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  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Program Description:

Program Overview     

ECC404: Risk & Crisis in Corporate Communication will include an OPTIONAL embedded travel opportunity to Greece during Spring Break 2019.

This 16-week course will provide a foundation for the understanding, preparation and management of local, domestic and international risk and crisis management as it relates to today's global marketplace. Particularly, the CC404 course will offer students the opportunity to engage in embedded study of the crisis management wrought by the banking/financial collapse in Greece whose largest industry is tourism, as well as Olympic crisis management preparation, the Syrian immigration crisis, and external crisis management by a global brand(s). All students will engage in studying the foundations, theories, and classic case examples of risk and crisis management, as well as contemporary cases and current events. Students choosing to travel to Greece will visit local and global brands and government agencies, and students will write a resulting case study on global crisis management with presentation. Non-traveling students will generate case studies on domestic brands/crises with presentations.

CC404 fulfills a Corporate Communication degree requirement. Successful completion of CC200: Introduction to Corporate Communication is a pre-requisite.


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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: CC200 - Introduction to Corporate Communication
  • This course is open to Lehigh Valley campus students only who have completed CC200: Introduction to Corporate Communication and is a CC major or minor
  • 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 overnight accommodations in a hotel/hostel.

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: Beth Michalec 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 enroll in the course with the travel option must meet with me prior to enrollment. 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.

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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