Today’s global economy requires college graduates to develop the cross-cultural skills they will need to compete and succeed in a diverse and multicultural workforce. Florida State University (FSU) offers two Special Programs in Hospitality Management and Intercultural Communication designed to help students gain valuable experience in the field of hospitality and develop intercultural competencies through FSU classes and work-integrated learning at Walt Disney World Resort.
FSU’s Intensive Summer Programs in Hospitality Management and Intercultural Communication offer students from select international partner universities the unique opportunity to join students from some of FSU’s other partner institutions for 10 days* of intensive academic study and intercultural interaction on the beautiful Florida State University campus, in Tallahassee, Florida.
Students who are majoring in Hospitality, Business, Marketing, Tourism, and closely-related fields of study are eligible to participate in the Hospitality Management Program. Students from other majors are eligible to participate in the Intercultural Communication program.
During their 10-day stay at Florida State University, Hospitality Management students take an intensive three-credit course in Managing Service Organizations. Intercultural Communication students take an intensive three-credit course in Intercultural Communication. Both courses incorporate experiential learning, using a combination of classroom instruction and at least one course-related field trip.
While at FSU, students live on campus in an apartment-style residence hall and eat at the historic “Suwannee Room” dining hall or in the convenient Center for Global Engagement dining room. Four current FSU students are selected as Peer Mentors. They act as cultural ambassadors and provide ongoing support to program participants. Peer Mentors live and eat with the students, as well as facilitate a variety of social and cultural activities in the afternoons and evenings.
Disney International Programs
Upon completion of Florida State University’s on-campus component of the program, students travel to Walt Disney World Resort to begin a six-month* academic training (internship) experience. Students work in one of the parks, resorts, or entertainment areas of Walt Disney World Resort.
While students are in Orlando, faculty and staff from Florida State University travel monthly to Walt Disney World Resort to facilitate classes and provide ongoing program support. During this time, students earn three credits for their six-month academic training experience (internship) and six additional credits for the two courses taught by an FSU instructor.
During their academic training at Walt Disney World Resort, students live in company-sponsored housing specifically designated for program participants. The apartments are fully furnished and include utilities, internet, and access to a bus system specifically for Disney Cast Members. For more details click here.
International Partner Universities
|St. Lawrence College||Service Leadership
|Loyalist College||Advanced Service Management
|Meiji University||Intercultural Communication|
|City University of Macau||Hospitality Management|
|Macau University of Science
|Universidad de Colima||Hospitality Management|
|Dankook University||Hospitality Management
|Hansung University||Hospitality Management
|Sookmyung Women's University||Hospitality Management
*Due to requirements involving students’ arrival date, Meiji University students spend nine days on
the FSU campus with an overall program length of five months.