Short-Term Opportunities

The Second Year Experience (SYE) Abroad program is an innovative and comprehensive international experience open to sophomore students at the University of San Diego. Students apply during their first year and will travel together with their cohort during the intersession of their sophomore year. After being enrolled in the program, all students will participate in fall seminars (to take place in the fall semester prior to departure) in preparation for their time abroad. Please see below for more details about this unique and exciting program.

SYE 2020 Applications

Applications are still being accepted for two SYE Abroad locations (on a space available basis)!  Please scroll down for more information on courses offered in each location.  To apply or for more information, click on the location below or, scroll down to the "SYE Abroad Locations and Applications" section.  SYE Abroad programs include:

 

General SYE Abroad Information

Academic Component:

While abroad, students take one three-unit academic course taught by a USD faculty member (see below for course offerings in each location). Each course will fulfill a core curriculum requirement.

Intercultural Component:

Students will be assigned to an Intercultural Group. These groups will be organized and led by current USD administrators and staff who will meet with the students prior to departure, on-site in each location, and at USD upon return. Within these groups students will participate in cultural and social activities both in San Diego and abroad.

Program Cost:

Please check the program below for cost information as this depends on the course students take while abroad.  This cost includes tuition, housing, class-related activities abroad, cultural activities abroad, excursions, some meals, and international health insurance.

Logistics:

Details regarding program housing and calendar for each location will be made available to all enrolled students in the Fall prior to their departure.

Eligibility:

Students must be in good academic and conduct standing with USD. Students participating in this program must have sophomore standing (completed three semesters prior to traveling abroad in January).

SYE Abroad 2020 - for the Class of 2022

Students in the Class of 2022 will be able to select from either Auckland, New Zealand or Florence, Italy.

Application Deadline and Program Timeline:

  • Application deadline: April 3, 2019
  • Kick-off event: May 16, 2019
  • Mandatory Fall Seminars: Students will be required to attend three mandatory fall seminars in Fall 2019 (confirmed dates, times, and locations will be sent to enrolled students) 

SYE Abroad Locations and Applications

Florence, Italy - Explore: Relive the Renaissance

Florence is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance and, as such, has a rich cultural history. Students will have the opportunity to explore the city through its art and architecture preserved among the cobblestone streets.

Cost:

The cost to participate in the SYE Florence program depends on the course students take.  The cost for the ARCH, ENGL, MKTG and THRS courses is $5270. The cost for the CHEM course is $5470. This cost includes tuition, housing, some meals, course activities and some cultural activities.

Courses Offered in Florence:

Course Fulfills
ARCH 121: Introduction to Modern Architecture (3 units)  Artistic Inquiry (EARI)
CHEM 102: Science of Food and Cooking (3 units with lab) - COURSE CLOSED  Scientific & Tech Inquiry w/lab (ESTI)
ENGL 236/ITAL 340: Dante and Medieval Florence (3 units) Literary Inquiry (ELTI)
MKTG 300: Principles of Marketing (3 units) Required for all BBA majors in School of Business and fulfills Oral Communication (CORL)
PHIL 330: Ethics (3 units)  Ethical Inquiry (FETI)
THRS 375: Faith and Politics (3 units) - COURSE CLOSED Theology & Religious Inquiry (FTRI)

Auckland, New Zealand - Discover: South Pacific Past and Present

Auckland is the world's largest Polynesian city and is a true melting pot of various cultures. Students will have the opportunity to explore the city's traditions through introductions to the rich Māori culture and the various natural beauty throughout the region.

Cost:

The cost to participate in the Auckland SYE Abroad program depends on the course students take.  MGMT 300 and THRS 112 cost $5070. The cost for the CHEM course is $5270 and the cost for the ECON course is $5810. This cost includes tuition, housing, some meals, course activities and some cultural activities.

Courses Offered in Auckland:

Course Fulfills

COMM 101: Intruduction to Human Communication (3 units)

Oral Communication (CORL); Social & Behavioral Inquiry (ESBI)

CHEM 111: Medicinal Chemistry: A comparison between Western Medicine and Traditiional Medicine (3 units)

Science & Tech Inquiry w/lab (ESTI)
ECON 216: Statistics for Business & Economics (4 units) Quantitive Reasoning (CQUR)
MGMT 300: Organizational Behavior (3 units)  Required for all BBA majors in the School of Business 
THRS 112: Introduction to World Religions (3 units) Theology & Religious Inquiry (FTRI)

 

 

The University of San Diego offers an impressive number of short-term programs during the summer session. These programs are offered in various international locations and are all taught by USD faculty members. Program locations and courses change periodically.

The tuition cost for these programs is subsidized by the university and USD International Center scholarships as well as outside scholarships are available.

The program cost ranges from $4,770-$5,370 and includes the following: three to four units of USD tuition, housing, excursions, class related visits, medical insurance, and some group meals. Some programs offer students the option to take up to 6 units, which would increase the price to $6,990. Some additional fees may apply based on the course. For complete information on the program details, please click on the program link to be directed to the program-specific brochure page.

Summer 2020

Summer 2020 courses have been announced! Please see here for a list of courses offered in 2020 (please note that courses are subject to change. Deadlines will be in February 2020.

Summer 2019

Still Accepting Applications on a Space-Available Basis!  To open an application, click on the "Program" link and contact the Study Abroad Coordinator.

For more information on the program, click on the location listed under the "Program" heading. For course descriptions, please click on the course.

Program Course(s) Offered Professor Cost

Austria, Salzburg

June 10-30, 2019

GERM 201/394: Third Semester German/German Immersion Dr. Christiane Staninger $4,970

China, Beijing/Shanghai

June 3-22, 2019

COMP 494: Data Mining Dr. Eric Jiang  $5,070

England, London

July 27 - August 17, 2019

NOTE: ELEC 201 will also meet two weekends in San Diego during the early part of the Fall 2019 semester (dates TBD)

 

 

ARTV 101/302/403: Drawing London - Meditations on the History of Culture Through the Art of a City Dr. John Halaka

$5,070

$5,270 for CHEM course

$6,010 for ELEC course

ELEC 201: Electrical Circuits Dr. Ernie Kim
MATH 494: Cryptography & War: How Mathematicians Saved Democracy Dr. Cameron Parker
PHIL 112:London: Plague, Fire and Riot Dr. Brian Clack
PSYC 364: Sport Psychology Dr. Nadav Goldschmied

France, Paris/Strasbourg

On Campus: June 3 - 7, 2019

Abroad: June 12-30, 2019 

NOTE: Students can take 6 units

FINA 405: International Financial Management

MKTG 305: Global Marketing

MKTG 410: Marketing Research

Dr. Barbara Bliss

 

Dr. Maria Kniazeva

 

Dr. Andrea Flynn

$4,770 (3 units)

$6,990 (6 units)

France, Paris

FREN 201: June 30-July 27, 2019

ALL OTHER COURSES:
July 7-27, 2019


NOTE: FREN 201 is 4 week course, All other courses are 3 weeks

 

COMM 481: Les Amours et Les Amis: Relationships in Modern France Dr. Jonathan Bowman

$5,370 (FREN 201) 

$5,070 (all other courses) 

FREN 300: Advanced Conversation Dr. Sylvie Ngilla
PHIL 334: Philosophy and Ethics of the Revolution Dr. Lori Watson
SOCI 411: Tourist Economy in France - Work and Labor Dr. Michelle Camacho

Italy, Salerno

June 1-29, 2019

ITAL 201: Third Semester Italian Dr. Antonio Iannotta  $5,270

New Zealand, Multiple Cities

On Campus: May 28-29, 2019

Abroad: June 3-22, 2019

EOSC 303: Environmental Issues in a Global Context

POLS 348: Indigenous Peoples and the Environment

SOCI 473: Sustainability: Sociological Perspectives

Dr. Michel Boudrias

 

Dr. Andrew Tirrell

 

Dr. Julia Cantzler

$5,370

South Africa, Johannesburg/Makuleke

July 17 - August 1, 2019

POLS 343/SOCI 375: Education, Citizenship, and Politics in South Africa

Dr. Mike Williams

 

Dr. Lisa Nunn

$5,070

U.S., Hawaii

July 21 - August 4

POLS 494/594: 
Politics of International Disaster and Crisis Management

Dr. David Shirk 

$4,970

Summer 2019 Course Descriptions

Austria - Salzburg

GERM 201- Third Semester German (GERM 202 credit available upon approval of instructor)
Professor: Dr. Christiane Staninger
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills second language competency

This course is a continuation of German 102 and is designed to teach students to speak, read, and write German at an intermediate level and enhance students’ familiarity with recent German culture and history. Emphasis is placed on improving students’ knowledge of intermediate grammar, reading more complex tests and speaking with moderate proficiency.


China - Beijing and Shanghai

COMP 494: Data Mining
Professor: Dr. Eric Jiang

Data mining is a new interdisciplinary field of computer science and represents a process of analyzing and extracting patters embedded in large amounts of data by using various methods from machine learning, statistics and database management. With the rapid proliferation of the Internet and advances of computing technology and applications in artificial intelligence, data mining has become an increasingly important tool of transforming large quantities of digital data into meaningful and actionable information in many areas including business and finance, health care, telecommunication, science, engineering, and higher education. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to data mining with a primary focus on fundamental concepts, algorithms and applications of association analysis, classification and clustering modeling. It will also discuss ethical issues related to data mining and advanced data mining models.

 


England - London

ARTV 101/302/403: Drawing London - Meditations on the History of Culture Through the Art of a City
Professor: Dr. John Halaka
Core Curriculum Information: ARTV 101 fulfills Artistic Inquiry
Major/Minor/Concentration: ARTV 101, 302 and 403 sections meet requirements for the Visual Arts Major and Minor, and can serve as Visual Arts electives for Art History and Architecture majors, as well electives for any student who has completed the ARTV 101 prerequisite.

London’s museums have long held some of the greatest art treasures in the world and have helped to shape a multitude of thriving, diverse and co-existing art cultures in that city. As the primary repositories of the riches that were variously acquired by the expansive reach of the British Empire, London’s museums offer encyclopedic collections of international art, spanning the course of human civilization.  But the city’s wealth as a global cultural capital expands much further than the halls of its many esteemed public art museums, spreading widely and deeply into its commercial art galleries, community art centers, and onto the walls of many of its neighborhoods.

Through an immersive engagement with London’s diverse and dynamic contemporary visual cultures as well as its historical artistic treasures that span most of human history, this course will offer students an opportunity to develop a rich, unique and critical investigation of the art of drawing by intimately analyzing works of art selected from London’s astoundingly varied collections of images and objects.

CHEM 111 - Chemistry of Sport
Professor: Dr. Mitch Malachowski
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Scientific & Technology Inquiry (with lab)

This course will help students learn the basics of chemistry including atoms and molecules and structure and bonding. They will explore other chemical concepts such as acidity, reactivity, polymers and organic molecules. We will connect these concepts to societal issues to give them an appreciation of the impact of chemistry on society. I have considerable experience in teaching courses in the history and philosophy of science in our Honors program. I believe that incorporating many of these issues into the course would greatly enhance Chemistry 101. We will probe issues related to sport such as synthetic materials used in tennis rackets, golf clubs, soccer balls and bicycle frames and the use of performance enhancing drugs such as steroids and human growth hormone. We will study the functions of the body including the physiology of exercise, nutrition and health along with the benefits of sports drinks and snacks and the impact of carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins on performance. 

ELEC 201: Electrical Circuits
Professor: Dr. Ernie Kim

Electrical element physical behavior and component models; network laws and analysis techniques; time and frequency domain techniques for the analysis of linear networks; computer-aided analysis using SPICE or approved equivalent; introduction to AC power; laboratory circuit design, testing, and verification. 

MATH 494: Cryptography & War: How Mathematicians Saved Democracy
Professor: Dr. Cameron Parker

This course will cover the exciting field of creating and breaking ciphers, from its early wartime origins through its current everyday use in the internet age. Our focus will include number theory, group theory, probability, statistics and information theory. We will take several excursions around the London area, focusing on World War II and the devastating effects it had on the city and its citizens. This will remind us that the problems we are working on are not just interesting abstract questions, but were solved by people under great stress at a time when their very way of life was being challenged. One of the highlights will be a trip to Bletchley Park, where the German codes were first broken using methods and machines that laid the groundwork for modern programmable computers.

PHIL 112: London: Plague, Fire and Riot
Professor: Dr. Brian Clack
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Literary Inquiry 

This class will focus upon three turbulent historical events in London and their reflection in fiction, letters, and philosophy. These events are: the plague of 1665, the Great Fire of London (1666), and the Gordon Riots of 1780. We will see how the traumas of these historical occurrences were processed by writers of the period, such as Daniel Defoe, Samuel Pepys, Samuel Johnson, and Edmund Burke. The philosophical work will focus on the threat to the meaning of human life and association posed by disasters and violence, and how such threats have been depicted and processed in philosophy and literature.


PSYC 364: Sport Psychology
Professor: Dr. Nadav Goldschmied

This course examines the psychological factors influencing the experience of sports. Topics include theoretical basis of competition, motivation, group dynamics, aggression, fan behavior, and social facilitation. The Sport Psychology course in London aims to explore psychological factors that affect, and are affected, by sports participation and performance, as well as health and wellness. The capital city of the UK is a hub for world-class sports (Olympics, Wimbledon, various soccer venues), which will allow the students first-hand exposure to topics covered in class. 


France - Paris/Strasbourg

FINA 405: International Financial Management
Professor: Dr. Barbara Bliss

An introduction to the problems facing the financial management of international companies. Topics include foreign exchange exposure management, financing trade, foreign direct investments, international accounting and control, and working capital management.

MKTG 305: Global Marketing
Professor: Dr. Maria Kniazeva

The purpose of this course is to provide an up-to-date overview of global marketing. The principles of marketing will be augmented by additional exposure to the opportunities and problems facing marketing managers in the changing global marketplace. Special attention will be given to the management of cultural differences in product development, distribution systems, pricing, and marketing communication. For International Business minors only, BUSN 361 may substitute MKTG 300 as the prerequisite for this course.

MKTG 410: Marketing Research
Professor: Dr. Andrea Flynn

Marketing research is an organized approach to collecting, analyzing, and interpreting information to make effective marketing decisions. Topics include: problem formulation, data collection, data analysis, and effective communication of conclusions and recommendations. Students will apply a variety of marketing research methods to understand differences between US and French consumer attitudes and behaviors as well as regional differences between French consumers in Paris and Strasbourg.  The research will be used to develop actionable marketing recommendations related to a global marketing issue.


France - Paris

COMM 481: Les Amours et Les Amis: Relationships in Modern France
Professor: Dr. Jonathan Bowman
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Global Diversity Level 2

Paris has a reputation as the most romantic city in the world, but what really goes on in Parisian relationships? In a city influenced by culture, biology, personal experiences, and individual character traits, this class will explore the similarities and differences between American and French friendships, families, and romantic relationships. In taking this course, students will be immersed in a variety of experiences associated with a Parisian summer. Focusing on engaging the classroom and hands-on learning, the course includes field trips that highlight relationship observation opportunities at Champs de Mars, family interaction opportunities at Jardin d’Acclimatization, contrasting observations of public behavior in the sterile La Defense and the vibrant Montmartre, the artistic representation at the Centre Pompidou and/or Musee d’Orsay, and discussions of the influence of religious identity at Institute du Monde Arabe. Want to learn practical information that will transfer directly to your own relationships? Want to spend time with classmates experiencing all that a relational Paris have to offer? This class is for you!

 

FREN 300: Advanced Conversation
Professor: Dr. Sylvie Ngilla
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Oral Competency requirement

FREN 300 is designed for students who want to focus on oral competence and a mastery of conversation in various contexts: discussions, debates, oral presentations, pronunciations exercise, practice of various speech functions, improv, interviews, and reading. 

MENG 465: Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
Professor: Dr. Imane Khalil

Topics in fluid mechanics, including the differential description of fluid flow, its application to channel flow, pipe flow, and boundary layers, scaling of the equations, methods in computational fluid dynamics, and an introduction to turbulence.

PHIL 334: Philosophy and the Ethics of Revolution
Professor: Dr. Lori Watson
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Ethical Inquiry requirement


This course will be organized around the theme of revolution and ethics.  The French Revolution and the relevant historical sites within or near Paris provide and ideal setting to bring the themes and substance of the course to life. Prior to arriving in Paris, students will read The French Revolution by Ian Davidson. This book provides a thorough, yet introductory, historical analysis of the French Revolution.  This will provide historical significance of the city, and hopefully provide students with enthusiasm for exploration of the city itself.  Once in Paris, the philosophical analysis of the justification for and against revolutions will be explored in the class.  We will read Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, Thomas Paine’s The Rights of Man (a response to Burke), and various texts of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (the philosopher most invoked as the intellectual leader of revolutionary ideals) as well as Voltaire.  

SOCI 411: Tourist Economy in France - Work and Labor
Professor: Dr. Michelle Camacho
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Advanced Writing requirement

In France tourism supports 2.9 million jobs, and comprises 10.9% of all employment. In this summer course, we will use the city of Paris as our social laboratory to understand work, markets and labor forces.  We will engage in walking tours of the city to conduct exploratory research, and learn about spatial segregation and its impacts on labor. A thriving informal economy of artists and vendors mark the street life of Paris—we will learn to differentiate between formal and informal labor, and understand how the service economy impacts and structures daily life. Paris is renowned for its delicious cuisine; much less is known about food prep workers and this segment of the economy.  Given postcolonial migration and the new influx of migrants to Paris, how do economic ethnic enclaves emerge? How is the labor market fragmented? What is the relationship between politics, policy and the labor force? Finally, Parisians have a long history of protesting to change working conditions.  What social structures sustain the tourism economy, and what mechanisms destabilize it?


Indonesia - Bali

MUSC 341 / THRS 326: Religion and the Performing Arts in Bali
Professors: Dr. David Harnish & Dr. Lance Nelson
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Theology & Religious Inquiry or Artistic Inquiry. Also fulfills Global Diversity 1 and Advanced Integration

In addition to its renowned physical beauty, Bali is famous for its rich cultural traditions that demonstrate an inseparable relationship between art and religion. This interdisciplinary, team-taught course will integrate the perspectives of religious studies, music, and ethnomusicology. We will explore the faith and practices of Balinese Hindus and examine the complex integration of music, dance, drama, and other arts in their vibrant ritual life. Emphasis will be placed on indigenous, colonial, and neocolonial expressions of cultural, social, and economic power and privilege on the island. The powerful influence of tourism on the cultural life and ecology of this small island will also be addressed. 

Guest lectures and workshops by local scholars, religious practitioners, and master-artists will be arranged. We will attend temple festivals and ceremonies and take tours to cultural sites around the island. Students will learn the rudiments of playing gamelan (gong ensemble) music as a group and engage one or more other arts, such as dance and shadow puppetry. The course will be enriched by close interaction with Dr. Kaufmann and Dr. Woods, and the students of their environmental studies course. Evaluation will be by journals, several quizzes, and a 12-15 page research paper to be completed upon the students’ return to the United States. Students will also be evaluated on their level of participation and culturally respectful behavior.

Italy - Salerno

ITAL 201: Third Semester Italian
Professor: Dr. Antonio Iannotta
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Second Language competency

This four-week summer program in Italy is taught by a USD faculty member, and covers the same content as Italian 201 while blending language and culture with experiential learning. Students will be fully immersed in Italian daily life and will live with Italian families. The academic component will be supplemented with community engagement activities and field trips that will enhance students’ learning and understanding of Italy while allowing them to interact with the local community.  Salerno is the ideal location for students to be familiarized with Italian culture, and experience Southern Italian warmth, while having easy access to some of Italy’s most famous heritage sites. Students will be guided by their instructor to make the most of their experience in Italy.


New Zealand - Multiple Cities

EOSC 303: Environmental Issues in a Global Context
Professor: Dr. Michel Boudrias
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Global Diversity level 1 requirement

This course is a consideration of environmental problems that confront our society today. By looking at controversial environmental issues, students will be encouraged to distinguish political interests and emotional hyperbole from scientific facts; furthermore, students will be presented examples of scientific facts that support different interpretations of an issue. Both environmental resolutions and their social implications will be considered. This course may be taught in various countries outside the US.

POLS 348: Indigeneous People and the Environment
Professor: Dr. Andrew Tirrell
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Global Diversity level 2 requirement

From environmental injustices in California, to the construction of mega-dams in the Amazon, to debates over fishing rights in New Zealand, struggles between indigenous groups and forces of development and globalization are on the rise. At the same time, stereotyped popular perceptions about the relationship between native peoples and the environment often further these inequalities. Although a global system of indigenous rights has been created in recent decades, its impact has been limited, and serious concerns about its long-term potential remain. Through case studies, an interactive negotiation simulation, and in-class research presentations, we will explore the interplay between indigenous peoples, natural resources, and human rights through a variety of disciplinary lenses.

SOCI 473: Sustainability: Sociological Perspectives
Professor: Dr. Julia Cantzler
Core Curriculum Information: Fulfills Advanced Integration requirement

Sustainability: Sociological Perspectives is part of a three-course cluster of classes examining of issues of sustainability in New Zealand through lenses of sociology, political science and environmental science. This course explores multiple definitions and framings of sustainability and applies them to specific case studies on climate change, urbanization, natural disasters, food, and tourism in New Zealand. As we travel from the South Island to the North Island of New Zealand, students will grapple with such topics as: the re-imagination of Christchurch as a multicultural and sustainable city in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake; Maori people’s perspectives on sustainability and their engagement in natural resource management and sustainable economic development; and, sustainable industries in New Zealand, including eco-tourism and winemaking, to name a few.


South Africa - Johannesburg/Makuleke Village

POLS 343/SOCI 375: Education, Citizenship, and Politics in South Africa
Professor: Dr. Mike Williams & Dr. Lisa Nunn
Core Curriculum Information: TBD

This study abroad opportunity offers students a unique opportunity to visit South Africa for a community engagement experience and to learn about its history, politics, educational system and culture. This course will examine the origins of segregation and apartheid in the history of South Africa and assess the prospects for a successful political and economic transformation in the post-apartheid era. As a country that is just over two decades removed from apartheid rule, the study of South African politics, education and history will enable students to think critically about the legacy of authoritarian rule, democratization, and race and ethnic reconciliation, specifically in comparison to the U.S..

 


U.S. - Hawaii

POLS 494/594: Politics of International Disaster and Crisis Management
Professor: Dr. David Shirk

Given the proximity of some sites of strategic interest (especially NOAA, the Center for Excellence in Disaster Mgt. & Humanitarian Assistance at Camp Smith, and Pearl Harbor), Oahu is a great location for focusing on issues of disaster preparedness and crisis management. We’ll be covering a wide range of disasters (seismic, storm-related, fire, technological, and other disasters and crises), and hoping to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. This course examines the problem of natural disasters and catastrophic events, and the political and policy responses to these phenomena, both nationally and internationally. Specifically, the course examines different types of hazards, such as earthquakes, tornadoes, fires, famines, and man-made conditions (e.g., nuclear accidents, technological failures, and famines) that are common sources of natural disasters and humanitarian crises. The course examines the political, economic, and societal factors that contribute to human vulnerability to hazards, including poverty, corruption, a lack of preparedness, and other issues of governance. In addition, the course also necessarily focuses on the strategies and practices employed to mitigate hazards and their effects, as well as the ethical dilemmas and moral hazards involved in disaster relief efforts. Finally, and most important, the course provides an opportunity to evaluate the human toll and real life implications of catastrophic events. Oahu, Hawaii has a strategic importance for the research and training on international disasters. The island hosts some of the world’s most important facilities for natural disaster observation and preparedness, both in reference to U.S. and international disasters. Among the disaster management agencies operating in Oahu are the Pacific Disaster Center and the Pacific Regional Training Center. The Pacific Disaster Center (http://www.pdc.org) is a nationally founded, applied research center that works to reduce disaster risks and impacts worldwide. The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center is a federally recognized 501(C)(3) that provides FEMA-certified, “All Hazards” Incident Command System (ICS) training. Oahu is also home to one of the most distinguished graduates of the USD Masters in International Relations program, Dr. John Wood, director of Pacific Outreach for the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM). Dr. Wood leads USPACOM’s “All-Hazards” campaign to reduce the risks of natural disasters, build resilient communities through innovative and strategic partnerships, and plan, align, and synchronize PACOM’s humanitarian response.  


The University of San Diego offers several short-term programs during the intersession term. These programs are offered in various international locations and are all taught by USD faculty members. Program locations and courses change periodically.

The tuition cost for these programs is subsidized by the university and USD International Center scholarships as well as outside scholarships are available.

The program cost ranges from $4,670-$5,270 and includes the following: three to four units of USD tuition, housing, excursions, class related visits, medical insurance, and some group meals. Some additional fees may apply based on the course. For complete information on the program details, please click on the program link to be directed to the program-specific brochure page.

 

Intersession 2020

Deadline for Asia Tour and India programs: September 18, 2019
Deadline for all other programs: September 25, 2019

For more information on the program, click on the location listed under the "Program" heading. For course descriptions, please click on the course.

Program Course(s) Offered Professor Cost

Argentina- Buenos Aires
Business and Liberal Arts Program

 

ECON/BUSN 339: Latin American Business Environment

ENGL 236: Being Abroad in the Imagination

THRS 369: Liberation Theology

Dr. Eileen Daspro

Dr. Malachi Black

Dr. Karen Teel

 $4850

Argentina- Buenos Aires
Spanish Program

 

SPAN 201: Third Semester Spanish Dr. Alejandro Meter  $5150

Asia Tour

 

POLS 494/594/ or CHIN 494: The Asia Tour Dr. Randy Willoughby and Dr. Mei Yang  $5850

 Australia - Sydney

 

ELEC 350: Signals and Systems

PSYC 355: Abnormal Psychology

Dr. Tom Schubert

Dr. Michael Ichiyama

 $5450

England - London

 

  
ISYE 410: Human Factors Engineering Dr. Bradley Chase

  $5150

  $5350 (for ENGL course)    

ENGL 240/420: Shakespeare in London Dr. Maura Giles-Watson
MKTG 305: Global Marketing Dr. Maria Kniazeva

India 

 

 
ARTH 305/THRS 305: Buddhist Art and Pilgrimage in India Dr. Jessica Patterson and Dr. Lekshe Tsomo  $5350

Jamaica - Duncans

ARTV 101: Fundamentals of Drawing - Visualizing Jamaica

COMM 203: Public Speaking

Dr. John Halaka

Dr. Diane Keeling

 $5050

 $5250 (for ARTV course)

 

Japan - Tokyo 

ECON/BUSN 494: Business Environment of Asia

BUSN 377: Negotiation in a Global Business Environment 

THRS 394: Religions of Asia 

Dr. Alan Gin

Professors Craig and Linda Barkacs

Professor Lark Diaz 

$5500 

Peru - Cusco

 

MATH 110/499: Investigations in Mathematics/Mathematics Independent Study Dr. Perla Myers  $5250

Sundance Film Festival - Park City, Utah

 

COMM 433: American Independent Cinema 

 

Dr. Roger Pace

Dr. Eric Pierson

 $4850

Intersession 2020 Course Descriptions

Argentina - Buenos Aires (Business & Liberal Arts Program)

ECON/BUSN 339: Latin American Business Environment in Buenos Aires 
Professors: Dr. Eileen Daspro
Core Curriculum Information: N/A
Major/Minor/Concentration:An elective for International Business, Business Administration and Economics majors and minors; an elective Business Economics majors


This course is designed to prepare participants to work effectively in or with Latin America organizations by providing an understanding of the issues, opportunities, and complexities associated with doing business in the region. The focus is on the cultural, historical, economic, social, political and business environments in Latin America and on the activities of companies operating in Latin America, both foreign and domestic. Successful Latin American companies competing internationally will also be an aspect of the course. Upon successful completion of the course, students will possess an awareness of the business and economic environments in Latin America, and be able to demonstrate analytical and strategic thinking skills that reflect an understanding of the competitive environment in which local and foreign companies operate in Latin America. 

ENGL 236: Being Abroad in the Imagination
Professors: Dr. Malachi Black
Core Curriculum Information: Literary Inquiry (ELTI)

Imagination, according to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, is “the living power and prime agent of all human perception.” But how does dreaming beyond what we see enhance our experience of what is real? This course explores the relationship between place, past, and the imagination in the works of Latin American writers celebrated for their magical enhancements to the world of fact. Placing particular emphasis on the works of Jorge Luis Borges, a Buenos Aires native and the city’s most renowned literary citizen, this course will also explore the literary traditions from which Borges sprang and to which he helped give rise. Along the way, we will see Buenos Aires and South America more generally both as they are and as they have been imagined, considering the usefulness of the imagination in contending with the often interrelated legacies of colonialism, Catholic conversion, and independent nationalism. We will begin with the inimitable text of El Guacho Martin Fierro by Jose Hernandez, to which Borges pledged proud allegiance as the cornerstone of Argentine letters; we will wander thoughtfully through Borges’ otherworldly Labyrinths; and we will conclude by spending time with representative works of Magical Realism, the quintessentially Latin American aesthetic development most indebted to Borges, including texts by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Laura Esquivel. By tracing these movements in the South American literary tradition, we will meditate on the meaning(s) of tradition, and we will explore the complex relationship between what we perceive, what we imagine, and what we believe. We will also trace the more physical legacies of Borges in his own hometown—the places in which he worked, wrote, read, and thought—coming to understand what the New York Times travel writer Larry Rohter means when he claims that to “to wander about Buenos Aires is to collide with the products of [Borges’] fervid imagination.”

THRS 369: Liberation Theology
Professors: Dr. Karen Teel
Core Curriculum Information: Theology and Religious Inquiry (FTRI)

Catholic liberation theology began in Latin America. Moreover, Pope Francis, known to be friendly to liberation theology, is Argentinian—the first Latin American pope. Buenos Aires is an ideal site for students to learn about this branch of theology. This course will include a study of the origin, characteristics, method, central themes, and current expressions of liberation theology. Special emphasis on the understanding of revelation, God, Jesus Christ, the Church, the human being, Christian ethics, social justice, and Christian spirituality as well as attention to Latin American liberation theology and history.

 

Argentina - Buenos Aires (Spanish Program)

SPAN 201: Third Semester Spanish
Professor: Dr. Alejandro Meter
Core Curriculum Information: Second Language Competency (CSLA)

Thsi course is a three-week intensive language course that emphasizes Spanish language learning through a full immersion experience as students are housed with local host families. This course completes the introduction of the basic structures of the language, with continuing emphasis on communicative proficiency. At this level students are encouraged to participate in cultural activities within the Spanish speaking community which will surround them while in Buenos Aires.


Asia Tour

POLS 494/594: The Asia Tour
Professor: Dr. Randy Willoughby and Dr. Mei Yang
Core Curriculum Information: N/A
Major/Minor/Concentration: Political Science, International Relations, International Business

This course blends politics, culture, and security in several very different Asian destinations: South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Cambodia. In each location we spend four to six days and have a mix of cultural site visits (e.g. the Angkor Temple complex outside Siem Reap, the National Palace Museum in Taipei,) meetings with area experts at local universities (e.g. Pannasastra University of Cambodia,) diplomatic sessions (US embassy in Seoul, US consulate, and Taiwan Institute in Taipei,) special excursions (the DMZ in Korea, the art district of Taipei, etc.) a service opportunity (teaching English to Cambodian elementary school students,) and of course lectures and discussions with the two instructors. 

 

Australia - Sydney

ELEC 350: Signals and Systems 
Professor: Dr. Tom Schubert
Core Curriculum Information: N/A
Major/Minor/Concentration: Electrical Engineering

This course is designed to give students a working knowledge of signal and system analysis. The roles of time and frequency domain analysis is emphasized. Continuous-time linear systems are discussed with a goal of developing student proficiency in the use of transform methods. Discrete-time methods are introduced. The course also serves as an introduction to the use of Matlab as an analysis tool.

PSYC 355: Abnormal Psychology
Professor: Dr. Michael Ichiyama
Core Curriculum Information: N/A
Major/Minor/Concentration: Requirement for Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience and an elective for Psychology and Biomedial Ethics minors.

This course reviews the current literature on the etiology, prevalence, classification, and treatment considerations relating to abnormal behavior and mental disorders. Course assumes an integrated biopsychosocial perspective and focuses on adult psychopathology. Gender effects and cultural considerations as they relate to the study of abnormal behavior and adult mental disorders are examined.

 


England - London

ISYE 410: Human Factors Engineering
Professor: Dr. Bradley Chase
Core Curriculum Information: N/A
Major/Minor/Concentration: Elective for Industrial and Systems Engineering major, take as an Engineering elective or possible elective in other majors

This course has a broad appeal and can draw interest from all of engineering, as well as psychology and other social sciences. Topics such as Industrial Ergonomics and even Cognitive Ergonomics allow for drawing from experts outside the US and outside the context of the US-based Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Tours and the incorporation of local guest speakers can enhance the students learning and provide some global context. Human Factors engineering is the discipline that takes into account human strength and limitations in the design of interactive systems that involve people, tools, technology, and work environments, to ensure safety, effectiveness, and ease of use. A human factors engineer examines a particular activity, product, or task in terms of its component tasks, and then assesses the physical demands, skill demands, mental workload, team dynamics, aspects of the work environment (e.g. adequate lighting, limited noise, or other distractions), to interact with technology or complete a task in a safe and efficient manner).

ENGL 240/420: Shakespeare in London
Professor: Dr. Maura Giles-Watson
Core Curriculum Information: ENGL 240 - ELTI (Literary Inquiry) 
Major/Minor/Concentration: English

Shakespeare’s theatre was a living, money-making scheme, shaped by the city, by history and politics, and by the actors and patrons who entered the gates of the playhouse. This course will teach Shakespeare as one of history’s great artists – whose greatness was forged within the contingencies of the real world. Travel to London to see the place that Shakespeare knew, and to study his plays through live performance. London is a capital of the theatre world, and we will have the opportunity to see several plays. Mornings will be devoted to class, where we will work on the texts. When not in class, we will explore historical sites and museums, and go to the theatre. And there will be ample time for students to get to know contemporary London on their own. This can be taken either as a lower-division course, to fulfill the Literary Inquiry requirement in the Core, or as an upper-division course, fulfilling English major and minor requirements.

MKTG 305: Global Marketing
Professor: Dr. Maria Kniazeva
Core Curriculum Information: Advanced Writing (CADW)
Major/Minor/Concentration: Marketing major, International Business major 

The purpose of this course is to provide an up-to-date overview of global marketing. The principles of marketing will be augmented by additional exposure to the opportunities and problems facing marketing managers in the changing global marketplace. Special attention will be given to the management of cultural differences in product development, distribution systems, pricing, and marketing communication. For International Business minors only, BUSN 361 may substitute MKTG 300 as the prerequisite for this course.

 


India 

ARTH 305 or THRS 305: Buddhist Art and Pilgrimage in India 
Professor: Dr. Jessica Patterson and Dr. Lekshe Tsomo
Core Curriculum Information: THRS 305- FTRI (Theological & Religious Inquiry); ARTH 305 - EARI (Artistic Inquiry)
Major/Minor/Concentration: Art major, Theology major, International Business major

This is an interdisciplinary, team-taught course. Pilgrimage is a core element of Buddhist practice, and the earliest Buddhist art was both located at and inspired by pilgrimage sites. Just as works of art are best encountered in person, the nature of pilgrimage can be explored most profoundly through travel. Bodhgaya, India is the site associated with the Buddha's awakening, one of the original and most important Buddhist pilgrimage destinations. Significant works of art and architecture at the site include the Mahabodhi Temple, parts of which date back to the seventh century, and the Diamond Throne, a stone platform installed by Emperor Ashoka in the third century BCE. Not only is Bodhgaya the ideal place to contemplate the Indian origins of Buddhist doctrine and its early material culture, it has also become a hub of contemporary globalized Buddhism. Twenty-first century Bodhgaya now serves as a gathering place for Buddhists from all over the world, many of whom have built new temples in the style of their home countries, making it an ideal place to perform cross-cultural comparisons of the many different regional expressions of Buddhist practice and aesthetics that exist today. Visits to other pilgrimate sites around Bodhgaya may also be included.


Jamaica - Duncans

ARTV 101: Fundamentals of Drawing - Visualizing Jamaica
Professor: Dr. John Halaka
Core Curriculum Information: EARI (Artistic Inquiry)

Drawing is a visual language that offers a wide range of possibilities as a tool for visualizing the world, self-expression and communication. The course will introduce the students to the fundamental elements of drawing by exploring a variety of drawing media, methods and techniques.  The projects, readings and assignments will enable the students to develop strong drawing skills and perceptual capabilities, while engaging in the natural, cultural and historical landscapes of Jamaica. 

COMM 203: Public Speaking
Professor: Dr. Diane Keeling
Core Curriculum Information: CORL (Oral Community competency)

Jamaica will be the subject of all speaking assignments, each based on the exploration and study of the history, art, culture, and political life of Jamaica. This class aims to inspire and enhance student’s cultural knowledge and civic engagement by engaging Jamaica’s history in oratory and storytelling. We will visit a variety of places across Jamaica that will serve as subjects for student speeches, as well as study the political work and oratory of National Heroes of Jamaica, including Norman Washington Manley, Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr., Paul Bogle, and George William Gordon. Jamaican folklore and local stories will assist student’s understanding of storytelling and students will interview local residents around their selected speech topics to be used as supporting material. Students will study tour guides and learn how history can come alive through different walking tours, including sugar plantation tours and culinary tours. Students will emerge from this class as a practiced orator with an acute understanding of how rhetoric, with its foundation in public speaking, is infused into the people and places of Jamaica. 


Japan - Tokyo

ECON/BUSN 494: Business Environment of Asia
Professor: Dr. Alan Gin
Core Curriculum Information: N/A
Major/Minor/Concentration: Business Administration, International Business, Economics, Business Economics

This course is designed to prepare international managers to work effectively in an Asian business environment through providing an understanding of the issues, opportunities, and complexities associated with doing business in the region. The focus is on the cultural, historical, economic, social, political and business environments in Asia and on the activities of companies operating in Asia, both foreign and domestic. Successful Asian companies competing internationally will also be an aspect of the course. The course will incorporate guest speakers and company visits. 

BUSN 377: Negotiation in a Global Business Environment 
Professor: Professor Linda Barkacs and Professor Craig Barkacs
Core Curriculum Information: N/A
Major/Minor/Concentration: Elective for some School of Business majors 

In an increasingly interdependent world, the ability to negotiate with people with diverse socio-cultural backgrounds and in different regions of the world is crucial for managers and leaders. This course offers skills and knowledge for becoming an effective negotiator through lecture, class discussion, and experimental exercises. This course includes several negotiation simulations and exercises that incorporate cross-cultural and international components.

THRS 394: Religions of Asia
Professor: Professor Lark Diaz
Core Curriculum Information: FTRI (Theological & Religious Inquiry)
Major/Minor/Concentration: Theology & Religious Studies, counts as elective in Asian Studies minor or International Business major

An introduction to East Asian religions with specific emphasis placed on the indigenous Chinese religions of Confucianism and Daoism (Taoism), the ethnic Japanese religion of Shinto, as well as on Chinese and Japanese forms of Buddhism. This course explores not only Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto, and Buddhism as Japanese cultural traditions, but also the transformation of those traditions in contemporary Japan.


Peru - Cusco

MATH 112/499: Investigations in Mathematics/Mathematics Independent StudyProfessor: Dr. Perla Meyers
Core Curriculum Information: MATH 112- CMRP (Mathematical Reasoning)
Major/Minor/Concentration: MATH 499- Mathematics

Students will experience mathematics by delving into some beautiful and intriguing issues, and considering some of the greatest ideas of humankind in the realm of mathematics—ideas comparable to the works of Shakespeare, Plato and Michelangelo. Students will learn that mathematics is an artistic endeavor which requires both imagination and creativity.  Although students will be challenged, the overriding theme of the course is to gain an appreciation for mathematics and to discover the power of mathematical thinking in their everyday life. As part of the class, students will explore the mathematics of the Inca and will engage with the community in Peru to create mathematics activities to share with students in local elementary schools through Proyecto Mochila.

 


U.S. - Park City: Sundance Film Festival 

COMM 433: American Independent Cinema
Professors: Dr. Roger Pace & Dr. Eric Pierson
Core Curriculum Information: N/A
Major/Minor/Concentration: Communication Studies

This course, offered at the Sundance Film Festival, is an intense examination of the independent film industry during the Festival.  Students will engage the films and filmmakers firsthand through a series of lectures, screenings, panels, and small group discussions.  Classes are conducted in a conference room in the hotel.  There are a series of brief mandatory meetings in the Fall prior to departure.  Prerequisite: A strong interest in film.

 

University of San Diego students have an opportunity to immerse themselves in local communities while abroad and gain valuable experience through service learning and community building activities. Some of our study abroad programs include service learning and community building as a key component of the program; in other programs, service opportunities are optional but available.

Please see below for more information about ways to engage at a deeper level within the community while you are abroad.

Service Learning and Community Building Programs Abroad (short-term programs)

China Summer Program

Students will see China beyond the "tourist" brochures and visit areas that seldom have foreign visitors. In an effort to deal with China's enormous poverty issues, in 2003, Tsinghua University launched its Educational Poverty Alleviation Project to deal with China's enormous poverty issues. Considered to be the "MIT" of Chinese universities, Tsinghua is making a concerted effort to try and alleviate poverty in rural areas through education.

Its Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) is designed to send teams of Tsinghua University undergraduate students, faculty, and foreign volunteers to 30 different locations in rural China. Since 2004, over 1,000 Tsinghua students, 130 Tsinghua faculty, and 300 students and faculty from abroad have participated in the SSLP. Teams spend 10-14 days at their sites where they teach English and computer skills, provide lectures and intercultural communication exercises for students and teachers in rural counties. The hope is that by exposing Chinese middle and high-school students to a wide range of educational experiences, they would be inspired to continue their higher learning.

Guatemala Second Year Experience Abroad Program

While in Guatemala, students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local community by participating in some community service activities. Learn more about this rich, ancient culture by building relationships with each other and the communities within Antigua.

The Second Year Experience Abroad (SYE Abroad) program is an innovative early college study abroad experience designed specifically for sophomore students at the University of San Diego. The program has an academic component as well as an intercultural learning component. Courses offered in January 2015 in this three week program are: Philosophy 330 (Ethics) and Spanish 201 (Third Semester Spanish).

Jamaica Summer Program

USD sends students to Jamaica two times per year in an effort to maintain what has become a remarkable connection between the USD campus community and the locals who live in Duncans, Jamaica on the island's northern coast. In addition to earning course credit while abroad, students have the opportunity to engage in service within the community at local schools, learning centers and in rural neighborhoods. The community of Duncans holds a special place in the heart of many USD students, staff and faculty.

This four-week faculty-led program offers students the chance to study the history and culture of Jamaica while also being immersed in the community.


South Africa Summer Program

Join USD for this study abroad opportunity that offers students a unique opportunity to visit South Africa and to learn more about its history, politics, and culture. As a country that is ten years removed from apartheid rule, the study of South African politics and history will enable students to think critically about the legacy of authoritarian rule, democratization, and race and ethnic reconciliation. The academic component will be supplemented with opportunities to engage with South African communities, such as black townships and rural villages. These experiences will introduce students to different cultural traditions and practices that they can share with friends and family.

Semester Abroad Programs with Opportunities for Service and Community Building

Semester Abroad Programs with Opportunities have not been announced yet.