Summer Study Abroad Programs in RCLS

All majors are welcome to join us as we head down-under! We design these study experiences from multi-disciplinary perspectives to capture the broad issues of health and wellness, sustainability, and economic development in a global society. Our study abroad programs can be applied toward ECU’s Certificate of Global Understanding and the minor in International Studies. The programs may also satisfy cognate classes and restrictive elective credits toward other degree programs. Overwhelmingly, students in our programs report being highly satisfied and learning life lessons that go far beyond the classroom. Students engage in home-stays, local foods, and interactions with indigenous people.

RCLS students in Australia - 2011

RCLS study abroad programs have focused on sustainable tourism in Nicaragua and Fiji, sustainable resource management in Australia, and exploring the relationship between leisure and wellness in Italy.


RCLS educates tomorrow's leaders in recreation, parks, tourism, and recreational therapy as well as provides scholarship and leadership to the region, state, and nation.


To be the model professional education and training program of the nation through scholarship, innovation, technical assistance, and outreach thereby helping learners to develop the necessary competencies, interpersonal skills, and critical thinking to lead the professions in the coming decades.


RCLS holds the following core values, which serve as the foundation for where we place our priorities in terms of teaching, scholarship, and service.