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Summer Study Abroad

Immerse yourself in another culture with our 3 to 7-week programs. Work on a new major or minor to complement your existing program.

The Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences of the University of Southern California expresses its commitment:

  • To integrate study abroad into the undergraduate curriculum and to send a significant number of its undergraduates abroad for study at some time during their college lives
  • To continue to develop new international programs, and to increase the range of opportunities for study locations around the world
  • To maintain traditions of academic excellence in all study abroad programs
  • To encourage the appropriate foreign language preparation for study abroad
  • To facilitate both longer term study (semester and year-long programs), as well as summer and other shorter-term programs, including student exchanges and other innovative possibilities for cultural exchange
  • To integrate study abroad with on-campus academic programs and activities; this includes effective advising, close coordination between international programs and the relevant academic units, and development of relevant extracurricular programs

For more information about academic year and semester programs, visit Overseas Studies.

Additional summer study abroad opportunities are available in the Problems Without Passports program.

The Dean Joan Metcalf Schaefer Scholarship for Travel is available at www.deanjoan.net

For information about summer financial aid, please refer to the Office of Financial Aid.

 

View our summer programs:



Taipei, Tawain

Taipei, Tawain

The Chinese Program in the Department of East Asian Languages and Culture is happy to offer its inaugural USC Chinese Summer Program in Taipei this Summer 2012. Operated by USC's outstanding Chinese faculty and located at the prestigious National Taiwan University, this new study aboard program provides students with the unique opportunity to experience the vibrant city of Taipei while joining a four-week Chinese language program at the top ranked academic institution in Taiwan.

Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Improve your knowledge of the Spanish language and culture and earn 8 units of credit while living in Madrid. Students take two courses, live with a Spanish family, tour Madrid’s museums, make a one-week visit to Barcelona, and take short trips to the monastery of El Escorial and the historical cities of Segovia and Toledo.

Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain

The Departments of Spanish and Portuguese and International Relations present an interdisciplinary summer course in Valencia, Spain. Improve your knowledge of Spanish language and immigration issues, and earn four units of USC credit while living in one of Spain’s most interesting cities. Students will take one special topics Spanish course, live in a student residence (Colegio Mayor), and explore Valencia through visits to centers of immigrants, non-profit organizations as well as various cultural events around the city.

Rome, Italy (archaeology)

Rome, Italy (archaeology)

Through the American Institute for Roman Culture program, world-renowned art historian and archaeologist John Pollini brings a contingent of USC Trojans to dig and learn in Rome and Ostia. His Ara Pacis and Vatican Museums lectures have been the subject of many of his important publications.

Rome, Italy (language)

Rome, Italy (language)

Students have the opportunity to study Italian while living in one of the most exciting cities in the world: Rome. No previous knowledge of Italian is required. Students take one intensive Italian language class. Excursions to nearby cities, visits to local museums and sites, and many cultural and social events are planned and included in the cost of tuition.

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

The School of International Relations offers students the opportunity to study and intern for five weeks in Brussels, Belgium. Students take a course on the contemporary issues in European foreign and security policy while interning at an international organization. Students intern full time for the first week, after which their schedule will consist of class in the morning and internship in the afternoon.

Beijing, China

Beijing, China

The department of East Asian Languages and Cultures offers students the opportunity to explore this richly historic city while participating in a four-week or an eight-week Chinese language program in Beijing. 

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

The East Asian Studies Center’s “Global East Asia” summer program offers students in all majors an opportunity to study abroad in Shanghai, China for 4- weeks. This course will examine issues of “globalization” by focusing on urban processes in China, using Shanghai as a special example and integrating travel to Beijing and other locations throughout China. The program is designed to expand UG interest in East Asian studies and if accepted, all major travel expenses will be covered, including roundtrip international airfare, basic lodging and meals, local transportation and entrance fees related to the course.

Cambridge, England (Under Review for 2014)

Cambridge, England (Under Review for 2014)

The International Summer School in Cambridge, England, offers students an excellent opportunity to study British literature, history, economics, poetry, arts and government and to examine the background of modern Britain and Britain’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. Students live in Cambridge Colleges and enjoy the artistic pleasures of the Cambridge Arts Festival, as well as the opportunity to visit and appreciate some of England’s major historic sights.

Dijon, France

Dijon, France

The Department of French and Italian will offer a summer program in the city of Dijon, France, where students will be able to improve their knowledge of the French language and culture in a French-speaking environment. Dijon is the ancient capital of the former Duchy of Burgundy and is renowned for its lovely old streets, monuments, churches and fine cuisine.

Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland

The School of International Relations offers students the opportunity to study and intern for five weeks in Geneva, Switzerland. Students intern full time for the first week at an international organization, after which their schedule will consist of class in the morning and internship in the afternoon.

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

The East Asian Studies Center’s “Global East Asia” summer program offers students in all majors an opportunity to study abroad in Tokyo, Japan for 4- weeks.  This course will examine Japan through an intensive study of Japanese history, politics, culture and society and integrate travel to Kyoto, Hiroshima and other locations throughout Japan. The program is designed to expand UG interest in East Asian studies and if accepted, all major travel expenses will be covered, including roundtrip international airfare, basic lodging and meals, local transportation and entrance fees related to the course.

Seoul, Korea

Seoul, Korea

The East Asian Studies Center’s “Global East Asia” summer program offers students in all majors an opportunity to study abroad in Seoul, Korea for 4- weeks. This course will explore Korean films, combining close readings of key works with actual travel to those locations including the DMZ, Pusan, Cheju Island and other places throughout South Korea. The program is designed to expand UG interest in East Asian studies and if accepted, all major travel expenses will be covered, including roundtrip international airfare, basic lodging and meals, local transportation and entrance fees related to the course.

St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia

St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers students the opportunity to participate in a six-week program in Moscow, capital of Russia. Students can take up to 6 units: an intensive language course and/or directed research. Through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), USC students can also study at St. Petersburg State University for the academic year or for either the fall or spring semester. CIEE offers two programs, the Russian Area Studies Program and the Russian Language Program.