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Study Abroad with HRSM

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 a custom-built trips designed to bring curriculum to life on a national and global scale.

2019 International Travel Opportunities

Luxury Management in Italy

RETL 592-02 and HRTM 590-03

Tour Dates: May 23-June 4, 2019

Faculty Leaders:

Karen Edwards

Dr. Sandy Strick

Earn a certificate in luxury management from Polimoda International Institute Fashion Design and Marketing!

Trip highlights, course fees and payment information coming soon.

Hotel Management in the Czech Republic

HRTM 565

Tour Dates: May 10-21, 2019

Faculty Leader: Dr. Marketa Kubickova
Phone: 803-777-8222

Spend Maymester 2019 in the Czech Republic touring some of the region's most vibrant cities and cultures in this 11-day, 3-credit hour course!

Trip Highlights:

  • Walking tour of Prague historic city center including Prague Castle, Golden Lane, and Astronomical Clock
  • Afternoon cruise on Vltava river Walking tour of Cesky Krumlov (UNESCO heritage site)
  • Visit Macocha Gorge Sinkhole and the Punkva Caves
  • Meet and collaborate with students from local university in Brno
  • Tour several five star hotels, including the famous Pupp Hotel in Karlovy Vary
  • Visit to Masarykova Univerzita Brno; walking tour of Brno

Tour costs and payment information coming soon.

Retail, Fashion Merchandising and Culture in the British Isles: England, Wales and Ireland

RETL 592

Tour Dates: May 13–23, 2019

Faculty Leader:  Dr. Deb Brosdahl
Phone:  803-777-6249

Discover retailing, fashion merchandising, history and culture in the British Isles while visiting England, Wales and Ireland.

This is a 3-credit hour course.

Trip Highlights*:


  • Ring of Kerry
  • Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone
  • Dublin — Book of Kells, St. Patrick's Cathedral


  • Snowdonia National Park, a Welsh castle


  • Stratford-upon-Avon,  birthplace of Shakespeare
  • Anne Hathaway's cottage
  • Tour of Oxford, Stonehenge, Bath
  • London: Big Ben, St. Paul's Cathedral, Harrods

*The venues listed above are representative, and may be subject to change.

Tour Costs Include*:

  • Airfare, ground transportation from airport and to destinations
  • Hotel accommodations 3-4 per room (additional cost for 2-person per room if wanted)
  • Tour director, expert local guides
  • All breakfasts plus 5 dinners
  • Entrance to events, museums, and other scheduled outings
  • Global travel protection

Tour Costs Do NOT Include:

  • Cost of tuition for 3-credit hour course
  • Trip to and from Charlotte, N.C., for flight departure/arrival
  • Any lunches, 6 dinners
  • $66 tip for full-time tour director
  • Optional additional price for 2-person room occupancy if desired
  • Personal spending

Tour Cost:

$4,219 + tuition. Tour fees are non-refundable.

Payment Due Dates:

First payment: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
A non-refundable deposit of $1,406 is due

Second payment: Friday, November 30, 2018
$1,406 is due

Third payment: Friday, January 30, 2019
$1,406 is due

Paris Fashion: From Runway to Hallway


Tour Dates: May 13–22, 2019 

Faculty Leader: Dr. Annette Burnsed
Phone: 803-777-8066

Discover first-hand one of the fashion and retail hubs of the world! This trip to Paris, France, is a unique opportunity to observe and experience key international retailing and designer venues, as well as important museums, galleries, artistic venues, exhibitions, markets, and related businesses. Join us on this exciting journey, “From Runway to Hallway,” and see how apparel fashion influences home fashion and vice-versa!

Trip Highlights*:

  • Guided tour of Paris
  • "Chanel and the Rue Saint-Honoré" and "Fashion in the Palais Royal Neighborhood" walking tours
  • Day trip to Versailles and guided tour of the "Private Apartments of the Kings"
  • Guided tour of Fondation Pierre Bergé — Yves Saint Laurent; Musée du Louvre; Musée d’Orsay; and Le Musée du Parfum Fragonard
  • Eiffel Tower; Avenue des Champs-Élysées; Seine cruise; Pantheon; Arc de Triomphe; and Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Paris
  • Les Arts Décoratifs: (1) Musée des Arts Décoratifs and (2) Musée de la Mode et du Textile
  • Fashion show at the Galeries Lafayette
  • And more!

*The venues listed above are representative, and may be subject to change.

Tour Costs Include*:

  • Airfare
  • Ground transportation in Paris
  • Hotel accommodations (double occupancy) 
  • Meals: Daily breakfast, group welcome dinner and group farewell dinner
  • Entrance to tours, museums, and other course outings

*In addition to the tour fee, you must register for RETL 592M for the Maymester 2019 Semester. Tuition and fees are not covered by the tour cost. 

Please complete your application with the Study Abroad office prior to February 9, 2019. 

Tour fees are non-refundable. Tour cost is $4,425.00.

Payment Due Dates:

First payment; November 15, 2018
A non-refundable deposit of $2,212.50 is due

Second payment: February 1, 2019
Remaining payment of $2,212.50 is due


Amsterdam and Budapest: Global Sport and Entertainment in Europe

SPTE 570 

Tour Dates:  March 8 - March 17, 2019

Faculty Leader: Dr. Armen Shaomian
Department of Sport and Entertainment Management
Phone: 803-777-8215

Course will meet weekly on Monday evenings culminating in a trip to Europe during spring break

Tour Highlights:

  • City tour by bike
  • Groupama Arena tour
  • Opera performance
  • River tour


  • City tour by bike 
  • Amsterdam Arena tour
  • Concertgebouw tour
  • Ajax soccer game

Student Fees: Tuition for SPTE 570 + $4,400.00

Tour Costs Include*:

  • Airfare
  • Hotel accommodations (double occupancy)
  • Transportation in Europe
  • All breakfasts and a group dinner
  • Tickets to all performances, sporting events, and group tours

*In addition to the tour fee, you must register for SPTE 570 for the Spring 2019 semester. Tuition and fees are not covered by the tour cost. 

Please complete your application with the Study Abroad office prior to December 1, 2018.

Tour fees are non-refundable. Tour cost is $4,400.00

Payment Due Dates:

First payment: October 31, 2018
A non-refundable deposit of $2,200.00 is due
Second payment:  January 25, 2019
Remaining payment of $2,200.00 is due



2019 Domestic Travel Opportunities

Jacksonville and Charleston: The Tournament Business

SPTE 590 

Faculty Leader: Dr. John Grady
Department of Sport and Entertainment Management

Learn about the golf tournament business while attending THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Often called “the Fifth Major” in golf, we will have “behind the scenes” access to this tournament and speak with professionals from the PGA Tour. In the evening, spend time enjoying Jacksonville Beach while networking with local industry professionals.

In Charleston, learn how to work with sponsors to market professional tournaments. Find out about careers in athlete sponsorship and player representation from a golf sports agent. Tour the Volvo Cars Open tennis center and speak with the tournament manager about marketing and operations for a WTA marquee tennis event. Learn how to create unique fan experiences and plan special events from the Charleston Riverdogs. Speak with USC alumni about their career paths in this dynamic industry. This course is open to USC students from all majors. Space is limited for this tour.

Course Credit: This is a 3-credit hour course.


  • Tentatively confirmed stops include:
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of 
    THE PLAYERS Championship
  • Two days on-site at THE PLAYERS
  • ShotLink Intelligence
  • Everbank Field, home of the 
    Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Volvo Cars Open Tennis Tournament (WTA)
  • Empire Sports Management
  • US Club Soccer & National 
    Premier League
  • Charleston Historic District & Beaches 

More information to come.

Baseball in America

SPTE 590

Faculty Leader: Dr. Tom Regan
Department of Sport and Entertainment Management
Phone: 803-777-6713

Baseball is America’s game and the opportunity to visit U.S. venues in many Amercian cities is your chance to experience this sport tradition. Tour at least 9 facilities, attend 12 games, and much more.

Course Credit: This is a 3-credit hour course.

More information to come. 

Orlando: Theme Park and Attraction Management

HRTM 590M  

Faculty Leader: Dr. Scott Smith
School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
Phone: 803-777-8199

Experience the best of Orlando while gaining behind-the-scenes exposure to the theme park and attractions industry. Explore the multifaceted aspects of this field including history, venues, resources, ride operations, merchandising, food service and design.

Attractions include the Walt Disney World Theme Parks, Magic Kingdom “Keys to the Kingdom” behind-the-scenes tour, and Epcot Center. We will also visit Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, Seaworld and Gatorland.

Each park visit will include an educational component from tours to spending time with park management who will provide insights into the unique operation of each park.

Course Credit: This is a 3-credit hour course.


  • Walt Disney World Theme Parks
  • The Magic Kingdom
    Behind-the-scenes tour, “Keys to the Kingdom”
  • Epcot Center
  • Universal Studios
  • Islands of Adventure
  • Seaworld
  • and Gatorland!

More information to come.