HTM International Learning Opportunities

The Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) Program at GVSU is proud to offer various international learning opportunities to our students. Through faculty-led international programs to destinations like Coast Rica, and in the past the Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France, and to Northwest Italy, our students are able to obtain hands-on, real world experience in the diverse and expansive industry that is hospitality and tourism.

We invite you to explore both our current and previously offered programs, and see how an international learning experience can truly add to your overall education while at GVSU.

Earth University in Costa Rica

Earth University is the partnering university for our faculty-led study abroad program to Costa Rica, which ran for the first time in the Spring of 2018.

Current GVSU HTM International Learning Opportunities

2019 GVSU HTM Costa Rica students learning to surf

Costa Rica: May 1 - May 27, 2020


HTM Faculty-Led Study Abroad 2020 details will be posted soon! 


HTM Faculty-Led Study Abroad
Costa Rica: Geotourism & International Food and Culture Page

Other GVSU International Learning Opportunities with a HTM Component

2018 Namibia Students at the Tropic of Capricorn

2018 GVSU Namibia students at the Tropic of Capricorn.

Namibia: May 2020 - June 2020

This unique program gives students an insight into the fascinating diversity of Africa’s ecosystems and wildlife, cultures and complex history. Students will spend 3 weeks at the University of Namibia (UNAM) in Windhoek, after which they will go on to enjoy 2 weeks of adventure, traveling and camping across diverse ecosystems; visiting conservation sites, historic sites and wildlife conservation projects. The final week of the program will be spent at the UNAM campus.

Students will register for a total of 6 credits:

  • HST 380/AAA 333: African History, Cultures & Environment (3 credits)
  • HTM 368*: Geotourism (3 credits)

          Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives requirement 
        *Course fulfills General Education Issues requirement: Sustainability

Contact: Steeve Buckridge, Program Director,

Namibia Program FlyerApply Here

Previous HTM International Learning Opportunities (Not currently offered)

Charles and Susan Baker-Clark Hospitality and Tourism Management Scholarship for Study Abroad

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist HTM students with the cost of their study abroad program.

  • Must be an undergraduate student enrolled for three credits hours or more with a declared major in HTM.
  • Must be accepted to participate in an HTM filed study course with an international component and/or a HTM faculty-led study abroad program
  • Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards

Charles Baker-Clark Headshot

The Charles and Susan Baker-Clark HTM Scholarship is created in honor of Dr. Charles Baker-Clark, former HTM Department Chair, and his wife Susan Baker-Clark, both long-time supporters of internationalization and study abroad opportunities for GVS students.

"Study abroad opens the world to you. Imagine studying hospitality and tourism management in Cyprus, Bangkok, Florence or Sydney with students from around the world, visiting important tourist destinations or learning about different international cuisines. You will return with a set of experiences that will last you a lifetime. Open yourself to the world and the world will open itself to you."

Charles A. Baker-Clark
Associate Professor of Hospitality & Tourism Management