UNH Partners With Swiss University
To Launch International Internship For Hospitality Students
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
Nov. 30, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. – The Whittemore School of Business and Economics
has partnered with a hotel schools in Switzerland to provide hospitality
students an international internship experience in a country that
is world-renowned for its resorts and training of the executives
who run them.
This spring, four UNH students will study at the Glion Institute
of Higher Education (GIHE) and hospitality education in Switzerland.“A
Swiss hotel education is prized throughout the world,” said
Raymond Goodman, chair of the UNH Hospitality Department, who has
taught at GIHE. “The opportunity for UNH Hospitality Management
students to study at one of the top Swiss hotel schools will give
them a life experience and culture well beyond this campus.”
Students will take courses that complement the offerings of the
program at UNH. Among the courses students will choose from are
Principles of Tourism and Travel, Systems Analysis for the Hospitality
and Tourism Industry, Architecture and Design, International Tourism
and Planning and Development, Psycho-Sociology in the Hospitality
Industry, Tourism Operations Management, and Visitor Attraction
Management. Mainstream courses with an international approach, such
as food and beverage management, advanced information technology,
trans-global human resource management, marketing, corporate governance,
legislation and contractual law, and business ethics, will also
All classes will be in English. However, students can study in
French, German or Spanish.
“The standards of comportment, demeanor, and etiquette required
of students studying in Switzerland in general, and at hotel schools
in particular, will be of significant value for UNH students entering
the hospitality industry. The student culture is somewhat formal
as compared to the United States, and this exposure will expedite
the UNH students’ entry into the world of business—particularly
international business,” Goodman said.
Bradi Lenentine, 19, of Holderness, said she is excited about being
among the first students to participate in the international program.
“Going to Switzerland will enhance my overall academic experience
at UNH because of the new learning style. It will give me the chance
to prepare for my future, and may help me land a job with an international
company after graduation,” said Lenentine, a sophomore.
In an ever-increasing international business environment, the hospitality
industry is culturally diverse particularly in its lodging sector.
GIHE is not only international because of its geography, but the
students studying at GIHE hail from many countries. Geographically,
38.9 percent of students were from Europe, 5.6 percent from the
Middle East, 38.5 percent of the student population was from Asia,
14 percent from the Americas, and 3 percent from Africa.
The WSBE-GIHE program will be offered every spring semester to
Hospitality Management majors or minors in their sophomore or junior
year. The 20-week program will run from mid-January to early June.
Students will earn 15 semester credit hours.