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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.

2022-23 International Trips

The university continues to monitor the ongoing pandemic. Please be aware that this trip schedule may change.

Overview of Machu Picchu in Peru

HRTM 280 – Foundations of Tourism in Peru

Dec. 26, 2022 – Jan. 7, 2023

Instructor: Tom Mullikin, tourism management

Students will have the opportunity to explore colonial buildings, 16th century churches, museums, and immerse themselves in the history of Peru.  In addition to taking courses, students participate in educational and service-oriented cultural excursions, including the Inca capital of Cuzco, Andes mountains of Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca.

A bird's eye view of the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts), a prominent cultural center in Mexico City.

SPTE 570 – Live Entertainment Industry in Mexico City

March 3-12, 2023

Instructor: Armen Shaomian, sport and entertainment management

This course incorporates pre-trip sessions in face-to-face and hybrid format before departing for 10 days to Mexico City. While there, students will experience lectures by leading entertainment management and family show authorities, tours of sport and entertainment venues, and attendance at family shows and performing arts productions, such as a professional opera and/or Lucha Libre (freestyle wrestling). The course is designed to enhance and develop a better understanding of practices in Mexico and the Latin American market, while also exposing students to history and culture.

The outside of Emirates Stadium, home to Arsenal soccer.

SPTE 570 – Business of Soccer in England

March 2-13, 2023

Instructor: Matt Dunn, sport and entertainment management

Students will examine the economics, player development, community involvement, organizational management, domestic and international marketing, history, and health and wellness found within English football leagues and organizations. Highlights include visiting major venues, attending live matches, and meeting with industry professionals. Students will also enjoy cultural excursions that detail war history, music history, infrastructure, and monarchy.

Three professional soccer players from Ireland celebrate on the field after a goal is scored.

SPTE 570 – Model of Sport and Entertainment in Ireland and Scotland

March 3-12, 2023

Instructor: Andy Gillentine, sport and entertainment management

Students will investigate sport and entertainment in the United Kingdom (specifically Scotland and Ireland) and how it has developed and is currently marketed. Visits during the spring break trip include Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester and Dublin. In addition to daily lectures from event managers, sport and entertainment personnel, and sport and entertainment faculty members, students will tour each city and a number of relevant facilities and venues.

A view from the top row of seats at a soccer stadium in Spain.

SPTE 570 – The Spanish Sport Experience

May 2-11, 2023

Instructor: Matt Brown, sport and entertainment management

Students will experience lectures by leading sport and entertainment management authorities, tours of sport and entertainment venues, and attendance at international sport competitions. The course is designed to introduce sport and entertainment management practices in Spain, while also exposing students to the history and culture of Spain and its impact on the business of sport.

A bird's eye view of Rome with mountains in the background.

RETL 592-01 & HRTM 595-03 – Luxury Management in Italy

May 18-26, 2023

Instructor: Karen Edwards, retailing

Instructor: Sandy Strick, hospitality management

Students in this course will visit iconic sites and learn from luxury retail and hospitality experts in the heart of Florence, Italy. Among the many highlights of the trip are a daytrip to Tuscany with a private tour and tasting at the Castillo Banfi Winery, a guided tour of the Lamborghini factory and museum, and a visit to Parma with lunch and tour of the Parmesan cheese processing plant. Students will also enjoy walking tours and three lectures from Italian luxury experts in hospitality, fashion, and wine.

The Northern Lights seen from Iceland.

HRTM 590-001 – Visitor Attractions of Iceland

May 12-25, 2023

Instructor: Scott Smith, hospitality management

Note: pending final approval

Students will receive an overview of visitor attractions in Iceland. They will explore areas within the industry such as history, venues, resources, operations, merchandising, food service, and design. Some highlights from this experience include an evening excursion to Reykjafoss Waterfall, a stay on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, swimming at a geothermal pool in Borgarnes, a visit to the Blue Lagoon, and seeing locations used for filming HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones."

Zahria Barber, a semester abroad student, stands in the crystal blue waters on a beach in Aruba


Students will become immersed in island culture as they spend four months living, learning and exploring in Aruba.

A student in the Galápagos Islands enjoys some scuba diving.

Galápagos Islands

Live and learn in the Galápagos Islands for an entire semester through UofSC’s direct enrollment partnership with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito! Students study at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) Galápagos campus while living in a homestay on San Cristóbal Island

More information coming soon.


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