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Study Abroad Opportunities

Guadalajara Program

USD offers a six-week program in Guadalajara, Mexico, each summer. The curriculum typically includes courses from all levels of Spanish language, composition and literature, as well as courses in art, ethnic studies, art history, business, communication studies, education, history, international relations, music, photography, political science, and theology and religious studies. A limited number of graduate courses are also offered. Housing with Mexican families can be arranged for graduate students and their families to enhance the student living-learning experience. Hotel rooms and apartments also are available. The program includes cultural excursions to museums, historical sites, and neighboring cities. Tuition rates are considerably lower than on campus. For more information contact the Guadalajara Summer Program Office at (619) 260-7561 or email Applications and general information can be downloaded at

School of Business Administration

John Ahlers Center for International Business

The Ahlers Center for International Business sponsors graduate business study abroad options in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. These opportunities are open to graduate business students from around the world, providing a truly international experience. USD law students and graduate students in international relations or education may be eligible to participate. Each location offers a choice of graduate courses, giving participants the opportunity to study topics particularly relevant to their individual career goals. The graduate business courses are taught in English by internationally recognized faculty in partnership with local universities.

During the summer and intersession, the time spent abroad ranges from one week to three weeks . There are programs to accommodate those working full-time, as well as for the full-time student. Participants can earn up to 6 units of credit.

During intersession the Ahlers Center also coordinates international consulting projects abroad supervised by faculty members which give students the opportunity to work in a company and gain hands-on international business experience.

Several semester exchange opportunities exist with leading business schools around the world. Longer term international internships are also organized by the Ahlers Center.

All of these international options expose students, by immersion, to international business practice and sensitize them to cultural differences that influence effective international interaction. Interested students should contact the Ahlers Center for International Business at (619) 260-4896, email, or go to

Institute on International and Comparative Law

The School of Law offers international law courses in Barcelona, Florence, London and Paris. Each course is conducted in English by a full-time law professor with guest lectures by local officials, faculty, and lawyers.

The programs provide intensive training in international law while introducing American students to the legal institutions of another country. Students from around the world attend and benefit from exposure to different cultural milieus, guest faculty viewpoints, foreign legal institutions, and international history through tours and simulated legal proceedings. Graduate students in international relations or international business may be accepted into this program. Contact the program coordinator at (619) 260-7460, fax (619) 260-2230, or go to

School Of Leadership and Education Sciences

Global Center

The School of Leadership and Education Sciences’ (SOLES) Global Center offers four global education programs: Global Exchange, Global Internship, Global Student Teaching and Global Study. These programs are open to all SOLES students and non-SOLES students upon faculty and advisor permission. The most popular program is our short-term Global Study, where students accompany faculty overseas on one to two week studies in fulfillment of both required and elective courses. Currently programs travel to Brazil, Guatemala, Lithuania, Mexico, Spain and throughout Asia, with a South Africa program in development. Global Exchange is an individual experience in which a student spends one semester or year of study in an overseas institution. We currently have partnerships with universities in Australia and Spain, or students may design their own programs with other institutions. Through Global Internship, students have the opportunity to spend one to four months completing a practical experience abroad; currently our most popular program is Camp Adventure Youth Services, although we have other partners around the world. Global Student Teaching provides an opportunity for students to complete student teaching at an international school. Through our various education alliances, students can teach in numerous locations throughout the world. Recently our student teachers have taught in Australia, Germany, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Cameroon, Trinidad and Tobago and New Zealand. For more information about global education opportunities in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, please contact the Global Center at (619) 260-7443, email, or go to

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