This is a four week faculty-led study abroad program open to all majors across all Penn State Campuses. The focus of this program is look at how globalization, culture
and the environment are affecting one another. Through hybrid courses IB397: Globalization, Profitability, and Society and MGMT 397: Environmentally Sustainable Business Management, you will get six credits of theory and hands on experience in both international business and environmentally sustainable business management. During the day, you will get hands on experience. In the evenings, you will have a one-hour lecture and online course content. Over the course of four weeks, we will travel across the country.
The program will start in Brisbane, Queensland. From there, we will travel south to the beautiful Gold Coast. After experiencing the sun and beach, we will travel to historic and lively Sydney. We will then travel to the country’s capital, Canberra. Next, we fly cross-country to the southern tip of Port Lincoln. From Port Lincoln we travel to the red center to see Alice Springs and Uluru. We will then leave the desert to travel to the Northeast coast to see the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns and Port Douglas.
Previous students commented that this experience was not only an academic learning experience, but a personal learning experience as well.
You will learn new skills, conduct academic research, talk with business owners, see wild animals with your own eyes (all done with safety as a top concern), and learn both inside and outside the classroom.
It is one thing to learn that housing development are destroying the koala’s habitat, but it is another thing entirely to see it with your own eyes and talk to those who are trying to help. Previous students said they learned more about what they were capable of, what they wanted to study, how to be a good leader, and some got graduate school interest and internship offers.
All students will be required to take two 3-credit courses for a total of 6 credits.
IB 397: Globalization, Profitability, and Society (3 credits)
This course will examine how a country can face an increasingly globalized world, be profitable, and actively engage with culture and society.
MGMT 397: Environmentally Sustainable Business Management (3 credits)
Australia has sustainability measures in place all over the country. Additionally, they have managed to not be hit by the latest global financial crisis. This course will examine how they accomplish this.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program leader.
Housing and Meals
Students will be housed in both hotels and hostels in multiple different cities. We will
travel to get a feel of many different states in the Australian culture. Students will have 1-3 roommates at each stop. Roommates will be other students on the program from Penn State. The program fee includes 28 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, and 3 Dinners (including a starlight dinner outside in the Outback). Students will be responsible for all other meals. Some room locations will allow for cooking your own meals, and/or cooking a group meal.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Under 'non billable' costs on the program budget sheet, the flight estimated is for travel from the East coast to Los Angeles and return. The cost of the flight from LA to Brisbane is included in the program fee. Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Application deadline: February 1, 2018
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.