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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Florence, Italy; Maastricht, Netherlands; Paris, France; Riomaggiore, Italy; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Sarah Spiegel
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Hospitality Studies
Program Description:
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Program Overview 

Program Dates: 5/19-6/16/2019
(Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.)

For an outstanding hospitality management learning experience, consider the School of Hospitality Management's summer program in Europe. Experience European hospitality for four weeks residing in the Netherlands and Italy, in addition to studying and traveling in France, Belgium, and Germany.  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 Amsterdam, Germany, Paris, Cinque Terre, and Rome for tours.  Students will also participate in day tours while in
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Maastricht and Florence.  

Teaching faculty are Dr. Marja Verbeeten, Teaching Assistant Professor, and Mr. George Ruth, Senior Instructor.  Administrative faculty are Dr. Bert Van Hoof, Professor, and Dr. Daniel Mount, Associate Professor and Professor-in-Charge of International Studies and Students.  There are two Penn State faculty with the program at all times.


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Education Abroad Credits

All students are required to take 6 credits on the program:       

HM 498 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: George Ruth

HM 498 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: Marja Verbeeten

Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
Applicants are considered on a continuous, first-come, first-served basis. Students are encouraged to apply early, as enrollment is limited.
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Housing and Meals

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. 

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer budget sheet. 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 may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial 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 visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

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For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact 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 are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

For more information regarding this program, please contact Dan Mount, in the School of Hospitality Management. You may also schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights 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 on this page. 
You must complete the following materials in your application:
  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Application deadline: February 1, 2019


Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/01/2019 02/13/2019 05/19/2019 06/16/2019
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.