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February Field Trips: Exploring American Southern Culture


February was full of field trips for our USC International Accelerator Program students! On back-to-back weekends, students ventured down to Savannah, Georgia and then Charleston, South Carolina to explore the little pockets of American Southern culture not far from the University of South Carolina campus.

Take a look at the pictures below!

First up — Savannah, GA! Student Services Advisor, Madeline Willett, gives us a quick recap of the adventures:

On a beautiful Saturday, students had all day to soak up the city. We arrived in the morning and visited the Visitor’s Center to get maps and information. Most students headed down the famous River Street to have lunch at local grills and then to River Street Sweets for a little pick-me-up. We walked by the water and looked at Savannah’s Talmadge Memorial Bridge before heading into the downtown neighborhoods to look at the old architecture and take in the ghost stories that cover Savannah. Our group even broke off to get a look at the Savannah College of Art and Design and their museum. Afterward, we headed back to the city for some dinner in one of the squares and enjoyed some pizza with our International Student Services friends. 

USC IAP students (Pengfei (Evan) Guan – center, Sunmimade (Sunmi) Olubanwo – left and Tam (Vivia) Bui – right) and Student Services Advisors goofing around before lunch!


Who says you can’t eat delicious Irish food in Georgia? Lunch at Kevin Barry’s Pub!


Taking in the beautiful architecture of Savannah.


More goofing around by Sunmimade and Vivia!


Next up — Charleston, SC!

In the morning, students were free to roam Charleston. We first stopped at the visitor’s center where our bus driver, the famous Butterball, gave students an overview of the Charleston map. We then drove into the city by way of Rainbow Row and let the students off there. Many students started at the famous Charleston markets, looking at the local arts and crafts. They saw historic churches, the shops of King Street, and the Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park. Students had lunch downtown on their own and headed back to the bus mid-afternoon. We then took a ferry to Fort Sumter, the famous island where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. After a 40-minute ferry ride, students were allowed to roam the island for an hour. Between the old canons and Fort remains, a National Park Ranger gave a passionate speech about the history of the land and directed us to the museum that the fort now houses. At the end of the trip, students helped the rangers lower the American flag and hopped on the ferry back to Charleston.


USC IAP students Zhe Zhao, Shaojun Sun, Lei (Ulysses) Zhang, Fei Teng and Liwei Huang before the ferry ride to Fort Sumter!


Students went shopping in many of the different markets around Charleston, including the Rainbow Market.


Students taking in the scenery of Charleston’s Ravenel Bridge.


Want to see more signature events our USC International Accelerator Program students get to participate in? Check out our other blog postings!

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