment around the world.

My Two Weeks as a Kiwi: A Once in a Lifetime Experience by Brittany Ayers, Biological Engineering major

May 25, 2016

I had the time of my life in the most amazing country with thirteen of my new best friends, learning about the subject that matters most to me.

A passion for experiencing other cultures in India by Dana Sherwood, Food Science major

May 25, 2016

The experience and knowledge offered through Food Science 499B, Agriculture and Food Systems of India, will certainly be a highlight of my college career and be an essential point in my career development.

Exploring Greece by Yasmin Vasquez, Veterinary and Biomedical Science

May 25, 2016

I always thought study abroad was out of my league because I knew I did not want to fall behind in classes. Now that I completed this trip, it was probably one of the best decisions that I ever made.

Studying at the Guangxi Veterinary Research Institute in Nanning, China By: Kelly Bosco, Animal Science Major

May 25, 2016

What amazed me the most was how similar diagnostic techniques were performed even though we were over 10,000 miles from home.

Humbling Experiences from Greece, by Meagan McCunn, Agribusiness Management major, Animal Sciences minor

January 27, 2016

To a potential employer I would describe this experience as ten days where I experienced a completely different culture, learned about a very unique agriculture system, and enhanced my teamwork and communication skills.

LAND – Where You Want To Be By Katie Andrews, Agricultural and Extension Education Major

January 27, 2016

The immaculate country of New Zealand provided a learning atmosphere through never ending adventures and exploration.

Living and Learning the Greek Life, by Casey Branstetter, Agribusiness Management major

January 27, 2016

Never in my wildest dreams did I see myself traveling the world. Not only have I learned about agriculture and the food system in Greece, but also many life lessons that will benefit me for years to come.

Studying Abroad in the City of Light” Course: INTAG470, by Stephanie Keller, Food Science major, International Agriculture minor

January 27, 2016

Traveling to Paris with the College of Agricultural Sciences was an unforgettable experience – and I can’t wait to go back!

My Costa Rican Adventures by Sara Cook, Animal Sciences major, International Agriculture and Equine Science minors

January 27, 2016

I’ve left my heart in so many places.

Puebla, Mexico: Spanish Language, Art, and Mexican Culture by Taylor Adam, Community, Environment, & Development major, Watershed & Water Resources, and Environmental Resource Mangement minors

January 26, 2016

Through this trip I gained a new home and a new family.

Sustainability through Community by Katie Speicher, Environmental Resource Management major, Soil Science and International Agriculture minors

January 26, 2016

My worldview has also evolved a lot due to my time abroad, and I hope it continues to grow and evolve as I continue to experience new things.

GREEN times in Iceland by Samantha Goldberg, Agricultural and Biological Engineering major, Environmental Engineering minor

January 26, 2016

I didn’t just travel to Iceland, I learned, I lived, I found my passion.

Exploring the food system in Italy by Ka Hing Choi, Food Science major

January 26, 2016

I will never forget about this trip because I got to meet so many amazing people. Many of them have affected the way I see things. I have learned the importance of learning more languages and also the importance of higher education.

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