Overview: 

  • Dates: Fall Semester, June to December
  • Course Credit:  RTM 499 (6 hours)
  • Program Director: Tracy Lu
  • This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines, but will be of particular interest to students in Retailing and Tourism Management.

This program combines study abroad, professional training and cultural experience at an international luxury hotel group in China - the Shangri-La. Participants on this program will take two Distance Learning courses (6 credit hours in total) from the University of Kentucky while also completing a full-time internship (6 credit hours) at the Shangri-La hotel in Chengdu, China. While working as an intern, each student will complete a hotel consulting project based on the real needs of the hotel.

The internship itself offers a main position in either the front office, food and beverage, customer service, marketing and public relations, training, housekeeping or club. Students will have the opportunity to rotate through 2 of these areas while focusing their consulting project on one primary position.

The Shangri-La has agreed to provide a round-trip airfare stipend of up to $1,800 for each student accepted to participate on this program. Shangri-La will also provide a monthly stipend of 800 Yuan to cover the cost of daily expenses such as toiletries, snacks, local travel, etc. Finally, the uniforms required for students will be provided by Shangri-La, and will be washed at no cost to the student.

For more information, and to apply, click here