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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Academic Affiliate Program

Each year, USC's College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) hosts multiple academic affiliates. The Academic Affiliate Program covers almost every continent, including Ireland, Turkey, China and South Korea, just to name a few. We encourage academic affiliates to share their experience and knowledge with us by hosting small lectures while they are at the University of South Carolina. A tremendous amount of joint research has been conducted with College of HRSM faculty.

The College of HRSM has a robust academic affiliate program that provides opportunities for research, joint teaching, database accessibility, office space and summer housing at our Columbia, South Carolina campus. The University of South Carolina international offices provide exchange-based immigration services as needed. 

Goals of the Program

  • Collaboration with an HRSM faculty member in research and publication
  • Contribution to HRSM guest lecture series
  • Enhancement between affiliate's home institution and USC
  • Future research or data collection

About the University of South Carolina and College of HRSM

The University of South Carolina offers three levels of degrees including undergraduate, graduate and doctoral. USC is home to approximately 35,000 students at the flagship Columbia, South Carolina, campus and has a top-level intercollegiate athletics program. 

The College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management is a powerful learning arena where passionate students, inspiring teachers, and industry leaders come together to advance the world’s customer service experience industries. HRSM's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is consistently ranked among the top 15 in the U.S. and top 25 in the world. The Department of Sport and Entertainment Management is part of a top-five sport science program in the U.S., and its master's program has been ranked among the top 10 nationally in recent years.

In addition to the Academic Affiliate Program, the College of HRSM offers several opportunities for undergraduate and graduate international collaboration. These include student exchange programs, study abroad, dual-degrees, pipeline programs and summer academies. In spring 2023, the College of HRSM piloted an international student internship program. The purpose of the program is to supply international students with coursework, a paid internship and a cultural experience here in South Carolina. Students will gain many benefits including academic credit, English language skills, networking opportunities, academic training and professional experience.

Visit our application process page for more information on how to become an academic affiliate with the University of South Carolina's College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management.

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