The program is designed to introduce students to European hospitality through the exploration of a variety of hospitality businesses in France, Switzerland, and Italy. Classes will be held in April, 2020. Departure for Europe is Tuesday, May 12, 2020. A follow-up class will be held in Atlanta upon return from Europe. The program incorporates tours of major hospitality operations in Europe with an emphasis on food & beverage production, hospitality service operations, marketing, tourism, event management, customer service and sustainable, environmentally proactive practices. Particular attention will be given to the analysis of such practices, advantages/disadvantages to business operations and service levels and the applicability to U.S. hospitality companies.
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
May 12 Tuesday (Atlanta to Paris)
: Nonstop flight to Paris
May 13 Wednesday (Paris)
: Arrive in Paris; Welcome dinner; Bateaux Parisiens boat tour of the Seine
May 14 Thursday (Paris)
: Visit to chocolate/macaroon producers; Guided tour of a 5-star hotel, Four Seasons Hotel George V; Visit to Parisian caterer and event organizer
May 15 Friday (Paris)
: Guided tour of Marche d'Aligre, tastings of different food products; Visit to a champagne producer
May 16 Saturday (Paris to Lucerne)
: Train trip to Zurich; Visit to and guided tour of Hotel Switzerhof in Lucerne; Lion Monument
May 17 Sunday (Engelberg)
: Ascent on the gondola to Mt Titlis; Group lunch on Mount Titlis; Lecture on Green Destination Management; Outdoor activities
May 18 Monday (Lucerne to Lake Como)
: Guided tour of SHL Hospitality School in Lucerne; Transportation by private bus to the Lake Como Region; Vineyard tour; Winery tour in Domaso
May 19 Tuesday (Lake Como to Venice Lido)
: Boat tour of lake to Bellagio, the pearl of Lake Como; Transportation by water taxi to the hotel on Venice Lido
May 20 Wednesday (Venice)
: Guided walking tour of Venice to explore the capital of the Veneto region, especially known for its canals and gondolas; Visit to a 5-star hotel; Meeting with city event organizers; Farewell dinner
May 21 Thursday (Venice to Atlanta)
: Transportation by water taxi from the hotel to the airport; Nonstop flight to Atlanta
Participants will stay at comfortable three-star hotels, double-occupancy.
The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
- Transient students should visit the Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page of our website
- International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Students are required to register for HADM 4600
. Participants who successfully complete the trip and the course will receive three (3) semester hours of course credit. This is a fast paced program and successful completion of the course is dependent upon prompt and professional attendance at all lectures, group sessions, and scheduled activities, as well as satisfactory completion of all assignments
. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $3,900, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes:
- Round-trip airfare
- Hotel accommodations, double occupancy
- Travel between cities & program-related travel
- Group cultural events
- Welcome & farewell dinners
- International insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Passport or visa fees
- Additional meals
- Excess baggage charges and tips
- Personal expenses
- Travel not associated with the program
December 6, 2019: $500 deposit with application
January 10, 2020: $1,400 First Payment
February 14, 2020: $1,000 Second Payment
March 13, 2020: $1,000 Remaining Balance
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not availble in time to use for your inital payments!
Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship
and the International Access Scholarship
- Meet the eligibility requriements
- Are accepted into a program
- Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline
will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website
or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about other scholarship opportunities
& financial aid for study abroad
Students particpating in GSU-sponsored programs must complete a Health Clearance upon acceptance to their program. Please print this page to take with you to your appointment. Prior to departure, Study Abroad Programs will enroll students in international insurance for the duration of their study abroad, the cost of which is included in the program fee. The U.S. State Department's website provides important international travel information about health, safety & security
Students traveling on this program should expect:
- Long distance walking
- Sun exposure
- Cold temperatures - pack layers, hat, gloves, etc.
There are no required vaccinations for this program. Please consult the CDC's travel page
and discuss any recommended vaccinations with your physician.
Study Abroad Advising
Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor
is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website
Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303