International Hospitality Students in Disney Undergrad Program Complete Studies at UCF Rosen College

A hot July day marked the culmination of this year’s Disney Undergraduate Program, quite a contrast from the chilly weather upon their January 23 arrival at UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management that found them wearing jackets and scarves. Fifty-three international students from China and South Korea donned tasseled Disney ears and received their certificates of completion, earning 12 credits towards graduation at their home institutions. Back in their home countries the students attend seven Rosen College partner universities, including in China:  BISU (Beijing International Studies University), Nankai University, Hainan University, Sun-Yat-sen University and first-time partner university, Huaqiao University and in South Korea: Sejong University and Kyung Hee University.

This is the largest group to participate in the six-month long program since it was established. The students took courses at Rosen College and worked at Disney in various capacities from quick-service food, to rides and attractions, to merchandise, to guest services and more, getting real-world experience in the hospitality industry. The Disney International Cohort students lived on Disney property and worked at the entertainment company for up to 37.5 hours each week. They also attended classes at the Rosen campus each week, studying Theme Park & Attractions Management, Guest Service Management and The History & Culture of Wine.

Many of the international exchange students expressed that this was “an opportunity of a lifetime” that has changed them for the better. Several students praised their Disney trainers and UCF Rosen College professors and thanked them for teaching them great skills that they can use in their careers in the hospitality and tourism industry. In the days following their graduation, some of the students spent some time exploring Florida and the east coast of the United States, even travelling as far as New York City. A 20+-hour flight home to China and South Korea is the final leg in this six-month experience.

The next application process for the Disney Undergraduate Program begins in mid-September 2017. Visit our website to learn more about the Disney Undergraduate Program.

— (July 13, 2017)