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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 obtained through such arrangements normally are applicable toward a Humanities and Social Science degree. Also of interest are the college's credit-awarding programs at Valladolid (Spain), Duisburg (Germany), and Nancy (France), as well as the Summer Study in Heredia (Costa Rica) Program. For information, contact the appropriate faculty members listed below.

IUP at Duisburg 

IUP has a study abroad program at the University of Duisburg, West Germany. For further information, contact Dr. Heide Witthöft at

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)

The 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 Nancy 

IUP has a study program with the University of Nancy, France. For details, contact Dr. Charles McCreary at

IUP at Valladolid 

The 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

Pre-Law Programs

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a program in pre-law that prepares the student for application to a law school. This minor is in the following Social Sciences, Humanities, and Business departments: Pre-Law in Business, Economics, English, History, Philosophy, or Political Science. All programs are designed to lead to a baccalaureate degree and prepare the students for law school. Coursework in the pre-law program centers upon a carefully developed interdisciplinary minor. For detailed guidelines in pre-law, students should consult the pre-law adviser in their major department. Contact Dr. Gwen Torges at for general information

Internship Programs

Humanities and Social Science departments have extensive internship programs which allow students to engage in off-campus supervised work experience for credit. IUP students have worked in Harrisburg as sides to state legislators, with the Governer's Justice Commission, and the Local Government Commission, and with the Investigative Division, Pennsylvania Department of Justice. Others have worked at correctional institutions in Pittsburgh, Greensburg, and Warrendale, as peer group counslers on the local campus, as an assistant to the Pennsylvania state Republican chairperson, as on-site guides at the United Nations, as workers on an Isareli kibbutz, and as student aides for the Department of Education, Puerto Rico. Other students have worked in Pittsburgh federal probation office. Many students have worked with major political parties and candidates at the local and state levels. At the county level, they have been attached to the offices of the county planner, the Common Pleas Court, coroner, treasurer, commissioners, and borough manager. Students have also worked in the Washington offices of Pennsylvania congressmen and in may federal and international organizations in Washington as well.

Opportunities for internships in other countries also exist.

For more information about specific internship programs, students should consult with the chair of the department in which the student is majoring.

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