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Study Abroad Opportunities

College majors may be interested in the various faculty-led Study Abroad Programs, as well as those offered through the Office of International Education.

Credits earned through study abroad are normally  applicable toward a Humanities and Social Science degree (students should speak to their advisor about getting courses approved before their time abroad).

There are several credit-awarding programs offered through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences: for example, at Valladolid (Spain), and Nancy (France), as well as the Summer Study in Heredia (Costa Rica) Program, and the Oxford Summer Study Abroad program.

For information, contact the appropriate faculty members listed below.

IUP at Costa Rica Summer Program 

The Department of Foreign Languages sponsors a program of study in Spanish language in Costa Rica. The program is located in Heredia, and the cost of the program includes transportation, complete room and board, insurance, and tuition. For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Barton at

IUP at Universidad de las Americas in Puebla (Mexico)

Mexico campusThe Department of Foreign Languages also participates in a semester- or year-long study abroad exchange program with the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. While not a faculty-led program, students do work with a departmental faculty advisor to arrange their classes and living arrangements prior to going on the program. Students take a variety of classes depending on their level of language proficiency, and can usually transfer credits back to IUP to be used for Spanish major and minor requirements. For more information, please contact Dr. Marjorie Zambrano-Paff at

IUP at Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-ProvenceThe IUP Department of Foreign Languages has a program in Aix-en-Provence where students can earn credit and study French. You can view a video on the program, or you can follow them on Facebook. For details, contact Dr. Jean-Louis Dassier at

IUP at Valladolid, Spain

Valladolid studentsThe Department of Foreign Languages has offered a spring semester of study at the University of Valladolid, Spain, for the past 50 years. Students live with families and can earn up to 18 credits of coursework. For details and brochures, contact Dr. Dawn Smith-Sherwood at

IUP at Oxford, England

OxfordThe College of Humanities and Social Science offers a popular summer study abroad program where students spend three weeks studying at Oxford University in England. Students on the Summer Oxford program can earn undergraduate or graduate college credits for art, English, nursing, philosophy, political science, theater, or cross-disciplinary study.

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