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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Athens, Greece; Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
  • Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Program Description:

Program Overview     

Students will first explore theories of intercultural communication, augmented by a focused study on the Greek culture. Then, students will visit Greece during Spring Break 2019, and will finish the semester by completing a collaborative multimedia project in digital storytelling. We are partnering with Athens University Professor Eleni Apospori and her class of Greek Intercultural Communication students for reciprocal interviews on our respective cultures. Studying each other's cultures, discussing our diversity, and participating in these interviews, students will then construct a digital story of their visit to Greece. The collaborative and co-curricular environment demonstrates diversity in action as it chronicles students' first interactions with Greek culture, and reveals how other cultures view the United States. Here is a video from our previous collaboration that explains a bit more about the project:  A new component to this course is the option to either dine with a local resident in their home, or meet with local immigrant counselor to discuss Greece's current diversity and immigration crisis. This aspect of the course presents an immersive experience of Greek culture that gives students the opportunity for greater community engagement.

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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:
  • Pre-requisite: Students must take CC 200 or a research course, approved by Embedded Travel leader Dr. Hudak, before they can enroll in the course. Any student who has completed a research course in any major may be eligible to enroll in the course, given prior approval from Dr. Hudak. CAS 271 is an intercultural communication course requirement. However, our students already take an introductory communication course, CC 200, that has an international component that fulfills this requirement. Therefore, we are waiving the prerequisite for students who have already taken CC 200. 
  •  This course is open to all majors of Lehigh Valley campus only.
  • 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 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: Kasey Hudak 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 must contact the program leader, Kasey Hudak.

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 TBA TBA

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