Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Hospitality Management

First Advisor's Name

Carolin Lusby

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Miranda Kitterlin

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member

Third Advisor's Name

Mary L. Tanke

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member


learning experience, Chinese students, American students, hospitality industry

Date of Defense



The purpose of this study was to investigate the learning experience of Chinese hospitality students in a 4-year program at a U.S. institution in order to bridge the gap between Chinese and American education. This study could challenge traditional education and produce more culturally savvy and diverse graduates, in a field as personal and interactive as Hospitality Management, it could also help American students who want to study, work or teach in China, as they would be knowledgeable of the cultural and educational differences. This study used a qualitative approach. The researcher conducted in-depth, semi-structured interviews with Chinese hospitality students in a 4-year program at a U.S. institution based on the research questions presented regarding the perceived differences in learning experiences of Chinese Hospitality students. Findings of this study could have implications for the hospitality industry and more importantly the way hospitality education is being taught in a 4-year program at a U.S. institution.





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