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*Hospitality Management: Studies in Europe (Summer)
Florence, Italy; Maastricht, Netherlands
Program Terms: Summer
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
Apartment, Hotel
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
 Courses Offered:
Hospitality Studies
 Type of Program:
Faculty Led
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Requirement:
0 - none
 Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Strickler
 Internship Available:
 Non-Penn State Students:
 Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:

School of Hospitality Management
Studies in Europe

For an outstanding hospitality management learning experience, consider the School of Hospitality Management's summer program in Europe. Experience European hospitality for five weeks residing in the French Accordion PlayerNetherlands and Italy, in addition to studying and traveling in France, Belguim, Germany, and other countries.  The students live in an international environment and learn about the hospitality field in a uniquely European fashion. Penn State offers six advanced undergraduate credits to students who complete this program.  This program is ideal for hospitality management students but welcomes students from other majors.

The class begins in Maastricht in the Netherlands. Midway through the program, classes will move to the Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, Italy. 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.

In Florence, students will reside in apartments with two to four students assigned to each apartment. In Maastricht, students will live in quadruple rooms and on class days, continental breakfast and substantial lunches will be provided. Several group dinners are also provided. Otherwise, students are on their own for meals in the evenings and on non-class days, when they may be traveling independently.

For further information about the program, contact Bart Bartlett at  .

498F Special Topics: International Restaurant and Food Service Management (3 credits)
This course is designed to cover major European cuisines and oenology, such as those of France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, and Greece. A theoretical foundation is developed for the general study of cuisines. In addition, the historical development of European cuisines is examined from ancient times to the present. Each cuisine is explained in terms of menu, service, custom, presentation, and preparation. Lectures are supplemented by lab sessions. Students taste and evaluate European cuisines and keep a culinary and managerial journal. Instructor: Marja Verbeeten

498I Special Topics: International Hospitality Management (3 credits)
This course is designed to expose students to international hospitality management, organization, practices, and structures in a European setting. Topics include the cultural influences on hospitality management, managing in an international environment, the developing European economic community's impact on tourism, and the effect of economic integration among countries in the hospitality industry. Instructor: Bart Bartlett

Sunset in AmsterdamEligibility
The program is open to all students with a minimum 2.5 grade-point average. Applicants are considered on a continuous, first-come, first-served basis. Students are encouraged to apply early, as enrollment is limited.

Faculty Leaders
Bart Bartlett ( is an associate professor of hotel, restaurant, and institutional management, with twenty-six years on the Penn State faculty. He has a doctorate in educational administration, an MBA specializing in human resource management and a bachelor's in food service and housing administration, all from Penn State. Dr. Bartlett has also earned the Certified Hotel Administrator designation. Bartlett's professional experience includes sixteen years of hotel and restaurant employment, incorporating several management positions with practical experience in all aspects of hotel and restaurant operations.

His teaching is primarily in the areas of human resource management, organizational behavior, and managerial communication, and his research interests focus on hospitality job satisfaction, on diversity in hospitality, and on hospitality job design.

Education Abroad Credits
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser. Students register for 6 credits.
Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

Program Costs
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.

Penn Stater HikingFinancial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.

For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program.  If you're not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.

To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Whitney Strickler, the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:

  • Education Abroad Questionnaire
  • 1 academic recommendation
  • Signature Documents


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 02/01/2014 
02/27/2014 06/03/2014 07/07/2014
 NOTE: Date of departure from the U.S. is June 3, 2014. Students arrive in Brussels on June 4, and travel to Maastricht by train. If travelling with the group, students should arrive by 10:30 a.m on June 4.

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