Short Term Study Abroad

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The Ahlers Center for International Business at the University of San Diego (USD) sponsors short-term graduate business study abroad options in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia. These opportunities are open to graduate students from around the world, providing a truly international experience.

Each location offers a choice of graduate courses, giving participants the opportunity to study topics particularly relevant to their individual career goals.

Short-term options also include our International Practicum (consulting projects) supervised and supported by USD faculty.

Short Term Courses Abroad

Students learn about the business and economic environment of the country and region they choose through course work, expert guest speakers, an integrated schedule of on-site company visits, and the opportunity to participate in socio-cultural, group activities. Business courses are taught in English by internationally recognized faculty and are fully accredited by the AACSB-International Association for Management Education.

The purpose of these programs is to expose participants, via immersion, to international business practice, organization, and strategy, and to sensitize participants to cultural differences that influence effective international interaction.


Admission is open to graduate students currently enrolled and in good standing at business schools around the world. Those who have completed graduate business programs are also eligible to apply. Graduate students in international relations, communications, law, engineering, computer science, and other related fields may also be accepted, but must be able to meet course prerequisites and will be asked to send additional material. Participants from non-English speaking countries must be able to pursue instruction in English.


Program costs vary by location. Please contact the Ahlers Center for more details.

Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid  - Federal aid is available for short term programs abroad.  Students must submit an additional application for financial aid if they are enrolling in short term courses which take place during the intersession or summer terms.  For more information on financial aid, students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid or the One Stop Student Center.

Merit-Based Scholarships - The Ahlers Center for International Business offers merit based scholarships for USD graduate business students enrolled in MBA, MACC, or MSRE programs.  Those awarded scholarships are required to submit photos and quotes from their experience abroad.  Applications for merit-based scholarships are imbedded within the online program application itself and due at the same time as the program application deadline.

Distance Education

Some of the programs also include a distance-learning portion that utilizes Blackboard, one of the leading web-based teaching tools that apply innovative technologies to facilitate course design and enrich students' learning experiences. Access to these courses is available only to enrolled students. Students will need access to the internet and have audio in and audio out for the live, classroom session using Blackboard.