Study Abroad Ireland Program Brings Course Goals to Life for Hospitality Students
Culinary isn’t the only area whipping up international learning opportunities for its students with their Passport to Pastries program, a study abroad opportunity that allows culinary students to pursue their education in France. Howard Community College is also launching a study abroad trip to Ireland for students in two classes: Humanities and Travel and Tourism for summer of 2020.
The program is designed in cooperation with the Athlone Institution of Technology (AIT), located in Athlone, Ireland.
In Introduction to Humanities, students will explore Irish culture through the arts, architecture, history, and the landscape, and visit important sites in Dublin, Galway, and beyond.
Travel and Tourism Industry, taught by Hospitality Professor Jodi Roze, brings course goals to life as students experience tourism as both a researcher and a tourist. All excursions in the program tie into an integrative, culminating project examining what drives demand for tourism, service quality, the economics, and how tourists impact the local environment.
“Students will learn about tourism service providers and how they help shape a place into a destination in order to understand sustainable tourism benefits,” Roze said. “They’ll get a behind-the-scenes tour of a local hotel and learn firsthand from guest speakers from the Ireland Tourism Board and Hospitality and Tourism faculty at AIT.”
Roze said the travel experience itself is an amazing education. “It opens one’s eyes to a different culture and how that country has adapted over the years in times of peace and conflict,” she said. “The first stop we make is the Irish Emigration Museum and this will set the stage for everything the students experience for the remainder of the trip.”
She said she is looking forward to watching students grow through this experience. “It is an experience to be both a tourist and a researcher. It will challenge the students academically, and they will walk away with an experience of a lifetime.”