Program participants will spend 10 days on the beautiful and expansive Florida State University campus, where they will take an intensive 3-credit FSU course either in Managing Service Organizations (for students in the Hospitality Management Program) or in Intercultural Communication (for students in the Intercultural Communication Program). Classes are taught by dynamic and engaging FSU faculty members with significant and relevant experience in their fields. Both courses incorporate experiential learning, using a combination of classroom instruction and at least one course-related field trip.
During their time at FSU, students will have a rich experience of campus life at an American university, living in an on-campus apartment-style residence hall, eating in FSU’s historic “Suwannee Room” dining hall, and interacting with Peer Mentors (current FSU students who are selected to live with the students and serve as support staff and cultural liaisons).
Upon arrival on campus, students will attend orientation sessions, meet other program participants, and be given an opportunity to rest and recover from jetlag before their intensive classes begin. All classes and orientation sessions will be held in the FSU Center for Global Engagement, a beautiful three-story building which is conveniently located directly across the street from the students’ residence hall.
Outside of class time, students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of social and cultural events that are planned for them by the Peer Mentors. They will also participate in special sessions designed to help prepare them for their academic training experience at Walt Disney World® Resort. Through their classes and extra-curricular activities, students will have a dynamic intercultural experience where they build new friendships, begin to adjust to living in a new culture, and get prepared for their six-month academic training experience at Walt Disney World® Resort.