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.
A list of PPE Peer Advisors who have been abroad in different programs is available in the PPE main office, 311 Cohen Hall.
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.
Please note that students on the PPE Sciences Po track must take either a French language course or a regular course in French as part of their schedule while abroad!
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 in the 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
Ca' Foscari, Venice Italy
Ca' Foscari has launched a Philosophy, International Studies, and Economics Program, including many courses taught in English. Click here to visit Ca' Foscari's PISE Website.
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 which 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 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.
Petition Programs: Piloting New PPE Study Abroad Options
In our ongoing effort to find academically engaging, culturally enriching abroad experiences for our majors, we've identified two new PPE programs abroad we'd like students to pilot by petitioning to go abroad in Fall 2017 (please note that these programs have not yet been approved, which is why they require a petition). For more information about these programs, please contact ppemajor [at] sas.upenn.edu!
Free University, Amsterdam
Singapore Management University, Singapore
As you will see looking through their program, the structure of SMU's new program will make it easy to transfer back courses for the major. Students in the PLE program have to focus their study in one of four areas: Choice and Behavior, Global Studies, Public Policy and Governance or Distribution and Justice. SMU also regularly offer courses that can count towards the PPE CORE.