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The Buying Trip & Competitive Shop

West Coast Retailing and Buying

Visit the west coast and explore different retailers’ strategies and business models while also experiencing local cultural sites.


  • Students must be attending LIM College from the time of application through the conclusion of the program.
  • Minimum GPA requirement is 2.50.
  • Students must turn in a digital copy of the application (hard copy applications are not accepted).
  • Students must be in good academic and financial standing to participate.
  • Students must have completed all prerequisites for the course component of the program by the time of the program start date. Please see "Credits" below for more information.
  • Students must apply by the deadline.


  • Summer 2019 application deadline: Friday, February 8, 2019

Summer 2019 study abroad application


Summer 2019 dates: August 12 - August 20, 2019

The Summer 2019 group will travel to Seattle and San Francisco.


The LIM College summer study abroad application is due February 8, 2019 for the Summer 2019 term.

Applicants should submit the LIM College study abroad application by email to the Study Abroad Coordinator, along with their personal statement (instructions included in Application document), a copy of the photo page of their passport (if the student does not yet have a passport and therefore cannot include this piece, their application will not be penalized; however, they will be required to get a passport within three months of acceptance to the program), and a copy of their unofficial transcript (which can obtained from Sonis). Students must also submit an initial $375 deposit to Student Financial Services by the application deadline as well. Students who are not accepted to the program will be refunded their deposit.

LIM College’s study abroad programs are competitive as more applications are typically received than there are spots available. The following factors are considered when the Office of Study Abroad selects candidates to participate in LIM College’s study abroad programs:

  • Personal statement/essay: Original, succinct essays with well-thought out content will be rated highly.
  • Interview with Study Abroad Coordinator: Students should be prepared to speak about why they are a good candidate for the program to which they are applying.
  • GPA: The student’s LIM College GPA is taken into consideration.
  • Demonstrated interest: Applicants can increase their chance of being selected by attending information sessions and/or setting up a time to meet one-on-one with the Study Abroad Coordinator to discuss the program they are interested in applying for.


Undergraduate students who are accepted to the program will complete an online course that culminates in the time abroad. Successful completion of the coursework and travel experience will result in three undergraduate elective credits for the course "FASH 3533 - The Buying Trip/Competitive Shopping." The program is first and foremost an academic experience and participants are expected to prioritize the academic component of the program. In addition, students are responsible for ensuring that they have met any and all prerequisites for the course prior to its start date (note that this may be earlier than the departure date for the travel component of the program). Please see the LIM College Catalog for details about course prerequisites.


Travel and accommodation are arranged by a third party provider. The group flies together from a New York City-area airport to the destination cities and all overnight stays are in private rooms within vetted hostels or hotels in the given cities. Participants will receive a full itinerary at a mandatory meeting prior to the program taking place.


All students must submit proof that they are covered in the program locations by their current health insurance provider to the Office of Study Abroad. Students are encouraged to have worldwide insurance which covers (at minimum) comprehensive hospitalization, prescription medication, medical evacuation, and repatriation of remains. If participants are not covered by their current provider, supplemental insurance needs to be purchased. Information regarding companies that provide supplemental insurance is available through the Office of Study Abroad.


The cost of the program is approximately $4000 (if the group stays in the hostels) or $5200 (if the group stays in hotels). Students should indicate their preference between hostels or hotels on the application form and will be informed of the final cost prior to being asked to commit to the program. This program fee covers round-trip airfare from an NYC airport, flights between the destination cities, in-country transportation, accommodation in hostels or hotels for the duration of the program, entrance fees for cultural and business visits, daily breakfast, two dinners, and tuition for the 3 credits earned. Participants may incur the following approximate costs:

  • Non-included meals: $250 
  • Entertainment on free days: Varies; $0-$200 
  • Shopping: Varies; $0-$200
  • Transportation to and from the chosen NYC airport: Varies 
  • International Health Insurance (if applicable): $20


All students are required to attend the LIM College Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation. The time and date of the Orientation will be communicated to all accepted participants. All students are also required to attend one or two additional meetings determined by the faculty leaders during the preceding semester.