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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Class Status: 1 - freshman, 2 - sophomore, 3 - junior, 4 - senior
Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel, Other Area of Study: Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management
Program Type: Study Abroad, USA Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.25
Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:
Perugia

USA Hospitality, Culture, & Cuisine in Italy

Program Overview:
This program will provide students in the hospitality program an opportunity to learn about the industry firsthand on an international level. The students will gain perspective about different cultures and how to apply different techniques to this ever-changing industry. The students will experience in the Italian culture by visiting businesses in the industry, taking cooking classes, and listening to lectures about policy and business.
 
Accommodations and Meals:
Students will be housed in hotels while in Italy. Breakfast will be provided daily, and group welcome and farewell dinners are included.

Courses:
HTM 398 - International Hospitality Management: This course is designed to engage students in active learning related to international hospitality management in settings outside the United States.  Through participation in the course, students will explore the culture, management practices, and service standards in the host country related to the hospitality industry. Activities include readings, lectures, discussions, reflective journaling, tours, and observations.   

HTM 397 - International Culture, Cuisine, and Culinary Practice: This course is designed to engage students in active learning related to international culture, cuisine, and culinary practice in settings outside the United States.  Through participation in the course, students will explore the culture of the host country, cuisine as it is related to the culture, and common food preparation and service practices. Activities include readings, lectures, discussions, reflective journaling, tours, observations, and active engagement in food preparation and service.

Some coursework will be required prior to and after the trip. Students may opt to pursue only three credit hours; however, program fees are fixed and allow for six credit hours. Fees will not change for lower hour enrollments. Students not currently enrolled at USA must make application to the University of South Alabama prior to enrolling in this program. This course is part of the USA summer schedule of courses.

Program objectives:
  • Identify food service, restaurant and lodging standards of the host country
  • Recognize marketing efforts in the host country to attract international tourists
  • Characterize human resource management from the cultural perspective of the host country
  • Compare and contrast financial management policies and practices in the U.S. and host country 
  • Evaluate dining and lodging experienced in the host country, as compared to those in the U.S.
  • Trace the influences of culture, politics and economy on the cuisine
  • Learn appropriate culinary terminology
  • Identify common ingredients, beverages and dishes
  • Reflect on the influence of the culture and cuisine of the host country on U.S. customs and cuisine 

Program Costs:
The cost of the USA Hospitality, Culture, & Cuisine 2018 summer program is TBD. USA Study Abroad scholarships are available to all student participants who submit an application and meet minimum program requirements. The first ten students who commit to the program and complete a scholarship application before the priority deadline of February 16th will receive a USA Study Abroad scholarship. 
 
Program cost includes all in-country transportation, including all specified excursions and airport transfers for those who arrive on the assigned day and time; accommodations in hotels or hostels; daily breakfasts; welcome and departure dinners; specified museum entrance fees; and international health insurance and international emergency assistance. Tuition for six (6) credit hours is also included and financial aid may be applied to the cost of the trip. Program cost DOES NOT include international airfare. 
 
All meals, other than breakfasts and specified dinners, are at the participant’s own expense. Participants should budget additional funds for supplies or personal expenses such as souvenirs or independent travel, based upon individual spending habits.
 
Costs are based on anticipated exchange rates and enrollment and are subject to change. Program items may be changed in lieu of a price increase. Price may vary for graduate students.
 
Payment Schedule and Deadlines:
Space is limited. Program deposit of $350.00 is due at the time of application and no later than February 28, 2018. In order to qualify for a USA Study Abroad Scholarship, applications and deposits must be made no later than the priority deadline of February 16, 2018.  Final payment deadline is April 9, 2018. Applicants can reserve a spot in the program by hitting the "Apply Now" button and completing the online program application. Once accepted, applicants can confirm their place in the program by paying the program deposit of $350. The deposit is applied toward the cost of the program, $300 of which fully refundable if the participant withdraws before the priority application deadline of February 16, 2018.
 
Financial aid and scholarship moneys may be applied to these courses. If interested in applying for financial aid, please contact a financial aid officer at your earliest convenience to request an award for summer 2018. This program is part of the USA summer schedule of courses.

Refund Policy: Program fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the program and are based on recoverable expenses. All payments should be considered non-refundable and any requests for consideration of refunds based on extenuating circumstances (medical, etc…) must be made in writing and will be considered on a case by case basis.
 
For additional information, please contact:
Amanda Donaldson
Instructor
Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
UCOMM 3707
Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002
251-341-3859
amandadonaldson@southalabama.edu

 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/28/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/25/2018 06/10/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.