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

2019 International Travel Opportunities

The Spanish Sport Experience

SPTE 570

Tour Dates: May 8-16, 2019

Faculty Leader:
Dr. John Grady

Experience “Sport in Spain” to learn how Spanish culture influences managing the business of sport. Madrid is a vibrant world capital with many cultural and sport opportunities. It’s a major hub for the business of sport within Europe. Barcelona is more laid-back, with its beaches, culinary specialties, stadiums and world-famous cultural sites. 

Trip Fees Include:

  • 4 nights hotel – Madrid
  • 3 nights hotel – Barcelona
  • Train ticket
  • Airport transfers once in Madrid
  • Tickets and entrance fees to all events and cultural attractions
  • Welcome tapas, closing dinner, plus some additional meals

Trip Fees Do Not Include:

  • Roundtrip airfare to Spain
  • $150 study abroad program fee

Trip Highlights:

  • Attend quarterfinal matches of Mutua Madrid Tennis Open (pro tennis)
  • Attend Atletico Madrid v. Sevilla soccer match
  • Tour world-famous Santiago Bernabeu Stadium-Real Madrid
  • Watch FC Barcelona Lassa in handball match
  • Tour famous places like the Prado Museum, Olympic Stadium, Sagrada Familia, and Barceloneta Beach
  • Attend lectures at Real Madrid University – Universidad Europea
  • Experience Spanish culture through food in Madrid and Barcelona

Payment due dates*: 

First deposit payment due:
November 5, 2018 — $1,110

Second payment due:
February 1, 2019 —  $1,000

*Deposits are non refundable.

For more information about this tour, contact Dr. Grady at

Luxury Management in Italy
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RETL 592-02 and HRTM 590-03

Tour Dates: May 23-June 4, 2019

Faculty Leaders:

Karen Edwards

Sandy Strick

Join us for an 11-day immersion in Luxury Management 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 earn a certificate in Luxury Management from the prestigious Polimoda Institute. Led by Retailing and Hospitality faculty from the University of South Carolina, this unique program provides a life changing international experience as you study, first-hand, the business of Luxury from a cross-disciplinary view.

Trip Highlights:

The curriculum includes 38 hours of on-site instruction from international experts luxury management plus:

  • Daytrip to Tuscan winery, Castillo Banfi, and luxury automaker Lamborghini
  • Visits to Gucci Gardens, Ferragamo, and the Uffizi Museum
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of The Leather School and a private fashion company
  • And many more scheduled activities!

Participation in this course is an excellent introduction to the world of luxury brand management.

All visits on itinerary subject to change based on availability

Tour Fees Include:

  • Certificate in Luxury Management from prestigious Palimoda Institute
  •  In-country transportation to Castillo Banfi and Lamborghini museum
  • Hotel accommodations based on double occupancy
  • Meals: daily breakfast, two group meals
  • Entrance to scheduled events, venues and museums listed on final itinerary 

In addition to the tour fee, you must register for RETL 592-02 or HRTM 590-03 for the Maymester/Summer 2019 Semester. 

Tour Fees Do Not Include:

  • Airfare to/from Italy
  • USC tuition and fees for three-credit hour 500-level course, which must be paid prior to departure
  • $150 Study Abroad Office processing fee
  • Meals not listed on itinerary
  • Passport fees
  • Mandatory emergency overseas medical insurance
  • Mandatory cell phone, service, or calls
  • Entertainment and excursions not listed on itinerary, and those listed as “optional”
  • Baggage fees, personal expenses such as laundry and gratuity, etc.

Please complete your application with the Study Abroad office prior to February 8, 2019. 

Tour Cost*:

First payment: A non-refundable deposit of $1,925 is due by December 1, 2018

Second payment: Remaining payment of $1,925 is due by February 1, 2019

*Tour fees are non-refundable.  

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

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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

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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

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 American 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.