International Study and Global Opportunities

Currently, more than 70 percent of USD’s undergraduates participate in study abroad programs including research, internships and community engagement. Over the past five years USD has been ranked consistently within the top 3 in the nation for study abroad participation. Academic programs are offered through 135 programs in 44 countries in 76 cities where students are challenged to explore existing global perspectives and cultures to become ethical leaders in a globally complex world.  The new USD Madrid Center opened in Fall 2014 in the heart of Spain's capital.  Students have the opportunity to live in home stays with local families immersing themselves in the local culture while taking courses in business, humanities and the social sciences.

Graduate student programs are tailored to provide hands-on experience within a particular field of study. Several graduate programs, including our Leadership Studies and International MBA programs, require international experience for degree completion.

Explore USD's global opportunities for an enriched life

International Center
   International Students & Scholars
   International Studies Abroad
   International Opportunity Grants (faculty & staff)
USD Madrid Center
International Admissions
Ahlers Center for International Business
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
School of Leadership and Education Sciences Global Center
School of Law Study Abroad
Hahn School of Nursing International Programs
English Language Academy
Romero Immersion Programs
CASA (Center for Awareness, Service and Action)
Experiential Learning and Adventure Center
International Student Organization
Center for Inclusion and Diversity
United Front Multi-Cultural Center

"I came away with a deep knowledge of a serious environmental problem along with the tools to help solve it." - Claire Nelson, Brisbane, Australia

Global Distinctions

Global Distinctions


USD's commitment to enhancing our students' transformative international experiences is broadened by:

  • In 2015 received the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA for using innovative and creative approaches to internationalize our campus community.
  • USD's proximity to Asia and Latin America which provides ready access to transnational studies and multicultural learning experiences.
  • The Second Year Experience Abroad Program that offers sophomores the opportunity to study abroad in one of three locations in Italy, China, or Guatemala.
  • More than half of USD study abroad students participate in USD's unique short-term, faculty-led programs.
  • Having approximately two-thirds of USD's undergraduates study abroad preparing themselves to be global citizens.
  • Welcoming in Fall 2014 almost 700 international students and scholars from more than 70 countries.
  • Various initiatives such as the Women's Peacemaker Program which was honored in 2011 with the The Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for outstanding and innovative efforts toward campus internationalization.