Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program:
- Two semesters of research experience with PIRE faculty member before travel
- One semester in residence remaining at Penn State after return from travel
Are you interested in language? In languages in a foreign setting? In what is involved in speaking or learning more than one language? The Center for Language Science at Penn State has received a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation as part of the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program. The project is entitled “Translating cognitive and brain science in the laboratory and field to language learning environments,” and is designed to study the way one or more languages are learned and used across the lifespan. The scope is very broad, and includes the consequences of being or becoming bilingual, the use of minority languages and dialects, and the incorporation of research on language into the educational curriculum. Students who participate in the PIRE program will have the opportunity to work closely with Penn State research faculty who study language from a variety of perspectives. They will also spend a summer abroad at one of our partner institutions (in Europe, Latin America, and Asia), participating in collaborative projects, both in an academic setting and through educational and community outreach efforts. This is an excellent opportunity to engage in hands-on research in an exciting field with significant social implications. Expenses to travel abroad during the summer to conduct research (e.g., summer tuition, airfare, lodging, meals, incidentals) will be covered by the grant.
Summer: early May - late June
Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available.
University of Campinas, Brazil
University of Granada, Spain
Radboud University, the Netherlands
University of Antioquia, Colombia
Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany
National Autonomous University, Mexico
Beijing Normal University, China
University of Edinburgh, UK
University of Hong Kong, China
Jagiellonian University, Poland
Visit the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) website for additional information and requirements, as well as descriptions of current projects to which students can apply.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.