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Study Aboard: Intro to the Cruise Line Industry
Cozumel, Mexico (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:
DEADLINE EXTENDED!  See Important Dates below.

Demand for service-related jobs is growing in the United States, especially in the commercial recreation/tourism/hospitality industry. Cruise lines are an important component of this industry and incorporate many disciplines in their operation including tourism, management, entertainment, advertising/marketing, and hospitality to name just a few.
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 designed 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.  Not only will you take a cruise, you will get to participate in an on-shore excursion in Cozumel, Mexico and discuss local culture as well as experience the activities available at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island. 

Credit offered: RPTA 450(G), 2-3 sh, Fall 2014. 

Please check with your academic adviser for more information on how this Course fits your specific academic needs.

On-campus class sessions: November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 2014 and January 22, 2015, 4-6 pm, location TBA. 
You are also required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation conducted by the Office of Study Abroad (date/location TBA Fall 2014).

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 Rachel Smith or 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 and department chair/program director
Good standing with Student Judicial Programs Good standing with Student Judicial Programs

All majors welcome!  Total enrollment is limited to 16 students.  If the Course fills, preference will be given to upper division RPTA majors.

ESTIMATED COST:  $1,700-$1,900.  Updated figures available April 2014.
This is an estimate and is subject to change.  Please see the Budget Sheet for details on included items, payment options, and cancellation/refund information.
A Travel Grant is available for this Course.  For more information and to apply, see our Travel Grant page.

Dates of Travel:  January 3-9, 2015
On Campus Class Sessions:  November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 2014 and January 22, 2015, 4-6 pm, location TBA
Pre-departure meeting:  TBA Fall 2014

Application deadline:  April 14, 2014
Non-refundable deposit:  $700 due May 2, 2014.  All students must submit a Study Abroad Medical Report showing medical clearance to participate, pay the $45 application fee, and upload proof of passport prior to deposit payment.
Final payment (approx.):  $1,000-$1,200 due September 15, 2014

Ocean-view stateroom, double-occupancy (individual beds), gender-separated

Dietary— Because some meals are included in the program cost, you are strongly encouraged to contact either the faculty leaders 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.

All participants must have health insurance with worldwide medical coverage, emergency evacuation, and repatriation of mortal remains.  This requirement can be met in the following ways:
• Covered by WIU student health insurance for all of the dates of your travel with the study abroad program
• Coverage from an outside (non-WIU) insurance plan that includes worldwide medical, emergency evacuation, and repatriation of mortal remains.  This may be through your current provider or a supplemental policy. 

Additional information about the insurance requirement is included in the application materials.

Faculty leaders Study Abroad Adviser
Rachel Smith Dr. Minsun Doh Kim McDaniel
400 Currens Hall 400 Currens Hall 8 Horrabin Hall
298-2969 298-3247 298-2504

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