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 2021 Applications

Applications ARE NOW OPEN and are due on April 1, 2020.

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.


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


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).

Students in the Class of 2023 will be able to select from either Auckland, New Zealand or Florence, Italy.

Application Deadline and Program Timeline:

  • Application deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Kick-off event: May 14, 2020
  • Mandatory Fall Seminars: Students will be required to attend three mandatory fall seminars in Fall 2020 (confirmed dates, times, and locations will be sent to enrolled students) 

SYE Abroad Locations and Applications

Florence, Italy - Explore: Relive the Renaissance (click to learn more and apply)

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.


The cost to participate in the SYE Florence program depends on the course students take.  The cost for the ENGL, HIST, MKTG, POLS and THRS courses is $5625. The cost for the CHEM course is $5825. This cost includes tuition, housing, some meals, course activities and some cultural activities.

Courses Offered in Florence:

Course Fulfills
CHEM 111: The Evolution of Chemistry - From Alchemy to Atoms and Beyond (4 units)  Scientific & Tech Inquiry w/lab (ESTI)
ENGL 236: English and American Writers in Florence Literary Inquiry (ELTI)
HIST 145: Renaissance Florence Critical Thinking and Information Literacy/Historical Inquiry (EHSI)
MKTG 300: Principles of Marketing (3 units) Required for all BBA majors in School of Business and fulfills Oral Communication (CORL)
POLS 346: Politics and Culture of Sustainable Food (3 units) Global Diversity Level 2 (FDG2)
THRS 350: Christian Spirituality (3 units)  Theology & Religious Inquiry (FTRI)


Auckland, New Zealand - Discover: South Pacific Past and Present (click to learn more and apply)

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.


The cost to participate in the Auckland SYE Abroad program depends on the course students take.  MGMT and THRS courses cost $5325. The cost for the CHEM course is $5525 and the cost for the ECON course is $6150. This cost includes tuition, housing, some meals, course activities and some cultural activities.

Courses Offered in Auckland:

Course Fulfills

CHEM 102: Science of Food and Cooking (3 units) - COURSE IS CLOSED, WAITLIST ONLY

Science & Tech Inquiry w/lab (ESTI)

ECON 216: Statistics for Business & Economics (4 units)

Quantitative Reasoning (CQUR)
ENGL 364: Literature of the Global South (3 units) Literary Inquiry (ELTI) and Global Diversity Level 2 (FDG2)
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)



Regretably, all Summer 2020 undergraduate study abroad programs have been cancelled. Fall 2020 and Intersession 2021 undergraduate study abroad programs are currently going ahead as planned. 

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 program: 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

THRS 369: Liberation Theology

Dr. Eileen Daspro 

Dr. Karen Teel


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

PSYC 355: Abnormal Psychology

Dr. Michael Ichiyama


England - London


ISYE 410: Human Factors Engineering Dr. Bradley Chase


  $5350 (for ENGL course)    

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

Jamaica - Duncans

ARTV 101: Fundamentals of Drawing - Visualizing Jamaica

COMM 203: Public Speaking

Dr. John Halaka

Dr. Diane Keeling


 $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 


Sundance Film Festival - Park City, Utah


COMM 433: American Independent Cinema 


Dr. Roger Pace

Dr. Eric Pierson


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. 

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


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.


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.

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)



USD sends students to Jamaica approximately 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. Click here to learn more about the Jamaica program.

South Africa

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 has emerged 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 the rural village of Makuleke. These experiences will introduce students to different cultural traditions and practices that they can share with friends and family. Click here to see the USD South Africa program in action.

Semester Abroad Programs with Opportunities for Service and Community Building

Information coming soon.