Course Brochure - Penn State Behrend

Eligibility Requirements:
Program Fees:
Applicants are considered on a first-come, firstserved basis.
Penn State Summer Tuition and Fees will
depend on major, semester standing and instate or out-of-state status.
The cost of one-month residence on the Ryerson
University campus in downtown Toronto is
estimated at $1100 at current exchange rates.
However, selected, eligible, students may be
able to pay as little at $400 for the month. For
details contact Dr. Speel at
The final amount may vary if the exchange rate
fluctuates significantly before final payment of
all program costs is due in March 2016.
Students are responsible for:
Passport costs range from $110 - $140 plus
processing and shipping. Information about
how to obtain a passport can be found at
Transportation to and from Toronto.
Health insurance as required by PSU,
approximately $30.
Food and personal expenses.
Grant-in-Aid and merit-based scholarships are
available through the Office of Education
Abroad. International students who
demonstrate financial need are encouraged to
Students majoring at Behrend College are
eligible for the college’s need-based study
abroad scholarships. Contact the Financial Aid
Office in the Metzgar Building for further
The program is open to all students with a
minimum 2.5 GPA and sophomore standing or
Dr. Robert Speel, Associate Professor of Political
Science, Penn State Behrend.
Dr. Gregory Inwood of Ryerson University,
Department of Politics and Public
A detailed course description and further course
information are available online. Applications
are completed online. All of these links can be
found at:
Penn State is committed to affirmative action,
equal opportunity, and the diversity of its
PL SC 299
PL SC 499
Toronto, Canada
Summer 2016
Penn State Behrend
Toronto Facts:
Toronto is the most international city in North
America, on par with New York City and San
Francisco when it comes to cultural attractions.
Its landmark CN Tower is the tallest structure in
Take the
elevator to
the top for a
view of the
city. The
Royal Ontario
Museum, the
largest in
Canada, has
fascinating archeology and natural history
exhibits. The Art Gallery of Ontario has a fine
collection of European and Canadian works.
There are funky stores and ethnic restaurants
on Queen Street West, as well as elegant
boutiques and fine eateries in Yorkville. The
Harbourfront Centre hosts a complex of unique
shops and restaurants right on beautiful Lake
Ryerson University campus in downtown
Toronto is next to Yonge-Dundas Square and the
Eaton Centre, Toronto’s central shopping and
entertainment district.
May 15-June 11. Students have the option of staying
in the residence until the morning of June 14.
PL SC 299
The course will count as three credits for the
political science degree. This course will
count as a Penn State Education Abroad
Program in some majors. Check with your
advisor about this possibility.
The course will focus on comparing the
political histories, politics, and institutions
of the United States and Canada, and on
international relations between the
Subject matter will include: the
development of separate political cultures,
historical border wars and disputes;
comparisons of policies on health care, guns,
abortion, marijuana, assisted suicide,
language, crime, religion in schools, and free
speech as well as discussions of trade
relations, border security, NATO
cooperation, and Arctic sovereignty.
The course includes excursions to the
Ontario Parliament Buildings, the CN Tower,
the Harbourfront Centre, the Royal Ontario
Museum, the new Aquarium of Canada, and
historic Fort York, as well as attendance at
events of interest.
Students will have their own motel-sized room
and private bathroom. Rooms include a TV,
phone, high-speed internet access and air
conditioning. Each floor has a kitchenette,
laundry, and TV lounge.
In both courses you will be sharing the
classroom with Ryerson University students.
PL SC 499
This course will count as three credits for
the International Politics major as well as
for any major that accepts PL SC 299.
In addition to the requirements for PL SC
299, a research paper on comparative
Canadian-American politics or CanadianAmerican relations will be due June 30th.
For further course information,
please contact
Dr. Robert Speel