EDGE Abroad students (l to r) Alexis Gray, Abigail Sharpless, Dawn Riggins, Emily Mutschler, Ciarra Arzdorf, Mary Kathryn Moore, Kelsey Day, Madeline Chandler, Allison Hannah Simpson, Carly Miktuk are currently exploring Europe and applying principals of Experience Economy.

EDGE Abroad students (l to r) Alexis Gray, Abigail Sharpless, Dawn Riggins, Emily Mutschler, Ciarra Arzdorf, Mary Kathryn Moore, Kelsey Day, Madeline Chandler, Allison Hannah Simpson and Carly Miktuk are currently exploring Europe and applying principles of Experience Economy.

Eight Clemson University students, including two seniors in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management program, are in the beginning stages of the eight-week EDGE study abroad program in Europe.

The students arrived in London on Jan. 16 before heading to Leeds in the United Kingdom. Leeds acts as “home base” for the group, as the students attend several classes there under Leeds-based professor Karl Spracklen and other contributing professors. The students were able to immediately relate their travel experiences to “Experience Economy,” which is a concept in PRTM describing the next modern economic stage following agrarian and industrial economies.

The students have spent the last several weeks in class at Leeds engaged in learning activities that required them to explore the city and attend development seminars. The students traveled to Dublin, Ireland on Feb. 4 before returning to Leeds on Feb. 8.

At the end of February, the students will travel to Munich, Germany and Salzburg, Austria to apply the concepts of Experience Economy in other parts of Europe. The group will return to Leeds on Feb. 29 for several more weeks of classes before returning to the U.S. in late March.

One of the EDGE Abroad students, Carly Miktuk, is maintaining a blog to capture the experience for herself and her classmates. It can be found at http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/edgeuk/1/1453337315/tpod.html.