Short-Term Opportunities

The University of San Diego offers several short-term programs during the intersession term. 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-$5,270 and includes the following: three to four units of USD tuition, housing, excursions, class related visits, medical insurance, and some group meals. 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.

Intersession 2019

Deadline for Sundance & Euro-Morocco Tour: September 19, 2018
Deadline for all other programs: September 26, 2018 

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

Argentina- Buenos Aires
Business Program

Jan. 3 - 18, 2019

ECON/BUSN 339: Latin American Business Environment in Buenos Aires 

Dr. Eileen Daspro

Dr. Denise Dimon

Dr. Jaime Gomez


Argentina- Buenos Aires
Spanish Program

Jan. 6 - 24, 2019

SPAN/LATS 394: Memory and Justice Dr. Alejandro Meter $4,970

Australia - Sydney

Jan. 4 - 24, 2019

ELEC 403: Advanced Electronic Circuit Design Dr. Tom Schubert TBD

Euro-Morocco Tour

Jan. 2 - 20, 2019

POLS 494/594: European Politics, Culture & Security Dr. Randy Willoughby $5,270


Germany - Gottingen 

Jan. 3 - 23, 2019

MENG 462: Topics in Fluid Mechanics Dr. Frank Jacobitz $4,970

China - Hong Kong

Jan. 3 - 24, 2019

ECON/BUSN 494: Business Environment of Asia Dr. Alan Gin  $5,170   
DSCI 303: Operations Management Dr. Daniel Lin
THRS 394: Special Topics in Christian Spirituality Dr. Florence Gillman 

England - London

Jan. 5 - 25, 2019

COMM 203: Public Speaking Dr. Diane Keeling $4,970  
ENGL 240/420: Shakespeare in London Dr. Abe Stoll
PSYC 355: Abnormal Psychology Dr. Michael Ichiyama

India - Pune

Jan. 3 - 19, 2019

POLS 492/594: Religion & Politics in Contemporary India Dr. Vidya Nadkarni $5,170 
THRS 394: Religion & Politics in Contemporary India Dr. Joel Gruber

Peru - Cusco

Jan. 3 - 23, 2019

MATH 112/499: Investigations in Mathematics/Mathematics Independent Study Dr. Perla Myers $5,270 

Sundance Film Festival - Park City, Utah

Jan. 20 - 29, 2019

COMM 433: American Independent Cinema 


Dr. Roger Pace

Dr. Eric Pierson


Uganda - Mbarara

Jan. 3 - 23, 2019

CHEM 494/EOSC 404: Special Topics: Water Quality and Public Health in the Developing World Dr. Jim Bolender $5,270

Intersession 2019 Course Descriptions

Argentina - Buenos Aires (Business Program)

ECON/BUSN 339: Latin American Business Environment in Buenos Aires 
Professors: Dr. Denise Dimon and Dr. Jaime Gomez
Core Curriculum Information: N/A
Major/Minor/Concentration: An elective for International Business majors and minors; an elective for Business Economics majors; an elective for Economics majors and minors

This course is designed to prepare participants to work effectively in or with Latin America organizations by 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 Latin America and on the activities of companies operating in Latin America, both foreign and domestic. Successful Latin American companies competing internationally will also be an aspect of the course. Upon successful completion of the course, students will possess an awareness of the business and economic environments in Latin America, and be able to demonstrate analytical and strategic thinking skills that reflect an understanding of the competitive environment in which local and foreign companies operate in Latin America. 


Argentina - Buenos Aires (Spanish Program)

SPAN/LATS 394: Argentina- Memory & Justice
Professor: Dr. Alejandro Meter
Core Curriculum Information: TBD
Major/Minor/Concentration: Spanish, Latin American Studies

This intensive three-week language and culture immersion course will explore the politics of memory in post-dictatorial Argentina. We will study the role played by the “sites of memory” such as museums and monuments and their effects in the construction of a national identity. We will place particular attention to the cultural production that has resulted from the tensions between memory and forgetting by examining literary works, art, photography and music.


Australia - Sydney

ELEC 403: Advanced Electronic Circuit Design
Professor: Dr. Tom Schubert
Core Curriculum Information: N/A
Major/Minor/Concentration: Electrical Engineering

Fulfill your ELEC 403 Electrical Engineering elective requirement in Australia during Intersession 2019! Eat lunch in front of the Sydney Opera House, investigate graduate study at some of Australia’s leading universities, visit Australian high-tech companies, and experience all that Australia has to offer. We will analyze the design of analog and digital electronic circuits and systems including:  oscillators, waveform generation, communication circuits, power electronics, and digital gates; computer-aided analysis and design; lecture/recitation and occasional lab/demonstration, all within an international context! 

Euro-Morocco Tour

POLS 494/594: European Politics, Culture & Security
Professor: Dr. Randy Willoughby
Core Curriculum Information: N/A
Major/Minor/Concentration: Political Science, International Relations

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 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.  Students will meet local academics, novelists, journalists, government officials, and representatives of other organizations and will have cultural tours and opportunities in the various destinations. 


Germany - Gottingen

MENG 462: Topics in Fluid Mechanics
Professor: Dr. Frank Jacobitz
Core Curriculum Information: N/A
Major/Minor/Concentration: Mechanical Engineering

This course will combine a meaningful international experience with technical content for mechanical engineering senior students. The course will cover selected topics in fluid mechanics, such as internal flows through pipes or ducts, external flows over boundary layers or airfoils, and an introduction to turbulence by the development of the theoretical background in lectures and through hands-on experience with a computational fluid dynamics simulation code.


China - Hong Kong

ECON/BUSN 494: Business Environment of Asia
Professor: Dr. Alan Gin
Core Curriculum Information: TBD
Major/Minor/Concentration: Business Administration, International Business, Economics, Business Economics

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. 

DSCI 303: Operations Management
Professor: Dr. Daniel Lin
Core Curriculum Information: N/A
Major/Minor/Concentration: Requirement for many School of Business majors 

Students employ a managerial perspective to develop a strategic view of operations and supply chain management in a wide range of contemporary contexts (with a primary focus on process management within and across organizations). Students develop critical skills and master material relating to the fundamental role played by operations in the competitive performance of an organization. Among the critical skills and areas of mastery students develop are process analysis, process design, process improvement, supply chain management, capacity planning & control, inventory management, quality planning, quality control, strategic improvement techniques and risk management. The course incorporates concerns for corporate social responsibility.

THRS 394: Special Topics in Christian Spirituality
Professor: Dr. Florence Gillman
Core Curriculum Information: THRS 394- FTRI (Theological & Religious Inquiry)
Major/Minor/Concentration: Theology & Religious Studies

THRS 394 Special Topics: Christian Spirituality is a course that offers students an engaging intellectual and people-to-people type experience in Hong Kong. As an upper division course, the material will treat how Christians convert to, live out, dialogue within, debate with and spread Christianity in various global locations. Looking at Christianity as a wholistic spirituality affecting all of a person’s life, emphasis in this intersession section will focus upon the living Christianity of Hong Kong and mainland China across the wide spread of Christian denominations there and immersed as those groups are in a milieu of Asian religions. Chinese Christianity, as in other global locations, is both a part of world Christianity but also its own unique version. It is the latter aspect especially that becomes intriguing to those who study it, for in doing so one gains deep cultural insights and challenges to possible prior misconceptions.

England - London

COMM 203: Public Speaking
Professor: Dr. Diane Keeling
Core Curriculum Information: CORL (Oral Communication Competency)
Major/Minor/Concentration: Communications Studies, Liberal Studies

Learn public speaking in the British tradition. The city will be the subject of all your speaking assignments, each based on your exploration and study of the history, architecture, art, culture, and political life of London. This class aims to inspire and enhance your cultural knowledge and civic engagement by using some of the most famous British orators as our examples, such as Winston Churchill, prime minister through WWII, and William Wilberforce, an abolitionist. We will visit a variety of places where public speaking is regularly practiced, including parliament, the judiciary, sanctuaries, public squares, and theatrical productions. You will emerge from this class as a practiced orator with an acute understanding of how rhetoric, with its foundation in public speaking, is infused into the city and life of London.

ENGL 240/420: Shakespeare in London
Professor: Dr. Abe Stoll
Core Curriculum Information: ENGL 240-ELTI (Literary Inquiry) 
Major/Minor/Concentration: English

Shakespeare’s theatre was a living, money-making scheme, shaped by the city, by history and politics, 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 of the real world. Travel to London to see the place that Shakespeare knew, and to study his plays through live performance. London is a capital of the theatre world, and we will have the opportunity to see several plays. Mornings will be devoted to class, where we will work on the texts. When not in class, we will explore historical sites and museums, and go to the theatre. And there will be ample time for students to get to know contemporary London on their own. This can be taken either as a lower-division course, to fulfill the Literary Inquiry requirement in the Core, or as an upper-division course, fulfilling English major and minor requirements.

PSYC 355: Abnormal Psychology
Professor: Dr. Michael Ichiyama
Core Curriculum Information: N/A
Major/Minor/Concentration: Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience

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. The 2019 Study Abroad course will integrate guest lectures and field trips to sites in London of both historical and contemporary relevance to mental illness and its treatment.


India - Pune

POLS 492/594 or THRS 394: Religion & Politics in Contemporary India 
Professor: Dr. Vidya Nadkarni and Dr. Joel Gruber
Core Curriculum Information: THRS 394- FTRI (Theological & Religious Inquiry); POLS 492- ESBI (Social & Behavioral Inquiry)
Major/Minor/Concentration: POLS 492- Political Science, International Relations; THRS 394- Theology & Religious Studies

NOTE: Students in the Honors Program may earn honors credit. Please contact the faculty member for more information. 

This interdisciplinary, team-taught course will explore the connection between religion and politics in the world’s largest democracy. Starting from the historical roots of India’s religions, the course will quickly shift to the pre-modern and modern periods—the decline of the Mughal Empire and the British Raj, Gandhi and India’s struggle for independence, and the post-independence emergence of India as a secular state, in recent decades struggling with an ascendant Hindu nationalism. The course will consider the evolution of Hindu-Muslim relations in the country and the relation between politics and religious violence. Comparisons will be drawn with expressions of politicized religious extremism in North America, Europe, and the Middle East.


Peru - Cusco

MATH 112/499: Investigations in Mathematics/Mathematics Independent StudyProfessor: Dr. Perla Meyers
Core Curriculum Information: MATH 112- CMRP (Mathematical Reasoning)
Major/Minor/Concentration: MATH 499- Mathematics

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.


U.S. - Park City - Sundance Film Festival

COMM 433: American Independent Cinema
Professor: Dr. Roger Pace & Dr. Eric Pierson
Core Curriculum Information: N/A
Major/Minor/Concentration: Communication Studies

This course, offered at the Sundance Film Festival, 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.  Prerequisite: A strong interest in film.


Uganda - Mbarara

CHEM 494/EOSC 404: Special Topics- Water Quality & Public Health in the Developing World
Professor: Dr. Jim Bolender
Core Curriculum Information: TBD
Major/Minor/Concentration: Chemistry

In this course, students will learn about and conduct water quality analysis in the southwestern region of Uganda.  During that time, students will learn science, meet and work with some local water quality analysts, and collect the data important to USD's long term study in the region.  Over the course of this short time, students will collect and analyze water from several different locations for several different analytes. The data collected will be shared with Ugandan colleagues to help them gain a better understanding of local water issues.    


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 and 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 121: Introduction to Modern Architecture (3 units) [COURSE CLOSED] Artistic Inquiry (EARI)
CHEM 102: Science of Food and Cooking (3 units with lab) . [COURSE CLOSED] Scientific & Tech Inquiry w/lab (ESTI)
ENGL 236: English and American Writers in Italy (3 units) Literary Inquiry (ELTI)
HIST 145: Renaissance Florence: Topics in Urban History (3 units) [COURSE CLOSED] Historical Inquiry/Critical Thinking/Information Literacy (EHSI)
MKTG 300: Principles of Marketing (3 units) [COURSE CLOSED] Required for all BBA majors in School of Business and fulfills Oral Communication (CORL)
PHIL 321: Social Ethics (3 units)  [COURSE CLOSED] Ethical Inquiry (FETI)

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)[COURSE CLOSED]

Science & Tech Inquiry w/lab (ESTI)

ECON 216: Statistics for Business & Economics (4 units) Quantitative Reasoning (CQUR)
MGMT 300: Organizational Behavior (3 units) [COURSE CLOSED] Required for all BBA majors in the School of Business 
THRS 112: Introduction to World Religions (3 units) [COURSE CLOSED] Theology & Religious Inquiry (FTRI)

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 2019 - Courses Announced!

Click here for a preview of summer 2019 faculty-led course offerings.

Summer 2018

Application Deadline is February 21, 2018

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 

ENGL 236: Reading the Landscape: Australian Literature

EOSC 111: Reading the Landscape: Australian Geology

Dr. Halina Duraj

Dr. Bethany O'Shea



Austria, Salzburg
June 17 - July 7, 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

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
FINA 409: Financial Modeling and Analytics Dr. Marko Svetina $4,770 (3 units) or $6,990 (6 units) 
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
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
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, Salerno June 2 - June 30, 2018

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

Summer 2018 Course Descriptions

Australia - Sunshine Coast

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. 

Austria - Salzburg

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.

China - Beiijing and Shanghai

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.


Croatia - Zagreb and Split

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.

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. 

England - London

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. 

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. 

France - Paris

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 18 th 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.

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.  

Indonesia - Bali

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 - Salerno

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.

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

Semester Abroad Programs with Opportunities have not been announced yet.