Study Abroad Programs

UF in Peru: Tourism Crisis Management in Machu Picchu

In conjunction with the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management (TRSM), TCMI is pleased to offer a study abroad program through the University of Florida International Center (UFIC). Students will earn 3 credits studying Tourism Crisis Management in Machu Picchu via class lectures culminating in travel to Peru.

This 3-credit hour course (LEI 4955 or LEI 6955) titled “UF in Peru: Tourism Crisis Management in Machu Picchu” is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are either majoring or interested in Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management. Because this is a UF program, credits earned may satisfy major or elective requirements as approved by your academic advisor. As a participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to examine tourism crisis management aspects of managing a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and to collaborate with students from Universidad San Ignatius de Loyola in Lima to provide recommendations for safety and security to SERNANP (Ministry of the Environment). The program will focus on topics such as culture, environment, natural resources, sustainable development, crisis management, and tourism planning and development. Students will have the to opportunity to work and interact with various professionals including the Minister of the Environment and government officials responsible for national security.

Instruction on various topics will be provided through pre-departure materials by UF Faculty and in-country excursions and lecture exchanges. Tentative program highlights include:

Experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu

Participate in traditional Pena in Lima (dance show)

Hiking in the Peruvian rainforest

Time spent in the field visiting and meeting with tourism officials and local tour operators

Meeting professors from Universidad San Ignatius de Loyla (USIL)

Travel to Cusco, the 9th highest altitude city in the world  at 11,200 feet

All students MUST register for LEI 4955 (undergraduate) or LEI 6955 (graduate) Spring 2014, as well as participate in each pre-travel and post-travel lecture/discussion, field excursion, project, and general activity. Please consult the UFIC academic counselor for the program (Ms. Andrea Harris at aharris@ufic.ufl.edu) with specific questions.

Program enrollment requires an online application by February 11, 2014 (https://www.ufic.ufl.edu/sas/) and verification of current passport (valid through December 21 of the year of travel, and visa, if applicable), 3.0 UF GPA, interview with Dr. Pennington-Gray (faculty member), and $300 non-refundable deposit. Interested students should confirm their application as soon as possible as space is limited. UFIC must receive your program confirmation materials and deposit NO LATER than March 1 of the year of travel.

The program cost is estimated as follows:

Undergraduate credit: $2,234

Program cost includes: Tuition for one 3-credit course, accommodations, in-country transportation, lectures and seminars, all field excursions and entrance fees, some meals, international health insurance, and emergency medical assistance. Round-trip airfare, passport and/or visa fees, personal expenses, and some meals not included. 

Graduate credit: $2,482

Program cost includes: Tuition for one 3-credit course, accommodations, in-country transportation, lectures and seminars, all field excursions and entrance fees, some meals, international health insurance, and emergency medical assistance. Round-trip airfare, passport and/or visa fees, personal expenses, and some meals not included.

This should be a unique academic experience and an exciting opportunity to explore Peruvian culture. We hope you are able to join us!!

If you have any questions regarding the study abroad opportunity, please contact the faculty coordinator Dr. Lori Pennington-Gray (penngray@hhp.ufl.edu).