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United Kingdom and France (Geography): SCSU Short Term
London, United Kingdom; Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Courses Offered: Click here to view
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018 02/07/2018 05/09/2018 05/17/2018
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Led Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.0
Minimum Class Eligibility:
1-Freshman
Non-SCSU Student: Yes Housing Options: Hotels
Credit Type: Undergraduate Program Length: Short-Term Program
Program Description:

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Overview

London and Paris are two heritage destination cities destinations most often identified by SCSU Travel and Tourism students as places they would like to visit, a desire shared by nearly 1/3 of the world's international travelers. In 2015 over 32 million tourists visited these two cities ranking them both among the top 5 most visited cities in the world. There are many reasons for this global popularity, but what stands out most is the tourists' awareness of the attractions and icons that reflect the heritage and cultural legacy of these great cities.  This study abroad program encapsulates several of the academic and international learning outcomes of the university. Along with visits to key cultural heritage attractions, students will engage with the local (and international) business community as they call on travel/hospitality enterprises, learning from experts in the business of heritage/cultural tourism promotion and development. This program offers students a unique opportunity to experience the heritage/cultural attractions of these to great destinations as both tourists and as practitioners of the heritage tourism business. 


Fast Facts

Academic Calendar:  Summer 
Credits:  3 credits (GEOG 444)
Faculty & Staff:  Faculty-Led Program
     Randal Baker                                   
Housing:  Hotels
Meals:  Breakfast and some dinners
Language of instruction:  English


Academics

The purpose of this educational tour is to provide students, particularly students interested in pursuing a career in a business or enterprise connected to hospitality and tourism, with an experiential learning opportunity to observe, experience and interact with the operations and functions of an international tourism experience.  
Students will be engaged in all four phases of the travel/tourism experience: anticipation, planning, participation and recollection.

Required pre-tour meetings will give students opportunities to:

1) receive instruction in preparation for an international travel experience;
2) expand their knowledge of the heritage and cultural attractions that are the catalyst for tourism in these cities:
3) research assigned cultural attractions within each city, present their research to the class, and create an afternoon itinerary created from the presented attractions, and then follow the itinerary while on tour;
4) observe and experience firsthand the operations of the various sectors of the hospitality and tourism business. Including opportunities to learn from hospitality and tourism practitioners from international businesses operating in these destination cities.

During the tour students will have the opportunity to reflect both individually in a daily journal, as well as collectively through daily discussions and colloquia.  Students will submit a reflective essay after returning from the tour.


Attractions

London: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, 10 Downing Street, British Museum
Also while in the United Kingdom: Bath, Salisbury, Stonehenge
Paris:Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Sainte Chapelle,  Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concord, Arc de Triomphe, Les lnvalides, Sacre Coeur basilica


Housing

SCSU students will stay in a range of hotels (with 1 - 3 roommates) during the program. 


Admission

  • Freshman status or above

  • GPA of 2.0 or higher

  • Open to all majors

  • Particular appeal to students interested in hospitality, tourism, heritage and general business majors.


Students will also need to complete an EF Tours application. If you do not receive this from either the faculty leader or the program manager in CIS, please contact Jacob Kinning (jmkinning@stcloudstate.edu) and they will get the form you.

 

NOTE: The start and end dates are tentative