European Model of Sport

Ajax Stadium

As sport professionals, it is imperative to understand how the larger society outside of the U.S. is involved in the business of sport. To reinforce the global view of sports in the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU curriculum, we offer SPTL 650 European Model of Sport.

Through the course, students travel overseas to various European cities for 12 days of study abroad. The course is not only a tremendous culminating experience for Center for Sport Leadership students, but it offers new perspectives on much more than sport. Please visit our blog to read one student's experiences and reactions to the trip.

About the trip

Students meet Europe's top sport professionals and hear about various issues they face, including club structure, players' rights, marketing, event management and corporate sponsorship.

Students tour various European athletic facilities and arenas and attend major sporting events such as soccer games, team handball and rugby matches. Destination cities vary each year, but in the past have included:

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Athens, Greece
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Cologne, Germany
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • London, England
  • Milan, Italy
  • Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Paris, France

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