International Study Options
International Study ProgramsUSC’s undergraduate international study programs, many of which are administered by the USC College Office of Overseas Studies, enable students to learn in a different educational and cultural context. Some of the programs require a background in the language of the host country; others are conducted entirely in English. Units earned are considered USC units and affect residency in the same manner. However, overseas courses are not offered for general education credit. Students receive regular USC credit and may apply financial aid and scholarships to the semester and year programs described here. The semester and year programs detailed below are offered through the USC College Office of Overseas Studies unless they are identified as being offered by the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies located in the College House (CLH), Room 201, call (213) 740‑3636, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.college.usc.edu/overseas-studies for more information. The Office of Overseas Studies can also direct students to various academic units that offer summer or short-term international programs for undergraduates.
Semester in Buenos AiresThis semester program offers students the opportunity to study Latin American culture and study at the Universidad de San Andres, a small liberal arts college in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. Students will live and learn in this vibrant metropolis while taking communication courses that count toward major credit at USC. Buenos Aires is one of the largest cities in Latin America and will give students the chance to explore the world view of Latin America and how it relates to communication, mass media and the world at large.
The program will immerse students in South American culture, with classes being taught exclusively in Spanish. This program requires a high degree of proficiency in Spanish, both written and oral (2.5 years of college-level Spanish or the equivalent required), and no special arrangements will be made for students who cannot meet language requirements. An optional five-week preparatory program is offered by the Universidad de San Andres for students who need to strengthen their Spanish skills. For further information, contact the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, Room 140, call (213) 821-2180, email email@example.com or visit annenberg.usc.edu/international.
Semester or Year in BrisbaneThe University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s premier higher education institutions. Brisbane, with more than one million residents, is Australia’s third-largest and fastest-growing city. USC undergraduates enroll in regular university courses in a wide variety of subjects. Courses are available in the humanities, social sciences, science and engineering. Kinesiology majors can take courses for major credit. Students may choose to live on or off campus.
Semester or Year in CanberraLocated in the capital city of Canberra, the Australian National University (ANU) offers USC undergraduates the opportunity to study alongside Australian students for a semester or year. Courses are available in the schools of arts and social sciences, Asian studies, economics and commerce, engineering and computer science, law and science. Fine arts majors may pursue studio arts courses at the ANU School of Art. Students live in university-affiliated residence halls.
Semester in Canberra (Public Sector Internship)The Australian National Internship Program, administered by the Australian National University, is available to students who wish to combine academics and practical experience in an internship in Australian Parliament, the Australian Public Service or a nongovernmental organization. Students attend academic seminars and complete a research project in addition to the intern duties they perform. Students earn 12 USC units for the internship and may take one 4-unit course at ANU. Students live in university-affiliated residence halls. Students must have at least junior standing by the start of the program.
Semester at the University of New South Wales, SydneyThis spring semester program offers students the chance to live and study in Australia’s most exciting city. Students choose from a wide variety of courses offered at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), one of Australia’s “Group of Eight” premier universities. UNSW is located close to the hub of Sydney’s central business district. The program will give students the chance to explore mass media and communication in a challenging environment with a distinct world view, very different from that of the United States, but is also open to all majors. For further information, contact the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, Room 140, call (213) 821-2180, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit annenberg.usc.edu/international.
Semester in YungaburraThrough the School for Field Studies, students spend a semester at a field station in a rain forest in far northern Queensland, home to an amazing variety of exotic birds, plants and wildlife. Students enroll in four courses: Rainforest Ecology, Principles of Forest Management, Economic Policy and Socioeconomic Values, and Directed Research. The courses involve a great deal of hands-on fieldwork, and the directed research projects provide invaluable experience for students interested in graduate studies or in work dealing with the environment. Students share four- to eight-person cabins.
Semester or Year in ViennaIn conjunction with the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), USC undergraduates have the opportunity to study in Vienna, Austria. Students receive intensive German language instruction during the first three weeks of the program, then enroll for the remainder of the semester or year in courses offered by IES, including a German language course and four other courses taught in English. Students with advanced proficiency in German may opt to take IES courses taught in German, and may be eligible for courses at the Universität Wien. IES courses are available in such disciplines as art history, anthropology, drama, economics, history, international relations, literature, music, political science and psychology. Please check with USC Overseas Studies regarding admission to this program after fall 2011. Students must have completed at least two semesters of college-level German, or the equivalent, to be eligible for this program.
Semester or Year in Salvador da BahiaStudents may spend a semester or year in Salvador da Bahia in northeastern Brazil through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Salvador da Bahia, a city of 2.1 million, was once the capital of Brazil and is now considered the center of Afro-Brazilian culture. The semester and year programs begin with several weeks of intensive Portuguese language training before the start of regular university courses. During the semester, students take one Portuguese language class, one CIEE course and two to three courses alongside Brazilian students at the Universidade Católica do Salvador. All courses are taught in Portuguese. Courses are available in such areas as anthropology, Afro-Brazilian studies, economics, history, literature, religion, sociology and theatre. Students live with Brazilian host families. Students who have completed four semesters of college-level Spanish or two semesters of Portuguese are eligible to apply.
Semester or Year in São PauloStudents may spend a semester or year in São Paulo, Brazil, a city of approximately 16 million inhabitants, through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). The semester and year programs begin with several weeks of intensive Portuguese language training prior to the start of regular university courses. During the semester students take one Portuguese class, one CIEE course and two to three courses alongside Brazilian students at the Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo. All courses are taught in Portuguese. Courses are available in such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, communications, economics, history, geography, international relations, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political science and sociology. Students live with Brazilian host families. Students who have completed four semesters of Spanish or two semesters of Portuguese are eligible to apply.
Semester or Year in SantiagoIn conjunction with the Council on International Educational Exchange, USC provides the opportunity for study at the Universidad de Chile and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, both located in Santiago, the capital of Chile. All courses are taught in Spanish. Courses are available in such disciplines as art, anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, Spanish, and theology. The program actively helps students get involved in volunteer work in Santiago. Students live with Chilean host families.
Semester or Year in BeijingThe program at Peking University in Beijing, offered through the Council on International Educational Exchange, provides students with the opportunity to study at China’s most prestigious liberal arts institution and to improve their Mandarin Chinese in a city where the standard dialect is used. The focus of the program is intensive language learning, with instruction available at many levels of ability. Students may take one English-taught area studies course. Students who have a very advanced level of Chinese and attend the program in the spring semester may take regular Peking University courses alongside Chinese students in Chinese language and literature and international relations. As a supplement to classroom language instruction, each program participant is paired with a Peking University student for weekly one-on-one Chinese language tutorials. Students live with other American students in dormitories on the Peking University campus. Students must have completed three semesters of Mandarin or the equivalent in order to be eligible for the program.
Fall or Spring Semester in Hong KongThis semester program offers students the opportunity to study Chinese culture and interact with Chinese people in a multi-cultural context at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a bilingual institution. Students gain the invaluable experience of witnessing China’s “one country, two systems” experiment first hand. Courses in English are offered in fine arts, literature, history, Japanese studies, intercultural studies, music, philosophy, computer science, anthropology, economics, international relations, as well as journalism and communication. For students interested in Chinese language, courses are offered in Putonghua (Mandarin) or Cantonese. Students take five classes worth 3 units each, for a maximum of 15 USC units. Extracurricular activities include the opportunity to teach English in rural China, monthly dinner talks with Asian studies specialists and excursions to local areas of interest. Students reside in dormitories with Chinese roommates. For further information, contact the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, Room 140, call (213) 821-2180, email email@example.com or visit annenberg.usc.edu/international.
Semester or Year in NanjingStudents may spend a semester or year in Nanjing, China, a city of more than three million people set along the banks of the Yangtze River. Nanjing University is well-regarded for its liberal arts and social sciences education. Students take 12 units of Mandarin and a 3‑unit Chinese studies course. In the fall semester there is an extended field trip to Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in southwest China, and in the spring semester the extended field trip is to Qinghai and Xinjiang provinces in northwest China. Each student shares a triple room with a Chinese student and another American student. Students may also choose to live with a host family.
Semester in AtenasIn conjunction with the School for Field Studies (SFS), students spend a semester abroad in Atenas, Costa Rica. The SFS Center for Sustainable Development Studies focuses students on issues of tropical ecology and sustainable development through a case study approach and fieldwork, as well as a directed research project. The program also includes a 10-day field study in neighboring Nicaragua. Students live in cabins in walking distance to Atenas and get involved in projects with the local community.
Semester or Year in PragueUSC provides the opportunity to pursue course work in central European studies and/or film studies in Prague in conjunction with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), which is housed at Charles University, the premier institution of higher learning in the Czech Republic. Students with an interest in cinema studies may take up to 6 units at the Film & Television Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU), the oldest film school in Central Europe. Students spend the first two weeks of the semester in an orientation session devoted to intensive language study. Although there is no language prerequisite, all students are required to enroll in conversational Czech. The remainder of the courses may be chosen from such fields as Czech and Central European history, art history, political science, sociology, international relations, Jewish studies and film. Students can opt to live in a dormitory, an apartment or with a Czech host family.
Semester or Year in CairoStudents may study for a semester or year at the American University in Cairo (AUC). About 5,200 students attend AUC, and about 87 percent of the student body is Egyptian. Visiting students may take courses in any of AUC’s departments. With the exception of Arabic language and literature courses, the language of instruction at AUC is English. Fields of particular interest to USC students include: Arabic language, Arabic studies, Middle Eastern studies (including international relations and politics) and Egyptology. USC students must take at least one Arabic language course at AUC. Students must have completed two semesters of college-level Arabic or the equivalent in order to study at AUC. AUC’s new campus is located in New Cairo, an ambitious development project at the far edge of the Cairo metropolitan area. Visiting students may live in AUC housing on campus or in the Zamalek residence hall in central Cairo. Students who live in central Cairo can expect to commute an hour or more each way to the AUC campus.
Spring Semester or Year at the University of Sussex in BrightonThe University of Sussex is especially strong in American studies, computer science, English, international relations, neuroscience, biological sciences, psychology and sociology. There is also a special program for pre-med students, which includes hospital volunteer opportunities. USC students are directly enrolled in courses with British students. Situated near the seaside resort town of Brighton, the university is only an hour away by train from London and just a half hour from Gatwick Airport. Brighton has a very active arts scene and a lively nightlife, and 10 percent of the residents are university students. Students live in university housing either on or off campus.
Semester or Year at Queen Mary, University of LondonQueen Mary has excellent offerings in biological sciences, economics, English, engineering (including aerospace engineering), drama and film studies, history, international relations and political science. Note that art history, sociology and philosophy are not offered. Students may take classes in any department at Queen Mary (except law and medicine) and are directly enrolled alongside local students. USC students must plan to take at least two courses for major credit to be eligible for this program.Students live in on-campus housing.
Year at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)Juniors and seniors can spend a year at LSE, which has an outstanding international reputation in all of the social sciences, including anthropology, economics, international history, international relations, mathematics, philosophy and sociology. Students spend an academic year at LSE on the general course, where they take four yearlong courses alongside British and other international students. More than half of the 6,000 full-time students come from outside the United Kingdom (more than 120 countries are represented in the student body), which gives the school a very cosmopolitan atmosphere. University housing is located throughout central London. Students must have at least junior standing and cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher to be eligible for this program; quantitative majors need a 3.5 GPA in major courses.
Semester or Year at King’s College, University of LondonJuniors and seniors can directly enroll at King’s College, one of the top 10 universities in the United Kingdom. King’s is strong in biological sciences and offers a special program for pre-med students, which combines classroom study with clinical attachments focusing on different aspects of medical practice. Students interested in security or peace and conflict studies can enroll in the War Studies Department, one of the few university departments in the world devoted to the study of war as a phenomenon. USC students must plan to take at least two courses for major credit to be eligible for this program. As the fields of study available to USC students may change, please check the Office of Overseas Studies Web site for updated information. University housing is located throughout central London, and students can expect to commute to campus. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher to be eligible for this program.
Fall or Spring Semester in London (Communication)Undergraduate communication students may spend a spring or fall semester at the USC London Center in the Bloomsbury area of London. Students enroll in 16 units of upper division communication course work taught by USC and British faculty. Students tour publishing and broadcasting companies, meet communication executives and government policy-makers and gain exposure to British media, culture and civilization. The program also includes group excursions to such places as Bath, Oxford, Cambridge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Hastings and Paris. For further information, contact the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, Room 140, (213) 821-2180, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit annenberg.usc.edu/international.
Spring Semester in London (Journalism)USC journalism students spend a spring semester at City University in London, where they have a privileged vantage of British culture and media. Through social science course work and an intensive and integrated journalism project, they have the opportunity for personal and direct comparison between the relatively structured and governmentally controlled media of the United Kingdom and the comparatively laissez-faire approach to media regulation in the United States. Students earn a total of 8 USC journalism elective units and 8 social science electives units. For further information, contact the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, Room 140, (213) 821-2180, email email@example.com, or visit annenberg.usc.edu/international.
Semester at University College London (Psychology, Neuroscience, Earth Sciences and Art History)Juniors and seniors with a psychology, neuroscience, earth sciences or art history major may spend a semester at University College London, one of the top five universities in the United Kingdom. USC students must plan to take at least two courses for major credit to be eligible for this program. As the fields of study available to USC students may change, please check the Office of Overseas Studies Web site for updated information. Students will have a home department at UCL and must take two of their four courses in their home department. Remaining courses can be taken in any department except English and fine art. USC students are directly enrolled in courses with British students. University housing is located throughout central London, and students can expect to commute to campus. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher to be eligible for this program.
Semester or Year in London (Theatre)In conjunction with Sarah Lawrence College and the British American Drama Academy (BADA), USC theatre majors and minors spend a semester or year in London. The London Theatre program is designed to expose undergraduates to the rigor of professional British training in acting by helping them improve their ability to perform plays from the classical repertoire and develop techniques and approaches to acting that will stand them in good stead in any role. The program is taught by a faculty that includes some of Britain’s most distinguished actors and directors. Students will take courses which include scene study workshops in Shakespeare, high comedy, modern drama, acting in performance, voice, movement, stage fighting, theatre history and dramatic criticism. Students attending a one-year program will add classical acting for stage and screen to their academic program for the second semester. Students live in flats with other program participants. Students must audition for the program, and admission is competitive.
Semester or Year in NorwichStudents may spend a semester or year studying at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, England. UEA is a top-ranked British university and offers courses in almost all disciplines; its creative writing, environmental science and American studies departments are of particular note. The city of Norwich has been voted one of Britain’s top cities for quality of life; London is about two hours away by train. Students live on campus in university housing.
Year in ParisUSC is a member of the Sweet Briar Junior Year in France Consortium, which enables USC undergraduates to spend an academic year in Paris, taking courses at the University of Paris and other institutions in the Parisian system of higher education. Courses are offered in most areas of the social sciences, the humanities and the arts. The year is preceded by a monthlong intensive language orientation in the city of Tours, and internship opportunities are available in the second semester. To apply, students must have completed four semesters of college French or the equivalent.
Semester or Year in ParisUSC students can study for a semester or year on the USC Paris program. In addition to French language courses at the Sorbonne, the program offers USC upper-division French courses and English-taught USC courses in art history and international relations. Students at an advanced level of French may take one or two courses alongside French university students at the Institut Catholique. Courses are available in the following areas: history, sociology and art history. Program costs include weekend and day excursions to sites of cultural importance, as well as visits connected with individual classes and social activities. Students live with French host families. Students must have completed two semesters of college-level French.
Semester or Year in Paris (International Relations, Political Science, Economics)USC international relations, political science and economics majors (only) may spend the spring semester or academic year studying at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), one of the top-ranked universities in France. Students choose the English track, English/French track or French track for their courses in international relations, political science and economics. All students take a French language course or elective course taught in French each semester regardless of which track they are in. Students live in private accommodation throughout Paris. To be eligible for this program, students need a 3.3 USC GPA, junior standing, and three to five semesters of French (depending on the track selected). Students live with French host families. Students on the French-only track may live in shared apartments.
Semester or Year in BerlinIn conjunction with the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), USC offers a program of study at the IES Center and Humboldt University, perfectly situated for exploring the city. Students receive intensive German language instruction during the first three weeks of the program, then enroll for the remainder of the semester at Humboldt University (in the spring semester) and/or courses offered at the IES Center (in the fall or spring semester). All courses are taught in German and are available in such disciplines as German economics, history, politics, art history, business, classics, international relations, political science, psychology, religion and sociology. Students are housed in private German homes and apartments. Students must have completed four semesters of college-level German to be eligible for this program.
Semester or Year in FreiburgUSC, in conjunction with the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), provides an opportunity for undergraduates to study in Freiburg, Germany. The University of Freiburg, Germany’s second oldest university, was founded in 1457. As a university town, Freiburg thrives on student life and the heritage of learning, yet retains the charm of a small city. Courses are offered in most areas of the social sciences. All courses at the IES Center and University of Freiburg are taught in German. Students live in apartments with German students. Students must have completed four semesters of college-level German to be eligible for this program.
Semester in Accra and KumasiStudents may spend a semester in Ghana with the School for International Training. This program focuses on the arts and culture of Ghana and culminates in a four-week independent study project in which each student pursues a topic of his or her choice. The semester in Ghana offers students a unique opportunity to learn about Ghanaian arts and culture in depth, and more broadly, West Africa. The program includes a homestay component, intensive language study, and thematic and field study seminars. Students travel extensively within Ghana, although most of the course work and the homestays are located in the cities of Accra and Kumasi.
Semester or Year in AthensStudents may spend a semester or year in Athens, Greece, where the ancient world comes alive. A vibrant capital city, Athens is a center of international business and the hub of an efficient and extensive transportation system which makes the beauty of Greece readily accessible. All students are required to enroll in either modern or classical Greek as one of their five courses. The curriculum is organized into two tracks: Ancient Greek Civilization and Mediterranean Studies. Students live in simply furnished apartments with other American students.
Semester or Year in DelhiThrough the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), USC undergraduates have the opportunity to spend a semester or year studying in Delhi, India’s capital city. At the IES Delhi Center, students take a Hindi language course and courses about India (taught in English) in the humanities and social sciences. They also have the option of taking some of their courses at Delhi University’s Ramjas College in the fall semester or Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in the fall or spring semesters. As JNU is a graduate-level institution, students wishing to take courses there should have completed several upper-division undergraduate courses in their major at USC. Both Ramjas College and JNU offer a wide range of courses in the humanities and social sciences. The program includes some daylong, overnight and multi-day excursions. The program staff also helps interested students find volunteer opportunities in Delhi. Students may choose to live with other American students in the IES Student Residence or with an Indian host family. Students can expect to commute to classes daily. The fall term runs from mid-July to the beginning of December. The spring term runs from the first week of January to the second week of May.
Semester or Year in GalwayStudents may spend a semester or year studying at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Located in western Ireland, Galway is the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland and plays a dynamic and pioneering role in theatre, arts and culture. Students may take courses in a wide variety of fields including arts and letters, commerce, sciences and engineering. Students are directly enrolled in the university and take courses alongside Irish students.
Spring Semester or Year in JerusalemUSC undergraduates may spend a year or spring semester at Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ) in Israel. The program begins with a month or more of intensive Hebrew language study. Students then start the regular HUJ semester and may take English-taught courses in archaeology, art history, environmental studies, history, international relations, Jewish and religious studies, Middle East and Islamic studies, literature, political science, neuroscience and psychology. Students are required to take one Hebrew language course during the semester. Other languages offered are Arabic and Yiddish. Students live in campus dormitories and may participate in a variety of social and cultural activities at the university. Students must have completed two semesters of college-level Hebrew or the equivalent to participate in this program.
Spring Semester or Year in Tel AvivTel Aviv University provides USC undergraduates an opportunity to spend a spring semester or the academic year at Israel’s largest university. Courses are offered in Jewish studies, Middle Eastern studies, art history, life sciences and social sciences, and the arts. Examples of arts courses are 20th Century Israeli Art, Creative Writing, Israeli Drama, and Israeli Documentary Film. Each semester is preceded by a month-long intensive Hebrew language course. Students live in university dormitories and may participate in a variety of extracurricular activities. Students must have completed two semesters of college-level Hebrew or the equivalent to participate in this program.
Semester in Cortona (Fine Arts Majors Only)USC fine arts majors (B.A. or B.F.A.) may participate in a semester-length intensive studio arts program in the Tuscan hill town of Cortona, Italy with the University of Georgia’s Studies Abroad Program. Cortona is located on top of Mont S. Egidio and offers students a rich artistic and historical environment, which includes Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. Students must have completed one semester of college-level Italian or the equivalent and several foundation courses in art before attending this program. In Cortona, students study painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking and sculpture. Mandatory weekend excursions to places of historical and artistic interest in the surrounding area complement the studio classes. Accommodation is provided in a renovated 15th century monastery in Cortona.
Semester or Year in FlorenceThrough Syracuse University, USC undergraduates have the opportunity to spend a semester in Florence studying Italian language and literature, art history, history, international relations, political science and studio arts. Classes are taught mostly in English at Syracuse’s own study center in Florence. Students with advanced proficiency in Italian may take courses at the University of Florence. Courses are complemented by field trips to cities such as Assisi, Rome and Venice. Students live in homestays with Italian hosts. Studio arts students may also choose to stay in an apartment with other program students. Students must have completed at least two semesters of college-level Italian to be eligible for this program.
Semester in Florence (Animation and Digital Arts Students Only)John C. Hench Animation and Digital Arts undergraduate majors may participate in a fall semester animation and digital arts program at Studio Arts Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. Students must have completed a minimum of one semester of college-level Italian (two semesters strongly recommended) as well as the required preparatory foundation classes before attending this program. SACI houses students in apartments near the school in the historic center of Florence. While in Florence students participate in weekly open drawing sessions and field trips to sites throughout Italy, including day trips to Pisa, Siena and Lucca, and weekend trips to Rome, Venice and Naples. The program offers the finest and most challenging training to the next generation of digital artists, animators, art historians and art conservators. For more information see SACI’s Web site at: www.saci-florence.org.
Semester or Year in MilanThrough the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), USC undergraduates have the opportunity to spend a semester or year studying in Milan, the commercial and financial center of contemporary Italy. The IES Milan Center is located near the Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione. IES Milan offers two programs: beginning/intermediate Italian and advanced Italian. Students in the beginning/intermediate Italian program enroll in IES area studies taught in English in addition to Italian language courses. IES area studies courses are available in such disciplines as art history, cinema, theatre, history, literature, music and political science. Students in the advanced Italian program select from IES area studies courses taught in Italian and are encouraged to choose one or two courses from among a wide variety of offerings at several universities in Milan. Students are housed in apartments with Italian roommates, some of whom are enrolled in local universities and others who are young professionals. Students must have completed two semesters of college-level Italian to be eligible for this program.
Semester in Rome (Classics majors only)USC classics majors may study in Rome for a semester at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS), a program administered by Duke University. Students study ancient history and archaeology, intermediate and advanced Greek and Latin, basic Italian language, and Renaissance and Baroque art history. Field trips and extended study tours are essential components of the program. Students live and study at the ICCS Center, a three-story building located a few minutes by bus from the center of Rome.
Semester or Year in NagoyaA program of study is available at the Center for Japanese Studies at Nanzan University in Nagoya. The program for international students is well known for its strength in Japanese language training. Nagoya is two hours from Tokyo by bullet train and one hour from the ancient capital city of Kyoto. Courses are available in such disciplines as Japanese arts, business, culture, economics, history, international relations, linguistics, literature, religion and political science. Intensive language training is offered at all levels of proficiency. Students live in Japanese homes or dormitories.
Year at Waseda University in TokyoStudents may study for an academic year at Waseda University, one of Japan’s foremost private institutions of higher learning. The university is located in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo. The academic program at Waseda’s School of International Liberal Studies combines Japanese language courses and English-taught lecture courses on the history, culture, literature, arts, politics and economics of Japan and East Asia. The intensive Japanese language courses, offered at 12 levels of proficiency, assist students in the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students live with Japanese families or in the university’s international dormitory.
Spring Semester or Year at Sophia University in TokyoStudents may spend the spring semester or full year at Sophia University in Tokyo through the Council on International Educational Exchange. Students can experience life in Tokyo and take courses alongside Japanese students and other international students. Sophia University is a top-ranked Japanese university and is conveniently located in west-central Tokyo. Students are enrolled in Sophia’s Faculty of Liberal Arts on the main Yotsuya campus, where they take Japanese language courses as well as English-taught courses in Asian Studies (anthropology, art history, comparative literature, economics, history, international relations, linguistics, literature, religion, philosophy, political science and sociology). Students highly proficient in Japanese can take courses in Japanese linguistics. Students live in Japanese homes or privately owned dormitories throughout the Tokyo area.
Semester or Year at Tokyo International University near TokyoFounded in 1965, Tokyo International University is located in the city of Kawagoe, about 25 miles from central Tokyo. The university offers a program for international students through the Japanese Studies Program in the International Center. Students enroll in an 8-unit Japanese language course and select the remainder of their courses, taught in English, from anthropology, cinema, culture, economics, history, literature, philosophy and political science. Students live in Japanese homes.
Semester or Year in AmmanIn Jordan, at the crossroads of the Middle East, students have the opportunity to learn about modern Jordan, its historical background, and the challenges that the region faces. The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) program at the University of Jordan offers students intensive Arabic language study and area studies courses that focus on Jordan and the Middle East. Students take six units of modern standard Arabic and three units of colloquial Jordanian Arabic. They also take two, three-unit area studies courses taught in English. Fields of study include archaeology, comparative literature, gender studies, history, international relations, political science, religion and sociology. Students in this program may participate in community service programs. The program includes excursions to the ancient sites of Petra and Wadi Rum. Students live in apartments with other American students or with a Jordanian host family. To participate in this program, students must have completed at least two semesters of college-level Arabic or the equivalent.
Semester in MombasaUSC students may participate in the School of International Training’s Islam and Swahili Cultural Identity program in Mombasa. As the heart of Kenya’s commercial and cultural connections with other Indian Ocean ports, Mombasa is an ideal base from which to study Kenya’s coastal cultures. The program’s curriculum encompasses Kenyan history, politics and economics; the Swahili language; coastal cultures; rural development; and field study methods. Toward the end of the semester, each student completes an independent study project of his or her choice. Students travel along the Kenyan coast on field trips and excursions.
Semester at Field Stations in Kenya and TanzaniaThrough the School for Field Studies, USC offers undergraduates the opportunity to study for half a semester in Kenya and half a semester in Tanzania. At both sites students live in close proximity to wildlife and local Masai communities on an African savanna. Through conducting research and fieldwork and attending lectures, students explore human-wildlife conflicts from the perspective of local ranchers, communities and park managers. The site in Kenya is the Kilimanjaro Bush Camp near Kimana, and the site in Tanzania is the Haven Nature Camp west of Arusha.
Semester in Puerto San CarlosIn conjunction with the School for Field Studies (SFS), students spend a semester abroad in Puerto San Carlos, Mexico. The town is located on the Pacific coast of the state of Baja California Sur. Most residents of Puerto San Carlos and the other towns and villages that dot the shores of Magdalena Bay, an important habitat for endangered sea turtles and migrating gray whales, are dependent on the resources of the bay for their livelihood. The SFS Center for Coastal Studies focuses students on issues of coastal ecology, principles of resource management, economic and ethical issues in sustainable development through a case study approach and fieldwork, as well as a directed research project. Students live in small cabins.
Fall or Spring Semester in AmsterdamThe University of Amsterdam (UvA), founded in 1632 as the Athenaeum Illustre, is the largest and one of the most prestigious universities in the Netherlands and has a strong commitment to international education. Through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), USC students enroll in one course offered by CIEE and three courses from the extensive English-language course offerings of the University of Amsterdam. Students earn USC units in communication and other disciplines including art history, economics, natural sciences, philosophy, psychology, international relations, political science, gender studies, sociology and others. Dutch language courses are available, and students fluent in Dutch, French, German, Spanish or Italian may elect to take courses at the university offered in those languages. Courses are worth 4 academic units each, for a total of 16 units per semester. Students live in single rooms in dormitories in central Amsterdam. For further information, contact the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, Room 140, (213) 821‑2180, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our Web site, annenberg.usc.edu/international.
Semester in AucklandThis spring semester program offers students the opportunity to travel to New Zealand and experience its liveliest city as well as its natural wonders. Students will study at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), located centrally in Auckland, the largest and most cosmopolitan city in New Zealand. Students take a variety of courses while taking in the sights and sounds of indigenous Maori culture and modern New Zealand. This program is open to all majors. For further information, contact the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, Room 140, (213) 821-2180, email email@example.com or visit annenberg.usc.edu/international.
Semester or Year in DunedinFounded in 1869, the University of Otago is the oldest established university in New Zealand. It has an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research. Study abroad students are able to take a broad range of subjects across the university’s four academic divisions: commerce, health sciences, humanities and sciences. Students majoring in English, anthropology, psychology, and natural and environmental sciences will find strong programs offering a wide variety of courses. Kinesiology students can take classes in the physical education department at Otago. The university offers a true campus lifestyle and the city of Dunedin, in which the university is located, offers a rich cultural life as well as proximity to outdoor activities. Students live in university-affiliated dormitories or apartments.
Semester in ManaguaUSC students may participate in the Revolution, Transformation, and Civil Society program run by the School for International Training (SIT). Throughout the program, lectures and field visits illustrate how social and political movements, including women’s movements, are responding to both domestic and external influences, including U.S. foreign policy. Students are based in Managua, where they study Spanish intensively and take an interdisciplinary course that includes Nicaragua’s political history, social movements, civil society, economics and development. Students participate in extended educational excursions to a rural agricultural cooperative in northern Nicaragua, the Caribbean coast and El Salvador. They are introduced to field study methods and dedicate several weeks to completing an independent study project toward the end of the semester. All courses are conducted in Spanish. Students must have completed three semesters of college-level Spanish and be able to follow course work in Spanish in order to be eligible for the program.
Semester or Year in St. PetersburgAs a member of the Council on International Educational Exchange, USC offers undergraduates a semester or year-long opportunity to study at St. Petersburg State University. Students with two or more semesters of Russian can participate in the Russian Area Studies Program, which is ideal for students of history, international relations and political science. The Russian Language Program is for students with four or more semesters of Russian and focuses on language, literature and Russian culture. Students have their own room with a Russian family in a private apartment. The program includes many day trips to important sites and overnight excursions to locations such as Moscow, Novgorod, the Pskov region and Tallinn (Estonia).
Semester or Year in EdinburghThe University of Edinburgh was founded in 1583 and offers excellence in teaching and research over a wide range of disciplines. USC students are directly enrolled in courses with British students. Courses are available in more than 50 disciplines including archaeology, architecture, biological sciences, classics, computer science, ecology, economics, engineering, international relations, linguistics, mathematics, physics, psychology and religious studies. USC students live in university residence halls, student houses or university flats.
Semester in Edinburgh (Political Internship)The University of Edinburgh offers qualified undergraduates the opportunity to serve as interns to Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). During the first five weeks of the program, students enroll in courses that provide a background in British and Scottish politics and government. Following completion of the course work, students will be assigned to an MSP, under whose direction they complete a 10-week internship and research project. This program is highly competitive; strong candidates should have taken at least two political science or international relations courses and have internship experience, preferably in politics. Students can earn 13.5 USC units on this program.
Spring Semester in SingaporeUSC students may apply to study at Nanyang Technological University, a modern institution with a rapidly broadening disciplinary focus ranging from technical sciences to communication, humanities and social science. Students earn 16 units for the completion of four classes worth 4 units each. Academic instruction is conducted in English, and students share dormitory rooms. As Singapore becomes an important leader in a region of ever-increasing global significance in trade, information and technological interchange, USC students can experience this uniquely modern yet non-Western environment. For further information, contact the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, room 140, (213) 821‑2180, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit annenberg.usc.edu/international.
Semester or Year in Cape TownStudents may spend a semester or year studying at the University of Cape Town (UCT) through the Council on International Educational Exchange. Situated on the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is a vibrant multicultural city and is also a microcosm of the challenges facing the country: how to successfully operate within a global economy while at the same time grappling with the vast socioeconomic inequalities that are the legacy of the colonial and apartheid past. All program participants are required to take at least one course with specific African content. Courses may be taken in all UCT faculties except health sciences and law. Students live with South African or other international students in residence halls, with other American students in apartments close to campus, or with a South African host family. Students must have at least junior standing at the start of the program.
Semester or Year in SeoulStudents who have completed two semesters of college-level Korean have the opportunity to spend a semester or year at Yonsei University in Seoul. Students enroll in a Korean language course and two or three English-taught Asian studies courses available from the following areas: anthropology, art history, business, economics, history, international relations, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, and sociology. Students live in the international student dormitory on campus.
Semester or Year in BilbaoUSC offers undergraduates the opportunity to study for either a semester or year at the University of Deusto, which was founded by Jesuits in 1886 and is among Spain’s top universities. The university is situated on the banks of the Nervión River, across from the Guggenheim Museum. Bilbao is considered the financial and cultural center of the Basque country in northern Spain. Students with two to four semesters of Spanish focus on intensive language study and take additional course work in Spanish, Basque and European studies. Students with five or more semesters of Spanish may take some courses alongside degree-seeking Deusto students. Students may choose to live in dormitories or homestays.
Semester or Year in MadridUSC offers its own fall and spring semester program in Madrid. Based at a study center in central Madrid, students may take regular USC courses in art history, history, international relations, political science and Spanish. These courses are taught mostly by local faculty and some are taught in English. The program offers a strong cultural component including several excursions to different regions of Spain and day trips to sites near Madrid in addition to outings to cultural events in Madrid. For enhanced cultural insight, students live in a homestay with Spanish hosts. To be eligible for the program, students need to have completed, be enrolled in or test out of at least second-semester Spanish within one year before the start of the program.
Semester or Year in TaipeiUSC students may spend a semester or year studying at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan, through the Council on International Educational Exchange. Students study Mandarin intensively and take one English-taught interdisciplinary core course about Taiwan. Students live in on-campus dormitories with Chengchi University students. The program offers one of the best opportunities to understand the contemporary economic, political and cultural issues facing this dynamic Pacific Rim island.
Turks and Caicos
Semester on South Caicos IslandIn conjunction with the School for Field Studies (SFS), students spend a semester abroad on South Caicos Island, located between the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic. The SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies focuses students on issues of tropical marine ecology, principles of resource management, and environmental policy and socioeconomic values through a case study approach and fieldwork, as well as a directed research project. Students live three or four to a room in a rustic former hotel.
Other ProgramsUnits other than USC College that offer semester and year international study programs for undergraduates include the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism (see here and here), the School of Architecture (see this section), the Marshall School of Business, and the Viterbi School of Engineering.
International Summer SessionThe International Summer Session features a number of overseas courses each year for undergraduates. Programs have included:
Beijing, China (East Asian Languages and Cultures)
Beijing, China (Engineering)
Brussels, Belgium (International Relations)
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Spanish and Portuguese)
Cambridge, England (USC College)
China, Japan, Korea (East Asian Studies Center)
Dijon, France (French and Italian)
Dublin, Ireland (Annenberg)
East Asia (Architecture)
Florence, Italy (Engineering)
Geneva, Switzerland (International Relations)
London, Paris, Rome and Prague (Annenberg)
London, England (Engineering)
London, England (Music)
Madrid, Dublin and Paris (Business)
Madrid, Spain (Spanish and Portuguese)
Madrid, Spain (Engineering)
Moscow, Russia (Slavic Languages and Literature)
Paris, France (Engineering)
Rome, Italy (Art History)
Rome, Italy (Engineering)
Rome, Italy (French and Italian)
Seoul, Korea (East Asian Studies Center)
Shanghai, China (East Asian Studies Center)
Tokyo, Japan (East Asian Studies Center)
Valencia, Spain (Spanish and Portuguese)
USC College Problems Without PassportsUSC College offers a number of faculty-led, short-term courses that focus on a specific transnational program and involve time spent in the area of study. In summer 2010 there will be Problems Without Passports programs to Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Egypt, Germany, Guam, and Palau.
Information about these programs is available from the sponsoring school or department. For referral, contact the Office of Overseas Studies, (213) 740‑3636.