University Consortium Certificate

University Consortium Certificate
University Consortium Certificate University Consortium Certificate in Sustainable Tourism



Consortium Members

University of Utah
West Virginia University
University of Minnesota
CalPoly University
University of South Carolina - Beaufort
University of Southern Maine


What is UCC?

The University Consortium Certificate (UCC) in Sustainable Tourism is a certificate program for university students that fosters a holistic understanding of ecotourism and sustainable tourism through multi-disciplinary education. The UCC certificate provides a solid educational foundation with a combination experiential learning industry-based opportunities.


The UCC Program offers the opportunities to:

  • Develop relevant skills through a flexible curriculum.
  • Gain credible professional credentials.
  • Prepare for a career in ecotourism and sustainable tourism.


The UCC Study Plan incorporates:

  • At least one international course provided through a UCC member.
  • At least one web-based or onsite seminar or workshop through TIES.
  • An internship focused on elements of ecotourism consisting of 400 hours.


How To Participate in the UCC


Students: The UCC Program is for students who have completed their Freshman and Sophomore year and hold the equivalent Junior or Senior standing. Please contact the Academic Consortium Advisors at UCC member universities directly (see the list below) to discuss your application. If you are not enrolled in one of the member universities, but are currently enrolled full time in a university in the United States or Canada, please contact: ucc[at] for further enrollment instructions.


Universities: The UCC program assists member universities in the provision of a concentration of study in ecotourism and sustainable tourism within a wide range of disciplines including architecture, business, environmental studies, geography, hospitality, law, public administration and recreation. Please contact: ucc[at] to learn more about the application process and to set up meetings with UCC advisers.



UCC Student Brochure
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UCC University Brochure
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UCC Program Benefits

Benefits for Students

    • Industry-wide and academically recognized endorsement.
    • TIES Professional membership (2 years).
    • Access to potential employers and research projects.
    • Practical hands-on experiences, projects, and skill development.
    • Experiential education focus appropriate to a range of professions.
    • Opportunities in relevant study abroad programs and coursework.
    • Professional employment opportunities through direct field contacts.


Benefits for UCC University Members

    • The opportunity to offer unique experiential learning options.
    • TIES College & University Premium Plus membership.
    • Enhanced recruitment opportunities for the University and department.
    • Increased program offerings without increasing faculty teaching loads.
    • Increased industry and professional contacts.


Current UCC Members


California Polytechnic State University

Jerusha Greenwood, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration Natural Resources Management
Email: jbgreenw[at]


University of Utah

Kelly S. Bricker, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Parks, Recreation, & Tourism
Email: kelly.bricker[at]


West Virginia University

Dave Smaldone, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Recreation, Parks & Tourism Resources
Division of Forestry & Natural Resources
Email: David.Smaldone[at]


University of Minnesota

Ingrid E. Schneider, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Forest Resources & Tourism Center
Email: ingridss[at]


University of South Carolina-Beaufort

John Salazar, Ph.D., CHE
Associate Professor
Department of Hospitality Management
Email: jsalazar[at]


University of Southern Maine

Dr. David Jones
Associate Professor
Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies
Email: dbjones[at]



About TIES

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The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference will highlight global challenges and local opportunities, supporting sustainable development of tourism and promoting solutions that balance conservation, communities and sustainable travel.

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