Immersive Experiences

Immerse yourself in experiences beyond the classroom

Unlock a world of opportunities at IU Indianapolis! Calling all students to embark on an exhilarating journey with the tourism, event, and sport management department's study abroad and experiential-learning programs. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of culture, heritage, sustainable practices, mega events, and beyond.

Offerings are as diverse as your dreams, spanning from short, week-long adventures to life-changing semester-long experiences. Dive into the vibrant backstage of cruise ships or soak up the electrifying atmosphere of SXSW. Take flight across the Atlantic to Central Europe, where you'll explore renowned cultural destinations that will leave you in awe.

But that's not all. Picture yourself promoting eco-conscious travel in the lush landscapes of Costa Rica as you delve into sustainable travel practices.

Are you ready to seize these incredible opportunities and embark on a transformative journey? Let's go!

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STUDENT ELIGIBILITY:  TESM STUDENTS ONLY

Mark your calendar, because the countdown to an incredible academic journey at Heilbronn University is about to begin!

Set your sights on March 1, the official start of the Heilbronn experience semester, when you'll step foot onto the historic campus, ready to kickstart your educational adventure.

Before the academic whirlwind officially begins in mid-March, you'll attend a special orientation session tailor-made for visiting students. It's your passport to a seamless transition into the vibrant Heilbronn community, a campus known for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Fast forward to the end of June, and you'll have conquered your classes. July final exams will be your ultimate challenge. 

Are you ready for an unforgettable journey of knowledge, discovery, and personal growth? Heilbronn University is your destination, and the adventure begins soon!

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Application Steps

1) Apply for the program on iAbroad.

2) If a TESM student, apply for the TESM study abroad scholarship in BAM.

3) Follow up on iAbroad and proceed with instructions once notified of acceptance.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY:  ALL IU INDIANAPOLIS STUDENTS

Cruise into knowledge, adventure, and sustainability!

Embark on an exciting voyage into the captivating world of the cruise-line industry through this immersive course! Explore industry history, the vibrant spectrum of diversity, and crucial sustainability practices. 

Experience a blend of hands-on learning through a personalized connection with the cruise community. Pre-trip classroom discussions will set your mind in motion. Reflective exercises will spark insights, and assignments will challenge you to balance the economic benefits of cruise tourism and its environmental impact. And, travel itself to exotic ports of call will leave you yearning for more.

Join us to broaden your horizons and leave a positive mark on the cruise industry's future. 

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APPLICATION STEPS

1) Apply for the program on iAbroad.

2) If a TESM student, apply for the TESM study abroad scholarship in BAM.

3) Follow up on iAbroad and proceed with instructions once notified of acceptance.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY:  ALL IU INDIANAPOLIS STUDENTS

Prepare for an enlightening journey through the captivating realm of cultural heritage tourism. Ignite your passion as you explore the intricate cultural European tapestry, while studying the environmental and economical impact of travel on the communities you visit.

This course plunges you into the heart of Europe, where history, culture, politics, and economics collide. You'll engage with individuals who will elevate your cultural awareness to new heights. And, you'll gain unique insights and understanding that take you well beyond in-class learning and textbooks, including sustainable travel practices.

Join us on an epic adventure, and immerse yourself in cultural discovery!

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APPLICATION STEPS

1) Apply for the program on iAbroad.

2) If a TESM student, apply for the TESM study abroad scholarship in BAM.

3) Follow up on iAbroad and proceed with instructions once notified of acceptance.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY:  ALL IU INDIANAPOLIS STUDENTS

Get ready for an unforgettable journey! You won't just explore, you will demonstrate responsible and sustainable travel practices and leave behind a minimal footprint on the Costa Rican destinations you visit. 

You'll be inspired and empowered to become a conscientious traveler who makes a positive impact on the world. Learn how to motivate and reshape travel behavior, lend a helping hand to local communities, and boost economic development through support of local businesses. Simultaneously, you'll celebrate diverse cultures and traditions. Plus, you'll come away with new ways of thinking about environmental mindfulness and the preservation of precious ecosystems.

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a transformative experience that not only broadens your horizons but also leaves a positive mark on the industry and others.

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APPLICATION STEPS

1) Apply for the program on iAbroad.

2) If a TESM student, apply for the TESM study abroad scholarship in BAM.

3) Follow up on iAbroad and proceed with instructions once notified of acceptance.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY:  ALL IU INDIANAPOLIS STUDENTS

Dive headfirst into the whirlwind that is SXSW! Unveil the secrets and magic that unfold behind the scenes at one of the globe's grandest festivals, right here in the U.S.

Roam the vibrant streets of Austin, Texas. Immerse yourself in the city's unique culture. And, get up close and personal with the Visit Austin team—setting the stage for your epic adventure.

The real thrill begins when you snag your all-access event pass. Your canvas is blank; it's your call to paint the experience. Are you drawn to the rhythms of music, the vibrant arts and film, or the work behind the scenes that powers it all? The choice is yours, and each path promises a unique journey.

As you write your own script, you become part of the event fabric. You can join the welcome committee to set the tone, or become an exhibit guru, creating a lasting impression on attendees. Choices for your volunteer work abound.

Regardless of your role, you will network with seasoned professionals, find like-minded souls, and hone your event skills. This is more than an experience; it's the chance of a lifetime and the silver lining is growth, fun, and forging connections that could light your career path.

Ride the SXSW wave, and let the vibrant pulse of Austin set the rhythm for your unforgettable journey. The stage is set, the lights are on, and it's your time to shine!

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*Note, students must be 21 before March 8 or bring a parent/guardian with you.


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

1) Complete course permission form

2) Register for the class

3) Proceed with instructions once notified of acceptance

4) Contact course instructor Erica Shonkwiler with questions

Scholarships and additional resources

SHHS and IU Indianapolis both offer scholarships for immersive and study abroad experiences. Deadlines vary, so be sure to check out the sites and offerings early to apply.