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Friday, January 13, 2012


The Rio de Janeiro Humanitarian project is supported by the World Olympian Association. Participants will volunteer at the Olympic Reunion Center to host underprivileged youth as they did in 2012 near Buckingham Palace.  The reunion center, Clube de Regatas do Flemengo, is located in Rio's south side in the shadow of the Christ the Redeemer statue on the shores of Lagoa Rodrigo de Frietas. Presented by Ernst & Young and CR Flemengo, home of the leading Brazil futbol team, the reunion center will be a hub for the Tiffin University contingency throughout the Olympics.  Students may also volunteer at the African Village which features a public restaurant and live daily entertainment. Click on the STUDENTS page to check out the links for students who created websites to journal their experiences at the previous Olympic Games.  Stay tuned for updates on the 2016 experience and if you are interested in attending, REGISTER NOW to be considered. [THERE IS AN APPLICATION PROCESS - DUE SEPTEMBER 20, 2015 - REQUIRING A $500 REFUNDABLE* DEPOSIT].

Sunday, May 23, 2010


The Olympic Academic Experience is a program coordinated by Dr. Bonnie Tiell, Professor of Sports Management at Tiffin University in collaboration with Dr. Francis Dove-Edwin, President of the Sierra Leone Olympians Association. 
The program includes a study of the organization, supervision, and management of international sport venues and elite competition staged in an Olympic Host City. An academic hybrid-style course carrying 3-credit hours provides a broad understanding the historical, organizational, philosophical, ethical, and economic influences on the Modern Olympic Games with a special focus on current issues. Students examine the structure of the International Olympic Committee, National Governing Bodies, Host Site Organizing Committees, and the individual sport federations while maintaining a daily journal of their experience.  Sixteen students and four fellows (professional educators) participated in the 2012 London Experience which included a new humanitarian program in conjunction with the World Olympian Association.  The TU contingency, former Olympians, and children from some of the most impoverished areas of the Host City met for a day of Olympic style sport competition, trivia contests, dinner, and a medal ceremony.  The TU Olympic Academic Experience has also taken place in Athens, Greece (2004); Beijing, China (2008); and London, England (2012).  

Time Line

Below is an approximate time line for applying and participating in the TU Olympic Academic Experience in Rio, 2016.

  • Sept 20  - Deadline for $500 deposit 
  • Oct 1 - Participants notified & sent official contract
  • Oct 5 - Conference Call [Q & A]
  • Oct 10 - Signed contract due with payment of $1500  (Total pd = $2000)
  • November 15 - Airline Confirmation - Payment due $1000 (Total pd = $3000)
  • Feb 15 - Payment due - $1200 (Total pd = $4200)
  • April 15 - Final Payment due ($0 or $1000 = $4200 or $5200)
  • May 15 - Hybrid Course Opens - Academic Assignments Available
  • May 23 - Conference Call [Q & A]
  • July 1 - Website Link Due
  • Aug 3 - Depart for Brazil
  • Aug 4 - Arrival to Brazil - Group Outing / Meal & Torch Run
  • Aug 5 - Tour & Central location for Opening Ceremonies
  • Aug 6 - Free to Attend Games or Travel Brazil Railways to Beaches, etc
  • Aug 9 - A Humanitarian Day of Giving - Olympic Reunion Center (TBD)
  • Aug 12 - Tour of USA Olympic House & Afrcian Olympic Village (TBD)
  • August 17 - Depart Brazil for USA
  • August 21 - Closing Ceremonies
  • August 28 - All Academic Assignments due

Accommodations & Transportation

In Greece, the TU Olympic group "camped" on a villa rooftop in Pallini overlooking the Aegean Sea. In China, the group resided at the Asia Pacific School of Beijing Normal University. In England, participants will stay at the at the Clink261 hostel located in central London which was a two-minute walk to the Kings Cross underground terminal train station featured in Harry Potter.

The accommodations fro Brazil will be posted once they are secured.  Ground transportation (r.t.) from the airport and hostel is always provided, however, participants may need to purchase daily public transportation passes on days they do not have an Olympic event.

In London, participants resided in bunk beds and had access to daily complimentary continental breakfast, storage for luggage, lockers, laundry room, 24-hour reception, lounge, Wi-Fi access, secure key card access...and much more. Bottom left is the dormitory room in China. Bottom right is from the London hostel.

Program Cost

Transfer Students: $5200
TU Students* / Alumni* / Fellows: $4200

Payment will include airfare (between a central hub in the mid-west (USA) and Brazil. Also included are accommodations (TBD), airport transportation, selected tours, tuition for MGT390 (undergraduate) or MGT690 (graduate) , and transcript fees. The price difference reflects that international students will not be provided airfare and fellows / alumni will not pay tuition.

*TU Students: Tuition must be applied to your normal (18-credit hour) full-time schedule in the fall or spring.  Otherwise, you will receive a bill from the university if it is a summer or additional class. Financial aid questions should be directed to Andrea Faber at the University.

*Alumni: Alumni refers to anyone who attended a previous TU Olympic Academic Experience who will not be participating in the course.

Olympic event tickets / Passport / Travel Visa / Daily Meals / Personal Daily Ground Transport

ALL participants are responsible for securing their own tickets to attend Olympic events. Tickets can be purchased through the CoSport website. Information is also available at Costs (not including opening/closing ceremonies) typically range from US $50-$400. The Torch Run, Cycling, and Road Racing are free events. Participants who apply and are accepted as official volunteers of the Rio Olympic Games will have access (limited) to almost every event!

Deposits will be held until contracts are signed/accepted. Checks should be made payable to Tiffin University Olympics and sent to the attention of Dr. Bonnie Tiell, Tiffin University * 155 Miami St * Tiffin,, OH 44883 * USA. Credit card information will be accepted.