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  • 18 years of age or above
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
  • Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program

Program Description

The Social Enterprise Challenge in the Indo-Pacific (SECIP) Program is a seven-week virtual program hosted by Monash University in Melbourne, Australia during the Penn State summer term. Penn State students will enroll and participate in this four-credit program/course virtually using platforms such as Moodle and Zoom. The SECIP program is an experiential initiative that gives students hands-on experience in establishing a social enterprise or solution that can have an immediate social impact. Delivered by Monash University in collaboration with partner universities around the Indo-Pacific, students are placed into cross-cultural, interdisciplinary teams to undertake an intensive model incubator program. Based on the principles of design-thinking, frugal innovation, and rapid prototyping, the program focuses on creating tangible solutions to pressing local, regional, and global challenges in sustainable ways.

Delivered entirely online, the SECIP program prepares students for a rapidly changing contemporary workplace. Through the program, students develop the skills to effectively operate and engage in virtual teams made up of colleagues and partners based around our region. Over the course of the program, students attend in-depth panel discussions to learn from leaders in the business, government, and non-government sector, participate in the hands-on skills bazaars and work with leading industry mentors from around the world to better understand contemporary challenges, develop and test their ideas and assumptions, and then make, break and re-create solutions.

This is a four (4) credit program for Penn State students.


Summer: Late June to mid-August

Students can refer to the Monash University non-standard dates website for intensive courses to search for specific programs dates when they are available.

Timetable Information

In joining this unit, students will be required to complete a series of Moodle lessons prior to the intensive program. Students have two weeks to complete the lessons, all of which provide an introduction to the key topics and frameworks that will be used throughout the program.

Then, over two weeks students are required to participate in daily seminars, workshops, skill development sessions, mentor and teamwork sessions to develop their social enterprise or innovation idea. Please note these two weeks will be taught in Melbourne local time. Penn State students are required to join the synchronous lessons, which may be offered very late at night or very early in the morning for those joining from the East Coast, USA.

Students then have two weeks to complete the team and individual assessment tasks.


Course Listings

To learn more about the information taught on the SECIP program, please visit the Monash University website.

This course engages students in actively applying their knowledge, skills, and attributes in interactive, collaborative, and reflective activities. On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
  1. Explain key concepts and theories that underpin social entrepreneurship, innovation, and design;
  2. Apply theoretical knowledge to real-world examples of social entrepreneurship, innovation, and design;
  3. Critically reflect upon practical social innovation challenges within different cultural contexts;
  4. Collaboratively design and pitch a social innovation idea;
  5. Effectively collaborate and communicate using virtual and digital platforms.

Course Equivalency Process

In order for courses from abroad to appear on your Penn State transcript, each course must be given a course equivalency. Please visit the Academics section of the Penn State Global website for information on the course equivalency process.

Courses can be submitted for course equivalency before, during, or after the education abroad program, however, you should begin this process as soon as possible as it can take on average 2-4 months or more for courses to receive a Penn State course number. In some cases, it can be difficult to obtain syllabi from abroad before the start of the term, but when possible, courses can be submitted for review before departure. Talk to your Education Abroad Adviser about requesting syllabi.

Grade and Credit Conversion Scale

Grades and credit conversions from your host institution cannot be changed. They will be converted to Penn State credits and grades based on the following scales:
Grade Conversion Scale
Monash University Grade Penn State Grade
100-80% A
79-70% A-
69-67% B+
66-63% B
62-60% B-
59-55% C+
54-50% C
49-45% D
44-0% F
Credit Conversion Scale
Monash University Penn State
6 Units 4 Credits

Costs and Funding

Program Costs

Summer Costs

The cost of a program is based on Penn State tuition rates and partner institution fees. Due to the variety of locations and partner institutions, costs will vary depending on the program. Education Abroad works closely with our partners to ensure the most accurate cost estimates, however, fees can change quickly and without prior notice. Consult the cost sheets for your chosen program often and if you have any questions please contact your Education Abroad Adviser


The Education Abroad Office awards a number of grants and scholarships to students who participate in an education abroad program through Penn State Global. The application for the scholarships awarded through the Education Abroad Office is included with your program application. Eligibility is based on academic merit and/or financial need. You must have a current FAFSA on file to be awarded. There are additional scholarship opportunities through our partner universities, Penn State Academic Departments, and other sources. To view a full list of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and deadlines visit Funding Study Abroad.

Student Aid

Penn State students who plan to study on a Penn State-approved program can use most forms of financial aid towards the cost of the program. Exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. If you have specific questions regarding your aid awards, contact the Penn State Office of Student Aid

Withdrawal & Refund Policy 

Withdrawal and refund details are dependent on the timing and reason for your withdrawal from a Penn State Education Abroad Program. For specific details and steps on how to withdraw, read the Education Abroad Policies

After Commitment

Once a student has committed to a Penn State Education Abroad program, they are financially responsible for any fees incurred on their behalf. Therefore, if a student plans to withdraw from a program it is their responsibility to immediately notify the Education Abroad office, in writing; email is preferred. 

Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. Additional fees from the partner institution will be assessed according to their withdrawal and refund policies at the date of the withdrawal notice.

After the Start of the Program 

If a student withdraws after the start of a program, any adjustment of Penn State tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. Students may be responsible for up to 100% of program costs. In most cases, partial credit cannot be awarded for leaving a program before its successful completion.

For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.

Next Steps

Steps to Study Abroad

The planning stages outlined on the Penn State Global website will help you have the best study abroad experience possible. We recommend that you begin this process at least one year prior to the semester you plan on studying abroad. Visit the Steps to Study Abroad section of the Penn State Global website. 

How to Apply

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Application procedures can vary by program. Students should consult the application instructions available within each application. For more information, see the Application Process section of the Penn State Global website. 


You must apply to this program by the Penn State deadline. For a list of deadlines visit the Application Process page of the Penn State Global website.

Contact Education Abroad 

If you have general questions about Education Abroad opportunities at Penn State, please email

Peer Advisers

Education Abroad Peer Advisers are Penn State study abroad returnees who advise students on education abroad opportunities at Penn State. Each Peer Adviser can explain program options, give an overview of the study abroad process, as well as provide information about their experience abroad. Peer Advisers have walk-in hours in Boucke Building during the fall and spring semester when classes are in session. For more information, visit the Education Abroad Peer Adviser website. 

Education Abroad Advisers 

Education Abroad Advisers can provide information about courses, support services, application processes, housing details, program costs, cultural expectations, pre-departure requirements, and much more. Education Abroad Advisers have two types of meetings - scheduled appointments and walk-ins. For more information about how to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser, please visit the Penn State Global website

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/01/2022
02/11/2022 TBA TBA

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