“My tourism classes were similar to my HRTM classes at Carolina, but they were geared more toward Hawaiian and the Asia-Pacific tourism,” Taylor says. “The beaches in Waikiki and Northshore and the hiking at Diamondhead were beyond my wildest dreams. It was absolutely beautiful.”
Taylor, who hopes to work in the hospitality industry on the coast near Charleston or Savannah after graduating, says more students should look into the possibilities that NSE offers.
“I would recommend the NSE program to anyone. It is a great way to live in another place and experience new things for a short time,” Taylor says. “Many times the tuition can be cheaper than their home school.”
Gahagan says there are several ways to pay for NSE, but the best option, which he calls the popular “Plan B,” is for students to pay the tuition and fees to the University of South Carolina as they normally would, and pay only room and board at the host school.
Senior Chris McCandlish, a Spanish major from Columbia, also found out about NSE and landed last fall at the University of New Hampshire.
“New Hampshire is pretty different than the Southeast. The school was lovely, and New England had a quaint, quiet feel to it. The attitudes were different and so were the accents,” McCandlish says. “It also was interesting to experience a brutal New England winter.”
The University of South Carolina has been part of the NSE consortium of universities since 1979. Gahagan says approximately 25 Carolina students participate each year, and 25 students from universities around the country choose Carolina for their NSE experience.
Emily Mattheisen, a fifth-year senior at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, chose to spend her final year of college at Carolina to study advanced Arabic studies. She plans to attend graduate school at American University in Cairo, Egypt.
She says the University of South Carolina is much bigger and more diverse than UW-EC.
“The weather here (South Carolina) is nice, and I went to all the football games. Gamecocks are diehard fans; they really get into it,” says Mattheisen, who feels at home with two roommates who are from her native Minnesota.