International Experiences

The Sport Administration program is proud to offer international learning experiences to our students. International travel is offered through our HSS Study Abroad program and our participation in University of Louisville’s International Service Learning (ISL) program.

Study Abroad

In July 2019, HSS students and faculty traveled to Gibraltar to work the NatWest Island Games. Students got first-hand international work experience in the sport industry volunteering at cycling events at the NatWest Island Games in beautiful Gibraltar, a British Territory. In addition to volunteering at the games and coursework, students visited Europa Point, climbed the Rock of Gibraltar, explored the Great Siege Tunnels and traveled to Tarifa, Spain.

Past Study Abroad programs have allowed students and faculty to volunteer with the Parapan Am Games in Toronto (2015), the European Athletic Championships in Amsterdam (2016), the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland (2017), and the International Ice Hockey Federation Championship in Copenhagen (2018).

Interested students should contact Prof. Gin Presley or Prof. Anita Moorman for more information about HSS Study Abroad trips.


HSS students in Ghana

International Service Learning Program

In May 2019, 10 HSS students completed a 12-day stay in Ghana as part of UofL’s International Service Learning Program (ISLP). From May 12-23, HSS students engaged in a variety of service and experiential learning activities designed to promote cultural sharing and expand their world views. The first part of their in-country experience revolved around performing three days of service at the Offin Children’s Center (OCC) in Offinso, Ghana. The OCC was founded in 1996 as an institution offering an education to orphans and vulnerable children from the surrounding community. During their time at the OCC, HSS students delivered daily lesson plans focusing on core principles from the Sport Administration and Exercise Science disciplines, such as teamwork, leadership, goal setting, stress management, physical activity, nutrition, and basic anatomy.

After completing their days of service at the OCC, the group engaged in a full week of activities to explore and learn more about the history of Ghanaian culture. These activities began in Kumasi, with a tour of the Manhyia Palace (the official seat of the Ashanti Kingdom) and a walk through Kejetia, West Africa’s largest open-air market. From there, the tour moved southward towards the coast. Along the way, students had the opportunity to complete a hike in the Kakum National Forest, including walking along suspended rope bridges hovering over 150 feet above the forest floor! A large portion of the remainder of the trip focused on educational experiences surrounding the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and visiting places integral to that dark period in history. This included trips to Assin Manso (known as “Slave River”) and to slave castles located in Elmina and Cape Coast. These experiences proved to be powerful, emotional, and sobering in many ways.

The HSS Department is happy to offer this experience to students again in 2020. Participating students will enroll in a 3-credit course and will meet weekly as a group to learn about Ghanaian history and culture and build curricula throughout the semester. The course will culminate in a 2-week trip to Ghana in May 2020. Interested students should contact Professor Adam Cocco for more information about this program.

HSS students in Ghana

HSS students in Ghana