This is a three 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 the hybrid course MGMT 397: Environmentally Sustainable Business Management, students will earn three credits of theory and hands on experience in both international business and environmentally sustainable business management. During the day, students will get hands on experience. In the evenings, they will have a one-hour lecture and online course content to complete. The hybrid nature means there will be online course content via Canvas while we travel (and for 2 weeks when we get back to the states), and you will get to be hands on during the days.
Over the course of three weeks the program, the group will travel to Christchurch, Kaikoura, Motueka, Nelson City, and Wellington in New Zealand as well as Sydney and Canberra in Australia.
Students will learn new skills, conduct academic research, talk with business owners, and learn both inside and outside the classroom.
All students will be required to take one 3-credit course.
MGMT 397: Environmentally Sustainable Business Management (3 credits)
Australia and New Zealand have 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.
There are no pre-requisites required for this program.
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 cost estimated is for travel from the East coast to Los Angeles, then to all locations in New Zealand and Australia and then back to the East Coast.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
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 the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
For more information, please contact Kaitlin Farnan in the Division of Business, Engineering, and Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State's Altoona Campus. You may also schedule an appointment with the Education Abroad adviser for Australia.
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.
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
- Signature Documents
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.
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