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  • Locations: Georgetown, Guyana
  • Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Program Description:

Program Overview     

During the regular spring session, students work with selected global telecom and media Harvard Business School case studies to gain critical knowledge, skills of how managers successfully operate and ultimately lead communications business enterprises. Students identify and prioritize critical issues, analyze actual business opportunities and challenges in competitive marketing, customer experience, corporate strategy, crisis management within the industry. They also delve into the complexities of managing talent, diversity and inclusion. Cases are drawn from the dominant digital media behemoths, the subscription video industry, and US and global telecom providers. This course typically utilizes cases that shows how one former telecom monopoly failed to successfully navigate a liberalized telecom market. With the embedded course visit to Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT), students will have the opportunity to meet with a CEO and his senior management team who have managed to remain the dominant telecom player in competitive telecom market decades after liberalization. Students will participated in the GTT sponsored INNOV8 conference targeting Guyanese youth and driving awareness in STEM subjects and Entrepreneurism. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to visit the Iwokrama Forest Sustainability Project in the Kaieteur National Park to understand the impact of Rainforest Conservation and Development.

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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:
  • There is no prerequisite course for non-telecommunications majors wishing to take this course. Telecommunication majors must complete COMM380 with a grade of C or better as a prerequisite for taking COMM 487.
  • The course is open to junior class standing and above and to all majors and/or all colleges at University Park 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 overnight accommodations at hotel or 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: Marilyn Anne Doris at

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 complete a Department of Telecommunications application by November 15, 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.




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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