There are a variety of international experiences and opportunities at the University of San Diego. The resources found on this page highlight the various ways in which the University of San Diego embraces its internationalization initiatives.

All USD faculty, staff and students who are traveling abroad on either independent university business, or crossing the border into Mexico (for academic or service) are required to register their trip details. This registration is important as it will help USD be able to reach you in the event of an emergency.

Travel Registration Instructions 

STEP ONE: Register your trip. Please read the descriptions below to determine which link best suits your travel plans. 


USE WHEN: traveling on university business independently (ex: attending a conference, sabbatical, meetings, recruitment, research, consulting, etc.). For faculty/staff use only. 




USE WHEN: crossing the border into Mexico and earning (or giving) academic credit for the experience. For faculty, staff and students.



 USE WHEN: crossing the border into Mexico and NOT earning (or giving) academic credit for the experience - immersion or service projects only. For faculty, staff and students.



NOTE: If you are participating in an organized program through the International Center, SOLES Global, Nursing, Kroc School, Ahlers Center for International Business,  Law School, SLIC, University Ministry or Community Service Learning, you do not need to register using this site. For organized group programs, your information will be collected through the individual department/area arranging your program. 

STEP TWO: Print an insurance card.

Carry this insurance card with you while traveling.

ACE Travel Insurance Card


If you need assistance in completing the online Travel Registration, contact:

Kira Espiritu, PhD
Director, International Studies Abroad
Telephone: 619-260-4598

If you have questions regarding international insurance, contact:
Robin Eskow
Director of Risk Management
Telephone: 619-260-7677

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The entities described below all emphasize international activities and outreach. Please follow the links for more detailed descriptions.

Kroc Institute for Peace and JusticeJoan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

The Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ) is the bridge between learning and practice within the Kroc School, driving forward its mission to create engaged, applied learning for positive social impact. The core of the Kroc IPJ mission is to co-create learning with its PeaceMakers - learning that is deeply grounded in the lived experience of PeaceMakers around the world, that is made rigorous by its place within a university ecosystem, and that has immediate, practical applications for those working to end cycles of violence.

Ahlers Center for International Business

Developing business leaders with a global mindset, the Ahlers Center for International Business at the University of San Diego designs and delivers a wide array of programmatic offerings and experiences for students, faculty and the business community.

Trans-Border Institute

The Trans-Border Institute is an essential expression of USD's commitment to promote understanding, dialogue and collaboration between Mexico and the United States, and to improve relations between the people and policies of the U.S. and our southern neighbors.

Center for Peace and Commerce

The Center for Peace and Commerce (CPC) is a collaborative effort between the School of Business Administration and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies to prepare new generations of change makers. The CPC encourages students to develop effective solutions to complex environmental and social problems, and to exercise innovative approaches for making a positive impact on the 4 Ps– people, profit, planet and peace.

Oscar Romero Center for Faith in Action

The Romero Center offers service opportunities to all faculty, staff, students, and administrators at the University of San Diego, including meal deliveries to the homebound, lunch preparation at the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen, and community service in Tijuana.

SOLES Global Center

The Global Center of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) at the University of San Diego, serves to provide students and faculty with information about global education programs and the resources necessary for planning a global education adventure. The Global Center places numerous students in short-term Global Study courses, semester-long Global Student Teaching, Global Exchange and the Global Internship programs.

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The programs described below all have an international emphasis in program content. Please follow the links for more detailed descriptions. See Programs Offered for a full list of programs available at USD.

B.A. Degrees in Languages & Literatures

The Department of Languages & Literatures offers courses in nine languages, with majors in French and Spanish, and minors in French, Spanish, German and Italian. Additional courses are available in Mandarin, Japanese, Ancient Greek and Latin.

B.A. in International Relations

The major in International Relations is designed to give students a holistic understanding of international affairs, providing a strong background in international relations and comparative government as preparation for careers in the U.S. and abroad as well as graduate study.

M.A. in International Relations

The graduate curriculum for International Relations focuses on comparative politics and international affairs to give students an advanced understanding of world politics and thereby enhance their career options, particularly in international fields.

M.A. in Peace & Justice 

The Master of Arts in Peace and Justice  (2-year program) is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for solving today’s most vexing issues. The programs’ practice based curriculum combines social justice, poverty alleviation and conflict resolution. 

M.A. in Social Innovation

The Master of Arts in Social Innovation is offered in the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. Students look critically at the roots of social challenges and injustice, then seek to create real change through bold new responses to poverty, inequality, human rights abuses and humanitarian crises. 

International M.B.A.

The IMBA is a full-time, cohort-based program designed to be completed in 16 to 22 months. The structure of the program is flexible, offering students a number of elective options in addition to the traditional business foundation courses. Students in the program have international business experiences on two continents that are organized and supported by the Ahlers Center for International Business.

B.B.A. with a Major in International Business

The major in International Business covers a broad range of business skills and knowledge while giving program participants particular expertise in navigating the global business landscape.

LL.M. in Comparative Law

Offered by the School of Law, this Comparative Law program gives foreign-educated attorneys the opportunity to study law by immersion into a contemporary and dynamic J.D. curriculum, which prepares candidates to deal effectively with U.S. attorneys on questions of common interest.

LL.M. in International Law

U.S. law school graduates study international law in a dynamic, multi-cultural city that is the world's busiest land and port entry. Candidates from private, public, and government practices study side-by-side with attorneys, judges, and government officials from around the world.

JD/MA Peace and Law Dual Degree

A concurrent degree program combines a JD from the University of San Diego's School of Law and an MA in Peace and Justice (MAPJ) from the Kroc School of Peace Studies.

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International Education Week 2019 is November 18-22, 2019.

International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the US Department of Education and the US Department of State to recognize the global exchange environment between the United States and other countries. All faculty, students and staff are strongly encouraged to participate in the various activities throughout the week! 

See below for a glimpse of what takes place during International Education Week!

International Education Week 2019 Calendar

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
18 19 20 21 22

International Snacks - A Blindfolded Tasting Experience

9:30am - 1:00pm
Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall, 201


SOLES Passage to India

3:00pm - 5:30pm
MRH 200

 International Board Games

10:00pm - 2:00pm
Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall, 201


Spirit of Japan: Shinto & Gagaku – Japan’s Traditional Religion and Music

12:30pm - 2:00pm
*Lunch included, RSVP required


Study Abroad 101

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall, 317


International Impact Award Luncheon and Panel: International Opportunity Grant (IOG)

12:00pm - 1:30pm
*Limited space, RSVP Required

International Student Workshop Series: LinkedIn, TEAM, and Networking

12:30pm -2:00pm
Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall, 134




International Coffee Hour - a Taste of the Holiday Gala

12:30pm - 2:00pm
SLP, 3rd floor


Study Abroad Spotlight Series: “Stories from Abroad”

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall, 312

From Revolution To Power In Brazil:Book presentation by author Dr. Kenneth Serbin

5:30pm - 7:00PM
IPJ, Room I











International Student Organization Holiday Gala
7pm - 9pm
UC Forums


*Event dates and times are subject to change.

Campus Contact for International Education Week

Kira Espiritu, Ph.D.  – Director, International Studies Abroad, 619-260-4598

Event Details & Descriptions

International Snacks - A Blindfolded Tasting Experience

Monday, November 18th from 9:30am - 1:00pm, Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall, 201

Test your taste buds by stopping by the International Center to participate in a blind sampling of snacks from all around the world and see if you can correctly guess which region or country they are from.

SOLES Passage to India

Monday, November 18th from 3:00pm - 5:30pm, MRH 200 (Lounge)

Join our Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellow from India, Dr. Padmini Boruah, Dr. Salina Molina of SOLES, and Dr. Maya Kalyanpur, SOLES professor and Fulbright Flex Award recipient for research in India, to learn about funded international cultural and educational exchange opportunities for students, staff and faculty members.

International Board Games

Tuesday, November 19th from 10:00am - 2:00pm, Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall, 201

Stop by the International Center to try your hand at various traditional and popular board games from around the world. Instruction and friendly competition will be provided.

Spirit of Japan: Shinto & Gagaku – Japan’s Traditional Religion and Music

Tuesday, November 19th from 12:30pm - 2:00pm, IPJ Rooms C&D, REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Shinto is Japan’s indigenous religion that long predates the arrival of Buddhism in the sixth century via China and Korea. To this day, a vast majority of Japanese people visit Shinto shrines on seasonal and auspicious occasions throughout the year. Unlike most organized religions, however, Shinto has no original founder, no formal doctrines, and no holy scriptures. One of the best ways to learn about Shinto is to attend a presentation, and to experience some aspects of it first-hand, by those who practice it. For today’s presentation, three priests from Meiji Jingu, one of the best known shrines in Japan, will discuss the relationship among Shinto, nature, and the way of Japanese life. They will also perform gagaku, Japan’s traditional music. Three wind instruments – sho (harmonica), hichiriki (piccolo), and fuye (flute) that form part of a larger gagaku orchestra – will be featured. Following their short recital, they will provide a hands-on workshop allowing members of the audience to try these three instruments.

Study Abroad 101

Tuesday, November 19th from 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall, 317

Interested in studying abroad but don't know where to start? Join this informative session to learn more about the available programs and the application process. NOTE: This program is for undergraduate students.

International Impact Award Luncheon and Panel: International Opportunity Grant (IOG)

Wednesday, November 20th from 12:00pm - 1:30pm, IPJ Rooms C&D

*Limited Space - Online RSVP Required by November 13th

The International Center is hosting a luncheon and panel discussion with faculty who will discuss outcomes resulting from receiving one or more International Opportunity Grants (IOGs).  They will share with us some of their interesting international research and/or collaborations and how these activities have impacted their research, teaching and professional activities.
Dr. Jennifer Zwolinski, Associate Provost for Research and Development
Dr. Frank Jacobitz, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering 
Dr. Jo Ellen Patterson, School of Leadership Educational Sciences
Prof. Peggy Mata, Hahn School of Nursing & Health Sciences
Dr. Phil Zhu, School of Business 
Dr. David De Haan, College of Arts and Sciences
The luncheon will also feature the work of other IOG recipients and we will also honor all of our 2019 International Impact Award Nominees and announce the final recipient. 

International Student Workshop Series: LinkedIn, TEAM, and Networking

Wednesday, November 20th from 12:30pm - 2:00pm, Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall, 134

Join Alex Lo from the Career Development Center in Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall 134 for the next installment of the International Student Workshop Series. Alex will be reviewing the networking potential of LinkedIn and TEAM. He will show you how to setup and navigate these tools to help land you your next internship or full-time job.

International Coffee Hour: A Taste of the Holiday Gala

Thursday, November 21st from 12:30pm - 2:00pm, SLP 3rd Floor

Stop by the International Student Organization Lounge for conversation, coffee and a taste of the holiday gala to get into the festive holiday spirit!

Study Abroad Spotlight Series: Stories from Abroad 

Thursday, November 21st from 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall, 312

Hear 'stories from abroad' from our Study Abroad Ambassadors (e.g., highlights, what they wish they knew before going abroad, etc.)

From Revolution To Power In Brazil: Book presentation by author Dr. Kenneth Serbin

Thursday, November 21st from 5:30pm - 7:00pm, IPJ Room I 

Based on two decades of research and more than three hundred hours of interviews with former
members of the revolutionary organization National Liberating Action, Serbin’s is the first book
to bring the story of Brazil’s long night of dictatorship into the present. It explores Brazil’s
status as an emerging global capitalist giant and its unique contributions and challenges in the social arena. Published by University of Notre Dame Press (June 2019), the book concludes with the rise of ex-militants to positions of power in a capitalist democracy—and how they confronted
both old and new challenges posed by Brazilian society. Ultimately, Serbin explores the profound human questions of how to oppose dictatorship, revive politics in the wake of brutal repression, nurture democracy as a value, and command a capitalist system. This book will be of keen interest to business people, journalists, policy analysts, and readers with a general interest in Latin America and international affairs. Sponsored by the Program in Latin American Studies (PILAS).

International Student Organization Holiday Gala

Friday, November 21st from 7:00pm-9:00pm, UC Forums

Join the International Student Organization in celebrating Fall holidays around the world. This student event features an international buffet dinner as well as a DJ and dance-floor. All USD students are welcome.

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University Ministry

USD University Ministry offers monthly service opportunities in Tijuana as well as week-long immersion programs in Latin America. Please feel free to read more information about these programs.

CASA: Center for Awareness, Service, and Action

CASA is a program within the Center for Community Service-Learning that engages over 3,000 undergraduate students annually in direct service or advocacy and awareness projects. Students in service promote the community and work for social change. The vision is global, recognizing that we can act in our immediate community, but that opportunities exist for international action as well.

Romero Immersion Programs

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