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  • Students learn about the ecosystem during a Galapagos Island class on the water.

    Study Abroad in the Galapagos!

    Learn about tourism and sustainability in one of the world’s most beautiful and pristine environments.

Study Abroad Opportunities

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

2021 Spring and Summer International Trips

Ready to travel? The following trips are currently approved and planned for spring and summer 2021. The university is monitoring the ongoing pandemic, so please be aware that travel approval statuses may change. 

 

SPRING BREAK

 Upcoming trips will be posted soon. 

 

MAYMESTER

RETL 592/HRTM 590

Tour Dates: May 20 – 28, 2021

Faculty Leaders: Karen Edwards and Sandy Strick

Join us for an eight-day immersion in Florence, Italy — epicenter of culture and birthplace to some of the world’s most prestigious brands. Take in the rich heritage and splendor of the iconic city that Michelangelo, Ferragamo, Pucci and other notables called home, as you learn about luxury management from a retailing and hospitality perspective. Led by expert faculty from UofSC, this unique program provides a life-changing international experience as you study, first-hand, the business of luxury from a cross-disciplinary view.    

Highlights include*:

  • 20 hours of on-site instruction from international luxury management experts
  • Daytrips to Tuscan winery, Castillo Banfi, and the luxury automaker Lamborghini
  • Visits to Gucci Gardens, the St. Regis, Ferragamo, and the Uffizi Museum
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of The Leather School and a private fashion company, walking tours,
  • And much more!

Program Fees Include:

  • Live lectures from luxury brand experts
  • Entrance to scheduled events, venues and museums listed on final itinerary
  • In-country transportation to Castillo Banfi and Lamborghini museum
  • Accommodations based on multiple occupancy
  • Meals: daily breakfast, two group meals       

In addition to the program fee, you must register for RETL 592 or HRTM 590 for the Maymester/Summer 2021 semester. Airfare to/from Florence, Italy, tuition, $150 Study Abroad fee, entertaiment and excursions not listed on itinerary, gratuity, and baggage and personal expenses are not covered.

Please complete your application with the Study Abroad office prior to March 1. For more information about this trip and to apply, visit the Study Abroad website.

Unless UofSC cancels travel due to Covid-19 or unforeseen events, deposit and payment for program fees are non-refundable.

Tour cost: $3,950.

Non-refundable deposit of $1,975:
Due by December 1, 2020

Remaining payment of $1,975:
Due by February 1, 2021.

*All visits on itinerary subject to change based on availability.

Payment link for Luxury Management coming soon.

HRTM 590

Photography and Sustainable Travel

Designed to promote the tourism experience of the Galápagos Islands (above and below the water) through the medium of photography. Students will learn basics of photography and photo editing as well as travel photography etiquette, such as how to approach people for photos. Students will leave the course with a sampling of photographs focused on travel, including landscapes and cityscapes, interiors/exteriors of religious buildings and other important historical/cultural sites, food and markets.

For more information, contact:
David Cárdenas
Associate Dean of Academics
dcardenas@hrsm.sc.edu

SPTE 490

Sustainability, Eco-Tourism, and the Diving Industry

This course employs an experiential learning approach to provide students 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: Education, Equipment, Environment, and Experiences that comprise the scuba diving industry. Throughout the course students will be provided opportunities to experience how the identified Es are delivered to consumers via various scuba diving industry segments: PADI dive centers, dive resort, and live-a-board dive boats.*

*Additional fees apply; Must be scuba certified prior to program start date.

For more information, contact:
David Cárdenas
Associate Dean of Academics
dcardenas@hrsm.sc.edu

 More upcoming trips will be posted soon. 

 

 

SUMMER

 Upcoming trips will be posted soon. 

 

 

SEMESTER ABROAD

HRTM 590

Photography and Sustainable Travel

Designed to promote the tourism experience of the Galápagos Islands (above and below the water) through the medium of photography. Students will learn basics of photography and photo editing as well as travel photography etiquette, such as how to approach people for photos. Students will leave the course with a sampling of photographs focused on travel, including landscapes and cityscapes, interiors/exteriors of religious buildings and other important historical/cultural sites, food and markets.

For more information, contact:
David Cárdenas
Associate Dean of Academics
dcardenas@hrsm.sc.edu

SPTE 490

Sustainability, Eco-Tourism, and the Diving Industry

This course employs an experiential learning approach to provide students 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: Education, Equipment, Environment, and Experiences that comprise the scuba diving industry. Throughout the course students will be provided opportunities to experience how the identified Es are delivered to consumers via various scuba diving industry segments: PADI dive centers, dive resort, and live-a-board dive boats.*

*Additional fees apply; Must be scuba certified prior to program start date.

For more information, contact:
David Cárdenas
Associate Dean of Academics
dcardenas@hrsm.sc.edu

 More upcoming trips will be posted soon. 

 

 

202 Spring and Summer Domestic Trips

 

MAYMESTER

 Upcoming trips will be posted soon.


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