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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Antwerp, Belgium; Cologne, Germany; Heidelberg, Germany; Heidenheim, Germany; Luxembourg City, Luxembourg; Munich, Germany; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Stuttgart, Germany; Tubingen, Germany; Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Sacred Heart University (SHU) has collaborated with Old World Baseball, LLC (OWB) to bring students a unique study abroad experience. No other study abroad program that we know of combines participation in European baseball and softball with the chance to earn academic credit.  This program is specifically designed for college baseball and softball players, as well as other college students who are interested in participating in a serious European baseball/softball experience. Students who do not play college baseball or softball will instead be required to take on a role connected to the baseball/softball experience. If you are highly-motivated, mature, intellectually-curious and seriously interested in baseball or softball, as well as international sports management, then come join this unique SHU-OWB study abroad program!  

Note: This program operates in the late summer, so it supplements, rather than interferes with, other summer commitments (including college baseball or softball commitments). 
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Program SM / EC 299: International Sport Management & Culture (3 credits)

This course is designed to help to prepare Sports Management and Economics students for the exciting world of global sports, and this course is eligible for credits in both Sports Management and Economics. Students will be introduced to the many facets of conducting sport business in the international marketplace. By using real life international sport business and international economics examples, and by visiting one or more international sports organizations, you will garner a deeper understanding of the various complexities associated with conducting sport business in an international context. Some of the key areas include culture, professionalization of amateur sports, international marketing, financial/political/economic risk, ethical dimensions, role of media, technology/products, and professional sport leagues. Site visits are included, where appropriate. 

The course will focus on the business and cultural sides of sport, in an international setting. Specific objectives include:
  • Becoming aware of regional, national and geographic sports culture
  • Appreciating the complexity of international governing bodies of sport
  • Understanding the historical development of international sports business and selected global sport expansion efforts
  • Learning concepts, principles, and terminology as it relates to international sport marketing
  • Examining the promotion of international sports products
  • Understanding licensing and merchandising of sport in international markets
  • Identifying significant social, cultural, and ethical and business issues facing international sports business managers
  • Discussing of Olympic and related movements (history, organization and challenges)
  • Exploring career opportunities 
College baseball playing students will be organized into a team that is run in the manner of a college baseball team, and may include students from multiple U.S. colleges and universities. The team is expected to play 5-6 games (weather permitting) against European national teams and top-level club teams. Members of the team will also have the opportunity to try out for top-level European club teams.

Non-baseball or softball-playing students who are interested in participating in a serious European baseball experience are expected to take on an ancillary role with the team, rather than playing.  You will fulfill one of several team-related roles:
  • Statistician
  • Social Media Director
  • Documentarian 
  • Radio Podcast
  • Assistant Athletic Trainer 
  • Or, present another role for consideration!
Prior to the start of the program, you must propose your team role and meet with Professor Shuart to discuss the proposed activities.

Students from other colleges, please note: You will receive a SHU grade and transcript for this course. The credit transfer and award policy is specific to your university.  You will probably need to contact either your study abroad office or the chair of your department/college for further information as to how to transfer this course to your own program.  
Faculty Dr. Joshua Shuart, teaches primarily in the Sport Management program, and arrived at Sacred Heart in 2002. Dr. Shuart earned his Ph.D. in Sport Management from the University of Connecticut, an MA in English from St. Bonaventure University, and a BA in Communication Arts from Grove City College

Joining you on this program will be Stan Exeter, the head baseball coach at Ursinus College, and the founders of OWB, Tom Gillespie and Stephan Rapaglia. The staff has had tremendous coaching and playing experience in the European baseball world. Stan is one of the most highly-respected coaches in NCAA D3 baseball, Tom is currently an international scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Stephan is a former collegiate, professional and international player and coach (most recently, the head coach of the Great Britain National Team). Between them, Stan, Tom, and Stephan have coached and/or played in the shadows of Windsor Castle and Edinburgh Castle, in Barcelona's Olympic Stadium, and in other historic European locations such as London, Paris, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Cologne, Hamburg, Stockholm, Prague, Madrid, Munich, Regensburg, Rouen, and Zagreb.
Accommodations During the program you will stay in multiple types of accommodations (including hotels and hostels), with two or four players to a room. Housing and many meals (all breakfasts and several lunches and dinners) are included as part of your program fee.
Costs Application Fee:  You are required to pay a non-refundable $35 application fee payable to "Sacred Heart University" upon submission of your application.

Confirmation fee: You are required to submit a non-refundable $250 confirmation fee payable to “Sacred Heart University” two weeks after your acceptance. This confirmation fee secures your enrollment in the program.

The Sacred Heart University Student Accounts office will bill you for the following additional amounts:
  • Part-time SHU tuition rate (3 credits) - $1800
  • Accommodations/Program fee* - $3395
  • Registration fee - $115
The total billable program cost due to Sacred Heart University is $5,310
The total program cost paid to Sacred Heart University is $5,595


*Fees include: Academic credits, program orientation, local program transportation, housing in shared accommodations, many meals (as noted above), some baseball gear )e.g. cap, jersey, and t-shirt), all baseball activities, some program excursions, and mandatory basic international health insurance.

Fees DO NOT include: Travel to/from host country, some meals, major medical insurance, visa/resident permit fees, and all personal expenses. (Note: No visas are required for this trip for U.S. citizens.)

Students in the WCOB can use their welch waiver for this course.

Please speak with Financial Assistance to determine how your aid package will apply towards studying abroad.
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Excursions Participating college baseball players will be organized into a team that is run in the manner of a college baseball team, and may include students from multiple U.S. colleges and universities. The team is expected to play 5-6 games (weather permitting) against European national teams and top-level club teams. Members of the team will also have the opportunity to try out for top-level European club teams.  Participating college softball players will be directly connected with European club teams and will have the opportunity to participate in team practices. Softball players will also have the opportunity to try out for top-level European club teams. 

Potential opponents include:
  • Austrian national team and/or top-level club teams
  • Belgian national team and/or top-level club teams
  • Czech national team and/or top-level club teams
  • German national team and/or top-level club teams
  • Swiss national team and/or top-level club teams
Potential excursions include:
  • International sports organizations
  • City walking tours
  • City and countryside bicycle tours
  • Course related site visits
  • Visits in historic and culturally relevant sites
Scholarships Scholarships and Peer Funding are great ways to support the cost of your study abroad experience.  In an effort to encourage you to study abroad, and to make a study abroad experience more accessible, the SHU Office of Global Affairs has prepared a list of scholarships  and other financial resources (including Peer Funding).  Please note that this is not a conclusive list, but it will help you start your search process. The Office of Global Affairs encourages you to apply and take advantage of as many relevant scholarship and other funding opportunities as possible.
Testimonials “[The OWB program] turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life, and it is simply amazing how much I learned about baseball and European culture.”  - Jack Falvey – Amherst College, Class of 2015
 
“Lifechanging.” – Sean McCoy, Pomona, Class of 2016
 
“Everything I learned during this trip has helped me become a better baseball player and a better person.” – Matt Kozemchak, Lehigh, Class of 2017

“[The 2016 OWB] trip was one of the most eye opening and memorable experiences of my life.” – John Tipps, Middlebury, Class of 2018
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Location This program includes playing competitive baseball and studying in three countries.  Potential locations include:Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Antwerp, Belgium
  • Ghent, Belgium
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Brno, Czech Republic
  • Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  • Heidenheim, Germany
  • Munich, Germany
  • Regensburg Germany
  • Stuttgart, Germany
  • Tubingen, Germany
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Bern, Switzerland
  • Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration Summer 2017
  • Approximately August 2-16, 2017
  • Exact dates availble soon
Overview OWB has several years of experience running trips to Europe for competitive baseball players, with program alumni at excellent schools all over the U.S., including Harvard, Princeton, Northwestern, Davidson, Lafayette, Lehigh, Amherst, Macalester, Ursinus, and Williams.  The team formed for this program is organized and run in the manner of a college baseball team, and may include students from multiple U.S. colleges and universities.  More information regarding Old World Baseball is available at   More information regarding Old World Baseball is available at www.oldworldbaseball.com.

Joining you on this program will be Stan Exeter, the head baseball coach at Ursinus College, and the founders of OWB, Tom Gillespie and Stephan Rapaglia.  They have had tremendous coaching and playing experience in the European baseball world.   Stan is one of the most highly-respected coaches in NCAA D3 baseball, Tom is currently an international scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Stephan is a former collegiate, professional and international player and coach (most recently, the head coach of the Great Britain national team).  Between them, Stan, Tom, and Stephan have coached and/or played in the shadows of Windsor Castle and Edinburgh Castle, in Barcelona's Olympic Stadium, and in other historic European locations such as London, Paris, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Cologne, Hamburg, Stockholm, Prague, Madrid, Munich, Regensburg, Rouen, and Zagreb.  

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to participate in a mandatory pre-departure orientation.  Participation may occur remotely (e.g., via Skype).  During this orientation, further details about the course and program details will be discussed.  The pre-departure orientation will be conducted at the end of April. 



This program is currently not accepting applications.