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Study Abroad Opportunities

Faculty-led study abroad courses offer a unique way to explore a new country or city while completing your class. Experienced HRSM professors will guide you along custom-built trips designed to bring curriculum to life on a national and global scale.

2022-23 International Trips

The university continues to monitor the ongoing pandemic. Please be aware that this trip schedule may change.

Overview of Machu Picchu in Peru

HRTM 280 – Foundations of Tourism in Peru

Dec. 26, 2022 – Jan. 7, 2023

Instructor: Tom Mullikin, tourism management
mullikt@mailbox.sc.edu
803-425-7771

Students will have the opportunity to explore colonial buildings, 16th century churches, museums, and immerse themselves in the history of Peru.  In addition to taking courses, students participate in educational and service-oriented cultural excursions, including the Inca capital of Cuzco, Andes mountains of Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca.

A bird's eye view of the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts), a prominent cultural center in Mexico City.

SPTE 570 – Live Entertainment Industry in Mexico City

March 3-12, 2023

Instructor: Armen Shaomian, sport and entertainment management
armen@hrsm.sc.edu
803-777-8215

This course incorporates pre-trip sessions in face-to-face and hybrid format before departing for 10 days to Mexico City. While there, students will experience lectures by leading entertainment management and family show authorities, tours of sport and entertainment venues, and attendance at family shows and performing arts productions, such as a professional opera and/or Lucha Libre (freestyle wrestling). The course is designed to enhance and develop a better understanding of practices in Mexico and the Latin American market, while also exposing students to history and culture.

The outside of Emirates Stadium, home to Arsenal soccer.

SPTE 570 – Business of Soccer in England

March 2-13, 2023

Instructor: Matt Dunn, sport and entertainment management
md36@mailbox.sc.edu
803-576-8411

Students will examine the economics, player development, community involvement, organizational management, domestic and international marketing, history, and health and wellness found within English football leagues and organizations. Highlights include visiting major venues, attending live matches, and meeting with industry professionals. Students will also enjoy cultural excursions that detail war history, music history, infrastructure, and monarchy.

Three professional soccer players from Ireland celebrate on the field after a goal is scored.

SPTE 570 – Model of Sport and Entertainment in Ireland and Scotland

March 3-12, 2023

Instructor: Andy Gillentine, sport and entertainment management
agillentine@hrsm.sc.edu
803-777-3249

Students will investigate sport and entertainment in the United Kingdom (specifically Scotland and Ireland) and how it has developed and is currently marketed. Visits during the spring break trip include Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester and Dublin. In addition to daily lectures from event managers, sport and entertainment personnel, and sport and entertainment faculty members, students will tour each city and a number of relevant facilities and venues.

A view from the top row of seats at a soccer stadium in Spain.

SPTE 570 – The Spanish Sport Experience

May 2-11, 2023

Instructor: Matt Brown, sport and entertainment management
mtbrown@mailbox.sc.edu
803-777-3720

Students will experience lectures by leading sport and entertainment management authorities, tours of sport and entertainment venues, and attendance at international sport competitions. The course is designed to introduce sport and entertainment management practices in Spain, while also exposing students to the history and culture of Spain and its impact on the business of sport.

A bird's eye view of Rome with mountains in the background.

RETL 592 & HRTM 595.001 – Luxury Management in Italy

May 18-26, 2023

Instructor: Karen Edwards, retailing
kedwards@hrsm.sc.edu
803-777-5216

Instructor: Sandy Strick, hospitality management
strick@hrsm.sc.edu
803-777-7684

Students in this course will visit iconic sites and learn from luxury retail and hospitality experts in the heart of Florence, Italy. Among the many highlights of the trip are a daytrip to Tuscany with a private tour and tasting at the Castillo Banfi Winery, a guided tour of the Lamborghini factory and museum, and a visit to Parma with lunch and tour of the Parmesan cheese processing plant. Students will also enjoy walking tours and three lectures from Italian luxury experts in hospitality, fashion, and wine.

The Northern Lights seen from Iceland.

HRTM 590-001 – Visitor Attractions of Iceland

May 12-25, 2023

Instructor: Scott Smith, hospitality management
ssmith1@mailbox.sc.edu
803-777-8199

Students will receive an overview of visitor attractions in Iceland. They will explore areas within the industry such as history, venues, resources, operations, merchandising, food service, and design. Some highlights from this experience include an evening excursion to Reykjafoss Waterfall, a stay on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, swimming at a geothermal pool in Borgarnes, a visit to the Blue Lagoon, and seeing locations used for filming HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones."

Snow covered mountains in Alaska with a lake in the foreground.

HRTM 590 – Alaska Ecotourism

May 9-25, 2023

Instructor: Tom Mullikin, tourism management
mullikt@mailbox.sc.edu
803-425-7771

This course focuses on ecotourism that is primarily nature-based and entails a learning/appreciative component while being immersed within an Ecotour of Alaska from Denali to Prince Williams Sound. Students will attend daily lectures on a variety of ecotourism topics and explore the rich Alaskan environment, culture, wilderness and local urban attractions as an Ecotourist. Activities include visits to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, the Anchorage Museum, the Iditarod Trail Dog Museum, Chugach State Park, Denali State Park, a Wilderness Jet Boat Adventure on the Susitna River, a visit to the Portage Glacier, and a kayak adventure in the Prince Williams Sound.

A sea turtle swims in the Galapagos Islands.

SPTE 490 – Sustainability, Ecotourism, and the Diving Industry in the Galápagos Islands

May 7-27, 2023

Instructor: Richard Southall, sport and entertainment management
southall@hrsm.sc.edu
803-777-5550

Students study at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) Galápagos campus while living in a homestay on San Cristóbal Island. USFQ is the only university in the world with a campus on the Galápagos islands. In addition to taking courses, students participate in educational and cultural excursions, which include trips to several other islands in the Galápagos.

Aerial shot of a coastline with many boats in the water.

HRTM 590 – Economically Sustainable Hospitality Operations in the Galápagos Islands

May 7-27, 2023

Instructor: Kevin Ayres, hospitality management
kmayres@hrsm.sc.edu
803-576-6517

Students study at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) Galápagos campus while living in a homestay on San Cristóbal Island. USFQ is the only university in the world with a campus on the Galápagos islands. In addition to taking courses, students participate in educational and cultural excursions, which include trips to several other islands in the Galápagos.

A beach sunset in Aruba.

SCHC 400 – Creating "One Happy Island": The Communication of Hospitality and Tourism in Aruba

May 11-28, 2023

Instructor: Andrea Tanner, College of Information and Communications
atanner@sc.edu
803-576-5633

This Maymester experience takes students on an impactful and immersive journey to the tiny island of Aruba, a Dutch colony located in the southern Caribbean. “One Happy Island” is the national slogan of this 75 square mile island, and tourism and leisure is the country’s primary industry. As such, the island is the perfect backdrop to study hospitality and tourism. Students will study hospitality and tourism in the context of strategic communication—how companies in the tourism industry generate awareness and exposure so that travelers engage with their business and build loyalty with existing and new customers. Additionally, students will spend time getting to know the island of Aruba, including the culture, the food, and, the people.

Zahria Barber, a semester abroad student, stands in the crystal blue waters on a beach in Aruba

Aruba

Students will become immersed in island culture as they spend four months living, learning and exploring in Aruba.

A student in the Galápagos Islands enjoys some scuba diving.

Galápagos Islands

Live and learn in the Galápagos Islands for an entire semester through USC’s direct enrollment partnership with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito! Students study at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) Galápagos campus while living in a homestay on San Cristóbal Island

A group of students pose for a photo in front of CreditOne Stadium.

SPTE 590 –  Tournament Operations

May 8-14, 2023

Instructor: John Grady, sport and entertainment management
jgrady@mailbox.sc.edu
803-777-9327

* PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL *

Students will learn about golf and tennis tournament operations along the South Carolina and Florida coasts. Stops during the trip include the Credit One Charleston Open tennis tournament as well as a visit to TPC Sawgrass, home of the PLAYERS Championship. Student will have an opportunity to experience Kiawah Island and visit the Ocean Course, a past host for the PGA Championship. A networking event with Charleston alumni and cultural excursions in both cities are included in the trip as well.


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