International Summer Programs

The University of Southern California is again offering several programs abroad during Summer Session 2018. The purpose is to create opportunities for USC students to learn in an international environment. Each program features intensive courses from two to 10 weeks in duration, and many programs visit more than one country.

Experienced USC faculty serve as instructors, tour guides and coordinators, sharing with students the unique excitement of learning at an overseas location. Excursions to important cultural and historical sites supplement classroom lectures. Housing is prearranged for students in university dorms, hostels, inexpensive hotels or with local families.

These special programs offer travel and study opportunities at reasonable costs; programs planned for International Summer Session 2018 are listed below. Interested students should call the contact person indicated for further information about a specific program.

Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Communication, Public Relations and Journalism – Undergraduate and Graduate Summer Study in London, Paris, Madrid and Berlin

The International Communication Studies (ICS) program provides undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to study a range of approaches to public communication and media across Europe.

Students divide the five-week course into stays in Los Angeles, London, Paris, Madrid and Berlin. In addition to regular class meetings, students discuss the interplay of current world issues and international media practices with communication practitioners from international news and public relations media, government institutions, private industry and global organizations.

Students enroll in JOUR 482 Comparative Media in Europe. For further information and course section number, contact Annenberg International Programs at (213) 821-1276, email and refer to

Program dates: June 4-July 8

Total number of units: 4

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Pembroke-King’s College Summer Programme in Cambridge, England

The USC-Cambridge Pembroke King’s Programme (PKP) in Cambridge, England offers students an exceptional opportunity to experience life as an undergraduate in one of the oldest and most distinguished university cities in the world. The USC PKP is geared toward students who have demonstrated academic excellence and a continuous love of learning.

The PKP program provides students an excellent opportunity to study British literature, art, history, economics, creative writing, political science and international relations, and to examine the background of modern Britain and its rich and diverse cultural heritage.

Students apply in the fall and if admitted must make a financial commitment to the program in January and then attend orientation meetings during the spring semester in preparation for the intellectual and cultural environment they will experience in the lectures and specialized seminar courses at Cambridge.

Students may earn 9 undergraduate elective credits by taking three courses over six weeks and completing both a final exam and a comprehensive essay in each course. The program is open to qualified undergraduates with a GPA of 3.5 or higher (3.7 or higher recommended). For further information, visit the program webpage at, or contact Emily Moon at (213) 740-3636.

Program dates: early July to end of third week of August (six-week program) 

Total number of units: 9 units of elective credit

Chinese — Taipei, Taiwan

The USC Taiwan summer study aboard program provides students with unique opportunities to experience the vibrant city of Taipei while joining a four- or eight-week Chinese language program at the top-ranked academic institution, National Taiwan University (NTU), in Taiwan.

The course curriculum includes an array of courses for students with various levels of Chinese. The program offers intermediate courses for students to enhance communicative skills. For advanced students, the film class is a great way to learn idiomatic expressions and deepen their understanding of the culture. The program also offers business-oriented advanced courses that focus on experiential learning and co-curriculum activities, through which they can acquire practical skills as well as various professional opportunities. Students who are business majors and minors are particularly encouraged to apply, since meeting with Chinese businesses is a key element of the business Chinese summer courses. The program will offer unique courses for students who have family ties and interest in furthering their understanding of the cultural heritage of Taiwan. The smaller class sizes in this immersion program provide greater personal attention and enable students to improve their Mandarin proficiency.

In addition to regular classroom activities, each week the program will have one or two excursions that allow students to experience the exciting city of Taipei, including visits to the National Palace Museum, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei 101 and Shilin Night Market. There will also be longer field trips to other parts of the island.

For more information, contact John Chang, the program director, at

French — Dijon, France

The Department of French and Italian offers a summer program in the city of Dijon, France, where students have the opportunity to study the French language in a beautiful, culturally rich setting. Dijon is the ancient capital of the former Duchy of Burgundy and is renowned for its lovely old streets, monuments, churches and fine cuisine. The program begins on Sunday, June 3, concludes on Friday, June 29 and is centered at the Université de Bourgogne campus in Dijon.

During the program, students live with families near the city center, which effectively immerses them in the French culture and language. Classes are taught both by French instructors from Dijon and USC faculty. The latter lead small-group sessions designed to help students achieve even greater fluency in French.

Cultural visits and excursions further enhance awareness and understanding of French history and culture. Opportunities for daily interaction with townspeople and students from other countries are plentiful. The 4-unit program is offered at the undergraduate level. The cost of field trips is included in tuition fees.

Program dates: June 3 to June 29 (four-week program)

Total number of units: 4

Application deadline: Rolling applications; first come, first served. Applications and other materials may be picked up in the Department of French and Italian, Taper Hall 155. For further information, contact Julia Chamberlin, Department of French and Italian, Taper Hall 177,

All of the following courses are offered in Dijon:

FREN 150 French II 4 099-34350D
FREN 220 French III 4 099-34352D
FREN 250 French IV 4 099-34354D
FREN 300 French Grammar and Composition 4 099-34355D
FREN 310 French Pronunciation and Conversation 4 099-34356D
FREN 330 Writing about Literature 4 099-34357D
FREN 490x Directed Research 4 099-34359D

International Relations — 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 enroll in IR 491x Field Study (4 units), which can be used to fulfill an IR major or IR minor requirement. Students intern full-time for the first week, after which their schedule will consist of class in the morning and internship in the afternoon.

This program is open to IR and IR-related majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applications for this program are available in VKC 330 and the School of International Relations Website.

Program dates: May 28–June 29

International Relations — Paris, France

The School of International Relations offers students the opportunity to study and conduct research for six weeks in Paris, France. Students take a course on European policy modeling and contemporary challenges to the European Union focusing on the particular case of France. The course will focus on weekly topics such as: the Confederalization of Europe; Governance through Law, Politics and Economics; EU Citizenship: Refugees, Migrants and Belonging; Going Green European Style; and Doing Business in Europe, Green as Business.

In addition to completing course requirements, students will also participate in a research policy task force.

Students enroll in IR 490x: Directed Research (4 units), which can be used to fulfill an IR major or IR minor requirement.

This program is open to all majors. Applications for this program are available in VKC 301 and the School of International Relations Website.