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Think, Learn, and DO studying abroad to become a Global Leader!

Do you like to travel, study and learn about different cultures? If you answered “YES” to this question then Study Abroad at NC State may be the educational experience for you. The PRTM Department sponsors several study abroad trips annually. Whether you are interested in Tourism, Natural Resources, Sports or Recreation there is a program to meet your interests. Each of the study abroad programs feature experiential learning and cultural immersion opportunities. Students traverse throughout the country to experience the natural environment, historical attractions and cultural tapestry of the society. Each year the department offers trips to different locations, including Australia, New Zealand, Southern France and Italy.

Costa Rica (Spring Break 2017)!France_rockclimbing

This course examines the natural resources of Costa Rica and Central America via semester-long meetings and a 9-day field excursion to Costa Rica. The course addresses primarily conservation of biological diversity, ecotourism, and national-level policies and practices in sustainable management. Through lectures and discussions during the academic term, we will explore the history, culture, politics, economics and natural resources of Costa Rica and Central America. While we are in Costa Rica, we will experience tropical ecosystems, observe principles of natural resource conservation in practice and consult with national experts.

Rolling admissions through October 15, 2016. Find out more details and learn how to apply.

Southern France and Italy!

Situated in the world-famous French Riviera, NC State students will experience first hand the impact that tourism, sports, and event management have on the cultural aspects of the French and Italian Provence. Students will visit historical and modern sites that have provided the area with big businesses such as the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco races, as well as provided a destination for international congresses and conventions. Courses include cross-cultural perceptions, traditions versus modernity, community planning and development (mass tourism vs. sustainable activities). Based in Antibes near the SKEMA Business School campus in Nice, students will be immersed in the area to gain cultural understanding, have experiential learning opportunities, and participate in service learning experiences. This three-week course will be face paced, diverse, and interactive with local residents as well as tourism and sport management professionals in the destination. It offers a unique geographic setting, between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea.

South Queensland, Australia!

Known as the Sunshine State, Queensland is home to lush green rainforests, golden beaches, the remote bush, and the spectacular marine diversity of the Great Barrier Reef. We’ll begin our program in the beautiful city of Brisbane, then venture off to iconic Australian ecosystems. South Queensland has a wonderful temperate climate throughout the year with plenty of sunshine, and expected program daytime temperatures typically in the 70’s.

Because of the continent’s great age, extremely variable weather patterns, and long-term geographic isolation, much of Australia’s biota is unique and diverse. About 85% of flowering plants, 84% of mammals, more than 45% of birds, and 89% of in-shore, temperate-zone fish are endemic. Australia has the greatest number of reptiles of any country with 755 species.

New Zealand!

Imagine visiting snow-capped mountains rising 12,000 feet out of the sea; cruising the largest fiords in the world; hiking massive glaciers carving their way to the ocean; experiencing close encounters with flora and fauna unknown elsewhere in the world; kayaking to deserted beaches through turquoise waters; and discovering the stunning scenery of the Lord of the Rings. New Zealand’s South Island is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The program will begin with several days in Dunedin, followed by an approximately 2-week field study of the South Island. A typical itinerary includes Mount Cook, the wild West Coast, swimming with dolphins at Kaikoura (weather permitting), a guided kayak of Abel Tasman National Park, a guided hike on Fox Glacier, a sheep farm visit, and a boat cruise on Milford Sound. The last week of the program will be spent on the North Island and includes visits to parks, beaches, and a stay at a Maori Marae. Our experiential education focuses on learning through guided action.

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Find out more at the Study Abroad Office at NC State.