Center for Excellence in Teaching Summer Opportunities

In today’s competitive job market, employers consider far more than academic performance when evaluating the strength of an applicant; how an individual spends his or her summer is often a distinguishing factor in hiring decisions. Each year, USC offers students a multitude of programs including internships, summer courses, overseas travel, research stipends, and volunteering to help you grow as a student and make your resume stand out. Join the Center for Excellence in Teaching’s Undergraduate Fellows on Thursday, January 29th at 4 PM in GFS 207 as we discuss the resources available to students and share strategies to plan your ideal summer. Pizza and Drinks will be served on a first come, first serve basis.

USC Study Abroad Week 1/26 – 1/29

Study Abroad Week features information sessions on USC’s diverse international program offerings and the campus-wide Study Abroad Fair on January 28th.  Don’t miss out on these great events!  Visit our website for more information.

USC Paris Program Info Session
Monday, January 26th  12:00-1:00, THH 309K

Study Abroad for Dornsife Sciences Info Session
Monday, January 26th  1:00-2:00, THH 309K

USC Madrid Program Info Session
Tuesday, January 27th  12:00-1:00, THH 309K

Study Abroad in Southern Africa Info Session
Tuesday, January 27th  1:00-2:00, THH 309K

Wednesday, January 28th  10:00-2:00 on Trousdale

Launching Your Career through Study Abroad Info Session (in conjunction with Career Fest)
Thursday, January 29th  12:00-1:00, THH 309K

Apply for the Fisher Fellows Program – Class of 2017!

The Fisher Fellowship is the first program at USC Dornsife that enables students with financial needs to fully participate in the enrichment opportunities that are at the heart of the college. Students selected for this program will receive between $6,000 and $10,000, which may be used over a three-year period to participate in programs that involve international travel, field research, and service to various communities.  In particular, the Fisher Undergraduate Fellows will be encouraged to participate in study abroad programs, Problems Without Passports and Maymester summer programs, and student-faculty research programs such as the Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR) and Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) or the appropriate program of their choosing.  Additionally, Fisher Fellows will choose a service project each year that gives back to a selected community, which may include partnerships with Habitat for Humanity, Oxfam, the Sierra Club or Heal the Bay. Fellows will also participate in a two-day retreat on Catalina Island, and will benefit year-round from leadership seminars, guest speakers, and mentoring by esteemed faculty and alumni.

Fisher Fellows will be recognized at graduation as scholars and campus leaders who are dedicated to improving the well-being of the communities they participate in and belong to, both at home and at USC.

To be eligible for this program, students must be freshmen with a 3.0 GPA or better, first-generation students, and have demonstrated financial need. The deadline to apply is 12 PM on Friday, February 13th – please print and submit the following application to ADM 304.

Course Offering: AHIS 325 4 Units): “Roman Archaeological Excavation: Methods & Practice”

USC Summer Archaeological Excavation at Ostia Antica, the Port of Ancient Rome (June 8 to July 19, 2015)
AHIS 325 (4 Units): “Roman Arachaeological Excavation: Methods & Practice”

6 week program: 1 week of walking tours of Rome & Ostia, 5 weeks of excavating at Ostia

(Students housed in apartments in the center of Rome)

No prerequisites or previous archaeological experience necessary: All instruction in English

For a report on the excavation, see USC Daily Trojan Online:

For those interested in participating, please email Dr. John Pollini, Professor of Classical Art, Archaeology, & History
Department of Art History, USC :
Deadline for Housing Deposit: On or before Sun., March 1, 2015

Upcoming Study Abroad Week & Application Deadlines

Happy 2015 from Overseas Studies!

We have a number of exciting announcements for all new and returning students:

USC Overseas Studies will host STUDY ABROAD WEEK January 26th-29th, which includes several information sessions (USC Paris, USC Madrid, Dornsife Sciences and Launching Your Career through Study Abroad) and the campus-wide STUDY ABROAD FAIR on Wednesday, January 28th from 10:00-2:00 on Trousdale Parkway.  These events highlight USC’s numerous international opportunities and are a great way to learn more about study abroad!  Please see attached flyer and our website for more information on individual events.

Study Abroad 101 & Walk-in Advising
Interested in studying abroad and have questions?  Follow these easy steps:

  1. Attend a Study Abroad 101 session:
    • General Study Abroad 101: January 13, 14, 20 & 21, February 3 & 4 from 3:00-4:00 in THH 309K
    • K. PROGRAMS 101: January 16 & 23, February 6 from 12:00-1:00 in THH 309K
  2. Visit THH 341 for Drop-in Advising: Monday-Friday, January 12 through February 13* from 11:00-2:00

* Join us at the Study Abroad Fair on January 28!

Applications for Fall 2015/Academic Year 15-16 due soon!
Applications for our study abroad programs are due soon. Please see our Apply section for more information on the application process. Application deadlines are listed below:

  • February 18th: All Dornsife Semester Programs
  • February 25th: USC Paris & USC Madrid

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Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing you soon!

The Overseas Studies Team

Study Abroad Fall 2015 Applications Now Available

Greetings from Overseas Studies!


As we near the end of the semester we are excited to announce that applications for study abroad during Fall 2015/full Academic Year 15-16 are now available.  You can stop by our office or email and indicate the program to which you’re applying (be sure to check minimum eligibility requirements listed in the program brochures our website).  Get an early start on applications over winter break!

Application deadlines are listed below:

  • February 18th: All Dornsife Semester Programs
  • February 25th: USC Paris & USC Madrid

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Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon!
The Overseas Studies Team

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.