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Exploring Events in Europe

Summer B  2012

France Italy United Kingdom Holy See 

Program Full

Program Description:

As a supplement to its Tourism, Events and Attractions curriculum, the Rosen College of Hospitality Management has developed a study abroad program for undergraduate students interested in International Events at UCF.

This program offers students an excellent opportunity to learn about the process of planning international events and the evaluation of event planning components in three separate countries throughout Europe.  Participants in this program will register for a total of six credit hours by taking Fairs & Festivals (HFT 3798) and International Events (HFG 4796).

The Exploring Events in Europe Program will be facilitated at UCF for the summer of 2012.  As part of the program, students will travel to Europe for three weeks of activities and classes.  Students will begin their studies at UCF learning about the process of planning international events.  Participants will then travel to London, United Kingdom to participate in the City of London Festival;  Paris, France for Bastille Day; and Rome, Italy for Estate Romana; along with various additional site visits.

Classes will include lecture and discussion, review of reading assignments and current event issues, case studies, guest speaker presentations, quizzes or in-class activities, field trips, and festival activities.   While abroad, students are expected to remain engaged in the program’s experiences and try new things.

Students on this program should plan to arrive in London, United Kingdom by noon on the starting day of the program in order to be in country to transfer to the hotel.  Please note, check flight schedules carefully before booking.  To arrive by noon on the starting day of this program, fights must depart the USA the day before the start of the program. There are two large airports in London (Gatwick/Heathrow).  Students will be advised into which airport they should arrive in order to transfer to the accommodations. Students are encouraged not to purchase their flights until after the application deadline and the applicants have been informed that the program has met its minimum numbers.

Classes will include lecture and discussion, review of reading assignments and current event issues, case studies, guest speaker presentations, quizzes or in-class activities, field trips, and festival activities.  

Payment Breakdown based upon the minimum number of students:

Payment 1:  $100 (non-refundable)
Payment 2:  $1000
Payment 3:  $1412.50
Payment 4:  $1412.50

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the primary differences between domestic and international facilities, services, terminology and event execution
  • Discuss challenges facing international event planners
  • Explain the role governments play in promoting international events
  • Identify destinations that are well-positioned to host international events
  • Develop a basic cultural immersion guide for all countries visited
  • Create an effective international event planning template; plans should include: destination and venue assessment, air travel issues, customs/immigration requirements and host-country transportation recommendations
  • Trace current international festivals to historic origins and articulate economic benefits of festival production
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of festivals in bridging cultural differences
  • Understand how festivals impact civic pride and identify the community stakeholders and their roles in festival promotion and production
Program Prerequisites:
Minimum GPA: 2.50 cumulative
Language: English
Proficiency Level Required: English
Other Prerequisites: 

Students will need to complete HFT 1000 and/or HFT 2750 as prerequisites for the program and/or be approved by the instructor.

Courses[click to expand]:
HFT-4796 International Events HFT4796
Academic Institution: This program does not use a partner institution
Course Prerequisites:

HFT 2750 and/or intructor approval.

Credit Hours: 3.00

HFT-3798 Fairs and Festivals HFT3798
Academic Institution: This program does not use a partner institution
Course Prerequisites:

HFT 2750 and/or instructor approval.

Credit Hours: 3.00

Program Components and Costs:
Component: Program Fees

The following services are included as part of the program fee:

  • Shared hotel accommodations in London, Paris, & Rome including breakfast
  • Airport transfer upon arrival
  • Rail transportation between London, Paris and Rome
  • Metro tickets for London, Paris, & Rome
  • Excursion to the Tower of London
  • Bus tours of London, Paris, & Rome
  • Admission to Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and the Eiffel Tower
  • Admission to the Colosseum & Roman Forum
  • Guided tour of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel
  • Admission to the London Eye
  • Medical insurance including repatriation
  • Classroom space for lectures
  • Administrative Fee

The following services are not included as part of the program fee:

  • One way air between Orlando, Florida and London, United Kingdom
  • One way air between Rome, Italy and Orlando, Florida
  • Passport or visa fees
  • Incidentals
  • Meals except as listed above
  • Currency exchange fees
  • Personal travel not associated with the program
  • Tips and gratuities for tour guides and private charter buses
  • UCF tuition


Price (in US Dollars): 3925.00
Requirement: Mandatory
1st payment due:  Pending application approval
2nd payment due: 2012-02-24
3rd payment due: 2012-03-15
4th payment due: 2012-04-16
Study abroad fees are posted to the UCF student account. Payment procedures, types and cashier locations can be found here, on the UCF Registrar's website.
Faculty Program Coordinator:
Name: Suzan Bunn
Email: suzan.bunn@ucf.edu
Office: RCH 201L
Program Dates:
Program Begins: 2012-07-05
Program Ends: 2012-07-21
Program Deadlines:
Last day to apply: 2012-02-15
Last day to withdraw/reconfirm: 2012-02-20
Academic Institution:
This program does not use a partner institution 
Additional information:
Program Map
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Nearest US Embassy Abroad
US State Department Country Information
Currency Exchange Information
Visa Information:
Visa Required: No
Your visa requirements and cost may vary if you are not a US citizen. Please let OIS staff know if you are not using a US passport to ensure that we can address any differences in the immigration requirements.

Program Cost Disclaimer: The program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless a program expressly and specifically includes this), independent travel, or personal expenses. Cost is approximate and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency or unforeseen circumstances. UCF reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. In such cases, the university shall not be liable for airfare, transportation costs and/or any other costs incurred by the student. UCF, Office of International Studies will make reasonable efforts to notify students through reasonable means to inform the students to reserve their flights. Students should consult their travel agent about buying travel insurance to defray unanticipated costs in the event travel plans change. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students via Knights email when any significant changes are being made to the program. It is entirely within UCF's discretion as to what changes are considered significant.

University of Central Florida
Office of International Studies
4000 Central Florida Blvd, Millican Hall room 107 Orlando, FL 32816
Telephone (407) 882-2300 | Fax (407) 882-0240 | studyabroad@ucf.edu