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Program Type

  • OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

  • Business
  • Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Various


  • United States

Program Term

  • Fall
  • Short-term

For more information, contact:

Lisa Williams
Associate Professor of Instruction– Retail and Fashion Merchandising
121B Patton Hall
E-mail: williaL6@ohio.edu
Phone: 740.597.3122

Office of Global Opportunities



New York City is one of the fashion capitals of the world and in preparing our students to enter this world, it is important to learn about the different aspects of the industry by witnessing this first hand at companies and corporate offices within the city. Students will have the opportunity to make connections between their classroom experiences and the reality of the Apparel and Retail industry through this educational excursion. Students will explore different aspects of the Apparel and Retail Industries through interacting with employees, managers, and business professional along with on-site visitations to apparel and retail companies in New York City. 

Good to know

Students will be traveling on the same flight with the instructor to and from New York and everyone will be traveling under a group ticket. Students will be responsible for getting themselves to the Columbus Airport on the day of the flight. Students must arrive 2 hours prior to the flight to obtain their ticket from the instructor. Students are encouraged to carpool and, if possible, to travel to Columbus the night before due to the early timing of the flight. Transportation from the New York City Airport to the hotel, and back, will be provided. Students will be given a metro card to use for buses and subways during the tour time period. Alternate transportation, such as Taxis, Uber, or Lyft, are not covered in the program fee and will be at the student’s own expense. 

Living Arrangements 

Students will stay in double occupancy hotel rooms.

Program Dates 

October 7 – 11, 2020 

Next anticipated iteration: Fall 2022

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial, and academic risk. The CDC advises that you should delay travel until you are vaccinated. Note that entry to some countries and participation in local program and free-time activities, including in the U.S., may be severely restricted or potentially unavailable to unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travelers should additionally expect to incur extra expenses and onsite logistical challenges due to onsite testing requirements. For further information, contact ogoriskmanagement@ohio.edu


RFM 3400: Retail Study Tour, 1 credit hour 


The program fee for this program includes: Airfare, hotel, private bus tour, Shuttle to and from New York area airport, metro card, breakfast at the hotel and associated costs for tour organizer.

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 1 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

An itemized Student Budget Worksheet will be published when the next travel dates are available.

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Looking for Funding Opportunities? 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

This program is open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors in the Retail and Fashion Merchandising (RFM) major and minor with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and graduate students in the Apparel Textiles and Merchandising (ATM) Master’s Program. 

First priority will be given to RFM majors and ATM students. 

Students will need to apply through the Global Opportunities website and will need to provide a copy of their DARs and a written statement as to why this opportunity would be beneficial to them.  

Selection will be made based on current GPA, major and written statement. 

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.