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The University of San Diego offers an impressive number of short-term programs during intersession (between fall and spring semesters in the month of January). 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 financial aid, USD International Center scholarships as well as outside scholarships are available. The program cost ranges from $4,200-$4,925 and is very comprehensive, including the following: three units of USD tuition, housing, excursions, class related visits, medical insurance, and some group meals. Please note some additional fees may apply based on the course and optional excursions are not included in the program cost. For complete information on the program details, please click on the program link to be directed to the program-specific brochure page.

Intersession 2016


  • Antigua, Guatemala- Deadline extended to September 30, 2015
  • Euro Tour- September 23, 2015
  • All Other Intersession Programs- September 30, 2015

Program dates, cost information and additional details are forthcoming. All courses are 3 units, unless otherwise indicated.

ProgramCourse(s) OfferedProfessorProgram Cost

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Business Program

January 3-16, 2016

BUSN 339/ECON 339: Latin American Business Environment

Dr. Denise Dimon


Buenos Aires, Argentina
Spanish Program

January 3-22, 2016

SPAN 201: Third Semester Spanish Dr. Alejandro Meter $4,800

Euro Tour

January 2-20, 2016

NOTE: Application deadline: 9/23/15

POLS 494/593: European Politics and the Islamic World

Dr. Randy Willoughby


Guatemala, Antigua

January 3-22, 2016

Application deadline extended: 9/30/15

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

THRS 119: Christianity and Its Practice: Christianity's Emergence, Growth and Current New Dimensions

Dr. Steve Sumner

Dr. Florence Gillman

$4,800 (4-unit ECON 216 course)

$4,600 (THRS 119 course)

Hong Kong, China

January 3-22, 2016

COMM 475W: Intercultural Communication

ECON 333: International Economics

Dr. Leeva Chung

Dr. Alan Gin


London, England

January 3-22, 2016

ENGL 280/420/420: Shakespeare in London

PSYC 355: Abnormal Psychology

ISYE 410: Human Factors

Dr. Maura Giles-Watson

Dr. Michael Ichiyama

Dr. Bradley Chase

$4,800 ($150 supplemental fee for ENGL course)

Sundance Film Festival, Utah

January 17-26, 2016

*NOTE: USD Spring semester begins on January 25th and this program will overlap with the first two days of classes. Please plan accordingly.

COMM 433: American Independent Cinema
*Note: course can be taken for honors credit
Dr. Roger Pace

Dr. Eric Pierson

Course Descriptions For Intersession 2016


BUSN/ECON 339: Latin American Business Environment
Professor: Dr. Denise Dimon
Fulfills: BUSN 339 fulfills an elective for the Business Administration and International Business majors and minors; and an elective in the Latin American Studies Minor; ECON 339 fulfills an elective for the Economics and Business Economics Majors and Minors; and an elective in the Latin American Studies Minor
Pre-requisite(s): ECON 102, MATH 130 or MATH 150, must have completed 60 units

This course is designed to prepare international managers to work effectively in a Latin American 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 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.  The course will incorporate guest speakers, company visits, and a short project for a local enterprise that will give the participants an opportunity to put their learning into practice. 


SPAN 201: Third Semester Spanish 
Professor: Dr. Alejandro Meter
SPAN 102 or 103, or equivalent, or placement exam

This intensive three-week language and culture immersion course. This final course of the core language sequence 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 community service-learning and/or cultural activities within the Spanish speaking community.


POLS 494/594: European Politics and the Islamic World
Professor: Dr. Randy Willoughby
Fulfills: Upper division elective for Political Science and International Relations majors; Elective for MAIR graduate program

This course features an academic, governmental and cultural tour of key cities in Europe and will involve a series of briefings from leading European academic, military, literary, and political personalities and experts on the European relationship with the Islamic World. Students have the opportunity to actively engage in dialogue with individuals managing the complex relationships of European and international politics.

GUATEMALA, ANTIGUA - NOTE: Deadline extended to SEPTEMBER 30, 2015

ECON 216: Statistics for Business and Economics (4 unit course)
Professor: Dr. Steve Sumner
Fulfills: Required course for all majors in School of Business
Pre-requisite(s): Math 130 or Math 150

A systematic exposure to the issues and problems of applying and interpreting statistical analyses of business situations in the US and abroad. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, random variables and their distributions, statistical inference, multiple regression and residual analysis, correlation, classical time-series models, and forecasting. Extensive computer analysis of data. Students will be required to complete an online component prior to departure. 

THRS 119: Christianity & It's Practice: Christianity's Emergence, Growth and Current New Dimensions
Professor: Dr. Florence Gillman
Fulfills: Lower division Theology core requirement
Pre-requisite(s): None

This introduction to Christian belief and practice reflects especially on the situation in Guatemala. The course will survey the arrival of Christianity in the Spanish period, its imposition upon/acceptance/merger with ancient traditions, its centuries of growth and dominant Roman Catholic influence, the history of Christian martyrdom there and, more currently, the increasing fragmentation/redistribution by Christian adherents  into a wide range of  denominations. The course is intensely site specific and would take advantage of the opportunity to meet numerous contemporary Christians across the local span of denominations as well as visit many historical monuments, museums and churches, such as the Museum of Colonial Art, La Merced Church, and the Cathedral of San Jose. On the side of the current situation of Christians in the region, there would be ample contact possible with a wide range of denominational groups as well as with expatriate missionaries of many denominations working there. The course has quite an intense community engagement approach. 


COMM 475W: Intercultural Communication
Professor: Dr. Leeva Chung
Fulfills: Upper division elective for COMM majors; Writing core requirement 
Pre-requisite(s): None

Practicing intercultural communication flexibility is especially critical in today’s global world. Flexible intercultural communication means managing cultural differences adaptively and creatively in a wide variety of situations. The underlying values of a culture often shape communication expectations and attitudes.  In this 3-week course, you will explore how culture frames our  values identity, verbal and nonverbal communication styles, ingroup-outgroup boundary formation, attribution biases, intergroup conflicts, and culture shock through interactive exercises and experiential activities in Hong Kong.

ECON 333: International Economics
Professor: Dr. Alan Gin
Fulfills: Coming soon
Pre-requisite(s): ECON 102, MATH 130 or MATH 150, must have completed 60 units

The theory, practice, and institutions of the international economy. Topics include international trade and investment, balance of payments, foreign exchange rate determination, multinational enterprises, trade with developing countries, and international economic policy. Special emphasis will be given to applying the topics to the Asia-Pacific region.  


ENGL 280/420/420: Shakespeare in London
Professor: Dr. Maura Giles-Watson
Fulfills: Core Curriculum literature requirement
Pre-requisite(s): No pre-requisite for ENGL 280; ENGL 280 is pre-requisite for ENGL 480/480

There is no better place to study Shakespeare than on the banks of the Thames, the alleys of Eastcheap, and amidst the architecture and vistas that he knew. Although Shakespeare’s texts provide us with some of our richest literary experiences, the playwright hardly thought about publication. The theater was a living, money-making scheme, shaped by its location in the slums, by immediate political situations, 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 and pressures of the real world. Much of that world is still there to be studied and experienced.

PSYC 355: Abnormal Psychology
Professor: Dr. Michael Ichiyama
Fulfills: Upper-division requirement for Psychology major (clinical line) and upper-division elective for Behavioral Neuroscience major
Pre-requisite(s): PSYC 101

The purpose of this course is to help you gain a foundational understanding of the very large area in psychology concerned with abnormal, or deviant, behavior. The contemporary literature on the etiology, prevalence, classification, and treatment considerations relating to abnormal behavior and mental disorders is reviewed. This course assumes an integrated bio-psycho-social perspective and focuses on adult psychopathology. Emphases will be placed on: (a) clarifying common misconceptions and stereotypes regarding abnormality and “mental illness”; (b) gaining awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of current diagnostic models for classifying mental disorders; (c) understanding the interactive roles of theory and research in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal behavior; and (d) examining abnormal behavior within the context of human diversity, particularly regarding issues related to gender and culture. The Study Abroad course will integrate guest lectures and field trips to sites in London of both historical and contemporary relevance to mental illness and its treatment.  

ISYE 410: Human Factors
Professor: Dr. Bradley Chase
Fulfills: Technical elective for all engineering majors
Pre-requisite(s): Junior standing or permission of instructor

An introduction to the field of ergonomics/human factors engineering. Principles of workplace and environmental design to conform to the physical and mental abilities and limitations of people are presented.


COMM 433: American Independent Cinema
Professors: Dr. Roger Pace, Dr. Eric Pierson
Pre-requisite(s): A strong interest in film

This is a two week course is taught at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah during intersession. This course 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. This course can also be taken for honors credit.