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  • Locations: Chur, Switzerland; Davos, Switzerland; Florence, Italy; Pisa, Italy; Volterra, Italy; Zurich, Switzerland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Business & Hospitality 
Switzerland & Italy
June 3 - 23, 2019

Program Description: This program benefits students from Hospitality and Sport Management, Business and Economics, Health and related fields such as nursing, Exercise Sciences, Nursing, and Nutrition & Dietetics. This study abroad program is developed in collaboration between the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH), the SIAF Campus of Volterra and the University of Memphis (UofM). This experienced-based program consists of formal lectures, team projects, guest speakers from European wellness related hospitality operations, and experiential learning at the facilities.

Program Location: Switzerland, historically, is known as a world leader in spa and wellness management. The program will begin at the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH) located in Chur; a scenic setting in the Alps, where housing and meals are provided. In Switzerland, the students will visit a number of world-class hospitality operations related to wellness, where the students will be immersed in learning about spa business development, foodservice operations, and receiving
instructions on global hospitality operations, entrepreneurship, management and operations.

The second leg of the trip will be in Tuscany, Italy where the students will learn about restaurant and foodservice development and operations, understand the culture and renowned Tuscan cuisine, recognize the Italian entrepreneurial spirit and compare the distinctions in hospitality management styles between the U.S. and Europe. Sites the students will visit include; Zurich, Chur, Davos, Volterra, Bolgheri, Pisa and conclude in Florence, Italy. Many major cities in Europe, such as Amsterdam, Paris, Munich, etc. are easily accessible from Switzerland, and students can make their own travel plans after the conclusion of the program.

Faculty Leaders: This program will be led by Tim Flohr ( and Dr. Radesh Palakurthi ( of the UofM Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management. 

Program Fee Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
(Subject to Change)
  • $350 Application Fee
  • Accommodations
  • Excursions
  • Some meals
  • Tuition for 3 - 6 credit hours (Credit by Exam $60 - $120)
  • International Airfare
  • Some meals
  • International Health Insurance

Course Information:  Health and wellness businesses are now beyond three trillion-dollar industry globally, and one of the fastest growing markets. The health & wellness landscape is mounting as a result of consumer mid set towards being healthy in mind and body; and propagation of the employer designed health and wellness programs. The health and wellness segments are dominated by fitness, health & wellness spas, life enhancement, beauty and anti-aging products, healthy eating & nutrition, and corporate health and wellness programs. As a result, this field offers tremendous opportunities for:

  • Hospitality entrepreneurship and small business development
  • Hospitality operations and management
  • Foodservice innovation and development
  • Management across cultures
  • Sales and marketing, consulting

The courses offered in this program cover such topics by focusing on entrepreneurship and hospitality operations in the wellness and commercial food service industry in Europe and engaging in experiential learning and excursions. 

Course Credits: Students will have the option to take HPRM 4350/6350 and/or HPRM 3650. These courses will be offered as "Credit by Exam", which will show as "S" - Satisfactory (Pass) or "U" - Unsatisfactory (Fail) on participants transcripts after they have completed the program. Per the approval of participants' academic advisor, the credits will count but will not affect student's GPA. 

Tentative Itinerary  
June 3                   Depart USA
June 4 Arrive in Zurich
City Tour
June 5   Spa Stats /Ops Assessment
Spa tour- Flims- the
Waldhaus and hike to Lake Calma
June 6 Business Plan/Leader/Management
in the spa industry
Graduate Students attend:
Medical Travel & Wellness Swiss Summit 
Afternoon Spa tour - Alpine Spa
June 7 Grand Resort Bad Ragaz
Spa Site Inspection – Report writing
Medical Travel & Wellness Swiss Summit
Afternoon Spa tour - Alpine Spa
June 8 TBD
June 9 TBD
June 10 Spa Industry Challenges/steps for Success
Team Project Time
June 11 Project Due
Hiring/Developing Team for Successful Spas
Preparation for Volterra, Italy
June 12                Depart for Volterra
Visit Chocolate Factory
Dinner at SAIF
June 13             Class Meeting
Tour Volterra
Cooking Class
June 14           Tour of Florence
Free Time
Free for Dinner
June 17                 Class Meeting
Tour to Monte Rosola Winery
June 18                Tour the Town of Bolgheri
Visit Bogheri Donaretigo Vineyard 
Visit Juniper Hotel
June 19 Italian Tombolo Spa Visit
Dinner at SAIF
June 20 Class Meeting
Visit Lischetto Cheese Factory
June 21 Class Presentations
Free Evening 
June 22 Program Debriefing 
Farewell Dinner
June 23         Depart for USA



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