The sport industry
in Europe

A sport business study abroad opportunity

Crowds cheering at Anmoore Field

Experience Ireland, England and France while focusing on the managerial, cultural and economic impact of the EU sport model.

Explore sport and cultural venues

Sport Industry in Europe will focus on the business aspects of sport with an emphasis on the managerial, cultural and economic impact of amateur and professional sport in Europe, particularly in Ireland, England and France. This is a 12-day,11-night study abroad program from May 17 to 28, 2020, including visits and stops in Dublin, Liverpool, Manchester, Loughborough, London and Paris. Students will learn about the sport industry in Europe and also get a taste of the culture in each of these three countries.


Tour downtown Dublin and area sport venues including Croke Park and Aviva Stadiums. Visit the National Sport Campus and the Guinness Factory. Learn about Gaelic football and hurling.


Visit Liverpool, Manchester and London. Tour downtown London, Anfield, Olympic Park, Loughborough University and the Museum of Rugby. Learn about sailing, soccer, rugby and cricket.


Tour Paris, the Palace of Versailles. Visit Le Tremplin, Roland Garros and Stade Francais. Learn about tennis and rugby first-hand. Discover the impact of American football in Europe.

* Schedule of events is subject to change. All participants will be promptly notified of any event changes.

Experience EU sports from the inside

Explore key differences between the North American and European models of sport by attending meetings of niche club sports, legendary stadiums, epic training facilities and local government functions.

Earn credit hours

Students registered in this study abroad program will receive 3-credits in a unique sport management course SM 493 Sport Industry in Europe. This course will be offered during the first six weeks of the summer of 2020 on a hybrid model (on-line and face-to-face during the trip). Tuition costs of this course are included in the total amount of the trip.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

  • Develop a broad understanding of the sport systems in Ireland, England and France.
  • Understand the social, economic and cultural role played by soccer, rugby, cricket and tennis in Ireland, England and France.
  • Identify major companies and sport organizations within the sport industry in Europe.
  • Understand the role of government in funding and supporting the sport industry in Europe.

Course registration will not be available during students' standard registration period for each semester. Students will receive notification from the Office of Global Affairs once the course is available for online registration in STAR. All students that have committed through the WVU Abroad system are guaranteed a place in the associated course.

Frequently asked questions

I plan to graduate this summer, can still sign up for this trip?

Yes, you qualify for the trip.

Can I gain credit hours for this study abroad?

Yes, every student who signs for this trip will earn 3-credit hours. You will need to register for the course SM 493A Sport Industry in Europe which will be offered from May 18 to June 26, 2020 (6-weeks). Tuition costs of this course is included in the cost of the trip.

I am a freshman, do I qualify to participate in this study abroad?

Yes, the study abroad program Sport Industry in Europe is open to any student registered at WVU regardless of the class level.

I am not a CPASS major, can I sign up for this trip?

Yes, while priority will be given to CPASS students in good academic standing, you can still sign up for this trip.

What is the cost of the study abroad Sport Industry in Europe?

The total cost of this trip is $5,650 and includes:

  • Round air ticket Washington DC to Dublin, then, Paris to Washington DC.
  • 10 nights in a centrally-located hotels in double or triple occupancy.
  • All breakfasts, lunch and dinners
  • Group transfer from airports to hotels in Dublin and Paris
  • Transportation from Dublin to Paris (Ferry and private bus)
  • All ground transportations in Ireland, England and France
  • All arrangements for meetings, lectures, and visits to sport venues and sport organizations
  • City tours in Dublin, London and Paris
  • Cultural/excursion activities (i.e., Guinness factory, Versailles Palace, etc.)
  • Farewell group dinner
  • Tour manager during the entire trip.
  • 3-credit hours (SM 493A Sport Industry in Europe).
  • Travel insurance (arranged by the Office of Global Affairs)

Are there any additional costs for this trip?

  • Hotel extras not included in the standard room rate (telephone, laundry, meals, minibar, etc.).
  • Transportation from Morgantown to Washington DC (Reagan National or Dulles) and back to Morgantown.
  • Parking at the Washington DC Airport ($10 to 15 per day) if you decide to drive to the airport.
  • Cost of U.S. passport (if you don’t have one)
  • Any personal expenses (souvenirs, gifts, etc.).

Can I get financial Aid?

To apply and get financial aid, you must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credit hours during the summer. Please contact the Office for Global Affairs for more information.

When is the last day to sign up for this trip?

Final day: March 1, 2020

How big is the group?

We expect the total group to be between 25 to 30 students. We expect 7 to 10 students from West Virginia University, 7 to 10 from James Madison University, and 7 to 10 from Saint John Fisher College.

Who are the faculty leaders in this study abroad trip?

Faculty leaders in this study abroad are: Dr. Gonzalo Bravo, an associate professor in the sport management program at West Virginia University; Dr. David Shonk, associate professor in the School of Hospitality, Sport & Recreation Management at James Madison University; and Dr. Todd Harrison, associate professor and Chair of the Sport Department at Saint John Fisher College.

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