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Study Aboard: Intro to the Cruise Line Industry
Cozumel, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Fall
Fact Sheet:
Housing Option:
Other (see brochure) Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Type: Group
Language of Instruction:
Earned Hours Required: 12 S.H. Program Advisor: Kim McDaniel
Areas of Study: RPTA Courses Offered: RPTA
Non-WIU Students: Yes Program Cost: Please see Budget Sheet for more details
FL/GI Requirement: No Number of Semester Hours: 2-3
Term: Fall Graduate credit available: Yes
Program Description:
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Financial Information
Important Dates
Disney Fantasy

Date Time Location
Wednesday, March 2 2 pm Currens 408
Monday, March 21 2 pm Currens 408
Thursday, March 31 2 pm University Union Fox Room

Contact Dr. Minsun Doh or Kim McDaniel to get on the email list for updates!

Demand for service-related jobs is growing in the United States, especially in commercial recreation, tourism and hospitality.  Cruise lines are an important part of this field and incorporate many disciplines in their operation including tourism, management, entertainment, advertising/marketing, and hospitality to name just a few.  Successful cruise operation requires a firm understanding of multiculturalism as well due to way services are provided and the clients that are served.  Disney Cruise Lines provide the perfect setting for learning about this industry. Besides being a well-known and well-respected member of the industry, they are one of the only cruise lines to have three distinct on-board experiences: children, adults only, and family, making them a unique opportunity for you to learn about providing services to various target groups.

This Study Abroad Course is a field course to acquaint you with the process of operating a cruise ship.  It is an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand information about the cruise line industry through unprecedented access to ship personnel and backstage operations.  By interacting with staff members and other passengers from numerous different countries, you will begin to understand the global nature of cruising.  You will also be able to compare and contrast three different countries and cultures (Mexico, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman) and examine the impact the cruise line industry has on them.  

Estimated Cost 
$2,500-$2,800 per person.  Updated figures available May 2016.
This is subject to change.  See the Budget Sheet for details on included items, payment options, and cancellation/refund information. 

Funding opportunities
• The Center for International Studies Study Abroad Scholarship is available to participants in this Course.  More information and application

• Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants help undergraduates study abroad.  Grants are $1,000 grants each.  More information and online application.  Application deadline September 15, 2016.

• A variety of scholarships are available for Study Abroad.  Please see our Scholarships page for more details.

• Most forms of Financial Aid can be used for Study Abroad.  Please contact the Financial Aid Office about your specific program and situation.

On-campus Class Sessions: 4-6 pm, November 9, 16, 30, December 7, 2016 and January 25, 2017 (Wednesdays), Currens Hall (room TBA)
Travel:  January 6-14, 2017

Application deadline: April 10, 2016
Non-refundable deposit: $800 due May 6, 2016
All students must submit a Study Aboard Medical Form showing medical clearance to participate, pay the $45 application fee, and upload proof of passport prior to deposit payment.

Passport copy in application: July 1, 2016*
Second payment: $800 due July 1, 2016*
Final payment (approx.): $900-1,200 due September 9, 2016*
*All dates subject to change.

COURSE INFORMATIONStudy Aboard 2012 group
Credit offered
Undergraduates--RPTA 450, 2-3 sh, Fall 2016

Graduates--RPTA 450G, 2-3 sh, Fall 2016
Please check with your academic adviser for more information on how this Course fits your specific academic needs.

On-campus class sessions
Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course.  Students must attend the on-campus sessions, participate fully while on-site, and complete required assignments after returning.  Questions about academic content should be directed to Dr. Minsun Doh.

Undergraduates Graduates
Completed at least 12 semester hours Accepted to graduate degree program
Minimum 2.5 overall GPA Approval of graduate adviser & department chair
Good standing with Student Judicial Programs Good standing with Student Judicial Programs

All majors welcome!  Non-degree students may also apply and should contact Kim McDaniel for more information. 

Total enrollment is limited to 15 students. 

Participant selection  The first 7 eligible applicants who pay deposits are guaranteed a spot in the Course, regardless of major or year in school.  The remaining 8 participants will be chosen by the faculty leader/department based on the other deposits received with preference given to RPTA majors/minors.

A passport is required.  Passports should be valid for at least six months beyond the end of the cruise (valid until at least July 14, 2017) and must have at least one blank page for entry stamps from each country (Mexico, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands).

If you need to apply for a passport , standard processing is $135 and takes 4-6 weeks.  Expedited service is available for an additional charge.  For application locations in Macomb and other useful information, see the Passport information page.
A copy of your actual passport must be uploaded to your online application no later than July 1, 2016.  Failure to meet this deadline will result in removal from the Course.

US Citizens--No visa is required for any of the countries.

Citizens of other countries must check the Consular websites for Mexico, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands to determine if they need a visa.  Students are responsible for determining their visa status and obtaining any required travel documents themselves.  Costs associated with these documents are not included in the program cost.

Walking equivalent of about 3 miles per day, most of which is on paved streets and/or hallways on board.  On board tours will include stairs (elevators available for students who need accommodations) and standing.  Cozumel requires the most walking with a visit to Mayan ruins (narrow, unpaved pathways and steep inclines).  The walking is not all in a row but scheduled throughout the day.  Accessibility accommodations are available on board ship and structurally impassable components of the Mayan ruins tour will be replaced with alternative experiences.

Because meals are included in the program cost, you are strongly encouraged to contact either Dr. Doh or Kim if you have any food allergies or other dietary restrictions.  They can help you make advance arrangements regarding food choices that meet your specific needs.

Accessibility and accommodation may be very different than that found in the United States.  Please contact the Disability Resource Center for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation. 
PLEASE NOTE  It is your responsibility to request accommodations from the DRC; faculty and staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible so there's sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location.

All participants must have international health insurance for the time they will be on their Course.  Only two options are approved to meet this requirement:

• WIU student health insurance
• A supplemental policy (Patriot Travel Medical) purchased through International Medical Group

Additional information about the insurance requirement is included in the application materials.  You are urged to carefully read this information to make sure you have the correct coverage.

Quad-occupancy (4 per room), shared beds, gender-separated

On board
Ocean-view stateroom, triple-occupancy, gender-separated

Faculty leader Study Abroad Advisor
Dr. Minsun Doh Kim McDaniel
404C Currens Hall 8 Horrabin Hall
298-1967 298-2504
WIU reserves the right to cancel this faculty-led program due to insufficient enrollment or
circumstances beyond the University's control and to adjust the total cost of the program.


Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.