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There are a variety of international experiences and opportunities at the University of San Diego. The resources found on this page highlight the various ways in which the University of San Diego embraces its internationalization initiatives.

The entities described below all emphasize international activities and outreach. Please follow the links for more detailed descriptions.

Kroc Institute for Peace and JusticeJoan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice was endowed by Mrs. Kroc to develop programs that foster peace, cultivate justice, and create a safer world. The Institute sees peace as inseparable from justice and acts to prevent and resolve conflicts that threaten local, national and international peace.

Ahlers Center for International Business

Developing business leaders with a global mindset, the Ahlers Center for International Business at the University of San Diego designs and delivers a wide array of programmatic offerings and experiences for students, faculty and the business community.

Trans-Border Institute

The Trans-Border Institute is an essential expression of USD's commitment to promote understanding, dialogue and collaboration between Mexico and the United States, and to improve relations between the people and policies of the U.S. and our southern neighbors.

Center for Peace and Commerce

The Center for Peace and Commerce (CPC) is a collaborative effort between the School of Business Administration and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies to prepare new generations of change makers. The CPC encourages students to develop effective solutions to complex environmental and social problems, and to exercise innovative approaches for making a positive impact on the 4 Ps– people, profit, planet and peace.

Oscar Romero Center for Faith in Action

The Romero Center offers service opportunities to all faculty, staff, students, and administrators at the University of San Diego, including meal deliveries to the homebound, lunch preparation at the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen, and community service in Tijuana.

SOLES Global Center

The Global Center of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) at the University of San Diego, serves to provide students and faculty with information about global education programs and the resources necessary for planning a global education adventure. The Global Center places numerous students in short-term Global Study courses, semester-long Global Student Teaching, Global Exchange and the Global Internship programs.

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The programs described below all have an international emphasis in program content. Please follow the links for more detailed descriptions. See Programs Offered for a full list of programs available at USD.

B.A. Degrees in Languages & Literatures

The Department of Languages & Literatures offers courses in nine languages, with majors in French and Spanish, and minors in French, Spanish, German and Italian. Additional courses are available in Mandarin, Japanese, Ancient Greek and Latin.

B.A. in International Relations

The major in International Relations is designed to give students a holistic understanding of international affairs, providing a strong background in international relations and comparative government as preparation for careers in the U.S. and abroad as well as graduate study.

M.A. in International Relations

The graduate curriculum for International Relations focuses on comparative politics and international affairs to give students an advanced understanding of world politics and thereby enhance their career options, particularly in international fields.

M.A. in Peace & Justice Studies

The full-time Master of Arts in Peacebuilding (1-year program) and the Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies (2-year program), are interdisciplinary programs designed to prepare students for solving today’s most vexing issues. The programs’ practice based curriculum combine social justice, poverty alleviation and conflict resolution. 

International M.B.A.

The IMBA is a full-time, cohort-based program designed to be completed in 16 to 22 months. The structure of the program is flexible, offering students a number of elective options in addition to the traditional business foundation courses. Students in the program have international business experiences on two continents that are organized and supported by the Ahlers Center for International Business.

B.B.A. with a Major in International Business

The major in International Business covers a broad range of business skills and knowledge while giving program participants particular expertise in navigating the global business landscape.

LL.M. in Comparative Law

Offered by the School of Law, this Comparative Law program gives foreign-educated attorneys the opportunity to study law by immersion into a contemporary and dynamic J.D. curriculum, which prepares candidates to deal effectively with U.S. attorneys on questions of common interest.

LL.M. in International Law

U.S. law school graduates study international law in a dynamic, multi-cultural city that is the world's busiest land and port entry. Candidates from private, public, and government practices study side-by-side with attorneys, judges, and government officials from around the world.

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November 16-20, 2015

International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the US Department of Education and the US Department of State to recognize the global exchange environment between the United States and other countries. All faculty, students and staff are strongly encouraged to participate in the various activities throughout the week! 

International Education Week 2015 Calendar






ENTIRE MONTH OF NOVEMBER: International Photo Showcase (UC Exhibit Hall)






10am - 12pm, Hahn School of Nursing ("living room", 1st floor):
Poster Presentation: Short-Term Medical Mission Trips 

5:30pm-8pm, Solomon Hall"Crossing Borders: The Dialogue" Film Discussion & Dinner

1pm-3pm, Washington, DC - Live Web Cast: Paul Simon Award for Internationalization Ceremony

7:30pm-10pm, Warren Auditorium (SOLES): "Tambien la Lluvia (Even the Rain)" Film Screening

1:30pm-2:30pm, Maher 224: Boren Scholarship Workshop (Study abroad students highly encouraged to attend.)

4pm-6pm, UC Exhibit Hall: International Opportunity Grant Reception (RSVP Requested)

1:30pm-2:30pm, KIPJ Room E: Fulbright Program Workshop (Study abroad students highly encouraged to attend.)

4pm-7:30pm, KIPJ Room H/I: Internationalization of the Curriculum Workshop (Faculty Only, RSVP Required)

6pm-7pm, Outside Maher Hall: Candlelit Vigil for Solidarity


7pm-9pm, UC Forum ABC: International Student Organization (ISO) Holiday Dinner

*Event dates and times are subject to change.

Campus Contacts for International Education Week

Kira Espiritu, Ph.D. (Co-Chair) – Director, International Studies Abroad, 619-260-4598

Jessica Calhoun, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)– Associate Director, International Studies Abroad, 619-260-4598

Event Details & Descriptions

Poster Presentation: Short-Term Medical Mission Trips

Monday, November 16th from 10am - 12pm, in Hahn School of Nursing ("Living Room", 1st floor of original building)

Join Dr. Susan Bonnell and Dr. Susie Hutchins as they present recent research regarding the importance of small mission trips. The School of Nursing international mission trips will be highlighted and light refreshments will be served.

"Crossing Borders: The Dialogue" Film Discussion and Dinner (event co-sponsored by the United Front Multicultural Center)

Monday, November 16th from 6-8pm, in Solomon Hall 

Join us to kick-off International Education Week. Enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine while we watch a screening of “The Dialogue” followed by a panel discussion with current USD Chinese international students as well as domestic USD students who have studied abroad in China/Hong Kong. Learn about ways that Americans and Chinese misunderstand and misinterpret each other and how we can understand each other better in a world where our two societies are increasingly connected. Please RSVP for this event if interested in attending.

Documentary synopsis: The Dialogue is a 66 minute documentary which follows four American and four Chinese university students as they travel together in China and explore each others' backgrounds. Their shared travel adventures, the emotion of culture shock, honest confrontations and discoveries about each other become doorways to deepen their understanding of themselves and of the world.

Paul Simon Award for Internationalization Ceremony 

Tuesday, November 17th from 1-3pm in Washington, DC

President Harris III will receive the Paul Simon Award for Internationalization on behalf of USD.  This award recognizes colleges and universities that are making significant, well-planned, well-executed, and well-documented progress toward comprehensive internationalization, especially those using innovative and creative approaches.  USD was one of five universities to receive the comprehensive award for 2015. To view the live web cast of the ceremony, please visit the NAFSA Paul Simon Award Web Site beginning at 1pm on November 17th. 

"Tambien la Lluvia (Even the Rain)" Film Screening

Tuesday, November 17th from 7:30-10pm in the Warren Auditorium (SOLES)

This is the final film being shown as part of the Latin American Studies Program film series entitled "(De) Colonizing Universal Thought."  The event is co-sponsored by the Latin American Studies program and the Center for Inclusion and Diversity.  This is a Spanish drama film about Mexican director Sebastian and executive producer Costa who travel to Bolivia to shoot a film depicting Christopher Columbus' conquest.  Sebastian and Costa unexpectedly find themselves in a moral crisis when they and their crew arrive at Cochabamba, Bolivia, during the intensifying 2000 protests related to water rights which their key native actor Daniel persistently leads.  Immediately following the screening will be an interactive discussion.

Boren Scholarship Workshop

Wednesday, November 18th from 1:30-2:30pm in Maher Hall 224

All undergraduate students are invited to learn about Boren Scholarships which provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. They are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. PLEASE NOTE the following countries are excluded from consideration: countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.  This event is presented by Katie Zee, Program Officer, Global Scholarship and Exchange Programs.

International Opportunity Grant Reception

Wednesday, November 18th from 4-6pm in the UC Exhibit Hall

The USD community is invited to celebrate the international efforts of past International Opportunity Grant recipients at the IOG Reception.  Recipients from the Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 funding rounds will have their work displayed.  We ask that those planning to attend, please RSVP for this event no later than Thursday, November 5th.  For more information on these grants and other international development opportunities for both faculty and staff members, please visit International Center's development webpage.

Fulbright Program Workshop

Thursday, November 19th from 1:30-2:30pm in KIPJ Room E

All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to learn about fully funded grants for study, research, or English Teaching Assistantships in more than 140 countries.  This event is presented by Lee Rivers, Assistant Manager of Outreach for the Institute of International Education & Senay Kahsay, Fulbright Student Alumni.

Internationalization of the Curriculum Workshop

Thursday, November 19th from 4-7:30pm in KIPJ Room H/I

The International Center in collaboration with the Center for Educational Excellence will host an "Internationalization of the Curriculum Workshop" for faculty.  (For more information on submiting a proposal to teach abroad during 2017, please visit the Teaching Abroad webpage.)  Participants will work hands-on with their own syllabus and will leave the workshop with an internationalized version. Stipends are available for the successful execution of post-workshop deliverables. Please see the event flyer for additional details.  If interested, please RSVP for this event no later than Wednesday, November 11th.

Candlelit Vigil for Solidarity

Thursday, November 19th from 6-7pm outside Maher Hall

The Muslim Students Association (MSA) and Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) are planning a vigil in solidarity with Paris, Beirut and all nations managing tradegy.  The vigil will begin at 6pm in front of Maher Hall, then a silent candlelit procession to the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice will take place.  There will be several speakers, a call to participants to sign a peace pledge and a closing.

International Student Organization Holiday Dinner

Friday, November 20th from 7-9pm in UC Forum ABC

Join the International Student Organization in celebrating Fall holidays around the world. This student event features an international buffet dinner as well as a DJ and dance-floor. All USD students are welcome.

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University Ministry

USD University Ministry offers monthly service opportunities in Tijuana as well as week-long immersion programs in Latin America. Please feel free to read more information about these programs.

CASA: Center for Awareness, Service, and Action

CASA is a program within the Center for Community Service-Learning that engages over 3,000 undergraduate students annually in direct service or advocacy and awareness projects. Students in service promote the community and work for social change. The vision is global, recognizing that we can act in our immediate community, but that opportunities exist for international action as well.

Romero Immersion Programs

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All USD faculty, staff and students who are traveling abroad on university business are required to register their trip details. This registration is important as it will help USD be able to reach you in the event of an emergency.

Travel Registration Instructions 

STEP ONE: Register your trip.

Use the link below to provide your travel information. 

PLEASE NOTE: The travel registration process is for any INDEPENDENT travel you are doing on behalf of USD (university business). For example: attending a conference, sabbatical, meetings, recruitment, research, consulting, etc.

If you are participating in an organized program through the International Center, SOLES Global, Nursing, Kroc School, Ahlers Center for International Business,  Law School, SLIC, University Ministry or Community Service Learning, you do not need to register using this site. For organized group programs, your information will be collected through the individual department/area arranging your program. 

Click here to access the form (Note: This system is not compatible with Internet Exporer.  Please use another browser):
USD International Travel Registration Form

STEP TWO: Print an insurance card.

Carry this insurance card with you while traveling.

ACE Travel Insurance Card


If you need assistance in completing the online Travel Registration, contact:

Kira Espiritu, PhD
Director, International Studies Abroad
Telephone: 619-260-4598

Jessica Calhoun, PhD
Director, International Studies Abroad
Telephone: 619-260-4598 

If you have questions regarding international insurance, contact:
Barbara Schatzer
Director of Risk Management
Telephone: 619-260-7677

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Contact Information

International Center
Serra Hall 201
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4598
Fax: (619) 260-5924

Office Hours

  • Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday - CLOSED