​International Exchanges and Partnerships

Experience new cultures through semester exchange.

One of the best ways to better understand a new culture—and not to mention, develop your global mindset—is to spend an entire semester studying outside of your home country. Whether you are a current University of San Diego School of Business student or an international student looking to study at the University of San Diego, we have special semester exchange programs just for you.


Enjoy learning on a semester abroad.

As a USD School of Business graduate student, you're welcome to swap a semester in San Diego for a semester overseas at one of our many partner universities around the world. Not only will you get to experience the sights and sounds of another culture, but you'll earn graduate credits toward your MBA degree.

Picture yourself at one of these partner universities.

Country Partner university Level Exchange term
Argentina IAE in Buenos Aires MBA Fall
Brazil Graduate Business School of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ/COPPEAD) MBA Summer and Fall
China The Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University MBA Fall and Spring
  Fudan University in Shanghai MBA Fall
  The Guanghua School of Management at Peking University in Beijing MBA Fall, Spring and short-term summer module
  Nanjing University in Nanjing MBA Fall and Spring
Colombia Universidad de los Andes in Bogota MBA Fall, Spring and Summer
Finland Aalto University School of Economics in Helsinki MS Fall and Spring
France EDHEC in Lille and Nice MS Fall and Spring
  EM Strasbourg Business School in Strasbourg MACC Fall and Spring
  KEDGE in Bordeaux MS Fall and Spring
  NEOMA Business School in Reims MS Fall and Spring
Germany WHU, Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar or Duesseldorf MBA and MS Fall, Spring and Summer
Greece ALBA Graduate Business School outside of Athens MBA and MS Fall, Spring and Summer
India Institute of Management Technology (IMT) in Ghaziabad (Delhi) MBA Fall, Spring and Summer
Italy LUISS Business School in Rome MBA Fall
  Bocconi in Milan MBA Fall and Spring
Japan University of Tsukuba in Tokyo MBA Fall and Spring
Korea Korean University Business School in Seoul MBA Fall and Spring
Mexico Tecnológico de Monterrey in various campus locations. MBA and MS Fall, Spring and Summer. Dual-degree also available.
Morocco Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane MS Fall and Spring
Philippines Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Manila MBA Fall
Portugal The Lisbon MBA MBA Spring and Summer
Spain Escuela de Alta Dirección y Adminstración (EADA) in Barcelona MBA and MS Fall and Spring terms. Cohort-based so not a good option for full-time students.
  IE Instituto de Empresa in Madrid MBA Fall only

Here's how to apply.

  1. If you are interested in studying at a partner university, you first need to meet with your academic advisor in the Graduate Business Student Services office so you can discuss your academic trajectory.
  2. Next, meet with USD's exchange coordinator to discuss possible exchange programs that will fit your academic and personal goals.
  3. When you are selecting to apply for programs, you must complete an online application with the following deadlines in mind:
    • Fall semester: March 1
    • Spring semester: October 1
    • Summer semester: February 1
    • (Students participating in semester exchange programs may be eligible for additional Ahlers Center scholarships. Students currently on financial aid or merit scholarships do not lose this funding when spending a semester abroad. To learn more, you will find the Ahlers Center scholarship applications embedded in the online application which are also due by the deadlines listed above.)
  4. Once your application is received, you will be nominated to the host institution by USD's exchange coordinator. To keep you in the loop, we will copy you on this email.
  5. The host institution will contact you with further application instructions. After applying to the host institution, you should expect to receive an official acceptance letter.
  6. Next, you will work on obtaining any necessary travel documentation, such as passports and student visas. Please note that all USD students traveling abroad for University purposes are covered under insurance, so make sure you keep this insurance card on hand. You will likely need this for your visa.
  7. Before you depart, meet with USD's exchange coordinator to finalize your course schedule. After this meeting, you will be registered for the necessary amount of units in USD's system.
  8. At the end of your term abroad, be sure to request that your host institution sends your transcripts to USD. Once your transcripts are received, your general USD units will be changed to the appropriate courses you took abroad. Your grades will also transfer.

Try semester exchange in San Diego.

Are you an international student, thinking about spending a semester here at the University of San Diego? Check out our semester exchange program to learn more about studying, living and experiencing U.S. business culture at USD.