USC Madrid Program Info Session

Want to learn more about studying abroad in Madrid?  Join us for this session on Wednesday.  USC Madrid Alumni will be available to answer any questions you might have about the program location, academics, housing, cultural adjustment, travel, finances and more!

  • USC Madrid Program Info Session
    Wednesday, February 11th  3:00-4:00, VKC 111


With both intermediate and advanced Spanish options, our signature USC Madrid Program is an amazing way to spend the semester improving your Spanish, engaging with local madrileños and exploring the cultural and political capital of Spain.

In addition to offering USC catalogue Spanish, International Relations and Political Science courses, at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (our local university partner), students can also find additional course offerings that can work well towards a number of majors.

We have multiple scholarships and travel grants available for USC Madrid.  Each semester the majority of students receive anywhere from $600 to $3000 to support their study abroad, thus making Madrid an accessible option for a wide range of students.

For more information on the program see our website.

Upcoming Study Abroad Deadlines, Information Sessions, New Programs & Scholarships

Greetings from Overseas Studies!

Please find study abroad reminders and announcements below.  Our Overseas Studies Team is here to support you throughout the study abroad process so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


We have just added two more information sessions for next week.  Be sure to join us!

  • USC Madrid Program Info Session
    Wednesday, February 11th  3:00-4:00, VKC 111
  • USC Paris Program Info Session
    Wednesday, February 11th 
    4:00-5:00, VKC 111


Applications for Fall 2015/Academic Year 15-16 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


  • MAASTRICHT, THE NETHERLANDS: Starting Fall 2015, USC students can study at the Maastricht University, an international university that offers a wide range of courses in English and student-centered, problem-based learning. For more information.
  • DUBLIN, IRELAND: Starting Fall 2015, Economics, English, Philosophy and History majors can study at the prestigious Trinity College Dublin in Ireland’s capital city. For more information.
  • BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA: In addition to hundreds of courses for a wide range of majors, the University of Queensland offers the unique opportunity for Psychology students to conduct research through the Psychology Research Practicum. For more information.
  • USC PARIS: Spend the semester studying on our signature USC Paris program and enjoy four months of fascinating classes, exciting excursions and daily life in the unforgettable City of Lights. For more information.
  • USC MADRID: With both intermediate and advanced Spanish options, our signature USC Madrid Program is an amazing way to spend the semester improving your Spanish, engaging with local madrileños and exploring the cultural and political capital of Spain. For more information.


Interested in studying abroad and have questions?  Visit THH 341 for:

  • Drop-in Advising: Monday-Friday, January 12 through February 13 from 11:00-2:00
  • Meet with a Study Abroad Ambassador: Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 & 2:00-3:00, Thursdays 2:00-3:00   Chat with one of our study abroad Ambassadors about their experiences abroad!

Our advisors are also available for appointments.  Please call our main office: (213) 740-3636 to schedule a meeting.


Contrary to popular opinion, studying abroad for a semester will not break the bank. Financial aid travels with you and program costs are often comparable to staying here in L.A.  Plus, there are a lot of scholarships available! For a full list of scholarships, refer to the scholarship page of our website and also be sure to read our information on costs.

Please note that the Gilman Scholarship application for summer 2015 and fall/academic year 2015-2016 programs to study or intern abroad is now open. The deadline to submit an application is March 3, 2015. Find more information via the Gilman website:


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See you soon!
The Overseas Studies Team

PWP Course in Hong Kong & Taiwan

Comparative Literature 499: Special Topics

“Culture and Travel in Hong Kong and Taiwan” is a research-driven course under the supervision of two USC Dornsife faculty members who specialize in several languages and in literary and cultural history. Students examine the theoretical paradigms that have formulated Eastern and Western cultures as paradoxes rather than continua. After a week of lectures in Los Angeles, they live and study in Hong Kong for three weeks, developing and writing their own research projects, with tours of the city’s historical and present-day landmarks and daytrips to cities such as Macau and Shenzhen. Finally, students travel to Taiwan, where they spend five days exploring various museums and the legacy of the British and Dutch East India Companies in Taipei and Tainan.

Tuition: $6408; Airfare: $1300 (est.); Lodging: $1500 (est.); Other Expenses: $800 (est.).
Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) available:
Dates: May 18 – June 20, 2015

We are currently trying to gauge the level of student interest in the program. If you are considering applying, or want to receive more information, please contact Prof. Roberto Ignacio Díaz at or Prof. Dominic Cheung at by Tuesday, February 10!


The Rome Program (May 21-July 10) is now accepting applications for this summer!  The application deadline for the up to eight-unit program is February 13 (applications available in the French and Italian Department 155 in Taper Hall).  Attached to this email you will find specifics about the program that offers Italian 120, 150, 220 224 and a Problem without Passport Course (Dornsife students and Italian Majors qualify to apply for a $3000 SURF grant).  For more information visit (and like) our Facebook page:

Fulbright UK Summer Institutes for Freshman & Sophomores

Applications for 2015 Fulbright Summer Institutes to the UK are open! 

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK.  These summer programs provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer program.  **Applicants must have a 3.5 GPA or higher to apply.

Participants in these programs will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills.

If you have any questions about the program, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

There are nine Summer Programs available for US students in 2015:

The Summer Institutes will cover the majority of participant costs.  This includes round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the host university/institution, accommodation and meals and in some cases a small daily allowance.

Applications are due: 26 February  or 5 March 2015

If you have additional questions, please contact Academic & International Fellowships at

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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