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  • Locations: Lucerne, Switzerland; Paris, France; Zurich, Switzerland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisite: None Liberal Studies Domain: EL, Global Business Perspective
Program Description:

France and Switzerland are among the top destinations for tourists visiting Europe. Exploring the tourism industry in these popular locales, students compare and contrast customer behavior trends and tourism operations in Europe and the United States. Students spend one week in Paris, concentrating on the infrastructure of transportation, attractions management, food and beverage, and tourism opportunities for visitors.

During the week in France students will visit different types of businesses including hospitality and tourism destinations, such as the Le Cordon Bleu, Hilton International, Versailles, and Disneyland Paris. Students will engage in a French patisseries scavenger hunt and learn how to navigate the Paris transit system.

During the Switzerland leg of the program, students spend a week learning about lodging, regional transportation, the role of sports in tourism, and the cultural influences of national groups on the tourist experience. For the Week in Switzerland we will visit a medieval monastic winery, participate in “live demo” cheese making, visit sports tourism firms in Interlaken such as Tours 4 Sport, the Swiss Chalet in Lucerne and dine 10,000ft up on the top of Mount Titlis.

A major theme of the seminar is the concept of "a stranger in a strange land," providing students with a heightened awareness of what a traveler experiences, including the impact of jet lag, confusion in customs, and language difficulties with directions, instructions, explanations, and different foods.

Brian Barker will be leading this program. He is a DePaul professor specializing in the Hospitality field.

All students will be enrolled in the following course:
Course ICS 350 (Undergraduate)/ IB 750 (Graduate), International Hospitality Seminar
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Spring 2018
Liberal Studies domain Global Business Perspective OR Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Brian Barker
Course description This foreign study course is meant to introduce the student to the world of international life and business as it is today. The course provides students the opportunity to visit and study foreign commercial enterprises on-site. Additional emphasis is placed on understanding overseas cultures, self-reference criteria, and the fact that people around the world can maintain/develop hopes and dreams within their own lifestyle even though it may differ from others'.
Additional course information There will be four pre-trip class sessions at DePaul's Loop campus, and one post-trip class meeting. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
  Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Hotel accommodations are double occupancy. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students traveling with US passports on the France and Switzerland program DO NOT need a visa. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.

Questions about this program? Contact your study abroad advisor, Quang Tran at or visit during open advising hours.

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/01/2019 03/01/2019 TBA TBA