Office of International Programs

Travel - South Korea

International Sport Event Management - South Korea

May 20-30, 2017

BUS 399* (3 credits) or BUS 699 (3 credits)

 *may be used a Sport Management elective
















This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to study the event management aspects of international mega-sport events. The course will take place in the South Korean cities of Suwon, Seoul, and Pyeongchang. Students will be immersed in Korean culture while studying and observing the planning, operation, and management of the U-20 World Cup, 2018 Winter Olympics, and the 1988 Summer Olympics. Students will have the opportunity to meet with event organizing officials, observe operational planning meetings, tour facilities, and attend event contests. In addition, cultural perspectives relating to sport in Korea will be explored.



Heidi M. Parker, Ph.D.--Dr. Parker is a Sport Management faculty member with the University of Southern Maine School of Business. Her research centers on sport consumer behavior specifically focusing on factors that influence fan attitudes and perceptions. She has published in a variety of journals and presented her research at a number of academic conferences. Dr. Parker is a member of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and is a former Vice President of Inclusion and Social Justice for the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).

John Schumacher--John is a Sport Management faculty member with the University of Souther Maine School of Business. He joined USM’s Sport Management Program this summer, following two years of graduate studies at the University of Connecticut and a 15-year career in sport management, 12  of which were spent with FIFA (the world’s governing body for soccer) where he worked in leadership roles in the delivery of more than 20 World Cup and Olympic events.



The application deadline is March 17, 2017, along with a non-refundable $200 deposit

A complete application includes all of the following:

  • Signed, completed application form*
  • $200 non-refundable deposit (applied to the program cost)
  • Typed 200-word essay
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor
  • Official copy of USM transcript

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will be notified by e-mail of your application status. If your application is not accepted, the nonrefundable deposit will be returned. If the program is canceled for any reason by the USM, all deposits will be returned.

*If you are having trouble downloading the application, please contact us at (207) 780-4959 and we will send you one. You may also want to try upgrading to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Tuition and Fees

The estimated program fee is $2,500. The program fee includes accommodation, on-site transportation, cultural activites, some meals, and iNext's comprehensive insurance plan. The cost of three credits of tuition and fees at the in-state rate are in addition to the program fee. International airfare is an additional fee as well.


3 credits + fees: $843


3 credits + fees: $1,224

Not included in the program fee is the cost of tuition, fees, books, academic supplies, some meals, or personal expenses. All participants on USM travel programs receive the in-state tuition rate regardless of residency.

All participants will be automatically registered for a payment plan. The $200 deposit will go towards the cost of the program and the remaining balance will be due as follows:

50% of the balance due April 2017 TBD

Remaining balance due May 2017 TBD


Financial Aid & Scholarships

Federal financial aid and loans are available to matriculated students who participate in travel courses. If financial aid does not cover the full cost of the program, students are responsible for paying the remaining balance according to the payment plan schedule.

Include the costs of this course in your FAFSA application. If you have questions about financial aid or completing your FAFSA, please contact the financial aid office at (207) 780-4166. If you are not a matriculated student at USM, please check with the financial aid office at your institution.