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Study abroad in RIT's Hospitality program in a Medieval walled city, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Studies in Eastern Europe As part of a study abroad opportunity, students from the School of International Hospitality and Service Innovation had the chance to take in the beauty of Eastern Europe and use it as a platform to study first-hand one of the area's growing industries, travel and tourism.

The students were attending hospitality classes at the American College of Management and Technology, RIT's campus in Dubrovnik, Croatia. They completed an independent study course where they traveled to several four- and five-star hotels and resorts in Croatia and the surrounding region to research and document best practices.

Over the spring quarter, the students traveled to Bosnia, Montenegro, Istria and several locations in Croatia, to meet with hotel managers and staff at each site to learn about hotel design trends, employee education and work experience, customer service and guest satisfaction, and the effects of European Union accession on the hospitality industry.

"This was an excellent opportunity to be able to fully embrace a new culture and walk of life. In an increasing global economy, the adventure is a valuable experience for those entering the hospitality industry," says Michael Thering, a hospitality student from E. Amherst, N.Y.

Studies in Eastern Europe Thering was one of seven hospitality students who were selected to participate in this program through a gift by the Statler Foundation. The foundation, based in Buffalo, provides funding for teaching, research, scholarships and facilities to further develop the science of running hotels and restaurants. The RIT hospitality program received a $35,000 gift from the foundation for students participating in a study abroad program. Each student in the program received a stipend to cover their travel, lodging and field trip expenses.

"I experienced a very good time in Dubrovnik," says Hazuki Murata, a hospitality student from Yokohama, Japan. "Also, I had many opportunities to go around Bosnia, Montenegro, some islands around Croatia, too. I love the people living here and the life here. I hope to come back."

Video:

• RIT students talk about their study abroad experiences at the American College of Management and Technology (ACMT) in Dubrovnik, Croatia

• Croatian students enrolled at ACMT talk about their learning experiences

• The beautiful islands and coastline of Croatia