Global East Asia

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Global East Asia as PwP is a summer study abroad program for USC undergraduate students, made possible by EASC and the USC Dornsife Problems without Passports program. This four-week intensive program gives students the opportunity to live, study and travel between USC and either China or Japan for two weeks in each country. EASC-360: Global East Asia* is an upper-division area studies course taught by USC faculty, students from a variety of majors and language backgrounds experience East Asia in a unique way.

Program Costs

Tuition: $6,664 [4 units]

Travel: $1,100 - $1,400 [Roundtrip Airfare from Los Angeles to Beijing, China or Tokyo, Japan]
Note: Students should wait to purchase airline tickets until instructed to do so, as courses may be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Additional Expenses: $200 - $800*
*Additional expenses include miscellaneous USC fees, international insurance coverage, books, meals and other personal expenses (which vary considerably from student to student).

For the detailed cost breakdown, please see EASC Global East Asia as PwP Program Financial Information

For additional scholarship information, please click here


  • Location: USC, Beijing, Shanghai, one inland city, and the countryside
  • Instructor: Brett Sheehan, Associate Professor of History
  • Course Title: Global Consumer Culture and China
  • Summary: Examine the impact of globalization on China and the impact of China on globalization.
  • Dates: Monday, May 16, 2016 - Saturday, June 11, 2016
  • Room: Von Kleinsmid Center (VKC) 154


  • Location: USC, Tokyo, Lake Yamanaka, and various locations in Japan
  • Instructor: Lon Kurashige, Associate Professor of History
  • Course Title: Foreigner and Gaijin: International Understanding in a Global Age
  • Summary: Recognize and analyze problems of international understanding in a global age.
  • Dates: Monday, May 16, 2016 - Saturday, June 11, 2016
  • Room: Social Sciences Building (SOS) 250

Program details are subject to change.

Program Benefits

  • Two weeks of extensive travel in the country of study (*Los Angeles area living arrangements for the first two-weeks of the course are the responsibility of the student.)
  • Course-related excursion expenses covered by the program
  • Upper division USC course credit
  • Dornsife students eligible for up to $3,000 stipend from Summer Undergraduate Research Fund SURF
  • Up to $2000 of supplemental funding available through the EASC Sayoko Kono Legacy Fund


  • USC undergraduates from any major/school
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Preferred: Completed (or in progress) language and/or area studies courses related to the country of study by Spring 2016 preferred (Examples: Fall 2015Spring 2016)
  • EASC 360 must be taken for a letter grade


Complete the online application form and upload the following supplemental materials in electronic format: 

  • Personal statement: Explain your interest in the selected program, discuss your personal and academic experience related to East Asia and/or the country of study, and include information on related coursework you have taken or are taking. Maximum 2 double-spaced pages. Note: If you are applying to more than one program, please submit a personal statement for each program clearly labeled in the same document.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Letters should address your academic potential, personal maturity and motivation. At least one, if not both, should be from a USC instructor. Applicants: Please have your recommenders send their letters to as a Word or PDF document.
  • Unofficial USC Transcript/STARS Report: Please copy and paste your STARS report, accessible through OASIS, into a Word or PDF document. Include your fall 2015 grades.
  • Financial Aid Summary (if applying for the Sayoko Kono Legacy Fund): Copy from OASIS

Summer 2016 EASC Global East Asia General Orientation

EASC Global East Asia 2016 Information Session Video

EASC Global East Asia as PwP Program Financial Information

Application Deadline

Applications for summer 2016 will be due March 11, 2016.


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Global East Asia Blog

Students contribute to the Global East Asia Blog both during their time abroad and after. Check out the blogs for all three countries to read about each student's experience:


Can I still apply if I am graduating in May 2016?

Yes, but you must register for EASC 360 and take it for a letter grade. This would defer your graduation date to August 2016. Please discuss this with your academic advisor.

What if I have only taken one course related to China/Japan/Korea/General East Asia?

You can still apply. An ideal candidate will have taken 2 classes specific to the country of study, but if you are an outstanding applicant otherwise, you may have a chance.

What is the acceptance rate/cap?

We do not accept students based on fixed rate or quota, but on the strength of the pool of applicants. That being said, the maximum number of students for each program is 14.

Can I waive the course requirement because I am fluent in Chinese/Japanese/Korean?

There is no language requirement, so you cannot waive it. If you have other personal or professional background in the country you wish to study in, please explain that in your personal statement.

Can EASC 360 count towards my major/minor?

If you are an EAAS (East Asian Area Studies) major/minor, definitely. For other departments, it depends on the course content, and whether or not your advisor will allow for substitution. Majors you can probably count it for: History (China), History and American Studies (Japan), EALC (all). Check with your academic advisor!

I am a transfer student and took East Asia-related coursework at my previous institution. Can those courses count as background coursework?

Yes, but it is preferable for you to have taken at least 1 East Asia course at USC. 

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  • 3454 Trousdale Parkway
  • College Administrative Services Building (CAS) 100
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0154