International Summer Programs

The University of Southern California is again offering several programs abroad during Summer Session 2019. 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 2019 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 Summer Study in London, Madrid, Paris, Berlin and Budapest

The International Communication Studies (ICS) program provides undergraduate 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, Madrid, Paris, Berlin and Budapest. 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 2 – July 7, 2019

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 take courses with a very interdisciplinary approach to fields such as British literature, art, history, economics, creative writing, science, 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 7 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 mid- to late-August (six-week program) 

Total number of units: 7 units of elective credit

Chinese — Beijing, China

This immersion program offers students a unique chance to experience Chinese culture while improving their Mandarin Chinese. Since classes consist of only 4-5 students, students receive detailed attention from teachers and have extensive opportunities to practice their Chinese skills. Each afternoon, students practice their Chinese one-on-one with local teaching assistants during intensive language development sessions. Unlimited opportunities throughout the day help students to learn about Chinese culture and to practice and improve their Mandarin by interacting with local residents.
To gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and history, students will take weekend trips to Beijing’s famous historical sites, including: Forbidden City, Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Ming Tombs. In addition, students will take one extended three-day trip to other major Chinese cities (ex: Shanghai, Xi’an, Nanjing) every four weeks. There will also be cultural activities outside the classroom each week (ex: Beijing Opera, Tai Chi, Movies, Calligraphy and Chinese painting).
Beijing is not only an ancient city with thousands of years of history, but also a modern and thriving international metropolis. It is an exciting place to explore and experience for eight weeks.

Session 1: May 15 – June 11; Session 2: June 17 – July 12
Location: Capital Normal University, Beijing, China
Credits: 4 units (four weeks) and 8 units (eight weeks)
For further information, contact Xianxian Fang, director of Beijing Summer Program, at

Courses offered:
Session 1: EALC 106, EALC 204, EALC 206, EALC 304, EALC 306, EALC 404
Session 2: EALC 204, EALC 206, EALC 304, EALC 306, EALC 404

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 2, concludes on Friday, June 28 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 2 to June 28 (four-week program)

Total number of units: 4

Application deadline: Rolling applications. 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 Media French 4 099-34356D
FREN 330 Critical Writing in French 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: June 3 – July 5

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.

Italian — Rome, Italy

The Department of French and Italian offers students 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. Excursions, visits to local museums and sites, and many cultural and social events are planned and included in the cost of tuition.

Students live with an Italian family. The four-week program is offered at the undergraduate level. For additional information, contact Dr. James M. Fortney, Department of French and Italian, Taper Hall 155H,

Program dates: June 13 – July 13

Students enroll in one section of Italian basic language.

ITAL 120 Italian I 4 709-34450D
ITAL 150 Italian II 4 709-34452D
ITAL 220 Italian III 4 709-34453D
ITAL 224 Italian Composition and Conversation 4 709-34455D

Spanish — Madrid, Spain

The Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures hosts a seven-week program in Madrid. Students improve their knowledge of Spanish language and culture and earn 8 units of credit while living in one of Europe’s most exciting cities. They take two courses, live with a Spanish family, attend lectures in Madrid’s museums, visit the Basque Country and take day trips to the monastery of El Escorial and the historical cities of Córdoba, Segovia and Toledo.

Courses are held Monday through Thursday.

The program is open to qualified undergraduate students who meet the prerequisites. Major and minor credit is available. For additional information, contact the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, (213) 740-1258.

Program dates: May 13 – June 28

Total number of units: 8

Enroll in both courses:

SPAN 311 Advanced Spanish Through Contemporary Issues: Oral Emphasis 4 612-62219D
SPAN 465 Cultural Perspectives of the Iberian Peninsula 4 612-62361D