Short-Term Opportunities

The University of San Diego offers an impressive number of short-term programs during intersession (between fall and spring semesters in the month of January). These programs are offered in various international locations and are all taught by USD faculty members. Program locations and courses change periodically.

The tuition cost for these programs is subsidized by the university and financial aid, USD International Center scholarships as well as outside scholarships are available. The program costs will be announced soon. The prorgram cost is very comprehensive, including the following: three units of USD tuition, housing, excursions, class related visits, medical insurance, and some group meals. Please note some additional fees may apply based on the course and optional excursions are not included in the program cost. For complete information on the program details, please click on the program link to be directed to the program-specific brochure page.

Intersession 2018



  • Second Year Experience Abroad Programs (Florence & New Zealand): April 19, 2017
  • Sundance Program: September 13, 2017
  • Euro Tour Program: September 20, 2017
  • All Other Intersession Programs- September 27, 2017
Program Course(s) Offered Professor Program Cost

Argentina- Buenos Aires
Business Program

NOTE: 8 student minimum enrollment required per course

January 4 - 20, 2018

MGMT 414 (3 units) - International Management Consulting


Dr. Steve Conroy


BUSN 377 (3 units) - Negotiation in a Global Business Environment


Professor Linda Barkacs

Dr. Craig Barkacs

Argentina- Buenos Aires
Arts & Science Program

NOTE: 8 student minimum requirement per course

SPANISH course: January 7 - January 25, 2018

THEOLOGY course: January 4 - January 20, 2018


SPAN 201 (3 units) - Third Semester Spanish


Dr. Alejandro Meter


THRS 369 (3 units) - Liberation Theology


Dr. Karen Teel

China - Hong Kong

NOTE: 8 student minimum requirement per course

January 3 - January 24, 2018

BUSN/ECON 494 (3 units) - The Business Environment of Asia

COMM 475W (3 units) - Intercultural Communication (note: W is only for students under pre-2017 core)


Dr. Alan Gin

Dr. Leeva Chung


England - London

NOTE: 8 student minimum enrollment required per course

ELEC 350 (3 units) - Signals and Systems

ENGL 240/420 (3 units) - Shakespeare/Advanced Shakespeare

ENGR 121 (3 units) - Engineering Programming

PSYC 355 (3 units) - Abnormal Psychology


Dr. Thomas Schubert

Dr. Maura Giles-Watson

Dr. Ernest Kim

Dr. Michael Ichiyama


*note: ENGL course is $5170


NOTE: 8 student minimum enrollment required

December 28th - January 15th

POLS 494/594 (3 units) - Europe and the Islamic World


Dr. Randy Willoughby


Peru - Cusco

NOTE: 10 student minimum enrollment required >

January 7 - January 26, 2018

MATH 112/499 (3 units) - Investigations in Mathematics/Mathematics Independent Study


Dr. Perla Myers


Sundance Film Festival, Utah

NOTE: 24 student maximum enrollment allowed

January 14 - January 26, 2018

COMM 433 (3 units) American Independent Cinema
*Note: course can be taken for honors credit


Dr. Roger Pace
Dr. Eric Pierson

Course Descriptions For Intersession 2018

MGMT 414 (3 units)- International Management Consulting - COURSE CANCELLED
Professor: Dr. Steve Conroy
Fulfills: Upper Division Business elective, Management elective or International Business elective (depending on student's major)
Pre-requisite(s): MGMT 300, FINA 300, MKTG 300.

This management consulting project-based course will provide participants with instruction and practical experience in conducting a consulting project with an international approach. Students work in teams to design and develop solutions to a business problem or strategic initiatives for a company. You will learn and demonstrate your ability to formulate a statement of work, establish goals and milestones, prepare a schedule of deliverables, allocate responsibilities to team members, and interact with your client. The course is a combination of class sessions, instructor-individual team conferences, student team meetings, research, team-client meetings, report writing, and presentation of consulting activity/project results.

BUSN 377 (3 units)- Negotiation in a Global Business Environment
Professor: Prof. Linda Barkacs & Dr. Craig Barkacs
Fulfills: Elective for both the International Business major and the minor and the minors in Entrepreneurship and Law & Ethics program. It also fulfills a requirement for option 2 of the Accounting major and the Accounting and Supply Chain combination.
Pre-requisite(s): MATH 130 or MATH 150 or MATH 151, must have completed 60 units

In an increasingly interdependent world, the ability to negotiate with people with diverse socio-cultural backgrounds and in different regions of the world is crucial for managers and leaders. This course offers skills and knowledge for becoming an effective negotiator through lecture, class discussion, and experimental exercises. This course includes several negotiation simulations and exercises that incorporate cross-cultural and international components.


SPAN 201 (3 units) - Third Semester Spanish
Professor: Dr. Alejandro Meter
Fulfills: Third semester language comptency requirement

Pre-requisite(s):SPAN 102 or SPAN 103 or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year

Completes the introduction of the basic structures of the language, with continuing emphasis on communicative proficiency. At this level students are encouraged to participate in community service-learning and/or cultural activities within the Spanish speaking community.

THRS 369 (3 units) - Liberation Theology
Professor: Dr. Karen Teel
Fulfills: Pre-2017 core curriculum - upper division THRS requirement; NEW CORE - theological and religious inquiry and domestic diversity level 2; course also fulfills requirement for THRS majors and minors

Pre-requisite(s): any lower division THRS course or consent of instructor

A study of the origin, characteristics, method, central themes, and current expressions of liberation theology. Special emphasis on the understanding of revelation, God, Jesus Christ, the Church, the human being, Christian ethics, social justice, and Christian spirituality. Catholic liberation theology began in Latin America. Moreover, Pope Francis, who is known to be friendly to liberation theology, is Argentinian—the first Latin American pope. Thus, Buenos Aires is an ideal site for students to learn about this branch of theology.


BUSN/ECON 494 (3 units)- The Business Environment of Asia
Professor: Dr. Alan Gin
Fulfills: Business Admin major: upper division School of Business elective; Business Economics major: upper division Economics elective; Economics major: upper division Economics elective; International Business major: List A elective; All other majors: elective credit
Pre-requisite(s): ECON 102

This course is designed to prepare international managers to work effectively in an Asian business environment through providing an understanding of the issues, opportunities, and complexities associated with doing business in the region. The focus is on the cultural, historical, economic, social, political and business environments in Asia and on the activities of companies operating in Asia, both foreign and domestic. Successful Asian companies competing internationally will also be an aspect of the course. The course will incorporate guest speakers and company visits.

COMM 475W (3 units)- Intercultural Communication
Professor: Dr. Leeva Chung

Fulfills: Upper-division COMM elective for major/minor; course will fulfill W core requirement only for students who are under pre-2017 core curriculum
Pre-requisite(s):COMM 300 is recommended

This course allows students to explore intercultural communication theory and research within both broad and interpersonal contexts. Topics include similarities and differences in values, language, , interethnic/intergroup communication, identity and adaptation. Students will enhance flexibility with such encounters. During their time in Hong Kong, students have the unique opportunity to work with a concurrent communication class at Hong Kong Baptist University. Students in the past have walked away with a richer Hong Kong experience and new-found friends and relationship. The curricula for this unique class is based on the cultural context of the location. Students leave Hong Kong with the appreciation of the historic, economic, and cultural comparisons between China and the U.S.



ELEC 350 (3 units)- Signals and Systems
Professor: Dr. Thomas Schubert
Fulfills: It is a required course for all EE majors typically taken in the spring semester of the Junior year. It is a prerequisite for ELEC 430 (Applied Electromagnetics), ELEC 460 (Control Systems), ELEC 470 (Communication Systems and Circuits), and some electives. This course alson serves as an approved technical elective for mechanical engineers.
Pre-requisite(s): ENGR 121, ELEC 201 and Math 310 undefined

ELEC 350 (Signals and Systems) is a core electrical engineering (EE) course that builds the foundations for three senior EE courses: Communication Systems and Circuits, Applied Electromagnetics, and Control Systems. The London area has been a hub of developmental activity in all of the foundational areas for ELEC 350. Of particular note is the work of James Clerk Maxwell (electromagnetics), Michael Faraday (electromagnetics), and Gulielmo Marconi (communications). Either within London or in the near vicinity are sites featuring the work of these three pioneers: 1) Faraday Museum of the Royal Institution (London); 2) Exhibit of Marconi artifacts at the Museum of History of Science (Oxford); and 3) Exhibit of Maxwell artifacts at the Cavendish Museum at the University of Cambridge. Information technology and signal coding are topics in Communication Systems and radar is a topic in Applied Electromagnetics. Note: Taking this course over intersession allows students to take ELEC 460 in the Junior year (rather than spring of the senior year). That can be beneficial if the student is interested in a controls-based senior project the following year. Moving ELEC 460 earlier leaves more room for technical electives in the senior year. undefined

ENGL 240/420 (3 units)- Shakespeare/Advanced Shakespeare
Professor: Dr. Maura Giles-Watson
Fulfills: Core Curriculum literature requirement
Pre-requisite(s): No pre-requisite for ENGL 280; ENGL 280 is pre-requisite for ENGL 480

There is no better place to study Shakespeare than on the banks of the Thames, the alleys of Eastcheap, and amidst the architecture and vistas that he knew. Although Shakespeare’s texts provide us with some of our richest literary experiences, the playwright hardly thought about publication. The theater was a living, money-making scheme, shaped by its location in the slums, by immediate political situations, and by the actors and patrons who entered the gates of the playhouse. This course will teach Shakespeare as one of history’s great artists – whose greatness was forged within the contingencies and pressures of the real world. Much of that world is still there to be studied and experienced.

ENGR 121 (3 units)- Engineering Programming
Professor: Dr. Ernie Kim
Fulfills: Required course for all engineering students (engineering core requirement)
Pre-requisite(s): MATH 150 or permission of instructor 

This course serve as both an introduction to software engineering (programing) and as an introduction to computers, digital arithmetic, digital logic, device control, team work, and an iterative software design process. One hundred years ago we would have taught you how to use a slide rule and how to make scale models of designs. Now we teach you how to use a computer. Computers are not “smart”. You are smart. You will be far more capable of leveraging your intelligence if you master the use of computers, which for engineers means at least understanding how computers work and how they are programmed. Even if you do not end up directly programming a computer in your career, you will almost certainly work with programmers. The better able you are to empathize with the challenges faced by programmers and communicate with them in their jargon, the more successful you will be. This course will cover the rudiments of digital math and logic. You will learn enough about computer organization and architecture to make more informed computational purchasing decisions (a smart phone is just a very portable computer). We will be discussing networking protocols, both high-level (Ethernet) and low-level (GPIO and UARTs). You will learn to read sensors and switches and control motors. We will spend a very limited amount of time using Excel as a programming environment, but our major focus will be on low-level programming using C. The C programming language will provide the foundational and conceptual framework for a broader understanding of how processing works. If you continue on in a software science, C will help you to understand how Python, JavaScript, Haskell, Ruby, etc. actually work underneath the covers of their high-level programming interfaces.

PSYC 355 (3 units)- Abnormal Psychology
Professor: Dr. Michael Ichiyama
Fulfills: Major requirement for the Psychology major Clinical Line. Upper Division elective for the Behavioral Neuroscience major. Upper Division elective for the Psychology and Biomedical Ethics minors.
Pre-requisite(s): PSYC 101

The purpose of this course is to help you gain a foundational understanding of the very large area in psychology concerned with abnormal, or deviant, behavior. The contemporary literature on the etiology, prevalence, classification, and treatment considerations relating to abnormal behavior and mental disorders is reviewed. This course assumes an integrated multi-path perspective and focuses on adult psychopathology. Emphases will be placed on: (a) clarifying common misconceptions and stereotypes regarding abnormality and “mental illness”; (b) gaining awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of current diagnostic models for classifying mental disorders; (c) understanding the interactive roles of theory and research in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal behavior; and (d) examining abnormal behavior within the context of human diversity, particularly regarding issues related to gender and culture. undefined


POLS 494/594 (3 units) - Europe and the Islamic World
Professors: Dr. Randy Willoughby
Fulfills:Upper division elective for Political Science and International Relations majors; Elective for MAIR graduate program
Pre-requisite(s): None

This course features an academic, governmental and cultural tour of key cities in Europe and Morocco and will involve a series of briefings from leading European academic, military, literary, and political personalities and experts on the European relationship with the Islamic World. Students have the opportunity to actively engage in dialogue with individuals managing the complex relationships of European and international politics.


MATH 112 (3 units)- Investigations in Mathematics
Professor: Dr. Perla Myers
Fulfills: Mathematics core
Pre-requisite(s): MATH 90 or by Math Placement Exam within the past year.

Students will experience mathematics by delving into some beautiful and intriguing issues, and considering some of the greatest ideas of humankind in the realm of mathematics—ideas comparable to the works of Shakespeare, Plato and Michelangelo. Students will learn that mathematics is an artistic endeavor which requires both imagination and creativity. Although students will be challenged, the overriding theme of the course is to gain an appreciation for mathematics and to discover the power of mathematical thinking in their everyday life. As part of the class, students will explore the mathematics of the Inca and the mathematics in Machu Picchu, and will engage with the community in Peru to create mathematics activities to share with students in local elementary schools through Proyecto Mochila.

MATH 499 (3 units) - Independent Study
Professor: Dr. Perla Myers
Fulfills: Inquire with instructor
Pre-requisite(s): Approval of instructor


COMM 433 (3 units) - American Independent Cinema
Professors: Dr. Roger Pace & Dr. Eric Pierson
Pre-requisite(s): A strong interest in film

This is a two week course is taught at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah during intersession. This course is an intense examination of the independent film industry during the Festival. Students will engage the films and filmmakers firsthand through a series of lectures, screenings, panels, and small group discussions. Classes are conducted in a conference room in the hotel. There are a series of brief mandatory meetings in the Fall prior to departure. This course can also be taken for honors credit.

The University of San Diego offers an impressive number of short-term programs during the summer session. These programs are offered in various international locations and are all taught by USD faculty members. Program locations and courses change periodically.

The tuition cost for these programs is subsidized by the university and USD International Center scholarships as well as outside scholarships are available.

The program cost ranges from $4,670-$5,810 and includes the following: three to four units of USD tuition, housing, excursions, class related visits, medical insurance, and some group meals. Some programs offer students the option to take up to 6 units, which would increase the price to $6,990. Some additional fees may apply based on the course. For complete information on the program details, please click on the program link to be directed to the program-specific brochure page.

Summer 2018 - Application Deadline is February 21, 2018
*note: for the MENG 260 course, priority deadline is December 13, 2017.

For more information on the program, click on the location listed under the "Program" heading. For course descriptions, please click on the course.

Program Course(s) Offered Professor Cost

Australia, Sunshine Coast
July 28 - August 18, 2018 (tentative)

ENGL 236: Reading the Landscape: Australian Literature

EOSC 111: Reading the Landscape: Australian Geology

Dr. Halina Duraj

Dr. Bethany O'Shea



Austria, Salzburg
June 4 - 25, 2018

GERM 201: Third Semester German Dr. Christiane Staninger  $4,970

China, Beijing/Shanghai
June 3 - 23, 2018

COMP 494: Data Mining Dr. Eric Jiang  $5,070

China, Shanghai
On USD Campus: May 28 - June 1
In China: June 5 -20, 2018

FINA 405: International Finance Dr. Phil Zhu $4,670 

China Tour, Multiple Cities
June 2 - 20, 2018 

HIST 364/364W: China: A Historical Journey Dr. Yi Sun  $4970

Croatia, Zagreb & Split
Take up to 6 units!

On USD Campus: May 24-25 (ECON/FINA only); May 29 -June 1 (all classes)
In Croatia: June 5-21, 2018
ECON 333: International Economics Dr. Alyson Ma $4,770 (3 units) or $6,990 (6 units) 
FINA 409: Financial Modeling and Analytics Dr. Marko Svetina
MGMT 309W: International Comparative Management Dr. Johanna Hunsaker & Dr. Philip Hunsaker

England, London
July 28 - August 18, 2018


ARTV 101/302/403: Drawing London - Meditations on the History of Culture Through the Art of a City Dr. John Halaka $4,970
COMM 380: International Media Dr. Eric Pierson
HIST 145/347: London: Imperial Metropolis (Topics in Urban History) Dr. Molly McClain
MENG 260: Introduction to Thermal Science - NOTE: Priority Deadline for this course is December 13, 2017 Dr. Frank Jacobitz
POLS 492 / POLS 594: The UK and the US: The History and Politics of
a Special Relationship
Dr. Vidya Nadkarni
PSYC 364: Sport Psychology Dr. Nadav Goldschmied

France, Paris
FREN 201 (4-week course): July 1- July 28, 2018
All other class dates: July 8 -28, 2018


ARTH 138/ ARCH 321 / ARTH 321: City and Utopia: Paris Dr. Can Bilsel

$5,270 (FREN 201) 

$4,970 (all other courses) 

COMM 338: Media & Conflict Dr. Esteban del Rio
FREN 201: Third Semester French Dr. Michele Magnin
THEA 230: Acting I Prof. Scott Ripley
THRS 367: Saints, Sex, and Social Justice Dr. Emily Reimer-Barry

Indonesia - Bali
June 1 - 22, 2018

EOSC 303 / PHIL 344: Environmental Issues and Justice in Bali 

MUSC 341 / THRS 326: Religion and the Performing Arts in Bali

Dr. Ron Kaufmann & Dr. Mark Woods

Dr. David Harnish & Dr. Lance Nelson


Italy - Rome (School of Business Program)
June 25 - July 17, 2018 (tentative)

MGMT 304: Entrepreneurship and New Venture

Dr. Michael Lawless  $4,970

Italy - Rome (College of Arts & Sciences Program)
June 23 - July 13, 2018 (tentative)

SOCI 494: Drugs, Drug Trafficking & Organized Crime

Dr. Erik Fritsvold  $4,970

Italy, Salerno
June 2 - June 30, 2018

ITAL 201: Third Semester Italian Dr. Antonio Iannotta  $5,270

Summer 2018 Course Descriptions


ENGL 236: Reading the Landscape: Australian Literature
Professor Dr. Halina Duraj
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Literary Inquiry
Major/Minor/Concentration: English

In this course, we’ll examine the relationship between Australia’s landscape and the complicated history of its aboriginal population through environmental literature, reading texts on site in various locations in Australia. This course is called “Reading the Landscape,” because of a long tradition in environmental literature of investigating the natural world as if it were a text—observing, describing, analyzing, deriving meaning, etc. and producing texts in response. In many sciences as well, and especially geology, scientists interpret evidence in the landscape to make deductions about ancient processes such as mountain rage formation. The similarities and differences between these two types of “reading”—literary and geological—offer exciting opportunities for inquiry alongside the simultaneously offered geology course taught by Dr. Beth O'Shea. In this English course, we’ll begin with a foreign, non-fiction perspective (Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country), followed by Bruce Chatwin’s classic of environmental literature about Australia, The Songlines. We’ll read work by aboriginal authors, including a selection of Aboriginal Dreaming stories, offering indigenous explanations for some of Australia’s geological phenomena. Students will write critical and analytical responses to the literature and may also write a personal narrative reflecting upon their own travel experience through the lens of the works we read. Writing assignments as well as class discussions will welcome (and may require) geological perspectives discussed in Dr. O’Shea’s course.

EOSC 111: Geosciences Abroad Theme: Reading the Landscape: Australian Geology
Dr. Bethany O'Shea
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Science/Technological Inquiry
Australia is the world’s oldest and flattest continent. Seemingly inhospitable desert lands- the outback- make up 70% of Australia and yet much of Australia’s history of settlement and modern economy rely on the resources provided by the land. What are some of these geological resources? What makes Australia so dry and flat? How do we know that the oldest piece of rock, found in the outback, is actually 4 billion years old? In this course students will learn the basics of geology: minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, geological time; and how processes on the surface of the Earth have shaped Australia’s landscape. We will examine the role that geology plays in forming Australia’s number one export: mineral resources. As is typical in any geoscience course, an emphasis will be placed on field experiences. Such experiences may include classroom mapping exercises prior to bushwalks to observe geologic features such as sand dunes, rock formations, waterholes, and ancient volcanic plugs; as well as visits to Natural History museums and World Heritage sites. 


GERM 201- Third Semester German (GERM 202 credit available upon approval of instructor)
Professor: Dr. Christiane Staninger
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills second language competency

This course is a continuation of German 102 and is designed to teach students to speak, read, and write German at an intermediate level and enhance students’ familiarity with recent German culture and history. Emphasis is placed on improving students’ knowledge of intermediate grammar, reading more complex tests and speaking with moderate proficiency.


COMP 494: Data Mining
Professor: Dr. Eric Jiang

Data mining is a new interdisciplinary field of computer science and represents a process of analyzing and extracting patters embedded in large amounts of data by using various methods from machine learning, statistics and database management. With the rapid proliferation of the Internet and advances of computing technology and applications in artificial intelligence, data mining has become an increasingly important tool of transforming large quantities of digital data into meaningful and actionable information in many areas including business and finance, health care, telecommunication, science, engineering, and higher education. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to data mining with a primary focus on fundamental concepts, algorithms and applications of association analysis, classification and clustering modeling. It will also discuss ethical issues related to data mining and advanced data mining models.


FINA 405: International Finance
Professor: Dr. Phil Zhu

China has 1.3 billion people and is the fastest growing economy in the world. Many leading American companies and organizations have subsidiaries in China and many more are exploring opportunities in the country. Knowledge about Chinese business and financial market provides a key competitive edge to the future leaders in various fields. To enhance your global experience and competitiveness, we offer the FINA 405 (international financial management) course for three weeks in Shanghai in the summer. The course covers most important topics on managing multinational corporations’ financial resources and risks, such as the foreign exchange risk hedging, international cost of capital and capital budgeting, international financial arbitrage, and international portfolio management. The course also uses China in many examples to help students better understand the unique business environment in the leading emerging country.  The course features many cultural activities, and visits to several multinational business and financial institutions in Shanghai. The city of Shanghai has the most vibrant business environment and cutting-edge technology base in China. Through this course, students can gain highly valuable global experience in one of the most economically vibrant and prosperous city in the world! 


HIST 364/364W: China: A Historical Journey
Professor: Dr. Yi Sun

Students with an interest in Chinese culture, history, and politics will enjoy this short-term program. Excursions to historical sites throughout the program give students a greater cultural appreciation and understanding for this rapidly changing society.

This class is designed to provide a sophisticated and interdisciplinary introduction to Chinese civilization and politics. The program follows a three week itinerary that includes Beijing, Xian, and at least two other destinations in China, taking advantage of site tours and local academic experts above and beyond accompanying faculty led discussions and presentations.  Students will have an opportunity to witness the changes that have been unfolding in China over the past twenty five years while at the same time appreciating the cultural foundation of the society produced over the course of more than two millennia. Course content will devote substantial attention to Chinese relations with the many countries in its neighborhood and its ever increasing significance around the globe. Ultimately, the class is intended to foster a sense of cultural awareness and understanding of the Chinese historical experience. 


FINA 409: Financial Modeling and Analytics
Professor: Dr. Marko Svetina
Major/Minor/Concentration: Business Administration, Finance, Management

This course covers financial modeling techniques applied to optimal decision making in the areas of corporate finance and investment banking. Topics include the construction of comprehensive valuation models,using precedent transactions and comparable companies in valuation, strategic industry analysis, and mergers and acquisitions.

ECON 333: International Economics
Professor: Dr. Alyson Ma
Major/Minor/Concentration: Business Administration, Economics, International Relations

The theory, practice, and institutions of the international economy. Topics include international trade and investment, balance of payments, foreign exchange rate determination, multinational enterprises, trade with developing countries, and international economic policy.

MGMT 309W: International Comparative Management
Professors: Dr. Johanna Hunsaker and Dr. Philip Hunsaker
Major/Minor/Concentration: Business Administration, International Business, Management

This course addresses the dilemmas and opportunities that managers face as they work in multicultural and global environments. The main objective of the course is to increase the effectiveness of managers/employees in identifying, understanding, and managing the cultural components of organizational dynamics. Focuses on the relationships between cultural values and the practice of managing people. 


ARTV 101/302/403: Drawing London - Meditations on the History of Culture Through the Art of a City
Professor: Dr. John Halaka
Core Curriculum Information: ARTV 101 fulfills Artistic Inquiry
Major/Minor/Concentration: ARTV 101, 302 and 403 sections meet requirements for the Visual Arts Major and Minor, and can serve as Visual Arts electives for Art History and Architecture majors, as well electives for any student who has completed the ARTV 101 prerequisite.

London’s museums have long held some of the greatest art treasures in the world and have helped to shape a multitude of thriving, diverse and co-existing art cultures in that city. As the primary repositories of the riches that were variously acquired by the expansive reach of the British Empire, London’s museums offer encyclopedic collections of international art, spanning the course of human civilization.  But the city’s wealth as a global cultural capital expands much further than the halls of its many esteemed public art museums, spreading widely and deeply into its commercial art galleries, community art centers, and onto the walls of many of its neighborhoods.

Through an immersive engagement with London’s diverse and dynamic contemporary visual cultures as well as its historical artistic treasures that span most of human history, this course will offer students an opportunity to develop a rich, unique and critical investigation of the art of drawing by intimately analyzing works of art selected from London’s astoundingly varied collections of images and objects.

COMM 380 - International Media
Professor: Dr. Eric Pierson
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Global Diversity Level 2
Major/Minor/Concentration: Communication Studies

The goal of the course is to develop an awareness of international communication, with the United Kingdom as our focus. We will examine the way in which media systems are used to create national identities and shape cultural expectations. The course will highlight the role of public policy and globalization in the formation and maintenance of media systems. Through a daily series of questions and interactions with local media professionals, the course will examine to ways in which politics, culture, social normality, conflict, and civic responsibility are processed, in and outside of geographic boundaries. Trips to the BBC, BFI, Film London, The Guardian, and the Advertising Council will allow us the opportunity to compare British media systems to those in the United States.

HIST 145/347: London: Imperial Metropolis (Topics in Urban History)
Professor: Dr. Molly McClain
Core Curriculum Information: HIST 145 fulfills Historical Inquiry
Major/Minor/Concentration: History

​This course offers an immersion in the history of London from the beginning of England’s imperial expansion in 1500 through the end of World War II. The city’s streets, shops, monuments, and museums will serve as extensions of the classroom, helping us better understand London’s role as a seat of power, a stage for processions and pageants, and the marketplace of the world.

MENG 260: Introduction to Thermal Sciences
Professor: Dr. Frank Jacobitz
Major/Minor/Concentration: Fulfills a sophomore year requirement for all engineering students

This course combines a sophomore-level mechanical engineering course with a meaningful international experience. The course covers basic engineering thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer with a strong focus on the first topic. Thermodynamics considers the effects of heat and work interactions on a substance and it is the foundation of energy conversion from thermal to mechanical and electrical forms. Such an energy conversion is found in most forms of power generation, including fossil fuel or nuclear power plants, internal combustion engines, and also renewable energy sources such as solar thermal power plants or ocean thermal energy conversion plants.  

POLS 492/594: The UK and the US: The History and Politics of a Special Relationship
Professor: Dr. Vidya Nadkarni
Core Curriculum Information: POLS 492 fulfills Social/Behavioral Inquiry

Will the special US-UK relationship endure? The continued vitality of this relationship has recently become a subject of debate among scholars and citizens in both countries. Using theories of international relations and foreign policy as well as historical, political, social and cultural markers, we will analyze the impact of the past on the contemporary relationship between the two countries. Our London location will allow us to explore this important relationship through a British prism.

PSYC 364: Sport Psychology
Professor: Dr. Nadav Goldschmied

This course examines the psychological factors influencing the experience of sports. Topics include theoretical basis of competition, motivation, group dynamics, aggression, fan behavior, and social facilitation. The Sport Psychology course in London aims to explore psychological factors that affect, and are affected, by sports participation and performance, as well as health and wellness. The capital city of the UK is a hub for world-class sports (Olympics, Wimbledon, various soccer venues), which will allow the students first-hand exposure to topics covered in class. 


ARTH 138/ ARCH 321 / ARTH 321: City and Utopia: Paris
Professor: Dr. Can Bilsel
Core Curriculum Information: All courses fulfill Artistic Inquiry

What role has utopia played in the formation of the modern city? The architectural and urban projects that have shaped the great cities often embody a radical social vision: they imagine the society in a perfected state. This course examines the urban and architectural history and visual culture of Paris from the revolutionary period of the 18th century to the present. Topics will include Baron Haussmann’s urban transformations that shaped the grand boulevards, the urban utopias of Le Corbusier, the playful architectural utopias of the 1960s such as the “Mobile” or “Relational City” of Yona Friedman, as well as the vision for building the “grands ensembles”—the modernist new towns in the periphery of the city. In this course we use Paris and its collections as our primary source and our classroom. The class meetings and daily field trips are organized to take benefit of the city’s temporary and permanent exhibitions, museums, and architectural heritage sites.

COMM 338 - Media & Conflict
Professor: Dr. Esteban del Rio
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Domestic Diversity Level 2
Major/Minor/Concentration: Communication Studies

Media and Conflict examines how reality-based media represent and construct social conflict, influence human action, and shape public opinion and public policy – particularly in the context of Paris and around the constructs of human difference. Course content investigates the relationships between journalism, documentary film, art, protest, and state authority with democracy and social justice through the lens of historically situated examples of political violence and social control. This course endeavors to address the how and why of public conflict, focusing on comparative examples from the U.S. and E.U./France. We will examine and spend time understanding French motherhood, Charlie Hebdo, the migrant crisis, Mai 1968, the rise of the National Front, French food systems, and mobility justice. This course satisfies core requirements for DISJ II Domestic, toward the Communication Studies major, and as an elective toward the Bachelor of Arts degree.

FREN 201 - Third Semester French
Professor: Dr. Michele Magnin
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Second Language competency

This four-week summer course in Paris is similar to FREN 201 taught on campus: it completes the introduction of the basic structures of the language, with increased emphasis on grammatical exactness to further develop communicative proficiency, but with the added benefit of full immersion as students are placed in French families. The academic and cultural components are enhanced by field trips, tours and discussions. Your instructor, a native Parisian, will share with you her inside knowledge of the “City of Lights” and help you understand lesser known cultural traits of the French.

THEA 230 - Acting I
Professor: Prof. Scott Ripley
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Artistic Inquiry

This course examines the tradition of the actor as storyteller and challenges students to increase their ability to express their own experience and the experience of others. It involves improvisation, scene work, mask work, technical methods in voice, physical action, and text analysis.  In addition to Stanislavski based technique, commedia dell’arte technique will be introduced. Course will include trips to L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq and Comédie-Française.  

THRS 367: Saints, Sex, & Social Justice  
Professor: Dr. Emily Reimer-Barry
Core Curriculum Information: Domestic Diversity level 1 and Ethical Inquiry or Theology & Religious Inquiry

Major/Minor/Concentration: Theology and Religious Studies

Christine de Pizan—French poet, author, and invited member of the court of Charles V and Jeanne de Bourbon, king and queen of France—wrote with passionate conviction over six hundred years ago that “there is not the slightest doubt that women belong to the people of God and the human race as much as men and are not another species or dissimilar race.” (The Book of the City of Ladies, pub. 1405). The implications of this claim—that women are human—continue to befuddle people of faith today. What does it mean to be human? Does sexual differentiation matter, and if so, how? Is Christian theology sexist? How does the principle of social justice inform contemporary Christian understandings of sexuality, and what work remains to be done? This course will explore these questions through readings, discussions, and field trips in one of the most vibrant, historically significant, culturally rich cities in the world: Paris, France. After an introduction to theological method and feminist methods, we will embark on a thematic journey through feminist theology and ethics with the aim of building skills in gender analysis, critical thinking, cultural competency, and self-reflection. We will read texts by prominent French feminists, including Simone de Beauvoir, Luce Irigaray, and Julia Kristeva. We will learn about French saints (Jeanne d’Arc, St. Geneviève, Louise de Marillac, Vincent de Paul, Jane Frances de Chantal, and others), and we will discuss the Catholic Church’s contributions to human rights discourse in the modern world, especially the role of Catholic social thought. Paris is our classroom, and students will be required to go on field trips to churches, museums, and historic sites that will enrich our class discussions and student learning.  


MUSC 341 / THRS 326: Religion and the Performing Arts in Bali
Professors: Dr. David Harnish & Dr. Lance Nelson
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Theology & Religious Inquiry or Artistic Inquiry. Also fulfills Global Diversity 1 and Advanced Integration

In addition to its renowned physical beauty, Bali is famous for its rich cultural traditions that demonstrate an inseparable relationship between art and religion. This interdisciplinary, team-taught course will integrate the perspectives of religious studies, music, and ethnomusicology. We will explore the faith and practices of Balinese Hindus and examine the complex integration of music, dance, drama, and other arts in their vibrant ritual life. Emphasis will be placed on indigenous, colonial, and neocolonial expressions of cultural, social, and economic power and privilege on the island. The powerful influence of tourism on the cultural life and ecology of this small island will also be addressed. 

Guest lectures and workshops by local scholars, religious practitioners, and master-artists will be arranged. We will attend temple festivals and ceremonies and take tours to cultural sites around the island. Students will learn the rudiments of playing gamelan (gong ensemble) music as a group and engage one or more other arts, such as dance and shadow puppetry. The course will be enriched by close interaction with Dr. Kaufmann and Dr. Woods, and the students of their environmental studies course. Evaluation will be by journals, several quizzes, and a 12-15 page research paper to be completed upon the students’ return to the United States. Students will also be evaluated on their level of participation and culturally respectful behavior.

EOSC 303 / PHIL 344: Paradise Lost? - Environmental Issues in Bali
Professors: Dr. Ron Kaufmann & Dr. Mark Woods
Core Curriculum Information: EOSC 303 fulfills Global Diversity Level 1; PHIL 344 fulfills Ethical Inquiry 
Major/Minor/Concentration: Environmental & Ocean Sciences, Philsophy/Politics/Economics

This team-taught upper-division course will explore significant environmental issues in Bali, an Indonesian island whose considerable natural resources present tremendous opportunities and simultaneously pose daunting challenges. Responses to environmental problems are informed by many factors and are especially complicated when social, cultural, political, economic, scientific and ethical factors need to be considered.This interdisciplinary team-taught course will focus on current environmental issues confronting Bali. Important topics will include the impacts of tourism and development; waste and its disposal; availability of fresh water; conservation of natural resources, including coral reefs. Students will register for EOSC 303 or PHIL 344, according to the credit they need. Class sessions and field trips will involve the entire group.  This course will explore pressing environmental issues in Bali today. Guest lectures by local scholars and environmental activists will be arranged. Students will visit sites that illustrate environmental challenges and meet with organizations that address some of Bali’s most pressing environmental concerns. Students will have hands-on opportunities to work on local projects and interact with community members who are actively engaged with environmental problems. Evaluation will be based on reflective journals, short quizzes, and a longer research paper to be completed after students return to the US. Students will also be evaluated on the degree and quality of their participation. Bali is well-suited to a course that operates at the interface between environmental science and justice. The people are welcoming, and the infrastructure for education and tourism is well developed. The course will take place in three locations: Sanur, on the SE Bali coast; Ubud, a cultural hub near central Bali; and the coastal village of Pemuteran in NW Bali. We also will interact with Drs. David Harnish and Lance Nelson, who will be team teaching a course on religion and performing arts in Bali during the same time period. Their expertise and perspective on Balinese culture and religious traditions will complement ours and enrich the student experience.

ITALY - ROME (School of Business Program)

MGMT 304: Entrepreneurship & New Venture
Professor: Dr. Michael Lawless
Major/Minor/Concentration: Performing Arts Entrepreneurship

This course is for you whether you are starting a new venture, planning to work in one, or just learning about the space.  You experience designing a product or service from an inspiration, and turning it into an enterprise.  How can entrepreneurs take an inspiration into a working venture? What are proof-of-concept, a cap table, a term sheet, and a pitchdeck? How do entrepreneurs pitch their venture to customers, investors, team members, and others?  How do investors decide which new ventures to finance and which to pass up?  We answer these questions by developing a venture model, proof-of-concept, and a pitch deck your individual venture. It may be an actual venture or one chosen just for our course. 

You should complete the course knowing what it will take to launch your venture in terms of your effort, time, and money.  You’ll have a checklist of critical tasks, and a picture of the value you create for stakeholders and your community. You will be able to estimate your likely success.   You will get knowledge and skills that you need, to include practice with our cash model, term sheet provisions, and funding options. You’ll refine your way of thinking about entrepreneurship, new ventures, and early stage financing.

ITALY - ROME (College of Arts & Sciences Program)

SOCI 494: Drugs, Drug Trafficking, & Organized Crime
Professor: Dr. Erik Fritsvold

The international drug market is a $400 billion dollar annual industry with tentacles of impact in many aspects of social, political, and economic life.  This seminar-style course will utilize the lenses of criminology and sociology in a cross-national, critical evaluation of international drug policy.  We will collectively examine the evolution of drug use, drug trafficking, and efforts both domestically and internationally to control drug trafficking and promote public health.  Rome, Italy is a powerful location to study drug policy and organized crime.  Italy is the birthplace of hierarchical organized crime models that dominated the world’s underground economy, with drugs as the chief feature, since the 18th century.


ITAL 201: Third Semester Italian
Professor: Dr. Antonio Iannotta
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Second Language competency

This four-week summer program in Italy is taught by a USD faculty member, and covers the same content as Italian 201 while blending language and culture with experiential learning. Students will be fully immersed in Italian daily life and will live with Italian families. The academic component will be supplemented with community engagement activities and field trips that will enhance students’ learning and understanding of Italy while allowing them to interact with the local community.  Salerno is the ideal location for students to be familiarized with Italian culture, and experience Southern Italian warmth, while having easy access to some of Italy’s most famous heritage sites. Students will be guided by their instructor to make the most of their experience in Italy.

The Second Year Experience (SYE) Abroad program is an innovative and comprehensive international experience open to sophomore students at the University of San Diego. Students apply during their first year and will travel together with their cohort during the intersession of their sophomore year. After being enrolled in the program, all students will participate in fall seminars (to take place in the fall semester prior to departure) in preparation for their time abroad. Please see below for more details about this unique and exciting program.

General SYE Abroad Information

Academic Component:

While abroad, students take one three-unit academic course taught by a USD faculty member (see below for course offerings in each location). Each course will fulfill a core curriculum requirement.

Intercultural Component:

Students will be assigned to an Intercultural Group. These groups will be organized and led by current USD administrators and staff who will meet with the students prior to departure, on-site in each location, and at USD upon return. Within these groups students will participate in cultural and social activities both in San Diego and abroad.

Program Cost:

Please check the program below for cost information as this depends on the course students take while abroad.  This cost includes tuition, housing, class-related activities abroad, cultural activities abroad, excursions, some meals, and international health insurance.


Details regarding program housing and calendar for each location will be made available to all enrolled students in the Fall prior to their departure.


Students must be in good academic and conduct standing with USD. Students participating in this program must have sophomore standing (completed three semesters prior to traveling abroad in January).

SYE Abroad 2019 - for the Class of 2021

Students in the Class of 2020 will be able to select from either Auckland, New Zealand or Florence, Italy.

Application Deadline & Program Timeline:

  • Application deadline: April 18, 2018
  • Kick-off event: May 2018
  • Mandatory Fall Seminars: Students will be required to attend three mandatory fall seminars in Fall 2018, dates TBD

Florence, Italy - Explore: Relive the Renaissance

Florence is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance and, as such, has a rich cultural history. Students will have the opportunity to explore the city through its art and architecture preserved among the cobblestone streets.


The cost to participate in the SYE Florence program depends on the course students take.  The cost for the ARCH/ARTH, ENGL and HIST courses is $5270. The cost for the CHEM course is $5470. This cost includes tuition, housing, some meals, course activities and some cultural activities.

Courses Offered in Florence:

Course Fulfills
ARCH/ARTH 121: Introduction to Modern Architecture (3 units) Artistic Inquiry
CHEM 102: Science of Food and Cooking (3 units including lab) Scientific & Tech Inquiry w/lab
ENGL 236: English and American Writers in Italy (3 units) Literary Inquiry
HIST 145: Renaissance Florence: Topics in Urban History (3 units) Historical Inquiry/Critical Thinking/Information Literacy

Auckland, New Zealand - Discover: South Pacific Past and Present 

Auckland is the world's largest Polynesian city and is a true melting pot of various cultures. Students will have the opportunity to explore the city's traditions through introductions to the rich Māori culture and the various natural beauty throughout the region.


The cost to participate in the Auckland SYE Abroad program depends on the course students take.  MGMT 300 and THRS 112 cost $4970. The cost for the CHEM course is $5170 and the cost for the ECON course is $5710. This cost includes tuition, housing, some meals, course activities and some cultural activities.

Courses Offered in Auckland:

Course Fulfills

CHEM 111: Introduction to Environmental Chemistry (3 units including lab)

Science & Tech Inquiry w/lab

ECON 216: Statistics for Business & Economics (4 units) Math Reasoning & Problem Solving
MGMT 300: Organizational Behavior (3 units)  Required for all Business majors
THRS 112: Introduction to World Religions (3 units) Theology & Religious Inquiry

SYE Abroad 2018 - for the Class of 2020

Students in the Class of 2020 will be able to select from either Auckland, New Zealand or Florence, Italy.

Application Deadline & Program Timeline:

  • Application deadline: April 19, 2017
  • Kick-off event: May 2017
  • Mandatory Fall Seminars: Students will be required to attend three mandatory fall seminars in Fall 2017, dates TBD

Florence, Italy - Explore: Relive the Renaissance - APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE! [CLICK HERE TO APPLY]

Florence is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance and, as such, has a rich cultural history. Students will have the opportunity to explore the city through its art and architecture preserved among the cobblestone streets.


The cost for the SYE Florence Program is $5150. This cost includes tuition, housing, some meals, course activities and some cultural activities.

Courses Offered in Florence:

Course Fulfills

ARCH 121: Introduction to Modern Architecture

Reqiurement for Architecture Majors/Minors;  Fine Arts Core 
ITAL 340/ENGL 236: Dante and Medieval Florence

Requirement for Italian Studies Major/Minor; Literary Inquiry core requirement

MKTG 300: Principles of Marketing [COURSE CLOSED]
Required course for all majors in School of Business 
PHIL 321: Social Ethics [COURSE CLOSED] Upper-division Ethics core requirement (must have completed 45 units by January 2018)
THRS 110: Exploring Religious Meaning [COURSE CLOSED] Lower-division Theology core requirement

Auckland, New Zealand - Discover: South Pacific Past and Present  - APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE! [CLICK HERE TO APPLY]

Auckland is the world's largest Polynesian city and is a true melting pot of various cultures. Students will have the opportunity to explore the city's traditions through introductions to the rich Māori culture and the various natural beauty throughout the region.


The cost to participate in the Auckland SYE Abroad program depends on the course students take.  The cost for the SYE Auckland Program is $4850 (CHEM course is $5050). This cost includes tuition, housing, some meals, course activities and some cultural activities.

Courses Offered in Auckland:

Course Fulfills

CHEM 111 (3 units incl lab): Medicinal Chemistry - Indigenous Medicine to Modern Medicine 


Physical science with lab core requirement
PHIL 334: Studies in Ethics [COURSE CLOSED] Upper-division Ethics core requirement (must have completed 45 units by January 2018)
POLS 270: Indigenous Peoples & The Environment [COURSE CLOSED] Required for POLS and IR majors, fulfills requirement for EOSC major
THRS 112: Introduction to World Religions [COURSE CLOSED] Lower-division THRS requirement

University of San Diego students have an opportunity to immerse themselves in local communities while abroad and gain valuable experience through service learning and community building activities. Some of our study abroad programs include service learning and community building as a key component of the program; in other programs, service opportunities are optional but available.

Please see below for more information about ways to engage at a deeper level within the community while you are abroad.

Service Learning and Community Building Programs Abroad (short-term programs)

China Summer Program

Students will see China beyond the "tourist" brochures and visit areas that seldom have foreign visitors. In an effort to deal with China's enormous poverty issues, in 2003, Tsinghua University launched its Educational Poverty Alleviation Project to deal with China's enormous poverty issues. Considered to be the "MIT" of Chinese universities, Tsinghua is making a concerted effort to try and alleviate poverty in rural areas through education.

Its Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) is designed to send teams of Tsinghua University undergraduate students, faculty, and foreign volunteers to 30 different locations in rural China. Since 2004, over 1,000 Tsinghua students, 130 Tsinghua faculty, and 300 students and faculty from abroad have participated in the SSLP. Teams spend 10-14 days at their sites where they teach English and computer skills, provide lectures and intercultural communication exercises for students and teachers in rural counties. The hope is that by exposing Chinese middle and high-school students to a wide range of educational experiences, they would be inspired to continue their higher learning.

Guatemala Second Year Experience Abroad Program

While in Guatemala, students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local community by participating in some community service activities. Learn more about this rich, ancient culture by building relationships with each other and the communities within Antigua.

The Second Year Experience Abroad (SYE Abroad) program is an innovative early college study abroad experience designed specifically for sophomore students at the University of San Diego. The program has an academic component as well as an intercultural learning component. Courses offered in January 2015 in this three week program are: Philosophy 330 (Ethics) and Spanish 201 (Third Semester Spanish).

Jamaica Summer Program

USD sends students to Jamaica two times per year in an effort to maintain what has become a remarkable connection between the USD campus community and the locals who live in Duncans, Jamaica on the island's northern coast. In addition to earning course credit while abroad, students have the opportunity to engage in service within the community at local schools, learning centers and in rural neighborhoods. The community of Duncans holds a special place in the heart of many USD students, staff and faculty.

This four-week faculty-led program offers students the chance to study the history and culture of Jamaica while also being immersed in the community.

South Africa Summer Program

Join USD for this study abroad opportunity that offers students a unique opportunity to visit South Africa and to learn more about its history, politics, and culture. As a country that is ten years removed from apartheid rule, the study of South African politics and history will enable students to think critically about the legacy of authoritarian rule, democratization, and race and ethnic reconciliation. The academic component will be supplemented with opportunities to engage with South African communities, such as black townships and rural villages. These experiences will introduce students to different cultural traditions and practices that they can share with friends and family.

Semester Abroad Programs with Opportunities for Service and Community Building

Coming soon.