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

The tuition cost for these programs is subsidized by the university and financial aid, USD International Center scholarships as well as outside scholarships are available. The program cost ranges from $4,200-$5,700 and is very comprehensive, including the following: three units of USD tuition, housing, excursions, class related visits, medical insurance, and some group meals. Please note some additional fees may apply based on the course and optional excursions are not included in the program cost. For complete information on the program details, please click on the program link to be directed to the program-specific brochure page.

Intersession 2017

Deadlines:

  • Second Year Experience Abroad Programs (Florence & New Zealand): April 13, 2016
  • All Other Intersession Programs- September 28, 2016

Applications will be released in May 2016.  Program dates, cost information and additional details are forthcoming. 

Program Course(s) Offered Professor Program Cost

Argentina- Buenos Aires
Business Program

BUSN 393/ECON 393 (3 units)- Latin American Business Environment

Dr. Denise Dimon

TBA

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

Professor Linda Barkacs

Dr. Craig Barkacs


Argentina- Buenos Aires
Spanish Program

SPAN 394/LATS 394 (3 units)- Argentina: Memory & Justice

Dr. Alejandro Meter

TBA


Asia Tour- Hong Kong, Japan & South Korea

COMM 494/POLS 494 (3 units)- Body & Seoul

Dr. Leeva Chung

Dr. Randy Willoughby

TBA


Australia- Sydney & Canberra

ELEC 403 (3 untis)- Advanced Electronic Circuit Design

Dr. Tom Schubert

TBA


China- Shanghai

MGMT 414 (3 units)- International Management Consulting

Dr. Carsten Zimmerman


England- London
English Program

ENGL 280/420 (3 units)- Shakespeare in London

Dr. Abe Stoll

TBA


England- London
Engineering Program

ENGR 121 (3 untis)- Engineering Programming Dr. Ernie Kim TBA

India- Pune
Religion & Politics Program

POLS 494/THRS 495 (3 units)- religion & Politics in Contemporary India

Dr. Vidya Nadkarni

Dr. Lance Nelson

TBA

Italy- Florence
Second Year Experience Abroad Program

Note: Application deadline April 13, 2016

ARTH 138/HIST 110 (3 units)- Art, History & Culture in Renaissance Italy

Dr. Molly McClain

CHEM 111 course: $5,000

ECON 216: $5,450

All other courses: $4,800

CHEM 111 (3 units with lab)- Chemistry of Food & Cooking

Prof. Debbie Finocchio

ECON 216 (4 units)- Statistics for Economics & Business

Dr. Steve Sumner

ENGL 228 (3 units)- Italy in the Anglo-American Imagination

Dr. Ivan Ortiz

PHIL 321 (3 units)- Social Ethics

Dr. Michael Kelly

THRS 110 (3 units)- Eploring Religious Meaning Dr. Bahar Davary

New Zealand- Auckland 
Second Year Experience Abroad Program

Note: Application deadline April 13, 2016

ENVI 121 (4 units with lab)- Introduction to Marine Biology

Dr. Drew Talley

ENVI 121 course: $5,650

All other courses: $4,800

MKTG 300 (3 units)- Principles of Marketing

Dr. Maria Kniazeva

PHIL 330 (3 units)- Ethics: Environments, Colonies, Cosmopolitans

Dr. Tyler Hower

SOCI 210D (3 units)- Social Justice

Dr. Julia Cantzler


Peru- Lima & Cuzco

MATH 112 (3 units)- Investigations in Mathematics

MATH 300 (3 units)- Mathematics Concepts for Future Elementary School Teacher

Dr. Perla Myers

TBA


Sundance Film Festival, Utah

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

Dr. Eric Pierson
TBA

Uganda

CHEM 494 (3 units)- Field Techniques in Water Quality Issues Dr. Jim Bolender TBA


Course Descriptions For Intersession 2017


ARGENTINA- BUENOS AIRES: BUSINESS PROGRAM

BUSN 393/ECON 393 (3 units)- Latin American Business Environment
Professor: Dr. Denise Dimon
Fulfills: BUSN 339 fulfills an elective for the Business Administration and International Business majors and minors; and an elective in the Latin American Studies Minor; ECON 339 fulfills an elective for the Economics and Business Economics Majors and Minors; and an elective in the Latin American Studies Minor
Pre-requisite(s): ECON 102, MATH 130 or MATH 150, must have completed 60 units

This course is designed to prepare international managers to work effectively in a Latin American 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 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.  The course will incorporate guest speakers, company visits, and a short project for a local enterprise that will give the participants an opportunity to put their learning into practice. 

BUSN 377 (3 units)- Negotiation in a Global Business Environment
Professor: Prof. Linda Barkacs & Dr. Craig Barkacs
Pre-requisite(s): TBA


ARGENTINA- BUENOS AIRES: SPANISH PROGRAM

SPAN 394/LATS 394 (3 units)- Argentina: Memory & Justice
Professor: Dr. Alejandro Meter
Pre-requisite(s): TBA

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.


ASIA TOUR- HONG KONG, JAPAN & SOUTH KOREA

COMM 494/POLS 494 (3 units)- Body & Seoul
Professor: Dr. Randy Willoughby
Fulfills: COMM class will fulfill upper-division elective for majors and minors; POLS will fulfill upper-division elective for Political Science and International Relations majors and minors
Pre-requisite(s):None

 


AUSTRALIA- SYDNEY & CANBERRA

ELEC 403 (3 units)- Advanced Electronic Circuit Design
Professor: Dr. Tom Schubert
Fulfills: Fulfils the requirement for a senior-level elective for all electrical engineering majors; Open to both senior and junior EE students who have completed at least one semester of electronics (ELEC 301).
Pre-requisite(s): ELEC 302

Analysis and 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.  Course content will be complemented with visits to engineering companies, visits to Australian universities, as well as other visits related to the course material.

 


CHINA- SHANGHAI

MGMT 414 (3 units)- International Management Consulting
Professor: Dr. Carsten Zimmerman
Fulfills: TBA
Pre-requisite(s): MGMT 300, FINA 300, MKTG 300.

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


ENGLAND- LONDON: ENGLISH PROGRAM

ENGL 280/420 (3 units)- Shakespeare in London
Professor: Dr. Abe Stoll
Fulfills: Core Curriculum literature requirement
Pre-requisite(s): No pre-requisite for ENGL 280; ENGL 280 is pre-requisite for ENGL 480

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


ENGLAND- LONDON: ENGINEERING PROGRAM

ENGR 121 (3 units)- Engineering Programming
Professor: Dr. Erne Kim
Fulfills: TBA
Pre-requisite(s): MATH 150 or permission of instructor

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


INDIA- PUNE: RELIGION & POLITICS PROGRAM

POLS 494/THRS 495 (3 units)- Religion & Politics in Contemporary India
Professors: Dr. Vidya Nadkarni & Dr. Lance Nelson
Fulfills: UD THRS core requirement; UD major/minor requirements in THRS; UD requirement for POLS and IR major; UD requirement for Asian Studies minor
Pre-requisite(s): None

This 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 modern period, India’s struggle for independence, the emergence of India as a secular state, and the recent rise of Hindu nationalism. The course will consider the evolution of Hindu-Muslim relations in India and connections between politics and religious violence. We will be centered in the historic city of Pune, near Mumbai, now a vibrant college town and IT-hub. Visits to many of the rich cultural sites in this area--such as the spectacular Hindu-Buddhist caves in Ajanta-Ellora--will be included.


PERU- LIMA & CUSCO

MATH 112 (3 units)- Investigations in Mathematics
Professor: Dr. Perla Myers
Fulfills: TBA
Pre-requisite(s): MATH 90 or by Math Placement Exam within the past year; SOCI 101 is recommended but not required

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

MATH 300 (3 units)- Mathematics Concepts for Future Elementary School Teachers
Professor: Dr. Perla Myers
Fulfills: TBA
Pre-requisite(s): MATH 200; SOCI 101 recommended but not required

This is a content course for people intending to become school teachers.  It is designed to improve, broaden and deepen the students’ proficiency, appreciation and understanding of mathematics, to appreciate that mathematics is universal and understand issues that transcend culture and those that do not, and to help you acquire some specialized mathematical knowledge for teaching.  Working in Peru will allow for a better exploration of these issues.  We will spend a lot of our time working on problems and explaining problem-solving approaches to help develop reasoning, problem-solving, and explanation abilities.  The students will practice explaining and interpreting other students’ and children’s explanations to determine their mathematical validity.  The skills they gain while making sense others’ thought process and helping them grasp concepts will be essential when they become teachers.  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.


SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

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

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


UGANDA

CHEM 494 (3 units)- Field Techniques in Water Quality Issues
Professors: Dr. Jim Bolender
Fulfills: TBA
Pre-requisite(s): TBA