International Programs

The School of Hospitality Management (SHM) has the goal of educating students who will become socially aware hospitality industry professionals with the potential to be highly competitive in the global business arena. SHM has created a network of international academic partnerships and opportunities for students.

There are three ways in which students can study abroad:

  1. SHM offers month-long, semester-long, or embedded programs in Italy, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, and Australia. Programs offered through SHM allow the student to complete both major and general education credits.
  2. The University Office of Global Programs offers a number of programs that allow students to complete general education credits.
  3. Study abroad credits will only be accepted toward HM degree requirements if they are taken through a Penn State approved program.Credits earned in non-Penn State programs may qualify toward General Education requirements, but not to HM degree requirements. Please make an appointment with the International Programs advisor when you plan to study at a non-PSU program.

For general information about School of Hospitality Management study abroad programs, contact:

Dan Mount
227 Mateer Building
dmount@psu.edu
814-863-2675

Semester-Long Programs

Bond University - Gold Coast, Australia

SHM has established a direct enrollment program with Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia (www.bond.edu.au). Bond University is one of the leading business and hospitality management schools in Australia. Their academic calendar is similar to Penn State. All instruction is in English and students take four 4-credit courses that will transfer into the hospitality curriculum at Penn State. Students may apply for this program through Education Abroad (EA).

Florence University of the Arts/Apicius International School of Hospitality

SHM has established a direct enrollment program with Florence University of the Arts (FUA) which includes the Apicius International School of Hospitality (www.fua.it). FUA offers a wide selection of courses. Students must take courses from the hospitality management curriculum at Apicius and are allowed to take one course (general education) at FUA. Their academic calendar is similar to Penn State. All instruction is in English and students take five 3-credit courses that will transfer into the hospitality curriculum at Penn State. Students may apply for this program through Education Abroad (EA).

Chinese University of Hong Kong

SHM has established a student exchange program with the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). CUHK is a comprehensive research-based university, similar to Penn State. The hospitality program at CUHK is top ranked in Hong Kong and among the top programs in the world and has similar management orientation as Penn State. Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan city with a very diverse population. The instruction is in English and course work will transfer into the hospitality curriculum at Penn State. Students may apply for this program through Education Abroad (EA).

Universitat de les Illes Balears on Mallorca

The Penn State School of Hospitality has established a program with the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB). Mallorca is a large island in the Mediterranean. It has a thriving hospitality industry and hosts thirteen million tourists per year.The UIB tourism and hospitality program ranks first in Spain. The instruction is in English, but you can opt to take classes in Spanish. Course work will transfer into the hospitality curriculum at Penn State. Home stays are available in this program. Students may apply for this program through Education Abroad (EA).

Faculty-led Short Programs

Summer Studies in Europe

This is a four-week summer program in Europe, usually offered from mid-May to mid-June. Students will take two courses (International Cuisine and International Hospitality Management) earning six HM elective credits. Courses are taught in English by faculty from Penn State. In the current program, course time is spent in Florence (Italy) and Maastricht (The Netherlands). There are several weekend breaks that will allow students to take short trips to other areas of interest. Students apply for this program at the Global Programs website. The HM lead faculty contact for this program is Dr. Mount

Paul Bocuse Culinary Institute - Lyon, France

This is a 9-11 day program, usually offered in mid-May. It is a culinary focused program, delivered at the Paul Bocuse Culinary Institute. Instruction is received from leading French chefs and is either in English or translated from French. Students earn three HM elective (French Cuisine and Culture) credits. Students apply to this program at the Global Programs website. The HM lead faculty contact for this program is Mr. Ranjeva at jur23@psu.edu.

Semester-Long Embedded Programs

International Hospitality Management – Spring Break travel to Italy or Spain

This course is “embedded” in HM 498A (International Hospitality Management) offered during the spring semester at Penn State. A component of this course includes travel to either Italy or Spain, during Spring Break. Students must sign up for this course in 201 Mateer during Fall semester and indicate their travel preference. The deadline date for signing up for the course is November 1. A deposit is required. Students are registered into the class once the deposit is received.

A full pre-payment of the course “program fee” is usually collected the first week of spring semester. This program fee may range from $1,600-$2,000 depending on the number of students on each trip. For questions on course sign-up, selection and deposits, contact Dr. Mount.

Students who have taken this course before may take just the embedded travel component to a different country for one credit, but priority for course placement is for those taking the course for three credits.

Issues in Global Gaming, Hotel, and Restaurant Management - Maymester – Hong Kong & Macau & Singapore

A three-credit course is offered that explores the fast-growing hospitality industry in both Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. Students will gain an insight into the area’s culture as well as the compelling opportunities available in the Asian hospitality industry. Special focus will be directed towards the casino industry in Macau and Singapore and the hotel and food and beverage operators in Hong Kong. The course experience will be divided into several sections. First, one week of resident instruction at University Park. During this week, the class will develop an understanding of the companies and the diverse cultures that they will be soon observing. During the second section, students will travel as a group to Hong Kong for four days, to Macau for four days and to Singapore for three days. Finally, students will deliver a final project back in the home classroom that will be designed to summarize their cultural and academic growth over the month. The HM faculty lead for this trip is Dr. Ahlgren, mba13@psu.edu

Scholarships for Study Abroad

Travel grants are available through SHM. Students may receive approximately $300 to $500; however, some students have also received full airfare. Scholarships or stipends are not guaranteed. Awards are based on a combination of high academic achievement and financial need. Please contact faculty in charge of your preferred SHM study abroad program for more information.

Additional funding may be available through UOGP.