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 $4,450-$5,250 and includes the following: three 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 $6,750 or $6,950. 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.

UPDATE: Summer 2018

Click on the link to view a list of all summer 2018 programs and location. Applications will be available in November. 

Summer 2017

Below is information about programs and locations that were offered this past Summer. 

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

Austria, Salzburg
June 6 - 26, 2017


GERM 201: Third Semester German Dr. Christiane Staninger $4,850

China, Beijing/Shanghai
June 5 - 24, 2017


COMP 494: Data Mining Dr. Eric Jiang $4,850

Croatia, Zagreb & Split
Take up to 6 units! Classes at USD: May 30 - June 2, 2017
In Croatia: June 7 - 22, 2017


FINA 409: Financial Modeling and Analytics Dr. Marko Svetina $4,650 (3 units) or $6,750 (6 units)
MKTG 480: Advanced International Marketing Project Dr. David Light
MGMT 309W: International Comparative Management Dr. Johanna Hunsaker & Dr. Philip Hunsaker

England, London
July 29 - August 19, 2017


ARTV 101/302/403: Drawing London - Meditations on the History of Culture Through the Art of a City Dr. John Halaka $4,850
or $5,050 for ENGL/THEA/CHEM
CHEM 111: Chemistry of Sport (with lab) Dr. Mitch Malachowski
COMM 494: Cultural Studies Dr. Diane Keeling
ECON 333: International Economics Dr. Alyson Ma
ENGL/THEA 367: London Plays in Production Dr. Cynthia Caywood & Dr. David Hay
FINA 402: Investments Dr. Biliana Adebambo
MATH 494: Cryptography & War: How Mathematicians Saved Democracy Dr. Cameron Parker
PHIL 330: Ethics and Moral Diversity
Dr. Brian Clack
THRS 353: Early Christianity
Dr. Florence Gillman

France, Paris
FREN 201 & 394/494 dates (4-week course): June 29 - July 29, 2017
All other class dates: July 6 - July 29, 2017


FREN 394/494: Topics in French - "A Table!": A History of French Gastronomy Dr. Michele Magnin $4,850
$5,050 (CHEM 111)
$5,150 (FREN 201/394)
HIST 348: Americans in Paris, through War and Peace Dr. Kathryn Statler
THRS 366: Problem of God
Dr. Rico Monge

Guatemala, Antigua
June 11 - July 1, 2017


SPAN 202/SPAN 394: Guatemala - Cultural Legacies and Current Realities Dr. Victor Zambrano $4,450

Italy, Salerno
June 2 - 29, 2017


ITAL 201: Third Semester Italian Dr. Ilaria Tabusso-Marcyan $5,150

Summer 2017 Course Descriptions


GERM 201- Third Semester German (GERM 202 credit available upon approval of instructor)
Professor: Dr. Christiane Staninger
Pre-requisite: GERM 102 or equivalent
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.

Additional Information: GERM 201 fulfills language competency requirement. GERM 202 fulfills minor requirement.


COMP 494: Data Mining
Professor: Dr. Eric Jiang
Pre-requisites: Math 150 and COMP 151, or permission of the instructor.
Additional Information: This course satisfies a 3-unit upper-division elective for computer science majors and minors, and also for all engineering majors.

Data mining is a new interdisciplinary field of computer science and represents a process of analyzing and extracting patterns 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, 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 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 409: Financial Modeling and Analytics
Professor: Dr. Marko Svetina
Pre-requisites: FINA 300, MATH 130/150/151

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.

MKTG 480: Advanced International Marketing Project
Professor: Dr. David Light
Pre-requisites: MTKG 300, MATH 130/150/151

This course offers the opportunity to implement the basic fundamentals of marketing through an experiential learning situation, simulation, case analysis, or combination of these. May involve interaction with business or other organizations in the execution of marketing strategy. This course may not be repeated for credit.

MGMT 309W: International Comparative Management
Professors: Dr. Johanna Hunsaker and Dr. Philip Hunsaker
Prerequisites: MGMT 300 and (MATH 130 or MATH 150 or MATH 151) NOTE: *International Business Minors may substitute BUSN 361 for the MGMT 300 prerequisite.
Additional Information: W course, Fulfills Management, International Business, Business Administration or International Relations major requirements. Is also an elective for Management and International Business Minors.

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
Additional Information: ARTV 101 fulfills Fine Arts core curriculum requirement and lower division requirement for Visual Arts and Architecture Majors and Minors. ARTV 302 and 403 sections of this course provide upper division credit for Art Majors and Minors and can also be taken as electives by any student who has fulfiiled the ARTV 101 pre-requisite.

This course combines a rigorous investigation of the techniques of drawing, with a critical analysis of major and minor works from the history of art. Over the course of the summer session, students will sketch a large number of paintings, drawings and sculptures from various art museums. As a result of the direct observation of numerous important works of art and the meditative process of drawing many of those works, the course will enable students to better understand and to creatively reflect on the aesthetic forms, stylistic traditions and cultural functions of art. Gallery and museum visits will be combined with lectures and creative work in the classroom/studio, where students enrolled in the Fundamentals of Drawing section of the course will be introduced to a variety of drawing techniques. Students enrolled in the Intermediate and Advanced Drawing sections, will use the studio/classroom to further refine their drawing skills by developing personal images informed by works of art they will select from our extensive museum and gallery visits.

CHEM 111: Chemistry of Sport (with lab)
Professor: Dr. Mitch Malachowski
Pre-requisites: None
Additional Information: Fufills physical science (with lab) core curriculum requirement

This course will help students learn the basics of chemistry including atoms and molecules and structure and bonding. They will explore other chemical concepts such as acidity, reactivity, polymers and organic molecules. We will connect these concepts to societal issues to give them an appreciation of the impact of chemistry on society. I have considerable experience in teaching courses in the history and philosophy of science in our Honors program. I believe that incorporating many of these issues into the course would greatly enhance Chemistry 101. We will probe issues related to sport such as synthetic materials used in tennis rackets, golf clubs, soccer balls and bicycle frames and the use of performance enhancing drugs such as steroids and human growth hormone. We will study the functions of the body including the physiology of exercise, nutrition and health along with the benefits of sports drinks and snacks and the impact of carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins on performance.

COMM 494: Cultural Studies
Professor: Dr. Diane Keeling
Pre-requisites: None
Additional information: Fulfills upper-division elective in Communication Studies major/minor.

The 20th century gave rise to a vast array of changes in Western culture as a result of the industrial revolution. These changes caused local cultures to become increasingly complex, overlapping, and fragmented. Growing populations were exposed to diverse perspectives, beliefs, norms, and patterns of behavior that altered seemingly “normal” and “natural” habits of everyday life. By the mid-1900s these changes were noted by scholars across disciplines. However, it was in 1964 that the University of Birmingham formalized the study of culture by opening a Centre of Contemporary Cultural Studies. Due in large part to stark political divides and expressions of difference across the United Kingdom, with London as the epicenter, the Centre attended to issues of power, discourse, identity, space, media, and government. The study of communication in the US has dramatically been affected by the influx of cultural theory and criticism that emerged abroad. This course would offer students the opportunity to study critical cultural theory and criticism in the place of its birth.

ECON 333: International Economics
Professor: Dr. Alyson Ma
Pre-requisite: ECON 102, MATH 130/150/151
Additoinal information: Fulfills upper division elective for International Business major, Economics and Business Economics majors and minors

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.

ENGL/THEA 367- London Plays in Production
Professors: Dr. Cynthia Caywood & Dr. David Hay
Pre-requisite: None
Additional information: ENGL fulfills English major requirement and Literature core requirement. THEA fufills Theatre Arts major requirement and the Fine Arts core curriculum requirement.

Be immersed in the theatre of world’s theatre capital, London! Enjoy an eight play “season” that can include classical, modern, multi-cultural, and experimental plays and musicals, and visit venues ranging from the Royal National Theatre to abandoned warehouses. Past productions have included such award winning shows as War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Sweeney Todd, Waiting for Godot (with Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart) and the ground-breaking productions of some of the UK’s most innovative troupes, including Propeller (“rock n’ roll meets Shakespeare”) and Punchdrunk (“an experience impossible to shake, even days later”). The course includes a tour of the Royal National Theatre and a guided walk through Shakespeare’s London. This course fulfills the GE fine arts or literature requirement and major or minor upper division, elective requirements in both English and Theatre Arts.

FINA 402: Investments
Professor: Dr. Biliana Adebambo
Pre-requisite: FINA 300, MATH 130/150/151

This course surveys the basic principles and techniques of security and investment analysis. It covers capital markets, stocks, fixed-income portfolios, options, futures contracts and other derivatives. Market analysis methods are examined, and sources of analytical information and their use are studied.

MATH 494: Cryptography & War - How Mathematicians Saved Democracy
Professor: Dr. Cameron Parker
Pre-requisite: Either MATH 250 or MATH 160 or permission from instructor
Additional information: This course counts for both the mathematics major and minor.

This course will cover the exciting field of creating and breaking ciphers, from its early wartime origins through its current everyday use in the internet age. Our focus will include number theory, group theory, probability, statistics and information theory. We will take several excursions around the London area, focusing on World War II and the devastating effects it had on the city and its citizens. This will remind us that the problems we are working on are not just interesting abstract questions, but were solved by people under great stress at a time when their very way of life was being challenged. One of the highlights will be a trip to Bletchley Park, where the German codes were first broken using methods and machines that laid the groundwork for modern programmable computers.

PHIL 330: Ethics & Moral Diversity - COURSE CLOSED
Professor: Dr. Brian Clack
Pre-requisite: None
Additional information: Fulfills upper-division ethics core requirement

This class will explore some major elements in moral philosophy, with a focus upon moral and cultural diversity. The class will consider and evaluate the relativist and subjectivist conclusions often drawn from the facts of moral diversity, and will explore different religious systems of morality (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism) as well as the differences between religious and secular approaches to ethics. Finally, the course will explore some pressing issues of contemporary moral concern (such as abortion, euthanasia, sexual ethics, capital punishment and the treatment of animals) and consider the diversity of perspectives brought to bear upon each. London is the perfect setting for this type of course, since it is a markedly diverse city and is home to a number of places of interest relevant to our concerns in this class. Hence, students will pay visits to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern Art Museum, the Tower of London, Freud’s home, Marx’s grave, and University College London, where Jeremy Bentham’s body is on display. Students will also take in two theatre performances (ideally including a performance of one of Shakespeare’s plays) and consider the moral issues arising within each.

THRS 353: Early Christianity - COURSE CLOSED
Professor: Dr. Florence Gillman
Pre-requisite: THRS 114, 116, 119 or consent of instructor.
Additional information: Fulfills upper division Theology core curriculum requirement; counts toward Theology Major/Minor

A study of the theology and religious practices of the first five centuries of Christianity. Emphasis during the London session of this course will be given to the development of earliest Christianity in the Roman province of Britain and early England during the Celtic, Romano-British and early Anglo-Saxon periods. In addition to lectures and in-depth readings on these periods, the course will include a survey of the currently known Christian sites and extant artifacts, many of which are in London itself or the nearby environs.



FREN 394/494: Topics in French - "A Table!"; A History of French Gastronomy
Professor: Dr. Michele Magnin
Pre-requisite: For FREN 394 credit: FREN 202; For FREN 494 credit: FREN 301, 302 and either 320, 321 or 322
Additional Information: Counts towards French Major/Minor, Elective for History Minor

In this course, students will examine the evolution of French gastronomy, from the modest early bourgeois society and the extravagant feasts at the court of the kings (Versailles is nearby) to modern cuisine in France. They will learn to appreciate the diversity in French gastronomy, and to observe first-hand the complex and rich customs surrounding the preparation, serving and consumption of food in France. Cookbooks from the 16th to the 21st century will help them understand the progression of cooking utensils and ingredients and their roles. They will also learn about regional staples and specialties, the history of spices (how and when they came to France) and their uses, and will sample ethnic fare in restaurants and open-air markets in Paris. Students will research a famous French chef and present his/her claim to fame (some of these chefs have restaurants in Paris). We will also compare cooking shows in the US and in France, cultural approaches towards food waste, organic products, GMOs and diets. The class will be taught in French.

HIST 348: Americans in Paris, through War and Peace
Professor: Dr. Kathryn Statler
Pre-requisite: None
Additional Information: Fulfills upper division course for both History and International Relations majors/minors. Honors credit available (must confirm with the professor)

This course is designed to explore the impact of Americans in Paris (and the impact of Paris on Americans) from the American Revolution to the present. We will analyze the history of France through the lens of Franco-American relations. To do so, we will examine how the Franco-American alliance formed and solidified as well as how it has been challenged and represented over the centuries during times of war and peace. We will combine classroom lectures, class discussions of the readings, use of film and documentary excerpts, memoirs, novels, newspapers, and site visits to understand what it means to be an American in Paris, beginning with Benjamin Franklin and ending with you. In particular, much of the class will revolve around discussing the readings and then finding (scavenger hunt) and analyzing the symbols, statues, monuments, cafes, stores, and streets that represent over 200 years of Franco-American history.

THRS 366: Problem of God - COURSE CLOSED
Professor: Dr. Rico Monge
Pre-requisite: None
Additional information: Fulfills upper-divison Theology core curriculum requirement; counts toward THRS major/minor

This course examines the movement of Western civilization through the processes of secularization, and the major monuments of Paris itself uniquely demonstrate this movement in a way that no place in the United States can. Visits to the cathedral of Notre Dame and the Place de la Concorde, for example, will help students better understand the movement France underwent from a homogeneous Christian society to a modern secular state. Moreover, the majority of philosophers and theologians taught in the second half of the class are French thinkers who have both critiqued and defended Christianity. Of particular significance is that two of the most celebrated and accomplished Roman Catholic philosopher-theologians in the world, Jean-Luc Marion and Emmanuel Falque, are essential thinkers covered in this class.


SPAN 202/SPAN 394: Guatemala - Cultural Legacies and Current Realities
Professor: Dr. Victor Zambrano
Pre-requisite: For SPAN 202: SPAN 201; For SPAN 394: SPAN 202 or 212 or Placement Exam
Additional information: Fulfills fourth semester competency and elective for SPAN major/minor

During this 3-week immersion course, students will improve their Spanish language skills in an environment that stimulates critical thinking and the acquisition of the theoretical and methodological tools they will use to identify and analyze the major challenges affecting the region. One of the principal objectives underlying the design of this course is to create spaces where students actively engage in authentic community activities, with personal commitment and openness. The communities of focus will be those who are on the sidelines of global economic integration.

This course is constructed around three themes or strands that will guide learning and reflection: Education, Health and the Environment. I. Education: With the coordination assistance and support of the Guatemalan universities and centers for education that will be visited, students will take part in the institutions’ regular activities, and have opportunities to exchange ideas of both a personal and institutional nature. II. Health: With similar types of support from the Guatemalan health sector, students will learn about Guatemalan health policy and services. They will have the opportunity to interact with local health authorities (doctors and administrators), and learn about problems affecting the population in general, and those who are most vulnerable, Guatemala’s indigenous peoples. III. Environment: Through guided visits to natural parks and plantations for coffee, macadamia and other commercially profitable products, students will be introduced to the ecology of the region and threats to it posed by the unsustainable exploitation of resources and environmental mismanagement.


ITAL 201: Third Semester Italian
Professor: Dr. Ilaria Tabusso-Marcyan
Pre-requisite: ITAL 102 or equivalent
Additonal information: Fulfills language competency core curriculum requirement

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. The town is only a short bus or train ride away from important cultural sites such as the ancient ruins of Pompeii, the cities of Sorrento and Positano, and from other UNESCO heritage sites such as the Amalfi coast. 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 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.