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Second Year Experience (SYE) Abroad Program

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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 accepted to the program, all students will participate in a Global Studies Seminar 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.

Experiential Learning Component:

Students will be assigned to an Experiential Learning Group. These groups will be organized and led by current USD Student Affairs staff members 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:

The program cost for the Second Year Experience Abroad Program is $4500. This cost includes the following: three units of tuition, housing (3 weeks), class-related activities abroad, cultural activities abroad, excursions, some meals and international health insurance.

Application Process:

Applications are completed online and there is a $500 program fee deposit due with the application. There is a program fee deferral form available for students on financial aid. Please contact the USD International Center at 619-260-4598 to request a deferral form if needed.


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 2015 - for the Class of 2017 - Application Deadline is March 6, 2014.

Extended Application Deadline is September 17, 2014!

Locations: THREE CONTINENTS to choose from!

Students in the Class of 2017 will be able to select from one of the following international locations:

Antigua, Guatemala - Engage: Build Community within an Ancient Culture

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.

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.

Shanghai/Beijing, China - Discover: Asia Past & Present

Discover the new, emerging market of China while learning about its distinguished past. Students will spend time in both Shanghai and Beijing. While in Beijing, students will have the opportunity to visit the historic Great Wall that dates back to the 7th century BC.


Antigua, Guatemala - Click here to apply now or to learn more!

Course Core Area

PHIL 330: Ethics in a Place of Cultural Encounter, Conflict, and Community
Only a few more spaces left in this course!


SPAN 201: Third Semester Spanish

Third semester language competency


Florence, Italy - Click here to apply now or to learn more!

Course Core Area

ARTH 138/HIST 110: Art, Culture and History of Renaissance Italy
COURSE CLOSED - at maximum capacity; waitlist available - visit the International Center to be added to waitlist

Fine Art/History

CHEM 111: Chemistry of Food and Cooking (with lab)
Only a few more spaces left in this course!

Physical Science with Lab

PHIL 274: Augustine's Confessions and Existentialism Philosophy - Non-Logic/Non-Ethics

THRS 114: Introduction to Catholic Theology: Catholics and the Renaissance through the Lens of Florence
COURSE CLOSED - at maximum capacity; waitlist available - visit the International Center to be added to waitlist

Lower-division Theology


Shanghai/Beijing, China- Click here to apply now or to learn more!

Course Core Area
ENGL 228: World Literature - Asian/American Short Story Literature

MKTG 300: Introduction to Marketing

Required for business majors