International Exchanges and Partnerships
Experience new cultures through semester exchange.
One of the best ways to better understand a new culture—and not to mention, develop your global mindset—is to spend an entire semester studying outside of your home country. Whether you're a current USD School of Business student or an international student looking to study at the University of San Diego, we have special semester exchange programs just for you.
Enjoy learning on a semester abroad.As a USD School of Business graduate student, you're welcome to swap a semester in San Diego for a semester overseas at one of our many partner universities around the world. Not only will you get to experience the sights and sounds of another culture, but you'll earn graduate credits toward your MBA degree.
Picture yourself at one of these partner universities.
|Country||Partner university||Level||Exchange term|
|Argentina||IAE in Buenos Aires||MBA||Fall|
|Brazil||Graduate Business School of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ/COPPEAD)||MBA||Summer and Fall|
|China||The Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University||MBA||Fall and Spring|
|Fudan University in Shanghai||MBA||Fall and Spring|
|The Guanghua School of Management at Peking University in Beijing||MBA||Fall, Spring and short-term summer module|
|Nanjing University in Nanjing||MBA||Fall and Spring|
|Colombia||Universidad de los Andes in Bogota||MBA||Fall, Spring and Summer|
|Finland||Aalto University School of Economics in Helsinki||MS||Fall and Spring|
|France||EDHEC in Lille and Nice||MS||Fall and Spring|
|EM Strasbourg Business School in Strasbourg||MACC||Fall and Spring|
|KEDGE in Bordeaux||MS||Fall and Spring|
|NEOMA Business School in Reims||MS||Fall and Spring|
|Germany||WHU, Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar or Duesseldorf||MBA and MS||Fall, Spring and Summer|
|Greece||ALBA Graduate Business School outside of Athens||MBA and MS||Fall, Spring and Summer|
|India||Institute of Management Technology (IMT) in Ghaziabad (Delhi)||MBA||Fall, Spring and Summer|
|Italy||LUISS Business School in Rome||MBA||Fall|
|Bocconi in Milan||MBA||Fall and Spring|
|Japan||University of Tsukuba in Tokyo||MBA||Fall and Spring|
|Korea||Korean University Business School in Seoul||MBA||Fall and Spring|
|Mexico||Tecnológico de Monterrey in various campus locations.||MBA and MS||Fall, Spring and Summer. Dual-degree also available.|
|Morocco||Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane||MS||Fall and Spring|
|Philippines||Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Manila||MBA||Fall|
|Portugal||The Lisbon MBA||MBA||Spring and Summer|
|Spain||Escuela de Alta Dirección y Adminstración (EADA) in Barcelona||MBA and MS||Fall and Spring terms. Cohort-based so not a good option for full-time students.|
|IE Instituto de Empresa in Madrid||MBA||Fall only|
Here's how to apply.
- If you're interested in studying at a partner university, you'll first want to meet with your academic advisor in the Graduate Business Student Services office so you can discuss your academic trajectory.
- Next, meet with USD's exchange coordinator to discuss possible exchange programs that will fit your academic and personal goals.
- When you're selecting to apply for programs, you must complete an online application with the following deadlines in mind:
- Fall semester: April 1
- Spring semester: October 1
- Summer semester: March 1
- (Students participating in semester exchange programs may be eligible for additional Ahlers Center scholarships. Students currently on financial aid or merit scholarships do not lose this funding when spending a semester abroad. To learn more, you'll find the Ahlers Center scholarship applications embedded in the online application which are also due by the deadlines listed above.)
- Once your application is received, you will be nominated to the host institution by USD's exchange coordinator. To keep you in the loop, we will copy you on this email.
- The host institution will contact you with further application instructions. After applying to the host institution, you should expect to receive an official acceptance letter.
- Next, you will work on obtaining any necessary travel documentation, such as passports and student visas. Please note that all USD students traveling abroad for University purposes are covered under insurance, so make sure you keep this insurance card on hand. You will likely need this for your visa.
- Before you depart, meet with USD's exchange coordinator to finalize your course schedule. After this meeting, you will be registered for the necessary amount of units in USD's system.
- At the end of your term abroad, be sure to request that your host institution sends your transcripts to USD. Once your transcripts are received, your general USD units will be changed to the appropriate courses you took abroad. Your grades will also transfer.
Are you an international student, thinking about spending a semester here at the University of San Diego? Check out our semester exchange program to learn more about studying, living and experiencing U.S. business culture at USD.