In this course students will learn how to leverage fundamental design thinking principles to perform project discovery analysis, customer requirements gathering and design development. They will explore what it is like to start and grow a new technology-based company and the challenges typically faced by founders of companies from an international lens. It will cover how to leverage fundamental design thinking principles and innovative problem-solving tools needed to address business challenges to build impactful products and solutions. Topics will include balancing limited resources, changing direction quickly, building a coherent team, managing intellectual property, obtaining user project feedback, and creating new markets. Students will be invested in a collaborative team project that will allow them to apply their creative ideas and express themselves through a final team professional presentation deliverable.
International Business Ethics and Compliance
Penn State Abington Business students will be paired with business informatics students from the Hof University of Applied Sciences to discuss differences between U.S. and European business ethics and compliance during the Fall break. Differences in business law and corporate practices will be explored. Faculty from Hof University and PSU will present lectures and guide students in case studies on the topic. Student teams will be organized with both German and American students, and the teams will prepare business cases analyses and present their positions at the conclusion of the week to both faculty and corporate judges. Additionally, German business group excursions are a possibility focused on this topic and others of interest to the students.
Itinerary for November 17, 2022 – November 26, 2022
Thursday, November 17
- Fly from Philadelphia to Berlin, Germany
Friday, November 18th- Sunday, November 20th
- Tour Berlin, Germany
Sunday, November 20th
- Travel by train to Hof, Germany
Monday, November 21st – Wednesday, November 23rd
- Attend classes with German students on topics of International Ethics
Thursday, November 24th
- Free day for sightseeing in Hof, Germany
Friday, November 25th
- Travel by Train to Berlin, Germany
Saturday, November 26th
- Fly from Berlin, Germany to Philadelphia
International program costs will be applied to your bursar account upon enrollment in the course and are charged in addition to tuition paid.
Grants and scholarship monies may be retroactively available through Penn State. Underwriting for each program is provided by Penn State Abington to maximize opportunities for our students to study abroad.
Program costs include round-trip airfare, local ground transportation, all lodging, and some meals.
A valid passport is required for international travel. Non-U.S. citizens may require a visa in addition to their passport. Non-U.S. citizens should consult their embassy for information and may ask the Office of Global Programs for guidance.
About Embedded Courses
Traditionally, “study abroad” meant that students spent a semester in another country and attended classes at an accredited university. Short-term, faculty-led courses with an international travel component are viable alternatives as they offer solid academic international experiences at a reasonable cost with a reduced time commitment.
Students who are enrolled in a course within a faculty-led embedded course are taking an internationally focused class that includes a ten-day travel component. These study abroad programs are anchored on Penn State Abington’s campus with travel occurring over fall or spring break. Course material and lectures prepare students both academically and culturally for the short international excursion to the country of focus in the program.
Penn State Abington is committed to providing meaningful opportunities to study abroad. Exposure to other cultures is a vital step toward becoming a global citizen.
The goal of the courses with an international travel component is to embed the students into the life and culture of the university and the country they visit. Therefore, including international faculty and students at the host institution in academic and cultural activities is a highly regarded and critical component of all of Abington’s faculty-led programs.