Problems without Passports Info Session: Medellín, Colombia 2015

INFORMATION SESSION:  Tuesday, 9 December 2015, 1pm, THH 309J

This Problems without Passports program takes intrepid students to Medellín, Colombia to experience the transformation that the city has undergone as the years of strife and conflict were resolved.  Students will study in the living urban laboratory that was named Innovative City of the Year in 2013.  The Wall Street Journal, Citi, and the Urban Land Institute chose Medellín, ahead of New York and Tel Aviv, based on its economy, urban development, culture, and livability as the most innovative city in the world.  The city, previously known for crime and drug trade, shines as a safe and innovative place to live, study, and do business.  It is a vibrant metropolis that is connected by a system of metros, aerial cable cars (metrocable), buses, taxis that make getting around easy and economical.

Medellín is situated in the Andes mountains and offers a temperate climate year-round that makes it “The City of Eternal Spring.”  It is home to the Escuela de Adminstración y Finanazas e Instituto Tecnológico (EAFIT) where the University of Southern California offers this unique summer program with the theme of Conflict and resolution.  We offer two courses that examine how Medellín resolved its social conflict and evolved into a community that celebrates its prominence as the second largest city and economy in Colombia.

Business, educational sectors, and the government have unified to physically unite the social strata of the city.  There are covered escalators to bring the poorest citizens from the outskirts of the city into the city center so that they may integrate themselves into the labor force and benefit from the burgeoning economy.  Business and government have collaborated to create cultural spaces, such as the Modern Art Museum and the Museum of Remembrance, that celebrate the arts and recall the conflict that transformed Medellín.

The universities of the city strive to be welcoming spaces that reflect the importance of education for all, shared social responsibility, and respect the environment in the process.  EAFIT leads the pack in this area.  The Medellín campus is in the city center, an American-style college campus filled with local flora and fauna, where future leaders study and socialize.

USC Madrid Information Session

Greetings from Overseas Studies!

Join us this week for our last information session of the semester and learn more about the wonderful USC Madrid Program.  USC Madrid Alumni will be joining us to share their experiences on the program and lunch will be served.  Please see information below:

USC Madrid Information Session

Wednesday, November 19, 12:00-1:00 in VKC 101

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Study SPAN 220 in Valencia, Spain

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese announces a four-­week program in Valencia, Spain, for the summer of 2015. Improve your knowledge of the Spanish language and culture, and fulfill your language requirement while living in one of Spain’s most interesting cities. Students will take SPAN 220; live in a colegio mayor (student residence); explore Valencia through visits to museums and historical sties; and participate in cultural events around the city and beyond.

The program is open to qualified undergraduate students who have successfully completed SPAN 150 or have placed into SPAN 220.

For more information, contact Prof. Marianna Chodorowska-Pilch,, 213-740-1258.

Come to our informational meeting to learn more of this unique opportunity:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Location: THH 120

USC reserves the right to cancel any program in the case of an emergency beyond its control, or to cancel programs due to low enrollement or unavailability of faculty. Should the program be cancelled, deposits will be refunded to students. Students must register for one course only. If the program is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the decision to do so will be made by April 2015.

InstaEDU tutor position

Become an online tutor in your favorite subjects, and teach whenever you’re free. As an InstaEDU tutor, you set your own schedule, make $20/hour, and work from wherever is convenient for you (dorm, apartment, library).

How does it work? We’ll send tutoring requests your way whenever you’re online. If you’re available, just accept to instantly launch into an online lesson with a student. You can also set up scheduled lessons when it’s convenient for you. Work with students of all levels and subjects, and make a extra cash while you do.

Signing up is easy and takes less than 10 minutes! Just visit and follow a few quick steps. If you have any questions about tutoring with InstaEDU, please email

Volunteer Research Assistants Opportunities

The Director of Research Cecily Betz, PhD, RN, FAAN and Associate Director Kathryn Smith, RN, DrPH of the University of Southern California University Center (USC) for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) located at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are seeking individuals who are interested in serving as volunteers with several research projects involving children and youth who have chronic conditions. The schedule and time commitment are flexible, although we are seeking at least 5 hours per week. The volunteer tasks vary according to the needs of the project. The volunteer may be asked to conduct literature reviews using electronic databases, compile mailings for research surveys, and input data into databases; other tasks will be dependent on the volunteer’s skill level and experience—so please feel free to apply! Even if you don’t have a lot of experience but are willing to learn, please apply. The benefits for volunteers are many, including the opportunity to work in a stimulating environment, involvement in a worthy cause, contact with professors and experienced directors, and the learning of new practical skills. A volunteer effort at our esteemed research center is a very favorable addition to a resume: individuals seeking employment in the future will gain useful work experience, and participation in respected projects that serve a noble cause is viewed very favorably by potential employers and admission committees.

If you are interested please send your resume to
Kristy Macias at

PORT 250g Maymester Opportunity in Brazil

Interested in going to Brazil? The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences announces its Summer course, Cultures of Brazil and Lusophone Africa, PORT 250g, to be taught at USC and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2014. Students take one course, while in Rio students will live with a Brazilian family, attend lectures, take a four-day study trip to Salvador, and make daytrips to Petropolis, Brazil’s Imperial City, Corcovado and Santa Teresa, Casa Rui Barbosa, Fundação Casa Jorge Amado, Balé Folclórico da Bahia, Rio’s Municipal Theater and Santa Marta.

Please see the attached Brazil Summer 2014 Flyer for more details!

Research Assistant Position

We are looking for new undergraduate research assistants to aid in research tasks focusing on social and health consequences of drug use.  This is a paid part-time position through the USC School of Social Work and would include assisting with research tasks, such as data entry, literature reviews, and basic data analysis. Those with statistical or qualitative analysis experience are encouraged to apply. Spanish speakers are not required, but preferred.  If interested, please send a completed application and resume to