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Study Abroad Program

The Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration is committed to providing its students with a foundation to successfully conduct business in a global hospitality environment. Students interested in international hospitality learning experiences have the opportunity to attend our annual European Hospitality Experience, a program featuring world-class hotels, restaurants, resorts, convention centers, casinos and wineries throughout Europe.

European Hospitality Experience

This annual Maymester Study Abroad program continues to be a huge success for both the students and the School of Hospitality. Participants spent 13 days exploring European hospitality businesses, attending lectures and events, and visiting major tourism destinations throughout France, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland and Germany.

This study abroad program is designed to introduce students to European hospitality by exploring a variety of hospitality businesses. The program incorporates tours of major hospitality operations with an emphasis on marketing; tourism; customer service; and sustainable, environmentally proactive practices.

Prior to departing, students attend classroom lectures on travel safety and security and hear from international guest speakers from within the hospitality industry. Once overseas, the class studies various European cultures and learn about their approach to hospitality through dining experiences and site visits to major tourist venues.

Students who have attended the European Hospitality Experience say that the experience changed their lives forever. The sights, sounds, smells, tastes and feel of these European countries opened their eyes to just how large our world is and how critical it is to spend time abroad. With more and more U.S. businesses expanding into global markets, a study abroad experience should be on every college student’s resume.

Preparing students for success upon graduation is one of the goals of the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration, and this study abroad experience offers dividends and rewards long after the participants return to U.S. soil.

Credit and Courses

Students are required to register for HADM 4600 in the summer semester. Participants who successfully complete the trip and the course will receive three semester hours of course credit.