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Faculty/Staff Language Improvement

In order to provide USD Faculty and Staff with language improvement training, the International Center is offering 3 or 6 month memberships to Rosetta Stone. With each membership comes unlimited access to every language and level available in the program at a special discounted rate. Both Faculty and Staff are offered the same discount at $40 for a 3 month membership and $75 for 6 months. View a list of all languages available with each membership.

Rosetta Stone is accessible from any computer, however it is recommended that a microphone and speaker be available to users in order to enhance learning. If you wish to access the training via an iPad, please follow these instructions.

Upon registering you will be notified via the email provided when your subscription becomes active. Please allow up to two business days for processing. Your membership will not begin until this notification is sent. Be advised that when you receive this email your subscription will begin. Space is limited to 75 registrants at any given time. Should you be placed on a wait list, you will be contacted when the next available membership is open.

Eligible subscribers include all faculty, administration and staff who are full-time benefit based employees at USD. Students are not eligible.

To begin your language training by registering online. For School of Business faculty and staff, please register through the Ahlers Center for International Business.

For more information please contact the International Center at (619) 260-4598 or

Internationalization of the Curriculum Faculty Workshop

Each year, the International Center in collaboration with the Center for Educational Excellence hosts an "Internationalization of the Curriculum Workshop" for faculty. All faculty are invited to participate. The call for applications goes out early in the Fall semester and the workshop takes place during International Education Week (mid-November). Participants will work hands-on with their own syllabus and will leave the workshop with an internationalized version. Topics covered in the workshop include: International Course Design, International Opportunity Grants for Faculty and Faculty-Led Abroad Programs. For more information, please visit the International Education Week website.

Faculty Development Opportunity Abroad

Democracy and Development in Post-Apartheid South Africa

The International Center organized a faculty development program to South Africa during Spring Break (March 8-16, 2014). Faculty contributed $500 toward their overall expenses to participate and space was limited. The program included round-trip economy airfare, hotel, tours, lectures with local experts, and visits to organizations and universities. The program provided an opportunity to learn about the major issues facing post-apartheid South Africa: the history, culture, transition to democracy, current political debates, challenges and opportunities for inclusive growth and development and the role the nation is playing in the continent.

The goal of the program is to help facilitate faculty incorporating this international experience into their teaching and/or scholarship. It is also a wonderful opportunity to better know your colleagues from across the University. All full-time faculty who participated submited a short essay on how they intended to use this experience in their teaching and/or research and then shared with others what they learned upon returning.

 Please revisit this website for future international development opportunities.

Additional International Faculty Development Opportunities

The following departments currently offer faculty development opportunities abroad:
Ahlers Center for International Business
Catholic Thought and Culture

Staff Development Opportunities Abroad

Full-time, benefits-based USD employees have the opportunity to serve as an Experiential Learning Professional as part of the Second Year Experience Abroad (SYE Abroad) Program. This program is a feature component of the second year initiative on campus and is an opportunity for employees to work with small groups of students both on campus and abroad. Experiential Learning Professionals work with freshmen students for approximately one year before traveling abroad with the students during Intersession of their sophomore year.

Information about the role of Experiential Learning Professionals on the SYE Abroad Program and a sample calendar can be accessed through the links below. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the role and expectations prior to submitting an application:

SYE Abroad 2016 Experiential Learning Professional Role Description and Timeline

SYE Abroad Sample Calendar

The USD International Center is currently accepting applications for SYE Abroad 2016 Experiential Learning Professional staff positions. Employees who work directly in advising or supporting undergraduate students will be given priority. To apply, please complete the SYE 2016 Staff Application. NOTE: The application deadline has passed for Intersession 2016.

Please contact Kira Espiritu at 619-260-4598 if you have any questions about these opportunities.