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Problems Without Passports

Most, if not all, of the societal problems or challenges we face are transnational or global in nature.  These problems like global climate change, pandemics or the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction are global challenges that do not belong to a single country.  These are "problems without passports."

USC students will have the opportunity in summer 2014 to participate in a number of Problems Without Passports (PWP) courses that combine problem-based or inquiry learning research exercises with study in a foreign country. Learn more about problem-based learning.  Courses are currently being finalized, and a full list will be available soon.

Undergraduate students:  Students applying to a PWP program are eligible to apply for our Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF).


Summer 2014 Courses:

Please check back periodically as we will be updating this page on a rolling basis.


Summer 2013 Courses:


Summer 2012 Courses:


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Explore the Problems without Passports Program

Problems Without Passports shows undergraduate researchers that big issues transcend national borders.

Video by Mira Zimet

Research in Belize!

As part of the Problems without Passports trip, a group of students traveled to Belize to study the ancient Mayan civilization.

Video by Mira Zimet & Angelica Zatarain

Scientific Diving through the Environmental Studies Program

As part of the Problems Without Passports program, a group of students traveled to Guam and Palau to study environmental issues.

Video by Mira Zimet

Articles about the program:

For information about summer financial aid, please refer to