HTM International Learning Opportunities

2019 GVSU HTM Costa Rica students learning to surf

Costa Rica (2023 Program TBD)

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA - ¡Pura Vida!  Join us on an adventure in the tourism capital of Central America – experience not only rainforest hikes, white-water rafting, and zip lining; but also the Tico Pura Vida culture through experiences like chocolate making and Latin American dance classes.  Explore national parks and natural areas, stay in eco-lodges, Costa Rican University dorms, and even spend a night with a Costa Rican family.

Students will register for a total of 6 credits:
HTM 175*: International Food and Culture (3 credits) AND
HTM 368**: Geotourism (3 credits) OR
HTM 399: Independent Study
*Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives Requirement
**Fulfills a course in General Education Issues: Sustainability

Program Director:
Gail Zemmol, [email protected]

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


Other GVSU International Learning Opportunities with a HTM Component

Namibia (Not running in 2022)

WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA - The country of Namibia boasts a well maintained infrastructure serving a large tourism industry catering to predominantly European and German markets. But what makes Namibia attractive is its wide variety of landscapes and ecosystems, ranging from woodlands and African savanna to true deserts with the world’s tallest sand dunes. 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

Program Director:
Dr. Steeve Buckridge, [email protected]

GVSU Namibia Study Abroad Facebook Page



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.



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