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Overseas Studies


Have you ever dreamed of studying abroad-- perhaps investigating marine life in the waters off the coast of Australia, learning about Middle Eastern politics first-hand in Egypt, or practicing your language skills while staying with a host family in Japan? Through USC Dornsife's overseas study programs, you will not only experience another culture, you will immerse yourself in it.
As technology brings about an increasingly connected world, we believe that tomorrow's leaders will need a global perspective. Regardless of your major or post-graduate goals, a study abroad experience will enrich you both academically and socially as you navigate a different culture and challenge yourself to consider alternate ways of viewing the world.
USC Dornsife offers over 50 semester-long and year-long programs in nearly 30 countries all over the world. Volunteer in a hospital or gain laboratory research experience at the University of Sussex; intern with the Australian Parliament or a non-governmental organization in Canberra; focus on environmental sustainability in Costa Rica; or take weekly field trips to museums and historical sites in China.
The possibilities are endless.
If you are interested in examining the world a little closer to home, USC Dornsife's Wrigley Institute enables you to spend time living, studying, and researching marine life and environmental science on Catalina Island. Mix small lectures, lab work, and field trips with kayaking and snorkeling on a daily basis. What a way to spend a semester!

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Problems Without Passports

An informed global citizen knows that many of the problems plaguing our society (such as AIDS and climate change) are actually issues affecting others as well on a worldwide scale. That is the premise of Problems Without Passports: our students study a global problem and travel to conduct research on the problem in another area of the world. It's a short-term study abroad opportunity which includes a research component.
Through this innovative program, students have investigated how climate change may have affected the fall of the ancient Mayan empire and interviewed leaders in Washington, D.C. about nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction. What global issue do you hope to examine? We'd like to help you explore it.

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