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  • Locations: Valletta, Malta
  • Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Program Description:

Program Overview     

Business Ethics and Society: A Global Perspective, Management 451W, is a 3 credit course that will include a required international travel component to Malta. Given the recent business failures concerning ethical behavior, business ethics have been more important than ever. The residential portion of the class will take place on Penn State Abington campus; over spring break the entire class will travel to Malta with Dr. Steve McMillan, the faculty leader. Ethics and moral behavior are very much culturally bound. This semester the major focus will be on Malta. Malta is located at a strategic point between Europe, Africa and Asia and has a very diverse culture and there are substantial differences from the US view of ethical behavior. Spending a week in Malta will illuminate how important culture is in determining ethics and will prove valuable to students as they embark on their careers. While in Malta, the group will be residing in Msida where the University of Malta is located. Much of the classroom discussion will take place there. It will also include travel to Valletta, the capital, Gozo, and Comino. The course will include readings, lectures, videos, case studies, reflections and immersion in another culture. 
The objectives:

Introduce students to both theoretical and practical aspects of ethics and society with an emphasis on international differences. 

Contact with a Maltese student prior to departure from US.

Expose students to a very vibrant and also very ancient culture and country.

Enhance students' writing skills as well as meeting a "W" requirement for graduation.

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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:
  • No pre-requisites. 
  • This course is open open to students of all majors and/or all colleges.
  • 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  - information regarding housing is not available at this time.

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: Gregory McMillan

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.

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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