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Fact Sheet:
Language(s) in which classes are available:
English Max credits offered: 03
Program Type: VT faculty-led
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Areas of Study: Hospitality Management, Management, Tourism College Sponsor: Pamplin
Program Description:

pamplin punta cana resort


Dominican Republic Map

Field of Study

Hospitality Tourism Management


Program Flyer

Punta Cana Bookmark (PDF)


Additional Information

Virginia Tech course, VT faculty led, VT credit (3 cr.)

Learning Objectives:

Review common resort design principles and practices and examine the relationship between developers, land, and golf course communities.

Discuss the environmental impact of resort development in Punta Cana and ways in which clubs and resorts are using environmental and socially sustainable initiatives.

Examine the burgeoning spa business and the impact it has on resort management.

Review the uniqueness of timeshare resort operations. Explain crisis management for clubs and resorts, especially as it relates to natural disasters such as hurricanes.

Explore the impact of the $20 Billion destination wedding industry.



Dominican Republic
Punta Cana
Winter session 2018-19
(December 30 - January 14)

Pamplin: Resort Management in the
Dominican Republic

The Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 3 credit hour study abroad program will be held over a 15-day period. The foundation of the course will be provided in the classroom within the Punta Cana Resort and Club and will include faculty and invited guest lectures complimented with field trips to appropriate sites. Punta Cana is one of the premier resort destination locations in the world, with an incredible diversity of resort experiences available (all inclusive, family, wedding destination, sustainable, etc.).   

The program will include an overview of hospitality in the Dominican Republic with instruction on various aspects of resort management including service, sports amenities, and food and beverage operations with behind-the-scenes management tours and education regarding crisis management. 

Course features behind-the-scenes tours of some of some of the most beautiful properties in the Dominican Republic such as Club Med, Hard Rock, and Golden Bear Resort and Spa.

Itinerary includes one full weekend off and a number of half day opportunities to take in the sights, golf, go to the spa, sunbathe, etc.


HTM 3954: 2.3 overall GPA or instructor consent
HTM 5954: 3.0 overall or instructor consent


Undergraduates receive three credits for Study Abroad: HTM 3954. This course can also be substituted for the Area 2  and/or Area 7 requirement. Graduate students can receive three credits for HTM 5954, Study Abroad. 

Note: This program is designed to provide a more economical option for students who want to study abroad and do not have time to do so during the summer.


Program Fee

Program fees are $1,845. This includes lodging and group travel. Virginia Tech tuition, fees, airfare and personal expenses are billed separately. A non-refundable deposit of $500, payable online is due after acceptance into program, with the balance of program fees due November 1, 2018. Click here for an estimated cost summary.

APPLY EARLY; Acceptance on first-come basis with priority given to HTM students.

Application Deadline: October 15

University Tuition & Fees

Tuition and university fees are billed separately from the program fee according to University Bursar policy.  See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term:

Contact Information

Tom Duetsch
Hospitality & Tourism
Phone: 540-552-9165 | E-mail:

Linda Tanko
Study Abroad Specialist
1046 Pamplin Hall
Phone: (540) 231-3562 | E-mail:

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Session 2018-2019 10/01/2018 10/01/2018 12/30/2018 01/14/2019