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 2020: November 16-20, 2020

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 2020 Calendar 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
16 17 18 19 20

International & Study Abroad Trivia


SOLES Career Development: Leveraging Your Graduate Global Studies

4:00pm - 5:00pm

USD International Alumni Spotlight


Study Abroad 101

1:00pm - 2:00pm


SOLES Graduate Global Studies & Black Student Experiences

4:00pm - 5:00pm 


Study Abroad This or That

International Photo Contest

Winner Announced

Study Abroad Q&A


International Bingo


COIL Faculty Presentation & 2020 International Impact Award

2:00pm - 3:00pm


TBT: Holidays Abroad

Flashback Friday Photo Edition


Study Abroad Bingo 






*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 & Study Abroad Trivia

Monday, November 16th

Join us on the OISS Instagram (@usdoiss) and OISA Instagram (@usdstudyabroad) and enjoy international and study abroad themed trivia.

SOLES Career Development: Leveraging Your Graduate Global Studies

Monday, November 16th from 4:00pm - 5:00pm, Meeting ID: 990 4269 5988

Join SOLES Global Center for a workshop on leveraging your global studies trip.  This workshop will include tips for your resume and cover letter, as well as taling points for interviews. 

USD International Alumni Spotlight

Tuesday, November 17th

We are celebrating a cherished part of the USD community today, our USD international alumni. Join us on the OISS Instagram (@usdoiss) and Facebook page (USD Office of International Students & Scholars) to see spotlights of our global alumni.

Study Abroad 101

Tuesday, November 17th from 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Register Here

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. 

SOLES Graduate Global Studies & Black Student Experiences

Tuesday, November 17th from 4:00pm - 5:00pm, Meeting ID: 971 8025 7077

Join SOLES Global Center for a panel presentation and community chat with Novien Yarber (Leadership Studies MA '18 & PhD '22), Amanda Gunn (School Counseling MA'21), and Rhonda Harley (Leadership Studies PhD '21).

Study Abroad This or That

Tuesday, November 17th

Join us on the OISA Instagram (@usdstudyabroad) for a game of This or That.

International Photo Contest

Winner announced Wednesday, November 18th

Show off those photography skills and enter to win prizes as the International Center celebrates International Education Week with this fun photo contest!

Who Can Enter:

University of San Diego current students and alumni present either abroad or in the US may enter this contest. You do not have to hold a student visa to be eligible for entry.

What To Enter:

Contestants may submit up to three photos to this contest and must designate a category listed below for each photograph:

  • Natural World: Animals, plants and landscapes; geological or climatological features; and scientific processes and endeavors.

  • Travel: Locales, peoples or activities from around the world.

  • People: Portraits and photos of groups or individuals.

Deadline for submissions is November 11th.

Enter now:

Read the full rules & conditions here.

Winner will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 18th on the OISS Instagram (@usdoiss) and all photos will be posted in celebration of International Education Week!

Study Abroad Q&A

Wednesday, November 18th

Join us on the OISA Instagram (@usdstudyabroad) for a study abroad Q&A session.

COIL Faculty Presentation & 2020 International Impact Award 

Thursday, November 19th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Register Here

Celebrate International Education Week learning about COIL!

Collaborative On-Line International Learning (COIL) or “Virtual Exchange” is a new and creative way to internationalize your course while engaging students. COIL provides opportunities to integrate global perspectives into your course by linking with a faculty member, and their students, from one of USD's many international partner universities. With COIL you can develop a collaborative project that your students do together using on-line tools. This activity then becomes one aspect of your course, supporting learning goals and giving your students a chance to explore global perspectives on a topic, case, or project.

Come to this interactive session, led by faculty who incorporated COIL projects in their Fall 2020 courses and learn how you can do this for Spring 2021.

COIL Faculty presenters include:
Andrea Cuellar
Eileen Daspro
Maria Kniazeva
Robin McCoy

The winner of the 2020 International Impact Award will also be announced at this event. Deadline for Online Nominations is Friday, November 6th, 2020.

International Bingo

Thursday, November 19th

Join us on the OISS Instagram (@usdoiss) for our internationally themed Bingo.

Study Abroad TBT: Holidays Abroad

Thursday, November 19th

Join us on the OISA Instagram (@usdstudyabroad) for TBT: Holidays Abroad.

Flashback Friday: Photo Edition

Friday, November 20th

Reminisce with us! Check out photos of our office's past events in our Instagram (@usdoiss) and Facebook page (USD Office of International Students & Scholars).

Study Abroad Bingo

Friday, November 20th

Join us on the OISA Instagram (@usdstudyabroad) for study abroad BINGO!

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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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