International Center

USD Celebrates International Student and Scholar Diversity

USD welcomes hundreds of international students and scholars each year. Approximately one-half of the international student population are full-time degree seeking students. The top three countries represented by USD international students and scholars are: China, Saudi Arabia and Mexico.

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SECURITY UPDATE: Since the attacks in Paris, USD has been closely monitoring the situation in France. All USD community members in France are safe. As events unfold through Europe USD is remaining diligent in monitoring the evolving situation and we are in communication with students currently abroad as well as those planning to go abroad in Intersession or Spring.

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University of San Diego celebrates 50 Years of Promoting Global Experiences!

Participate in International Education Week: November 16-20, 2015

November 16-20 marks the 16th anniversary of International Education Week (IEW), an annual celebration of international education and exchange worldwide. Institutions across the United States and around the world are hosting events throughout the week to recognize international students, education abroad, and internationalization.  [view full calendar of activities]

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 2015 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.