International Studies Abroad

Drop Shadow

Intersession Programs

Application Login

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-$4,800 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 2015

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

Program Course(s) Offered Professor Program Cost

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Business Program

January 3 - 17

BUSN 494/ECON 494: Latin American Business Environment

Dr. Denise Dimon


Buenos Aires, Argentina
Spanish Program

January 5 - 23

SPAN 494/LATS 494: Argentina: Memory and Justice Dr. Alejandro Meter $4,500 w/ $125 supplement for host family stays

Hong Kong, China

January 4 - 23

BUSN 377: Negotiation in a Global Business Environment

Prof. Linda Barkacs




COMM 475W: Intercultural Communication

Dr. Leeva Chung

ECON 333: International Economics

Dr. Alan Gin

London, England
English Program

January 3 - 23

ENGL 280/420: Shakespeare in London

Dr. Abe Stoll

$4,800 w/ $100 supplement for plays

London, England
Psychology Program

January 3 - 23

PSYC 355: Abnormal Psychology

Dr. Michael Ichiyama


Shanghai, China
Business Program

January 3 - 16

BUSN 494: International Management Practicum- Consulting Project Dr. Carsten Zimmerman $4,800

Sundance Film Festival, Utah

January 18 - 27*

*NOTE: USD Spring semester begins on January 26th. Please plan accordingly.

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

Dr. Eric Pierson

Sydney, Australia

January 4 - 23

ELEC 403: Advanced Electronic Circuit Design Dr. Thomas Schubert $4,800

Course Descriptions For Intersession 2015


BUSN/ECON 494: Latin American Business Environment
Professor: Dr. Denise Dimon
Fulfills: BUSN 494 fulfills an elective for the Business Administration and International Business majors and minors; ECON 494 fulfills an elective for the Economics and Business Economics Majors and Minors.
Pre-requisite(s): ECON 102

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 494/LATS 494: Argentina: Memory and Justice
Professor: Dr. Alejandro Meter
Pre-requisite(s): Span 303 and Span 304 or equivalent OR Instructor Consent

This intensive three-week language and culture immersion course will explore the politics of memory in post-dictatorial Argentina. We will study the role played by the “sites of memory” such as museums and monuments and their effects in the construction of a national identity. We will place particular attention to the cultural production that has resulted from the tensions between memory and forgetting by examining literary works, art, photography and music.


BUSN 377: Negotiation in a Global Business Environment
Professor: Professor Linda Barkacs
Fulfills: Elective for International Business major; Elective for Business Administration major
Pre-requisite(s): 60 units

Negotiation is a central skill in managing conflict, bridging cultural differences, exploring options, creating value, and distributing resources. Efforts to shape the goals, structures, and the direction of an organization are undertaken by individuals and groups who frequently hold diverse and competing perspectives. People use negotiation to address their differences and to influence outcomes. International law, geo-political considerations, methods and forums for resolving international disputes, cultural factors, and international standards for business conduct are crucial considerations for business people negotiating in the global marketplace. This course will explore the science and the art of negotiation. The science will be learned largely through readings and discussion of the readings. The art will be learned through experience and simulated negotiations.

COMM 475W: Intercultural Communication
Professor: Dr. Leeva Chung
Fulfills: Coming soon
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 and 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: Shakespeare in London
Professor: Dr. Abe Stoll
Fulfills: Core Curriculum literature requirement

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 2015 Study Abroad version of this course will also compare/contrast cultural perspectives related to diagnostic and treatment models of mental disorders across British and American health care systems.  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.  


BUSN 494: International Management Practicum- Consulting Project
Professor: Dr. Carsten Zimmerman
Fulfills: Elective for International Business major/minor; Elective for Business Administration major/minor; Elective for Management minor
Pre-requisite(s): MGMT 300, MKGT 300 & FINA 300

The international management practicum is a practice oriented, hands-on course which provides international strategic and consulting experiences of the cultures, markets, and business idiosyncrasies of the specific regions wherein projects and cases take place. The course will have students work in teams providing solutions to a business problem or strategic issue for a company or organization in Shanghai. During the course you will develop expertise on international consulting techniques, cultural specifics, practices, theories, and skills that are applicable to individuals and organizations seeking differentiated competitiveness in a global business environment. Then you will integrate your strategic thinking, creativity and analytical business tools to complete the project, and present your results to the clients in Shanghai.


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.


ELEC 403: Advanced Electronic Circuit Design
Professor: Dr. Thomas Schubert
Fulfills: UD elective for Electrical Engineering Major
Pre-requisite(s): ELEC 301, ELEC 302 or consent of the instructor

Analysis and design of analog and digital electronic circuits and systems including: oscillators, waveform generation, communication circuits, power electronics, and digital gates; computer-aided analysis and design; lecture/recitation and occasional lab/demonstration.