International Center

Engaging With Community Abroad

USD encourages students to engage with the local community through service and relationships while abroad. Participants in the Jamaica Summer Study Abroad Program become deeply engaged in the local Jamaican community and it affords students the opportunity to experience the complexities of the diverse island environment and wrestle with difficult issues related to power and privilege.

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University of San Diego celebrates 50 Years of Study Abroad!

Developing Global Changemakers: Forging Paths that Change the World

The International Center supports the USD university community in advancing global citizenship.  In 2015 USD received the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, awarded by the NAFSA (Association of International Educators). For undergraduate students, there are approximately 135 academic study abroad programs offered in 44 countries and 76 cities to experience and learn about different cultures, languages and customs.  The graduate and professional programs also offer extensive international opportunities for working professionals as well as full-time graduate students.  Our campus is enriched by having students and scholars from over 70 countries. 

LATEST NEWS: USD ranked #2 for Study Abroad participation

USD has been ranked #2 among national doctoral universities for undergraduate study abroad participation! [view full report]

We have been also been ranked in the top 40 of doctoral institutions for the total number of students going abroad in 2012-13. [view full report]

Internationalization as a Strategic Direction at USD:

Located on the Pacific Rim and just 22 miles from the Mexican border, the University of San Diego is optimally positioned for international activity. USD has been involved in international instruction, research, and service throughout the world for many years, and we're expanding our activities with an increased emphasis on the importance of global awareness for the entire campus community. One of USD's strategic directions specifically addresses the importance of internationalization:

Global Connections and Impact: The university will enhance its reputation and reach by strengthening its connections with local, national, and international communities and its contributions to improving the global human condition.