Global Studies

The L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management is passionate in providing international experiences for our students. Some students are required to participate in an international study abroad, internship or shorty study program in order to graduate.

SDSU is one of the leading US schools in providing exchanges for students. More details are available at:

Jeffrey Gonzales
Jeffery Gonzales, Gabriella Uribe and Alexis Castellano traveling to London, England during their study abroad in Bad Honnef, Germany.

“In London, friends come and go but memories are forever. The English sure know how to make some Fish and Chips!”
- Jeffery Gonzales

Study abroad not only provides an excellent chance to experience a new culture, but also an opportunity to travel around a completely new region of the world.



Internships Abroad

We encourage our students to get out of their comfort zone and go overseas to learn with an international internship. Several companies offer SDSU students such opportunities. Recently students have worked in Tianjin & Beijing, China, Dubai, Fiji, UK and Australia. One student, Ms. Fatema Qassimar interned in sales at the Park Hyatt in Dubai.

Fatema Qassimar
Fatema, representing Hyatt at the Arabian Travel Market Tradeshow at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center.

“Working in Dubai was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  The HTM Program created the realm of possibility to take on such an amazing journey. Thanks to HTM, I committed to stay open minded, step out of my comfort zone, explore the world and learn from the diverse creative minds of all people! I Absolutely LOVED the beautiful hospitality, great relationships and cultured lessons learned from the leadership and staff while working at the Park Hyatt Dubai.
- Fatema Qassimar

Generally, these opportunities are very reasonable and in some cases free. Internships are paid or they include meals and lodging. In addition, generous scholarships are available to SDSU students to help defray the cost of international travel. Read more!


The L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management is also providing students from other countries an opportunity to study in the US followed by a unique work experience. To date almost 200 students have participated in these programs. After one or two semesters of study students are able to participate in a paid internship at companies such as:

  • The Walt Disney Company

       Learn more about our Disney program here. (English)

       Disney Program 2015 Brief Introduction can be found in this PDF file. (Mandarin)

  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • Marriott Hotels, Hyatt Hotels
  • Starwood, Four Seasons Hotels
  • Peninsula Hotels Vail Resorts
  • The Hotel Del Coronado


Global Studies Quick Links


L. Robert Payne School of
Hospitality and Tourism Management

PSFA 436
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4514
Phone: (619) 594-4964
Fax: (619) 594-4443