A semester abroad sponsored by the American Universities International Program is available to students pursuing a degree in recreation management and policy. Programs in Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Netherlands, England, South Africa or Belize provide discipline-related exchange opportunities. Approval by the curriculum director is required approximately one year before departure. Eleven transfer credits can be granted. Other destinations can be negotiated through the Center for International Education and Global Engagement on campus.
The international experience may best be conveyed through the voices of our RMP students:
Erica Batstone, Stellenbosch, South Africa (Western Cape)
During the spring semester of my Junior year I decided to embark on one of the most amazing study abroad adventures! I choose Stellenbosch, South Africa as my destination and would soon realize that it was the best decision I could have ever made. I went through the American Institute of Foreign Studies (AIFS) and was there for five months. I studied Theology, Political Science, and 2 Conservation Ecology courses. I even got to learn about the wine industry which is a huge part of their culture. I had a great time interacting with the local Afrikaans people and learning about their culture. Some of my most memorable experiences was when I traveled to other countries such as Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. Even weekend trips through South Africa were amazing because there are so many beautiful and unique places to visit with varying landscapes and vegetation. Living in South Africa gave me a feeling of fearlessness as I experienced lots of extreme sports from sky diving to the world's highest bungee jump. I have gained so much independence, confidence, and appreciation from my experience which burns a desire to want to explore other places in this world. There will be very few chances that we will ever have to opportunity to live in another country for this amount of time. Those five months of my life will always be remembered and reflected on for the rest of my life.
As a Junior I went abroad my fall semester. I studied in Florence, Italy for 3 and half months. I took Italian class, along with culinary classes that brought me deep into the Italian culture. I can honestly say that this experience changed my life. I traveled parts of the world that I never thought I would see such as Prague and Budapest. I skied in the Alps and went hiking along the Italian Riviera. The people I met and places I can now say I have been have opened my eyes to new ideas. Going abroad has truly made my entire UNH experience unforgettable. As I get ready for my internship in Program Administration, I now know that I have the independence and confidence that I never thought I would gain. I feel that because of this experience, I can go anywhere.
Randy Mileto, New South Wales, Australia
I studied abroad at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales , Australia for six months. In my classes I learned about the history of Australia and the native Aboriginal people. Living in Australia opened the door to many new and exciting experiences. I bought a surf board and went surfing everyday, I got SCUBA certified and went diving in the Great Barrier Reef , I lived in hostels with people from all over the world, and I did a lot of traveling within Australia and even to Thailand . I will never forget the people I met and the places I saw. The time I spent overseas was honestly the best six months of my life.