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Hey everyone,


I have been a lurker for a couple years now and never had anything to post about.  Hopefully, I finally have something worth sharing and this does not blow up in my face.


I am an Assistant Professor at a smaller university in Southeast Minnesota and I developed a study abroad focused on skiing and snowboarding where students can earn 6 credits and travel to New Zealand this summer.  I am not sure how many college students are on here, but, here is the information in case anyone is interested or knows someone who may be interested.


The details:


  • Destination: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Course Dates: June 1 – August 7, 2015
  • Travel Dates: July 6 – July 24, 2015
  • The Fun Stuff: 3 days skiing / snowboarding each at Cardrona, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Treble Cone (12 days total) plus meetings with local tourism officials and ski area managers/employees
  • The Estimated Cost: $8,300 (includes everything but lunches – i.e. airfare with oversized bag, accommodations, transportation, lift tickets, etc.)
  • The 6 Credits: Tourism Marketing and Customer Experience Design (both Marketing courses)


Things to note:


  • The deadline to enroll is December 4, 2014
  • All coursework (other than travel) can be completed online
  • There is no transfer application fee / process – you simply fill out a form and you are a temporary WSU student
  • There is no out of state tuition – the $8,300 is the cost for everyone
  • Financial aid is available to cover the cost of the entire trip
  • There is a $500 non-refundable deposit (you will get the deposit back if the program does not run – I need a minimum of 10 students for it to run)
  • You must be a current student somewhere and have completed 60 college credits (be at least a Junior) by the start of the program to enroll
  • We will be working with a local ski area to redesign their customer experience as the main part of the Customer Experience Design course
  • Marketing is much more than sales and/or advertising.  As a result, these courses are relevant to every major and anyone who may have a customer of some name (e.g. a patient, a client, a student, etc.)
  • The inspiration behind the program is that I am sick of teaching with PowerPoint and was fortunate enough to travel to Queenstown a few years ago.  So, I wanted to create a program that gives students a once-in-a-lifetime experience while also giving them something to differentiate themselves with on those first few job interviews.


More information can be found at


Feel free to send me a private message if you are interested and want more details.