Program Details

This class/study abroad is hybrid method in which there will be an online module (BlackBoard) before the actual cruise starts. Students will start the class on February 25, 2013. The cruise will take place between March 11, 2013 and March 16, 2013 (5 da
Location:
Nassau, Bahamas
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Spring Break

Program Overview

Program Description:
Program Overview If you are planning a career that will bring you into contact with businesses and customers around the world, this combination course/spring break study abroad will be of interest. Since knowing your customer is the first rule of business success, this is even more important when your customers and business environments are culturally diverse. Learning the "best practices" of cruise ship and international management, with a focus upon the hospitality industry, describes this study abroad experience. We will join the cruise ship for 5 days of study at sea with stops in several country ports of Caribbean. While on-board, you'll learn the in's and out's of the industry from cruise managers, including how the cruise industry practices leadership in encouraging and responding to the consumer. You'll also take classes on-board, practice personal leadership skills, and participate in behind-the-scenes cruise ship tours. During the cruise, you'll have the opportunity to get a taste of several ports. If you're interested in the hospitality industry, and want to develop your own international management skills and knowledge, and want to add an international dimension to your studies, you'll find this course a rewarding experience.

This class/study abroad is hybrid method in which there will be an online module (BlackBoard) before the actual cruise starts. Students will start the class on February 25, 2013. The cruise will take place between March 11, 2013 and March 16, 2013 (5 days). After the cruise, the students will have to submit projects and do several activities on the website for another week. The course will finish on March 24, 2013. So, the course will take 1 month to complete (2 weeks online before cruise, 1 week cruise, 1 week online after the cruise). The course, HFT 4930 Cruise Ship Management, is focused on international cruise ship management, specifically relates to cruise management as one of the fastest growing component of the hospitality industry. This course will offer students an international perspective on the importance of providing effective organizational management that recognizes the value of internal and external customer input as a vital part of management decisions and actions. Furthermore, since the countries we will visit have different social, economic and political histories, we will be able to explore the effects of cultural contexts upon the ability of organizations to manage at sea. Journals and writing assignments will be built around the cruise and country contexts that we are living in and visiting during ports of call. The cruise lectures will be supplemented by presentations by guest speakers, trips to land-based hospitality organizations in the surrounding areas, and on-site/off-site interviews with organizational leaders. Students will also attend classes on board the cruise ship, have meetings with the cruise leadership and management team, and participate in selected day tours at the ports that provide cultural enrichment and a greater understanding of the political, social and economic contexts for that particular country.

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Setting Description:
Living Arrangements: On ship accommodations, quadruple occupancy.
Cost:
Program Costs: Approximate Program fee for Spring Break, 2013: $1475 Included: Accompaniment and on-site program direction by USF instructor Course taught by USF instructor Cruise ship room accommodations (quadruple occupancy) All meals Not Included: Personal spending (entertainment to vary by individual) Payment Schedule: $500 payment confirmation due within 5 business days of confirming acceptance in program; Remainder of program fee due December 7th, 2012.

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