Study Abroad with PPE
Many PPE students decide to complement their interdisciplinary academic experience at Penn with a semester or year abroad. If you are just beginning your study abroad search, Penn Abroad recommends visiting their Getting Started Page. A list of PPE Peer Advisors, with thematic concentration and study abroad program attended, is available upon request! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The best way to maximize the credits that will count toward the major is to (1) go to a program with a strong PPE department or (2) find a program particularly well-suited to the way you intend to develop your theme. You are welcome to go to any program abroad, but these provide the best ways to transfer back courses for the PPE major.
Recommended Abroad Programs
Our Exchange Programs
PPE in Paris, Sciences Po
Reduced language requirement: Two semesters of French at Penn
Students are drawn to Sciences Po for its strength in the social sciences. The educational project at Sciences Po is based on the development of self-confidence, negotiation and decision-making skills obtained through teamwork, effective oral and written expression, and analytical reasoning. Click here for more about Sciences Po.
PPE in Rome, LUISS University
Reduced language requirement: Two semesters of Italian at Penn
LUISS Guido Carli is a small private university with high academic ranking located inthe heart of Rome. LUISS was one of the first Italian universities to offer a PPE major. Today, LUISS offers an advanced educational model, strongly oriented towards the needs of the global market and new professions. All courses are taught in English. Click here for more about LUISS.
PPE in the UK, York University
York University, located two hours outside of London, boasts the second largest PPE Program in the UK and is particularly ideal for students interested in Public Policy and Governance. Click here for more about York.
Other Programs to Consider
Strong PPE Programs
Warwick University, Warwick UK
Kings College, London UK
Note that at Kings, the primary set of courses to look through are those taught by the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy in the Department of Political Economy. Click here to visit King's PPE Website.
Focused Study for your Theme
Again, since one of the primary ways to bring back course for the major is to use them as part of your thematic concentration, you may also be interested in one of the abroad experiences that itself has a focus you're interested in. Several examples include:
IFSA - Butler, Buenos Aires, Argentina, which has a track of study in Human Rights.
Political Parliamentary Programme, Edinburgh, Scotland, which includes an internship with a member of parliament. You should have already completed 4 courses in political science to be competitively accepted to the program.
As for every study abroad program, you should consult with the PPE Associate Director to determine whch courses will count towards the major.
- Outside of the PPE Exchange Programs it is difficult to transfer back Core Classes, which are each offered once a year. Students typically complete the the Core classes missed the year following their abroad experience.
- Capstone courses cannot be completed abroad.
- To ensure classes taken abroad will count towards the major, you must consult with the associate director when registering for the classes abroad.
- To learn about how to obtain PPE credit for classes taken at another institution (study abroad or domestic) while studying at Penn please visit this page.
- To learn about how to get PPE credit for classes taken at another institution prior to arriving at Penn (including credits for classes taken in high school or another College or university), please click here.