Fee and Registration
To apply, please complete the application form and submit the necessary documents as instructed on the How to Apply page.
Program Registration Information
The Pennsylvania ESL Program Specialist certificate is awarded, given successful completion of the program and teaching certification as outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition to the instructional fees, there is a program abroad fee of $2,000 related to your stay in Ecuador. The total fee includes instructional costs and all expenses during the five weeks in Ecuador, including living expenses, transportation in Ecuador, and a four-day orientation in Quito before you travel to your site and classes begin.
Airfare to and from Ecuador, lodging for weekend courses at Penn State, and books for the courses are not included in the program abroad fee. All participants must arrive in Quito, Ecuador, on a specific date which will be determines early in the spring semester. Our staff will meet you at the airport and assist you in getting to the hotel. Participants will purchase airline tickets on their own; however, Penn State can recommend a travel agent, and more information will be provided in the spring classes regarding traveling with other class participants. The estimated round-trip airfare from a major East Coast city to Quito, Ecuador, is approximately $1,200. Specific immunizations are required to travel to Ecuador.
In-state/out-of-state tuition rates apply to this program. Tuition for 15 credits will be charged for the program (3 credits in the spring, 12 credits in the summer). Tuition rates are set by Penn State.
Thanks to the generosity of the College of Education’s alumni and friends, travel support is available for students with financial need who intend to participate in the Ecuador Teaching ESL and Immersion Experience.
This scholarship is open to students who are majoring in a College of Education program only. To apply for scholarship assistance, email your name, 9-digit PSU ID #, and a brief, 1-page essay discussing what you hope to gain from the experience to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: This application is separate from the College of Education’s general Scholarship Application. We encourage all students to complete the College’s general scholarship application to be considered for additional scholarship support.
Financial aid may be available for both degree and non-degree program participants. The Penn State Outreach Financial Aid office can help participants identify financial aid options for summer study. They can be reached at email@example.com or at 814-867-4244.
Once you have been notified of your acceptance, you must submit the $1,000 nonrefundable deposit (a portion of the program abroad fee) in order to reserve your place in the program. The remainder of the program abroad fee will be billed in March and must be paid before students begin the summer session courses.
The 3 credits you complete in the spring semester will be calculated and charged according to the Penn State spring rate schedule. The remaining 12 credits that you complete during the summer will be charged to a student account in April. The balance of the program abroad fee will be charged at the same time as summer tuition. The total program fee must be paid by May 15.
The initial $1,000 deposit paid on acceptance is not refundable. In the event of withdrawal, your tuition will be refunded according to the Penn State tuition schedule, depending on the date of withdrawal. After April 15, the full program abroad fee is nonrefundable.
All requests for withdrawal must be submitted in writing to Penn State Outreach.
You will need a valid passport to travel to Ecuador. Please be aware of the expiration date of your existing passport or, if you do not yet have one, please apply. For U.S. citizens, no visa is required for tourist or study travel up to 90 days.
Lodging at Penn State
If you will require lodging at Penn State to attend weekend classes in the spring, please check the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau for information.
Penn State Cancellation or Changes:
You will be notified of any cancellations or changes. If some unforeseen event forces Penn State to cancel or postpone the program, you will receive a full refund of your registration fee; however, the University cannot be held responsible for any related costs, including cancellation fees assessed by airlines or travel agencies.
Due to the international nature of this field-based experience, Penn State must have a minimum number of participants for the program. If enrollment is not sufficient by mid-January, the program will be canceled and participants will be notified and refunded accordingly.
Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the program manager at 814-865-3443 before your participation.