LHR 499 Comparative Labor and Human Resources: The Greek Experience

LHR 499 Comparative Labor and Human Resources: The Greek Experience
LHR 499 Comparative Labor and Human Resources: The Greek Experience

This one-week trip will take students to Athens, Greece, to visit organizations—both large and small—and meet with Greek labor unions.

This course explores comparative labor relations and human resource policies between the U.S. and Greece. In association with the Athens University of Economics and Business, students will visit the institution and receive world-class instruction on labor and human resources topics.

Students will also get to see what the city of Athens has to offer—including ancient sites like the Acropolis, the Plaka, and the Panathenaic Stadium—and visit the beautiful nearby island of Aegina.

Program Dates: May 1220, 2024

Students must be enrolled in LHR 499 for the spring 2024 semester. Students must have a 3.0 grade-point average. Participating students will be enrolled in a 0.25-credit LHR 499 course in the summer for the travel portion.

Dorothea Roumpi (dzr352@psu.edu) and Mark Gough (mdg223@psu.edu)

  • Program Fee: $1,945
  • Airfare: Around $800 (Students are expected to arrange and pay for their own flights to/from Athens, Greece, with guidance from the faculty leader about arrival/departure time windows; the group will not be traveling together.)
  • In-Country Costs: Around $200 (meals, spending money, etc.)

NOTE: The embedded program fee will be billed to participants’ Penn State Office of the Bursar accounts in late April, and payment will be due Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

  • The embedded program fee includes: hotel accommodations (with breakfast), transportation from the Greek airport to the hotel, transportation related to program activities, fees related to program activities, some meals, emergency and administrative support
  • The embedded program fee does NOT include: domestic airfare, domestic transportation to/from the airport, transportation back to the Greek airport, most meals, spending money, gratuities, course tuition, fees related to passport or visa (if applicable)

If you are not taking a full-time credit load in the summer semester, the 0.25-credit summer course will be an additional cost of tuition at a flat rate of $200.

Students should also review their academic term plans to determine any financial implications, especially if you plan to take over the maximum 19 credits in a semester. Students can anticipate actual charges using the University’s updated Tuition Calculator.

Please indicate your interest, by submitting the interest form. This form does not commit you to the program.

To officially commit to the program, thoroughly read and submit the Official Financial Commitment Form by Thursday, February 1, 2024.

Students with questions may email the faculty leaders—Dorothea Roumpi or Mark Gough—or Thomas Blathwayt, Global Experiences Coordinator in the Career Enrichment Network.

There are several official avenues for embedded program funding within the University. The primary ways are through the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network and Penn State Global, but students can also explore funding opportunities through their academic department, the Student Engagement Network, or Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring.

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Get career ready!

Embedded programs help students to gain key skills that employers are most looking for in college graduates, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Below are 1–2 major competencies students can start to develop by participating in this program.

Professionalism

Develop your skills of etiquette, accountability, and preparedness to present yourself in alignment with your career values. Get real-world experience of networking and interacting with people from Greek companies in the realms of economics, business, labor, and employment relations.

Communication

Learn how to communicate in the professional world of labor and human resources in a uniquely Greek context, while also navigating the country and its language.

Want to hear more? Meet with a Liberal Arts career coach in the Career Enrichment Network to discuss your experience and identify even more ways that this program can enhance your personal and professional development!

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