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  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland; Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Limerick, Ireland; Zagreb, Croatia
  • Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Program Description:

Program Overview     

The purpose of this course is to provide a global perspective to students pursuing an MPS degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations. The course will give insight into the Human Resource and Employment Relations practices in Ireland, a country that is a member of the European Union. It is also a location where several prominent U.S. companies have built and manage facilities (e.g., Dell, Pfizer, Google, Hewlett Packard, Facebook, Johnson and Johnson).

This will be our second time offering an embedded course with travel to Ireland. We have an MOU in place with the University of Limerick and have connections with several companies. Students will conduct work online five weeks prior to the travel abroad. During the week in Ireland, students will participate in classes at the University of Limerick, visit companies to learn about their HR practices and challenges, and take part in cultural/sightseeing activities. Upon their return, students will write a final essay based on a topic the class will choose to write about before leaving Ireland.

Upon return from the abroad experience, students completed the course by submitting a final paper. This embedded course proposal with travel to Zagreb is identical in structure. This course will be an option for online graduate students seeking to complement their online degree with an international experience.
The course also is consistent with LER's strategic objectives, one of which is to increase global awareness and involvement of our students.

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Any pre-requisite courses are established by the faculty leader or department hosting the course.  The following have been listed as pre-requisites for consideration to enroll in this course and travel on the embedded education abroad program:
  • This course is open only to World Campus graduate students participating in the Human Resources and Employment Relations Master of Professional Studies degree program. MPS HRER 
  • Admission in the course and permission to travel with the group are at the discretion of the faculty leader and/or academic department hosting the course.  Academic standing and disciplinary or conduct issues may impact eligibility.

Housing and Meals

During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of hotel/hostel overnight accommodations.

Program Costs

Students pay regular Penn State tuition (either in-state or out-of-state) for the credits associated with the embedded course.  Travel costs, lodging, meals, excursions, and other fees are determined by the program budget which is set by the program leader.  Please consult the program leader for additional information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Global Programs administers a scholarship that is specifically designated to support students studying abroad on embedded courses.  The scholarship is competitive, and the deadlines to apply are strictly enforced.  Please review the Embedded Programs Scholarship eligibility, deadlines, and application process.

For More Information

For more information about this course, please contact the program leader Patricia Everhart by emailing

How to Apply

The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department.  The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students will be asked to submit a short essay that details how the student would benefit professional and personally from this experience.

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.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring- Embedded 2020 08/21/2019
Rolling Admission 03/22/2020 03/28/2020
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader, (Patricia Ann Everhart), by emailing ( if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.

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