Fashion and Textile Management

Donghua Fashion Institute (Shanghai, China)

This semester study abroad program is designed to provide students – the future leaders in the textile, apparel, and retail industries – with an opportunity to: 1) gain insight into global business dynamics by visiting both U.S. companies’ operations (sourcing, design and product development, sales and marketing, and production) in China and Chinese local businesses; 2) gain an understanding of Chinese culture to facilitate the appreciation of Chinese consumer behavior and business practices; and 3) network with both U.S. textiles and apparel companies in China and Chinese companies for potential internship and employment opportunities. 

Sample Semester:

  • Global Merchandising (FTM elective)
  • International Product Development (FTM elective)
  • Global Marketing (FTM elective)
  • Cross-Cultural Studies (GEP)
  • Business Chinese (GEP)
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Lorenzo de Medici (Florence, Italy)

Over forty years of experience have made Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM) one of the most distinctive and well-established study abroad institutions in Europe. Many Wilson College students choose LdM because of the variety of FTM and FTD electives this institution offers, as well as it’s proximity to many  fashion houses such as Gucci, Ferragamo and the Pitti Palace. Students can choose from different courses in 38 subject areas, which are taught in English.

Sample Semester:

  • 3-Hour Italian Language Elementary I (Required Course)
  • Fashion Marketing (FTM 282)
  • Trend Forecasting (FTM elective)
  • Anthropology of Fashion (FTM elective)
  • Italian Food and Culture: Pairing Food & Wine (GEP)

Read about Joanne Zhang’s experience at Lorenzo de Medici

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NC State European Center in Prague (Czech Republic)

The NC State European Center in Prague is NC State’s only permanent international facility and welcomes students from all academic disciplines. Students earn NC State credit hours in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. On-site orientation is included in the first week of the program, allowing students to get to know each other and NC State Prague staff members. Additional cultural events and excursions are also included in the program to engage students with the historically and culturally rich city of Prague and the culture of the Czech Republic.

Sample Semester:

  • Czech Culture & Language (GEP)
  • Fashion Photography (FTM elective)
  • Specific Topics in Textile Application – Illustration (FTM elective)
  • Principles of Sociology (GEP)

Read about Talya Suber’s experience in Prague

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RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia)

The main RMIT campus is located in the Melbourne Central Business District. It is an urban campus surrounded by cafes, restaurants and recreation facilities. Established in 1887, RMIT is a dynamic university of technology with several campuses based around Melbourne. Expert teachers, excellent facilities, and the latest technology equipment help Wilson College students gain the most from their study abroad experience. 

Sample Semester:

  • Business Finance (BUS 320)
  • Trend Forecasting Fashion (FTM elective)
  • Fashion Illustration (FTM elective)
  • Modern Australian Society (GEP)
  • Indigenous People and Environment (GEP)
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University of the Arts London: London College of Fashion (London, England)

London College of Fashion, UAL is a world leader in fashion design, media and business education. They have been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion. London College of Fashion’s Study Abroad Program offers students from all over the world the opportunity to study a range of fashion-related courses in London. London College of Fashion offers students specialist facilities – equipment, tools and resources – across six London sites. This includes the biggest fashion library and archive in the UK (the library was redeveloped in 2013), sample and sewing rooms, a 3D modelling room, cosmetic science labs, visual merchandising suites and make-up studios. 

Sample Semester:

  • Creative Direction for Fashion Media (FTM elective)
  • Fashion Public Relations (FTM elective)
  • Mastering Millinery (FTM elective)
  • British Cultural Studies (GEP)
  • Fashion History and Artefact (GEP)
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University of Manchester (Manchester, England)

Geographically, historically, and culturally, the University of Manchester is at the heart of this exciting city! It is a close walk from the city center and all of its attractions. About 40,000 students attend the university, which makes it possible to offer a wide range of interdisciplinary research areas. Manchester offers the Leadership and Service Pathway for study abroad and exchange students. In addition to their academic program, students can undertake a volunteer placement with local community groups, enabling them to engage with British life, society and culture. The culture, food, music, entertainment, shopping, and sports make Manchester an exciting place for Wilson College students to live and learn abroad!   

Sample Semester:

  • Consumer Behavior (FTM 385)
  • Design Communication (ENG 332)
  • The In-Store Environment (FTM elective)
  • Sociology of Fashion (GEP)

Read about Taryn Hoffman’s experience at the University of Manchester

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Global Leadership and Team Decision Making Minor (Czech Republic, United Kingdom and Germany)

The Global Leadership and Team Decision-Making minor is a 15-hour minor that is designed for students who seek to gain greater knowledge and understanding of leadership and team decision-making from a European global perspective in a cohort format. The coursework is composed of courses grounded in theory, inquiry, and application. The student will participate in a cohort of 12-15 for a semester abroad in the Czech Republic, United Kingdom and Germany. The student will be required to take SLC 250: Critical and Creative Decision-Making either prior to or following the study abroad experience to complete the 15-hr requirement (prior to departure preferred).

Sample Semester:

  • SLC 250 – Critical & Creative Decision Making Models (Interdisciplinary Perspectives GEP)
  • FTM 484 – Strategic Management and Decision Making in Textile (FTM elective)
  • MIE 430 – Teamwork in Organizations, Faculty on Record, Richard Podurgal (Minor Course)
  • PRT 359 – Leadership and Supervision in Recreation (Minor Course)
  • SLC 475 – Capstone: Global Leadership and Team Decision-Making (Minor Course)
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