Short-Term Opportunities

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.

SYE 2020 Applications Now Available! 

Now accepting applications for three SYE Abroad locations!  Please scroll down for more information on courses offered in each location.  To apply or for more information, click on the location below or, scroll down to the "SYE Abroad Locations and Applications" section.  SYE Abroad programs include:


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 2020 - for the Class of 2022

Students in the Class of 2022 will be able to select from either Auckland, New Zealand, Florence, Italy, or Duncans, Jamaica.

Application Deadline and Program Timeline:

  • Application deadline: April 3, 2019
  • Kick-off event: May 2019
  • Mandatory Fall Seminars: Students will be required to attend three mandatory fall seminars in Fall 2019 (confirmed dates, times, and locations will be sent to enrolled students) 


SYE Abroad Locations and Applications

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, ENGL, MKTG and THRS 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)  Artistic Inquiry (EARI)
CHEM 102: Science of Food and Cooking (3 units with lab)  Scientific & Tech Inquiry w/lab (ESTI)
ENGL 236/ITAL 340: Dante and Medieval Florence (3 units) Literary Inquiry (ELTI)
MKTG 300: Principles of Marketing (3 units) Required for all BBA majors in School of Business and fulfills Oral Communication (CORL)
PHIL 330: Ethics (3 units)  Ethical Inquiry (FETI)
THRS 375: Faith and Politics Theology & Religious Inquiry (FTRI)

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 $5070. The cost for the CHEM course is $5270 and the cost for the ECON course is $5810. This cost includes tuition, housing, some meals, course activities and some cultural activities.

Courses Offered in Auckland:

Course Fulfills

COMM 101: Intruduction to Human Communication (3 units)

Oral Communication (CORL); Social & Behavioral Inquiry (ESBI)

CHEM 111: Medicinal Chemistry: A comparison between Western Medicine and Traditiional Medicine (3 units)

Science & Tech Inquiry w/lab (ESTI)
ECON 216: Statistics for Business & Economics (4 units) Math Reasoning & Problem Solving (CMRP)
MGMT 300: Organizational Behavior (3 units)  Required for all BBA majors in the School of Business 


Duncans, Jamaica - Traverse: Connect with Community 

Jamaica is a small, culturally-rich island nation located in the Caribbean Sea. The warm hospitality, music and customs in Jamaica compliment the bright and beautiful scenery that encompasses this remarkable island. Students who participate in this program will live in Duncans, a small community just outside the city of Falmouth, on Jamaica's north coast near Montego Bay.


The cost to participate in the Jamaica SYE Abroad program is $4870. 

Courses Offered in Jamaica:

Course Fulfills

ARTV 101: Fundamentals of Drawing: Visualizing Jamaica (3 units)

Artistic Inquiry (EARI)

COMM 203: Public Speaking (3 units)

Oral Communication (CORL)
THRS 119: Christianity and its Practice (3 units) 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 $4,770-$5,370 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 2020

Summer 2020 courses have been announced! Please see here for a list of courses offered in 2020 (please note that courses are subject to change. Deadlines will be in February 2019.


Summer 2019

Application Deadline is February 20, 2019

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 10-30, 2019

GERM 201/394: Third Semester German/German Immersion Dr. Christiane Staninger $4,970

China, Beijing/Shanghai

June 3-22, 2019

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

England, London

July 27 - August 17, 2019

NOTE: ELEC 201 will also meet two weekends in San Diego during the early part of the Fall 2019 semester (dates TBD)



ARTV 101/302/403: Drawing London - Meditations on the History of Culture Through the Art of a City Dr. John Halaka


$5,270 for CHEM course

$6,010 for ELEC course

CHEM 111: Chemistry of Sport Dr. Mitch Malachowski
ELEC 201: Electrical Circuits Dr. Ernie Kim
MATH 494: Cryptography & War: How Mathematicians Saved Democracy Dr. Cameron Parker
PHIL 112:London: Plague, Fire and Riot Dr. Brian Clack
PSYC 364: Sport Psychology Dr. Nadav Goldschmied

France, Paris/Strasbourg

On Campus: June 3 - 7, 2019

Abroad: June 12-30, 2019 

NOTE: Students can take 6 units

FINA 405: International Financial Management

MKTG 305: Global Marketing

MKTG 410: Marketing Research

Dr. Barbara Bliss


Dr. Maria Kniazeva


Dr. Andrea Flynn

$4,770 (3 units)

$6,990 (6 units)

France, Paris

FREN 201: June 30-July 27, 2019

July 7-27, 2019

NOTE: FREN 201 is 4 week course, All other courses are 3 weeks


COMM 481: Les Amours et Les Amis: Relationships in Modern France Dr. Jonathan Bowman

$5,370 (FREN 201) 

$5,070 (all other courses) 

FREN 300: Advanced Conversation Dr. Sylvie Ngilla
MENG 465:  Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics  Dr. Imane Khalil
PHIL 334: Philosophy and Ethics of the Revolution Dr. Lori Watson
SOCI 411: Tourist Economy in France - Work and Labor Dr. Michelle Camacho

Indonesia - Bali

May 30 - June 21, 2019

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

Dr. David Harnish

Dr. Lance Nelson


Italy, Salerno

June 1-29, 2019

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

New Zealand, Multiple Cities

On Campus: May 28-29, 2019

Abroad: June 2-22, 2019

EOSC 303: Environmental Issues in a Global Context

POLS 348: Indigenous Peoples and the Environment

SOCI 473: Sustainability: Sociological Perspectives

Dr. Michel Boudrias


Dr. Andrew Tirrell


Dr. Julia Cantzler


South Africa, Johannesburg/Makuleke

July 17 - August 1, 2019

POLS 343/SOCI 375: Education, Citizenship, and Politics in South Africa

Dr. Mike Williams


Dr. Lisa Nunn


U.S., Hawaii

July 21 - August 4

POLS 494/594: 
Politics of International Disaster and Crisis Management

Dr. David Shirk 


Summer 2019 Course Descriptions

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 - Beijing 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.


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.

CHEM 111 - Chemistry of Sport
Professor: Dr. Mitch Malachowski
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Scientific & Technology Inquiry (with lab)

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. 

ELEC 201: Electrical Circuits
Professor: Dr. Ernie Kim

Electrical element physical behavior and component models; network laws and analysis techniques; time and frequency domain techniques for the analysis of linear networks; computer-aided analysis using SPICE or approved equivalent; introduction to AC power; laboratory circuit design, testing, and verification. 

MATH 494: Cryptography & War: How Mathematicians Saved Democracy
Professor: Dr. Cameron Parker

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 112: London: Plague, Fire and Riot
Professor: Dr. Brian Clack
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Literary Inquiry 

This class will focus upon three turbulent historical events in London and their reflection in fiction, letters, and philosophy. These events are: the plague of 1665, the Great Fire of London (1666), and the Gordon Riots of 1780. We will see how the traumas of these historical occurrences were processed by writers of the period, such as Daniel Defoe, Samuel Pepys, Samuel Johnson, and Edmund Burke. The philosophical work will focus on the threat to the meaning of human life and association posed by disasters and violence, and how such threats have been depicted and processed in philosophy and literature.

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/Strasbourg

FINA 405: International Financial Management
Professor: Dr. Barbara Bliss

An introduction to the problems facing the financial management of international companies. Topics include foreign exchange exposure management, financing trade, foreign direct investments, international accounting and control, and working capital management.

MKTG 305: Global Marketing
Professor: Dr. Maria Kniazeva

The purpose of this course is to provide an up-to-date overview of global marketing. The principles of marketing will be augmented by additional exposure to the opportunities and problems facing marketing managers in the changing global marketplace. Special attention will be given to the management of cultural differences in product development, distribution systems, pricing, and marketing communication. For International Business minors only, BUSN 361 may substitute MKTG 300 as the prerequisite for this course.

MKTG 410: Marketing Research
Professor: Dr. Andrea Flynn

Marketing research is an organized approach to collecting, analyzing, and interpreting information to make effective marketing decisions. Topics include: problem formulation, data collection, data analysis, and effective communication of conclusions and recommendations. Students will apply a variety of marketing research methods to understand differences between US and French consumer attitudes and behaviors as well as regional differences between French consumers in Paris and Strasbourg.  The research will be used to develop actionable marketing recommendations related to a global marketing issue.

France - Paris

COMM 481: Les Amours et Les Amis: Relationships in Modern France
Professor: Dr. Jonathan Bowman
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Global Diversity Level 2

Paris has a reputation as the most romantic city in the world, but what really goes on in Parisian relationships? In a city influenced by culture, biology, personal experiences, and individual character traits, this class will explore the similarities and differences between American and French friendships, families, and romantic relationships. In taking this course, students will be immersed in a variety of experiences associated with a Parisian summer. Focusing on engaging the classroom and hands-on learning, the course includes field trips that highlight relationship observation opportunities at Champs de Mars, family interaction opportunities at Jardin d’Acclimatization, contrasting observations of public behavior in the sterile La Defense and the vibrant Montmartre, the artistic representation at the Centre Pompidou and/or Musee d’Orsay, and discussions of the influence of religious identity at Institute du Monde Arabe. Want to learn practical information that will transfer directly to your own relationships? Want to spend time with classmates experiencing all that a relational Paris have to offer? This class is for you!


FREN 300: Advanced Conversation
Professor: Dr. Sylvie Ngilla
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Oral Competency requirement

FREN 300 is designed for students who want to focus on oral competence and a mastery of conversation in various contexts: discussions, debates, oral presentations, pronunciations exercise, practice of various speech functions, improv, interviews, and reading. 

MENG 465: Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
Professor: Dr. Imane Khalil

Topics in fluid mechanics, including the differential description of fluid flow, its application to channel flow, pipe flow, and boundary layers, scaling of the equations, methods in computational fluid dynamics, and an introduction to turbulence.

PHIL 334: Philosophy and the Ethics of Revolution
Professor: Dr. Lori Watson
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Ethical Inquiry requirement

This course will be organized around the theme of revolution and ethics.  The French Revolution and the relevant historical sites within or near Paris provide and ideal setting to bring the themes and substance of the course to life. Prior to arriving in Paris, students will read The French Revolution by Ian Davidson. This book provides a thorough, yet introductory, historical analysis of the French Revolution.  This will provide historical significance of the city, and hopefully provide students with enthusiasm for exploration of the city itself.  Once in Paris, the philosophical analysis of the justification for and against revolutions will be explored in the class.  We will read Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, Thomas Paine’s The Rights of Man (a response to Burke), and various texts of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (the philosopher most invoked as the intellectual leader of revolutionary ideals) as well as Voltaire.  

SOCI 411: Tourist Economy in France - Work and Labor
Professor: Dr. Michelle Camacho
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Advanced Writing requirement

In France tourism supports 2.9 million jobs, and comprises 10.9% of all employment. In this summer course, we will use the city of Paris as our social laboratory to understand work, markets and labor forces.  We will engage in walking tours of the city to conduct exploratory research, and learn about spatial segregation and its impacts on labor. A thriving informal economy of artists and vendors mark the street life of Paris—we will learn to differentiate between formal and informal labor, and understand how the service economy impacts and structures daily life. Paris is renowned for its delicious cuisine; much less is known about food prep workers and this segment of the economy.  Given postcolonial migration and the new influx of migrants to Paris, how do economic ethnic enclaves emerge? How is the labor market fragmented? What is the relationship between politics, policy and the labor force? Finally, Parisians have a long history of protesting to change working conditions.  What social structures sustain the tourism economy, and what mechanisms destabilize it?

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.

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.

New Zealand - Multiple Cities

EOSC 303: Environmental Issues in a Global Context
Professor: Dr. Michel Boudrias
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Global Diversity level 1 requirement

This course is a consideration of environmental problems that confront our society today. By looking at controversial environmental issues, students will be encouraged to distinguish political interests and emotional hyperbole from scientific facts; furthermore, students will be presented examples of scientific facts that support different interpretations of an issue. Both environmental resolutions and their social implications will be considered. This course may be taught in various countries outside the US.

POLS 348: Indigeneous People and the Environment
Professor: Dr. Andrew Tirrell
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Global Diversity level 2 requirement

From environmental injustices in California, to the construction of mega-dams in the Amazon, to debates over fishing rights in New Zealand, struggles between indigenous groups and forces of development and globalization are on the rise. At the same time, stereotyped popular perceptions about the relationship between native peoples and the environment often further these inequalities. Although a global system of indigenous rights has been created in recent decades, its impact has been limited, and serious concerns about its long-term potential remain. Through case studies, an interactive negotiation simulation, and in-class research presentations, we will explore the interplay between indigenous peoples, natural resources, and human rights through a variety of disciplinary lenses.

SOCI 473: Sustainability: Sociological Perspectives
Professor: Dr. Julia Cantzler
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Advanced Integration requirement

Sustainability: Sociological Perspectives is part of a three-course cluster of classes examining of issues of sustainability in New Zealand through lenses of sociology, political science and environmental science. This course explores multiple definitions and framings of sustainability and applies them to specific case studies on climate change, urbanization, natural disasters, food, and tourism in New Zealand. As we travel from the South Island to the North Island of New Zealand, students will grapple with such topics as: the re-imagination of Christchurch as a multicultural and sustainable city in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake; Maori people’s perspectives on sustainability and their engagement in natural resource management and sustainable economic development; and, sustainable industries in New Zealand, including eco-tourism and winemaking, to name a few.

South Africa - Johannesburg/Makuleke Village

POLS 343/SOCI 375: Education, Citizenship, and Politics in South Africa
Professor: Dr. Mike Williams & Dr. Lisa Nunn
Core Curriculum Information: TBD

This study abroad opportunity offers students a unique opportunity to visit South Africa for a community engagement experience and to learn about its history, politics, educational system and culture. This course will examine the origins of segregation and apartheid in the history of South Africa and assess the prospects for a successful political and economic transformation in the post-apartheid era. As a country that is just over two decades removed from apartheid rule, the study of South African politics, education and history will enable students to think critically about the legacy of authoritarian rule, democratization, and race and ethnic reconciliation, specifically in comparison to the U.S..


U.S. - Hawaii

POLS 494/594: Politics of International Disaster and Crisis Management
Professor: Dr. David Shirk

Given the proximity of some sites of strategic interest (especially NOAA, the Center for Excellence in Disaster Mgt. & Humanitarian Assistance at Camp Smith, and Pearl Harbor), Oahu is a great location for focusing on issues of disaster preparedness and crisis management. We’ll be covering a wide range of disasters (seismic, storm-related, fire, technological, and other disasters and crises), and hoping to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. This course examines the problem of natural disasters and catastrophic events, and the political and policy responses to these phenomena, both nationally and internationally. Specifically, the course examines different types of hazards, such as earthquakes, tornadoes, fires, famines, and man-made conditions (e.g., nuclear accidents, technological failures, and famines) that are common sources of natural disasters and humanitarian crises. The course examines the political, economic, and societal factors that contribute to human vulnerability to hazards, including poverty, corruption, a lack of preparedness, and other issues of governance. In addition, the course also necessarily focuses on the strategies and practices employed to mitigate hazards and their effects, as well as the ethical dilemmas and moral hazards involved in disaster relief efforts. Finally, and most important, the course provides an opportunity to evaluate the human toll and real life implications of catastrophic events. Oahu, Hawaii has a strategic importance for the research and training on international disasters. The island hosts some of the world’s most important facilities for natural disaster observation and preparedness, both in reference to U.S. and international disasters. Among the disaster management agencies operating in Oahu are the Pacific Disaster Center and the Pacific Regional Training Center. The Pacific Disaster Center ( is a nationally founded, applied research center that works to reduce disaster risks and impacts worldwide. The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center ( is a federally recognized 501(C)(3) that provides FEMA-certified, “All Hazards” Incident Command System (ICS) training. Oahu is also home to one of the most distinguished graduates of the USD Masters in International Relations program, Dr. John Wood, director of Pacific Outreach for the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM). Dr. Wood leads USPACOM’s “All-Hazards” campaign to reduce the risks of natural disasters, build resilient communities through innovative and strategic partnerships, and plan, align, and synchronize PACOM’s humanitarian response.  

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 2020

Intersession 2020 courses have been announced!  Please see here for a list of courses offered in 2020 (please note that courses are subject to change. Deadlines will be in September 2019.


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

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.

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.    


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.