Study Abroad

Overview

These programs provide students with the opportunity to gain cross-cultural personal and professional experience while earning academic credits toward their USC degree. Graduate students earning their Master’s degree in Journalism, Strategic Public Relations, Communication Management, Global Communication, or Public Diplomacy have the opportunity for an exciting, dynamic summer internship abroad. Undergraduate students have opportunities to study abroad for a summer, fall or spring semester, or full year.

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Undergraduate Opportunities

As an undergraduate student, you may choose from a variety of semester, full year or summer international programs. All programs award USC upper division credit and USC financial aid can be applied towards the costs of our programs.

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Semester or Full-Year Undergraduate International Progams

Semester or Year in Amsterdam
Communication
  Through the Council on International Education Exchange, students study at the University of Amsterdam. Courses are taught in English and include communication, art, history, economics, environmental sciences, computer science, history, philosophy literature, social science and theology.
   
Semester in Australia
Communication
  This spring semester program offers students the chance to study at one of Australia’s premier universities, the University of New South Wales (UNSW). The program gives students the chance to explore mass media and communication in a challenging environment with a distinct world view, very different from that of the United States.
     
Semester in Buenos Aires
Communication
  This fall semester program offers students the opportunity to study Latin American culture and study at the Universidad de San Andres, a small liberal arts college in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. Students will take communication courses taught exclusively in Spanish and immerse students in South American culture.
     
Semester in Hong Kong
Communication
  The semester program offers students the opportunity to learn about Chinese culture at the Chinese University in Hong Kong. Courses in English are offered in communication and journalism as well as fine arts, literature, history, Japanese studies, intercultural studies, music, philosophy, computer science, anthropology, economics and international relations.
     
Semester in London
Communication
The semester program offers students the opportunity to student communication in London, the most important center of media in Europe. Many of the communication courses include British guest lecturers and site visits.
Semester in London
Journalism
This semester program offers students the opportunity to study at the City University in London. Students will be close observers of the British media and will have an opportunity for personal and direct comparison between the more structures and governmentally controlled media system of the United Kingdom and the laissez faire approach to media regulation in the United States.
Semester in London
Public Relations
This semester program offers students the opportunity to study at the University of Westminster in London, one of the leading British institutions for academic and professional study of public relations and media, culture and society. Students will be immersed into the public relations and media hub that is London
Semester in New Zealand
Communication
This semester program offers students the opportunity to travel into the Southern Hemisphere and study at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). The AUT program gives students the opportunity to take communication classes to broaden their understanding of media and mass communication.
Semester in New Zealand
Journalism and Public Relations
This semester program offers students the opportunity to study at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), a leading southern hemisphere school of journalism and media studies. Students will be fully integrated into the university and its vibrant urban surroundings with strong connections to the nation’s indigenous heritage.

 

Graduate Opportunities

As a graduate student, you may choose between four program destinations: Cape Town, South Africa; Shanghai, China; Hong Kong, China; and London, United Kingdom. Internships are typically eight weeks long and unpaid.

You will earn a total of four units towards your degree. During the summer internship, you enroll in a three-unit course taught by local faculty.

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International Communication Studies (ICS)

The International Communication Studies (ICS) program allows communication, journalism and public relations students to study a range of approaches to public communication media across Europe or China.

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ICS Europe
The International Communication Studies program in Europe is a five-week course into week-long stays in Los Angeles, London, Paris, Prague and Istanbul during the summer term. Students discuss the interplay of current world issues and international media practices in each of these international cities.

 

ICS China
The International Communication Studies program in China allows you to study approaches to public communication media across three major cities in China during the summer term. After the first week spent at USC researching and preparing for the experience, you divide the weeks into dstinct stays in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing with an excursion to Shenzhen. In addition to regular class meetings, you attend lectures given by leading Chinese communication scholars and engage in dialogue with Chinese students.