December 6, 2021

NYU SPS Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport to Launch a Global Specialization Within its BS in Sport Management

For undergraduate sport management students who seek to gain a truly global perspective, the NYU SPS Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport is expanding its BS in Sport Management to include an exciting new and immersive international experience, which will provide students with a tremendously competitive advantage.

The BS in Sport Management with a Global Specialization, which will launch in Spring 2023, will provide students with an educational journey that spans across five continents over a period of three-and-a-half years. Students enrolled in the program will benefit from the degree’s comprehensive core curriculum that will be combined with extensive study abroad opportunities. They will commence their studies on the NYU Campus in New York City, followed by a semester each in Bueno Aires, Argentina and Paris, France. They will then return to NYC, followed by semesters in Tel Aviv, Israel and Accra, Ghana, culminating their studies on the NYU Campus.

The new specialization is cohort-based, and students will follow a carefully curated plan. “It is a really unique opportunity!” said Brianna Newland, clinical associate professor and academic director of undergraduate programs at the Tisch Institute, who is developing the curriculum. “How often does an undergraduate student have the chance to study in five different locations on different continents? I wish I could have done that when I was in college. Not only do they get to travel, they also get to learn about sports in different cultures.”

According to Newland, each academic site was strategically selected to provide a truly well-rounded global perspective. She noted that Buenos Aires not only has a rich soccer history, its culture and varied landscapes are dazzling. France has a very active sport industry – especially soccer, tennis, and basketball – and it’s also hosting the Olympics in 2024. Tel Aviv is rich in tech startups, and Accra was chosen because of the huge expansion of basketball in Africa.

Newland and the Tisch faculty are working on developing sport partnerships and recruiting international faculty members at each site. They hope these experiences will provide students with an international business perspective while attuning them to the cultural, social, and political forces that influence the global sport industry.

“We are the only sport management program that I am aware of that offers undergraduates the option to learn on multiple continents as they pursue their degree,” said Newland. “Everyone at the Tisch Institute is really excited to offer our students a way to see the world through the lens of sport management, while differentiating themselves in a field that offers so many global opportunities.”

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