The University of Florida’s Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute (EFTI) and Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management (THEM) in conjunction with Walt Disney World Resort (WDW) are offering a six-month academic exchange experience program for second year BBAH students and students enrolled in tourism, hospitality, marketing, business or other related fields at other University of Florida international partner schools.
UF Disney International Exchange Students also participate in the Disney Total Rewards Program. Here is a small peek into Total Rewards:
Complimentary admission to Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks
Discounts on select merchandise, dining, recreation, and resort accommodations at participating locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort
The chance to take part in special cast member events and activities, such as behind-the-scenes tours, sports leagues, volunteer activities, and sneak previews of attractions
The opportunity to attend exclusive events and activities including pool parties, trips to the beach, movie nights, and more
Six-weeks prior to arriving in the United States, students will take two UF courses conducted online. Upon arrival in Gainesville, Florida, students will experience the UF college life. During the first days, they will be given an on-campus orientation, on-campus tour, icebreaker activities, meet-and-greets with tourism faculty and other international students in the program. They will be assisted in finalizing international visitor paperwork, obtaining student ID cards, and receiving an overview of both the academic courses and the upcoming work experience.
Students will finish the two courses during the Summer, and will take other two courses during the Fall semester, while working at Disney.
Additional information for courses taken during the exchange can be found here.
Program participants will have the opportunity to work in front of the house or back of the house operations at Disney’s theme parks and resorts and obtain real-world experience working for a world-renowned entertainment company. This will be an once-in-a-lifetime experience where students will meet and work with people from all over the world and gain valuable experience for their career. Students will learn invaluable business practices from Disney leaders and develop and refine their skills in leadership, guest service, teamwork, and communications. Students will work 30 – 37.5 hours per week and be paid (approximately) $11 USD per hour.
Participants will have the opportunity to work at any one of Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, resorts, or other recreational areas including the water parks, studios, and Disney Springs® locations.
Students will live in Disney Program Housing.
In assigning apartments and roommates, all accommodations will be assigned by gender and whether participants are over or under the age of 21. There is no co-ed housing. Apartments may include up to 8 participants per apartment. Company-sponsored housing is for exclusive use of Disney Internships & Programs participants .Guests are welcome to visit a participant’s apartment complex, however, overnight guests are prohibited. Transportation service is available to cast members who live at one of Disney’s apartment complexes only. The primary purpose of the transportation system is to provide cast members with a shuttle to their work location on a scheduled route. Shuttles to local merchants for groceries and sundries also are provided.
*All bedrooms are shared by two- three people. Living areas and kitchens are shared between everyone in the apartment. All apartments are non-smoking.