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Program Details

Students will have a three- faceted sales experience on this tour. They will have a first-hand experience at the Longest Yard Sale while they try to accrue treasures. They will also be able to study the business model and success of the Vanderbilt’s, through exploration of the continuing industry at Biltmore. This will be contrasted by the “accidental salesmanship” of the Shakers who unexpectedly became known for their industry and acquired wealth in a short period of time. This unintended model (due to their religious beliefs) has influenced architecture, especially in the United States, but also globally.

Selection Criteria:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be an MBA student or have faculty approval
  • Be a high school graduate or above.
  • Read, speak, and understand English.
  • Participants will be expected to be able move themselves and their luggage significant distances through urban settings and transportation hubs in a timely fashion that will not delay the group.


  • Savannah, Georgia (architecture)
  • Asheville, North Carolina (Biltmore & Vanderbilt holdings)
  • Longest Yard Sale (Tennessee & Kentucky)
  • Pleasant Hill, Kentucky (Shaker Village)

Program Dates:

July 28, 2018 – August 4, 2018


$1,799.00 (Airfare Included)

Suggested Payment Schedule:

  • Deposit: $500
  • March. 17, 2018: $300
  • April 14, 2018: $300
  • May 12, 2018: $300
  • June 16, 2018: $300
  • July 7, 2018: $99

Must be paid in full by July 27, 2018

Deposit: $500 dollars will need to be paid when you hand in your application.

All payments must be made through the Hurst Center, NOT at the main cashier's office. Payment can be made in person, or over the phone at (801) 626-6600. The Hurst Center is located on the south side of campus next to the Alumni Center.

Will include room and board, domestic transportation, and some meals.

Not included: airfare, incidentals, excess baggage costs, any unscheduled travel, and all meals.


Please attend all departure meetings!

July 28: Departure & participate in Savannah tours
July 29: Cemetery Tour
July 30: Biltmore Tour
July 31: Meet with curator of Biltmore for private architectural tour
August 1: Tour of Shaker Village, River Bell Riverboat ride, Hay Ride
August 2: Tour of William Whitley House, HWY 150
August 3: Attend performance at Cumberland County Playhouse
August 4: Return

Academic Courses

Students who participate in this study abroad program will be able to register for up to one (1) semester credit through Weber State University in PS 1303

Program Directors

Jacie Johnson

Trip Cancellations

If the trip is canceled, all participants will be refunded. Any refunds for withdrawals from the program will be determined by the Study Abroad Director according to the recoverability of incurred costs and fees and according to the Continuing Education Policy. Once the group leaves all costs are non-refundable in their entirety. Dates & process may change. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of any such changes by staying in contact with the program director.

Any questions feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8155 or by calling the Continuing Education Office at (801) 626-6600.