Study away with the University of Kansas
Immerse yourself in the global sporting world while you earn your master’s of sport management.* Our Study Away opportunities** allow students to travel, volunteer at premier tournaments, and perform roles ranging from player hospitality to sponsor area setup, and more. In our learning abroad programs, you will help run key aspects of game day setup operations with a local professional sports team and spend time with the general manager and executive staff before the game.
*This program is a Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) degree in health, sport management, and exercise science with an emphasis in sport management.
**Program availability, dates, and location are subject to change each year.
Study sport management across the globe
Each study away trip is carefully planned by sport management faculty members and the Study Abroad and Global Engagement office. While destinations and activities may change by the year, KU sport management students can expect to meet with executives from professional sports teams and engage in course-related discussions and debriefings, learning first-hand about different approaches to sport management. Previous trips include:
Dublin, London, and Paris
Students worked with Arsenal Football Club in London on developing an American fanbase and with Dublin City University on their university sporting system. The group also toured Wimbledon, Aviva Stadium, Stade de France, and learned how to play handball, hurling, and Gaelic football.
On trips to Auckland, New Zealand students have had the opportunity to work at New Zealand Breakers basketball games and the country’s premier tennis tournament, the ASB Classic. Students explored and practiced the sport of cricket through a visit to the Grafton Cricket Club, took part in an America's Cup sailing experience, and visited the Ponsonby Rugby club to be introduced to the game and learn about sport safety.
The centerpiece of this trip was a partnership with the PGA Tour to assist in all aspects of golf’s prestigious Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua. Students also spent time learning about the unique Hawaiian sporting culture and spent time on the islands of Maui and Oahu.
”You start to understand the inner workings of the sports industry. You get experiences that you can utilize on your resume and in interviews, as well.”
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KU sport management Study Away FAQs
Can I study abroad as an online sport management student?
Will I earn credit for my study abroad experience?
Can I use financial aid or scholarships to help pay for my study away trip?
What precautions are in place to keep me safe on my Study Away trip?
For more information on health and safety measures including COVID-19 protocol, visit the Study Abroad and Global Engagement website.
[The Study Away trip] was really great preparation for a career in sport and a great bonding experience with your classmates.
Why should you study abroad?
Of course, one of the most common reasons to study abroad is for the opportunity to travel to another country and see the world. But did you know that studies have shown that learning abroad can improve your career skills and boost your marketability?1 University of Kansas study abroad programming provides an invaluable opportunity for students to study in a different educational environment and gain first-hand exposure to other countries, cultures, and societies and their business practices.
Enhance your management soft skills
Interacting with people different from you can boost your ability to empathize with others. Collaboration with people with different cultural expectations and backgrounds will give you an idea of how to be a more well-rounded leader. It might also help you to prepare to advocate for and create a more inclusive and diverse workplace. Travel is a great way to move outside of your comfort zone and see what you can accomplish that you never thought would be possible. Plus, it’s a rare student that doesn’t end up with a story of travel plans gone awry and quick-thinking to find a solution—bring that story to your next interview for an example of your adaptability!
Build your own global network
Virtual collaboration with peers is easier than ever in KU’s online degree programs, but you may still enjoy meeting your classmates in person. Study abroad programs give you the chance to meet other KU students (and some faculty) face-to-face. Even better, you’ll meet many professionals and potentially other students in the country you visit. Many people forge quick and deep friendships on international learning trips. These individuals could become your closest friends, coworkers, or mentors and connect you to dozens of new academic, travel, and business opportunities.
Prepare for work with a global corporation
Traveling around a new city and engaging with individuals from a different culture will improve your understanding and demonstrate your confidence and willingness to be vulnerable. Further, understanding the customs and traditions of other countries can be key to earning the trust of your bosses when you have the opportunity to represent your organization internationally.
The experience to bond with future leaders in your field, gaining that real-world experience and that real-world knowledge of your field while building camaraderie, do it!
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