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. The University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) offers a number of programs that allow students to complete general education credits.
  2. Programs offered through SHM allow the student to complete both major and general education credits.
  3. If a student identifies a location or school that is not listed on the UOGP or SHM lists, the student can petition the professor-in-charge of international programs to study at the location.

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

Marja Verbeeten
mjv13@psu.edu
814-865-6673
222 Mateer Building

SHM offers month-long, semester-long, or embedded programs in Italy, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, and Australia.

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.

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 four - five 3-credit courses that will transfer into the hospitality curriculum at Penn State.

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) and are encouraged to contact Marja Verbeeten (mjv13@psu.edu) for additional information.

Hotelschool Maastricht

SHM has established an exchange program with the Hotel Management School Maastricht. The Hotelschool Maastricht is one of two leading hospitality management programs in the Netherlands. The school boasts a rich history of educating leading European hoteliers and restaurateurs. This program is open to hospitality management (HRIM) students only. Students will take one course on current topics in the Hospitality Industry and other hospitality related courses. The instruction is in English. Students may apply for this program through Education Abroad (EA) and are encouraged to contact Marja Verbeeten (mjv13@psu.edu) for additional information.

Semester-Long Embedded Programs

Embedded programs at Penn State are courses that include a travel abroad component. Penn State students enrolled in embedded programs are required to attend classes here at the University Park campus with appropriate travel abroad. Currently, SHM offers a 3-credit embedded course, HRIM 498A – International Hospitality Management, each spring semester that requires students to travel abroad during the spring break. Students have the option of traveling either to Italy or Spain as part of their course work. Students will receive notifications as to when and how to register for this class. Any questions should be directed to Marja Verbeeten (mjv13@psu.edu).

Summer Programs

Hospitality Studies in Europe

Experience European hospitality for five weeks residing in the breathtaking Swiss Alps and along Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) and in the Netherlands, and while studying and traveling in Italy, France, Belguim, Germany, and other countries. Students live in an international environment and learn about the hospitality field in a uniquely European fashion. Students who complete the program are awarded 6 advanced undergraduate credits; one course is in International Hospitality Management, and one in International Cuisine.

The class begins at César Ritz in Bouveret, Switzerland. Midway through the program classes will move to Maastricht in the Netherlands. The program provides field trips to destinations such as the Banfi Vineyards and Paris for tours and a group dinner; there will also be a bus trip to Germany and Belgium. During the time when the class does not meet, students can travel independently almost anywhere in Europe. The required Eurail pass allows travel to Florence, Venice, Rome, Munich, Paris, the Riviera, Rome, Spain, and Switzerland.

Students may apply for this program through Education Abroad (EA) and are encouraged to contact Dr. Bart Bartlett (bartb@psu.edu).

Culinary Program in Lyon, France

SHM offers a two week, 3-credit culinary program at the Institute Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France, during the summer session. Students have the opportunity to learn about French cuisine in a hands-on setting at one of the most famous culinary institutions in the world, while also enjoying some time off to explore the region. Students may apply for this program through Education Abroad (EA) and are encouraged to contact Marja Verbeeten (mjv13@psu.edu).

International Hospitality Management, China

SHM offers a two-week, 3-credit program at the Global Village of Peking University in Beijing, China during the first summer intersession. Students have the opportunity to learn about international issues in hospitality management, learn Chinese history and culture from Chinese professors and visit the stunning sites in and around Beijing. Students may apply for this program through Education Abroad (EA) and are encouraged to contact Marja Verbeeten (mjv13@psu.edu).

Scholarships for Study Abroad

Travel grants are available through SHM. Most students receive approximately $300 to $700; 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.