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  • Students hold a South Carolina Gamecocks flag while posing for a photo in Spain.

HRSM Faculty-Led Study Abroad Courses

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

International Trips


General view of Santiago Bernabeu Stadium before the Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain, November 3, 2021.

SPTE 570 – Global Issues in Sport Management: The Spanish Sport Experience

Maymester 2024 (May 2 – 9)
Program Fees:
$3,500 (does not include airfare to/from Spain)
Faculty Lead:
Andy Gillentine |
Payment Deadlines:
$1,750 due by Dec. 1, 2023, and $1,750 due by Feb. 15, 2024

Program Description: Students will experience lectures by leading sport and entertainment management authorities and tours of sport and entertainment venues. In addition, a number of international sport competitions and entertainment events will be attended. The course is designed to introduce sport and entertainment management practices in Europe, while also exposing students to the history and culture of various cities in Spain.


The rolling hills of Italy's Tuscany region with a sunrise in the background.

HRTM 595-001 / RETL 592-001 – Luxury Management in Italy

Maymester 2024 (May 8 – 17)
Program Fees:
$3,995 (does not include airfare to/from Italy)
Faculty Lead:
 Karen Edwards and Sandy Strick |
Payment Deadlines: $1,997.50 due by Dec. 8, 2023, and $1,997.50 due by Jan. 8, 2024

Program Description: This program is designed to enhance the student's academic, personal, and cultural learning through the study abroad experience. Students will attend classroom instruction at partner institution SAI (Florence, Italy) and attend various luxury-related business visits and tours. In addition, as an iconic fashion and culinary region, Florence will provide retailing and HRTM students in particular with a unique opportunity to observe and experience key Italian retailing/designer and hospitality venues and services, as well as important museums, markets, and related businesses that will reinforce and enrich their academic experience. By learning about fashion, food, and other luxury products and services simultaneously, our students will appreciate the uniqueness of international markets and be better prepared as professionals in their respective fields. This program is an ongoing collaboration between the College of HRSM and SAI, with annual junkets.


A bright and colorful sign for Dotonbori in Osaka, Japan. It is sometimes compared to Times Square in NYC.

SPTE 570 – The Business of Japanese Sport

Maymester 2024 (May 6 – 14)
Program Fees:
$4,500 (does not include airfare to/from Japan)
Faculty Lead:
Matt Brown |
Payment Deadlines:
$2,250 due by Dec. 1, 2023, and $2,250 due by Feb. 15, 2024

Program Description: This course is a study abroad seminar focused on the business of sport in Japan. While in Japan, students will experience lectures by leading sport management authorities from Nippon Professional Baseball and the J-League, tour sport venues including the Tokyo Dome and Koshien Stadium, and attend international sport competitions like J-League Soccer, NPB baseball, and sumo wrestling. The course is designed to introduce sport management practices in Japan, while also exposing students to the history and culture of Japan and the impact on the business of sport. Stops in Hiroshima and Kyoto will highlight the history and culture of Japan.


A large crowd cheers on Atletico de Madrid at Civitas Metropolitan Stadium.

SPTE 570 – Performance in International Sport Marketing: Spain

Maymester 2024 (May 12 – 20)
Program Fees:
$3,250 (does not include airfare to/from Spain)
Faculty Lead:
Stephen Shapiro |
Payment Deadlines: $1,625 due by Dec. 1, 2023, and $1,625 due by Feb. 1, 2024

Program Description: This course will examine the international sport industry and global sport business. Students will have the opportunity to build their international network within the sport sector and work with other students from around the world. The class will travel to Spain and visit Madrid and Valencia. The trip will include tours of multiple sport venues and students will attend sporting events and tour significant attractions in both cities. Additionally, this class is developed in partnership with the European Association for Sport Management Summer School, which provides the opportunity to interact with highly regarded academics and professionals in the sport industry. The EASM Summer School offers a unique educational opportunity helping students broaden their views, improve their understanding of sport management, and jump start their career in this dynamic field of study.


An iguana sits on rocks on the beach of the Galápagos Islands.

HRTM 595-002 – Economically Sustainable Hospitality Operations in the Galápagos Islands

Maymester 2024
Program Fees:
$500 Deposit + $4,750 (does not include airfare to/from Galápagos Islands)
Faculty Lead:
Kevin Ayres |
Payment Information: Students accepted for the program will receive an email with payment instructions.

Program Description: Experience learning in one of the most exclusive tourism and natural heritage destinations in the world, the Galápagos Islands. The islands are treasured by biologists and explorers alike for their diverse ecosystem, idyllic location and wide variety of beautiful plants and wildlife. Students will analyze the financial impact of sustainable operations initiatives in the economic environment of the Galápagos as it relates to the hospitality and tourism industry. In addition to visiting multiple islands of the archipelago off the coast of Ecuador, students will enjoy snorkeling excursions to Kicker Rock, La Loberia and its sea turtles, and Darwin Bay. The trip also includes a tour of Quito, Ecuador.


A diver underwater flashes the Spurs Up sign for the camera. Another diver is visible in the background.

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

Maymester 2024
Program Fees: $500 Deposit + $4,750 (does not include airfare to/from Galápagos Islands)
Faculty Lead:
Richard Southall |
Payment Information: Students accepted for the program will receive an email with payment instructions.

Program Description: This class, which consists of readings, lecture/discussions, and scuba-diving and diving-operation field trips, employs an experiential learning approach to provide you with an understanding of the business ingredients that comprise the scuba diving experience in the Galapagos Islands. This course introduces students to the Four "Es" of the Scuba Diving Industry: 1) Education, 2) Equipment, 3) Environment, and 4) Experiences (as well as exploration, excitement, and enjoyment). Throughout the course you will be provided opportunities to experience how each identified "E" is delivered to consumers via various scuba diving industry segments (e.g., PADI dive centers, dive resort, and live-a-board dive boats). The course will emphasize how these elements are specifically delivered in the Galápagos Islands to support a sustainable, ecologically-sound scuba diving industry. Due to the possibility of challenging scuba diving conditions in the Galápagos Islands, students must possess at least a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or equivalent certification level).



Domestic Trips


The shoreline of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, dotted with umbrellas.

SPTE 635 – Sport Event Development: The Carolina Coastal Experience

Maymester 2024 (May 6 – 11)
Faculty Lead:
John Grady |

Program Description: Learn about how sport events including professional tournaments come to be. Get "behind-the-scenes" access to the tournament professionals who organize and execute golf, tennis, and soccer events along the coast of South Carolina. Focus on the fan experience while attending the Myrtle Beach Classic, the newest PGA Tour stop. Enjoy historic Charleston while touring and speaking to USC alumni at Kiawah Island and US Club Soccer. Learn the tennis tournament business and how to create unique fan experiences at the Credit One Charleston Open. Network and experience the culture of the Lowcountry of South Carolina with access to a dozen SPTE alumni and South Carolina sport industry professionals as well as your classmates and professors.

Student Fees: Tuition for SPTE 635 + $850
Payment Schedule: $425 due by Nov. 10, 2023, and $425 due by Feb. 2, 2024

Program Fee Include: Two days grounds passes to attend the Myrtle Beach Classic golf tournament

This course is limited to 12 students. Contact Dr. Grady at to receive more information.


Chicago Riverwalk and skyscrapers

HRTM 595-004 – The Food and Beverage Industry Experience in Chicago

Maymester 2024 (May 17 – 22)
Faculty Lead:
Scott Taylor, Jr. |

Program Description: This course is designed to enhance students' academic, personal, professional, and cultural knowledge of the food and beverage industry while visiting the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. Students will learn to identify various food and beverage industry companies and opportunities while simultaneously examining emerging trends. In addition to attending the show, students will enjoy a Chicago food tour and a networking event with industry professionals and HRSM alumni on a river boat tour.

Student Fees: Tuition for HRTM 595 + $850
Payment Schedule: $425 due by Jan. 15, 2024, and $425 due by March 1, 2024

Program Fees Include: Admission to all four days of the National Restaurant Association Show, ticket for Chicago food tour, Chicago river boat tour and networking event
Program Fees Do NOT Include: Accommodations, transportation to and from Chicago, meals not listed above


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