Be a part of one of the most exciting, educational, and personally rewarding experiences imaginable.
The School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University offers you a chance to earn college credit while living and traveling in Europe. Study at NAU Partner Schools in The Netherlands and Switzerland. Learn about Europe–the people, the customs, the nature of the European hospitality industry–while traveling throughout the continent.
The first half of the program will be based at NHTV located in Breda, Netherlands. NHTV is the foremost institution in the Netherlands for tourism and hospitality studies. Breda, a town of about 110,000, is located 50 miles south of Amsterdam. The city of Breda is a pleasant blend of history and youth with its 16th century roots and its 20,000 students in residence. Breda serves as a convenient hub from which to visit most of Western Europe's capitals: Brussels ~ 2 hours; Paris ~ 3 hours; Berlin ~ 6 hours; and London ~ 8 hours.
The second half of the program will be based at the École Hôtelière Les Roches located in Bluche, Switzerland in the heart of the Alps. Bluche is three kilometers from the ski resort of Crans-Montana and less than two hours from Zermatt (home of the Matterhorn) and the metropolitan Swiss cities of Montreux and Lausanne. The Les Roches Hotel School is a member of the internationally respected Swiss Hotel Association. Its reputation attracts students from all over the world.
Switzerland itself is world-renowned for its beauty and cleanliness. The Swiss people are friendly and supportive and enjoy meeting American students. Virtually everyone speaks English (as is the case in the Netherlands). Additionally, the fact that Switzerland is a neutral country has made it one of the safest places in the world to visit.
The requirements for this program are:
Minimum 2.25 GPA
Applications will be evaluated based on academic achievement
The program is most directly relevant to HRM majors, but other majors may participate. You should check with your advisor as to how the six credits (HA494 and HA 495) will fit in your degree program.
This program provides two three-hour upper-division courses (HA494 and HA495) for which there are no prerequisites. As an additional recognition of the value of this program, each student will receive 400 hours of work-experience credit which will be applied to HRM's graduation requirement of 1,200 hours. The following classes will be taught:
HA 495 EUROPEAN RESTAURANT AND FOOD SERVICE MANAGEMENT
You will be introduced to the major cuisines of Europe, including those of France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Greece, and Switzerland. Each cuisine is examined in terms of regional customs, menu planning, preparation, presentation, and service. Lectures are supplemented with laboratory sessions taught by European instructors. Students taste and evaluate the various cuisines.
HA 494 EUROPEAN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM
Topics include transportation systems, the tourism infrastructure, political considerations, the impact of the European Economic Community, and the impact of the changes in Eastern Europe. Emphasis is placed on immersing the student in the European style of hospitality and travel.
Classes meet from three to four days per week during the five week program with the remainder of each week devoted to travel.
Program dates for Summer 2018 are May 19 – June 21 with an application deadline of March 15, 2018. Admissions are rolling and the program could close prior to March 15.
Students will stay in double-occupancy rooms. Each room has its own fully appointed bathroom.