YCP Creates International Work Experience Program in United Arab Emirates Thanks to Alumnus

York College of PA Creates International Work Experience Program in United Arab Emirates Thanks to Alumnus


YORK, Pa. – York College of Pennsylvania students will travel to the United Arab Emirates and work for four weeks in restaurants and hospitality operations owned by an alumnus through the recently established Dubai International Practical Experience Program.


The Program was created through the generosity of Sanjay Parekh, who graduated with a business administration degree in 1996 and an MBA in 1999. Parekh currently works with a multinational oil and gas company based out of Dubai. In addition, he owns a number of hospitality-related businesses there.


“Dubai is a world-class tourism destination with outstanding hotels, restaurants, and tourism attractions,” said Fred Becker, Associate Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management. “We are excited and grateful for this opportunity to allow our students to gain international practical experience in the Sunset Hospitality Group’s unique up-scale lifestyle restaurants.”


York College students majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management will serve alongside an international staff in Dubai. They will work 35 to 40 hours a week, with two days off, and have a supervisor who will provide them with daily work assignments and instructions.


Many of the costs, including roundtrip airfare to and from Dubai, will be paid by Parekh; students will be responsible for items such as study abroad fees and international health insurance. Before arriving in Dubai, participants will learn about working and living in a Middle Eastern country. At the conclusion of their program, they will receive a grade for their work experience.


In addition, Parekh wants other international students to experience the benefits of a York College educational experience, and to that end has established The Sanjay Parekh International Scholarship Fund to financially support international students attending YCP. “The main objective,” he explains, “is to allow these students to gain access to a world-class American college education.”


Established in 1787, York College of Pennsylvania is a private, four-year college located in the city of York, a hub of arts and industry between Baltimore and Philadelphia. Housed on 190 picturesque acres, the College is known for its focus on experiential learning and community engagement, serving over 3,500 undergraduate and 400+ graduate students in more than 70 baccalaureate majors, along with 30+ professional graduate degree and certificate programs. Deeply rooted in the liberal arts and recognized for excellence in its professional business, education, engineering, and nursing programs, York is ranked among the nation’s Best Value Schools by Niche. The College’s robust recreation and athletics program is among the best in the region, and is home to 24 NCAA III Division sports teams and 30+ intramural sports. A Princeton Review Best Northeastern College, York prides itself on its experienced, engaged faculty; its high-impact and student-centric philosophy; and its long-standing commitment to affordability and accessibility.



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