University of Florida and Walt Disney World® Resort Academic Exchange Experience

The University of Florida’s (UF) Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute (EFTI) and Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management (TRSM)  in conjunction with Walt Disney World Resort (WDW) are offering a six-month academic exchange experience program for international students enrolled in tourism, hospitality, marketing, business or other related fields at UF’s international partner universities in Canada.  Students will take classes and earn 12 credits from the University of Florida while participating in academic training and gaining valuable experience at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Learn about tourism, hospitality, destination and event management in a fun and exciting environment from top-notch professors and one of the most successful tourism attractions in the world!

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With 18 faculty members, five research centers, and hundreds of publications every year, the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management offers the highest quality of education to prepare for management-level work in the travel and tourism industry.

      •  ♦ The University of Florida is ranked 14th on U.S. News & World Report magazine’s “Top Public Universities in the United States” (2014)
            •  ♦ UF was also ranked No. 3 on SmartMoney magazine’s list of colleges and universities that help students prepare to get top salaries (2011) 

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Walt Disney World Resort offers a multitude of opportunities for tourism
industry experience: come learn from the best and the brightest! Covering 40 square miles, Walt Disney World Resort theme parks are some of the most visited and beloved theme parks in the entire world. And you’re not alone. The Resort has over 62,000 employees making it the largest single-site employer in the United States.

♦ Walt Disney World Resort is ranked 8th on Travel & Leisure’s “World’s Most-Visited Tourism Attractions” (2011)

♦ The thriving city of Orlando, which most people equate to Disney World, was just ranked No. 1 on Skift’s list of “Most Popular U.S. Destinations” (2013) 

Please browse the tabs on the left-hand side of the page or download our official program brochure to explore more information about this great opportunity!

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