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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

  • International students pose in Hilton Head's Harbor Town boat basin, a key tourist area for Sea Pines Resort visitors.

International Non-Degree Training Program

Diverse cultural experiences can inspire creativity and drive innovation. The International Non-Degree Training Program creates cross-cultural courses and academic training exposure, giving students the opportunity to develop professional skills, leadership abilities and cultural awareness in the areas of hospitality, tourism, retailing and sport management, while receiving credit from their home institutions.

Program Summary

The International Non-Degree Training Program gives international students the opportunity to pursue a full-time course of study at the University of South Carolina’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management followed by an internship in the United States. Students gain academic enrichment and career experience with industry and education professionals in a leading tourism region of the United States.

International students will enjoy taking college courses, improving their English language skills, experiencing a new culture, and gaining U.S. work experience.

Program Type 

J-1 University & College Student Non-Degree Program

Language of Instruction


Minimum GPA

2.5 on a 4.0 scale

Class Standing

Undergraduate sophomore, junior or senior

Language Experience

Required TOEFL score of 77 IBT (550 PBT), a score of 6.5 on the IELTS, or 53 on the PTE

Areas of Study

Hospitality, Tourism, Events, Retailing

Credit Hours

 Minimum of 12, maximum of 15

Program Length

6 months to 1 year

Academic Training Experience

Paid internship

Course Work

  • Culture and Traditions in the Service Industry
  • Customer Service Preparation
  • Intensive English Language Preparation
  • Professional Development Seminar
  • HRSM Internship Class

Internship Details and Benefits

  • Students will have a non-degree student status and enroll in a minimum of 12 academic credits
  • Intern with top tourism and hospitality partners
  • Paid internships
  • Career-related experiential learning and networking in the U.S.
  • Cultural immersion and improved English skills

The Sea Pines Resort and Carowinds Amusement Park are two partners that provide internships for USC international students.

Carowinds Amusement Park

Become a moment maker by interning at Carowinds Amusement Park. It is home to Fury 325 — the tallest, fastest, and longest giga coaster in North America — as well as an exciting water park. Learn how the magic happens through training at this high-quality regional theme park. Opportunities to intern in the hospitality, retail and entertainment industry are available for students.

  • An assortment of amusement park rides at Carowinds.
  • A kids playground inside the waterpark at Carowinds
  • A rollercoaster featuring loops at Carowinds amusement park.

Sea Pines Resort

The Sea Pines Resort offers students insight and exposure to the behind-the-scenes operations of one of the “world’s best” family beach hotels and golf resorts. Located on beautiful Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, opportunities to intern in the hospitality, retail and sport management areas are available.

  • A view from the harbor at The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
  • An aerial view of a green on a golf course with the ocean in the background at The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
  • A view of the club house at a golf course at The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

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