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Program Type: Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Class/Credit Status: 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Areas of Study: Tourism & Hospitality Management Program Model: JWU Faculty-Led
Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:
JWU Tourism & Hospitality Management - FAM Tour

DEGREE OVERVIEW
In order to qualify to participate in the FAM Tour, you must be enrolled in the Tourism & Hospitality Management Degree on the Providence or North Miami campus.  If you’re looking for a broad-based hospitality education, JWU’s Tourism & Hospitality Management program will provide you with a foundation in the fundamentals of hospitality and tourism management.

The curriculum prepares you to work in all facets of this fast-paced industry, from corporate management positions in global hospitality chains, to managing a tropical resort, coordinating concierge service at a high-end hotel or negotiating tours to exotic locales.

Through a term-long course, you’ll prepare for a group project where student teams research, negotiate, schedule and implement a once-in-a-lifetime tour to an exciting locale, either in the US or abroad.


 Please click on the "apply now" button at the top of the page and select the term that you would like to take the course.  You will be given the option of selecting a second choice term as well.  Once you are accepted to participate in a term, you will only be able to register for the course in that term. 

SAMPLE PAST FAM TOUR LOCATIONS & THEMES
Destinations change regularly, vary widely and have included all regions of the globe.  Your destination will be announced on the first day of the course.
  • Sicily, Italy: Food Tourism Theme
    • Ragusa - World Heritage Site for Baroque Architecture
    • Chocolate, Wine and Cheese Tasting
    • Giarre - dinner at local farmhouse
    • Hiking tour of Mt. Etna
  • Lima, Peru: Adventure Tourism Theme
    • Machu Picchu
    • Scenic Train Journey to the mountain town of Aguas Calientes to visit local hot springs
    • White water rafting
    • Horseback riding
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Brussels, Belgium: Heritage Tourism Theme
    • Anne Frank House
    • The Hague
    • Van Gogh Museum
PRELIMINARY ITINERARY (final itineraries subject to change)
Term Program Arrival Depart Program
Fall 2017 November 3 November 12
Winter 2017-2018 February 9 February 18
Spring 2018 May 4 May 13
 
GROUP SIZE
20-35 students

ACADEMIC OVERVIEW
The highlight of the Tourism & Hospitality Management degree is the Familiarization (FAM) Tour, a 5-8 day trip to a domestic or international destination at the end of the term.  The class starts on each campus in the US and includes regularly scheduled class times prior to departure in order to lay the academic foundation for the travel experience, research the destination, and finalize itinerary details as a group.

The full travel itinerary is coordinated in conjunction with a professional tour operator and professional guides will be assisting the group.  However, the class will be divided into teams of 2-4 students and each team will become the group organizers and co-leaders for one day of the FAM Tour.   Each student team will be responsible for helping the class understand the pending itinerary, sharing critical logistics, enhancing the itinerary as appropriate, and being the point guards for the local guides and faculty team throughout the designated day.

You will have a unique opportunity to be more than a tourist.  You will take on the challenge of sharing the cultural context, history, and cultural points relevant to your leadership day.  As you plan and implement your day, you will be able to showcase your planning, group time management skills, public speaking skills, communication skills, networking and overall professionalism.  This program is a rich opportunity to explore another corner of the world while engaging both your hospitality and leadership skills.

If you have questions about the degree, the academic course or the academic content, please contact the faculty on your campus.  If you have questions about registering for your program through the Study Abroad website, please visit the Study Abroad advisor on your campus. 


Total Credit Hours Earned Abroad On This Program:
  • 4.5 quarter credits
The specific course on this program is listed in the "Courses Offered" link above.

ACADEMIC PREREQUISITES
Degree: Enrollment in Tourism & Hospitality Management Bachelor's Degree
Course: TRVL2801


If you are accelerating your grad date and will likely need to take this course earlier than traditionally planned, please make an appointment with your Department Chair as soon as possible to determine when you will be approved to participate in the international FAM tour.

ACADEMIC FORMAT

A JWU faculty member is the academic leadership for this program, accompanied by one or more JWU staff members for additional academic and logistical support.  This leadership team coordinates pre-departure information, travels with the group, delivers academic content in conjunction with local tour guides, and assigns the final grade for the program course.

The faculty leader will schedule pre-departure meetings to discuss the detailed program itinerary with the selected group and outline any pre-departure assignments.

During the program, you should expect to be in program-related activities 50-60 hours per week. Activities include evening group meetings, industry visits, cultural excursions, and group meals. You are required to participate in the full program itinerary and group activities.


DEPARTMENT CHAIR
Providence: Professor Michael Sabitoni - Michael.Sabitoni@jwu.edu 401-598-4639
North Miami: Professor Chance Ates - Chance.Ates@jwu.edu 305-892-7054


FACULTY LEADER
Providence: Dr. Tiffany Rhodes - Tiffany.Rhodes@jwu.edu

HOUSING
Tourist class hotels, double occupancy with towels and sheets provided.

MEALS
Meal plans vary by program destination and information will be shared when the destination is announced.  Some meals will be provided for the group and some meals will be at your personal expense.  The funding for group meals does not come from the course tuition and it is important to plan for a $200 meal contribution collected at the start of the term.   

FLIGHTS
A round-trip group flight is provide with the program and is funded through the course tuition.  Ground transportation to the airport is also included.  All students are required to be on the group bus and flight regardless of personal travel plans before or after the program. 


STUDENT CONDUCT
You must be in good standing with your campus's office of Student Conduct or Student Affairs for the dates of the program.

ORIENTATION

Each program has a mandatory orientation process which starts the term before your program starts. Failure to participate in the various meetings listed below may jeopardize your ability to participate in the program.

Pre-departure discussions during class include discussions, on-line resources, and assignments to ensure you understand your specific program, the courses, housing, costs and other related details. These classes and assignments may be a combination of in-person and web-based meeting formats.

An in-person Study Abroad Retreat is scheduled on each campus with advertised dates, times, and locations to discuss topics relevant to all study abroad programs. 

An in-country Orientation is included upon arrival to your program for on-site information and program reminders.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.