Annenberg Study Abroad Application Information

COVID-19 Update: On September 1, 2020, the University announced that the school will not be moving forward with Spring 2021 study abroad programs. You can read the official decision here.
 

APPLICATION SUBMISSION DETAILS
Undergraduate students applying to semester programs in Rome, London, Hong Kong, Auckland, or Sydney must complete the following

  1. Online Application* which includes:
    - Demographic data 
    - One 500-word essay (Essay prompt provided in the application)   
    - Resume
    - Professional-looking headshot photo
     
  2. Faculty Recommendation
    Contact a professor or TA and request that they complete the online recommendation form. Recommenders can be any professor/TA you've had during your college career. The link to the faculty recommendation form is provided in the online application
     
  3. Zoom Interview
    Schedule a 15-minute Zoom meeting with our team to discuss your knowledge of the program, your goals for the semester, and the challenges you anticipate for your semester abroad. The link to book an appointment with our office is provided in the online application. 

*Students applying to programs in Auckland, Hong Kong, or Sydney will also be required to complete an additional application for their destination university. Admittance is contingent on acceptance by both our office and the host institution (AUT, CUHK, or UNSW). More information regarding those applications will be provided via email upon completion of the Annenberg application. 
 

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?
Undergraduate Programs:
Spring semester program applications will be available online in July (of the preceding calendar year) and due in August.
Summer program applications will be available online in early January (of the same calendar year) and due in early February.
Fall semester program applications will be available online in early January (of the same calendar year) and due in mid-February.

Graduate Programs:
Summer graduate internship program applications will available online in October and due in November. 

Spring Break Programs (Open to graduate and undergraduate students):
Applications for Spring Break Career Immersions to Thailand and Mexico will be available in October.

CAN I APPLY FOR MORE THAN ONE PROGRAM? 
Students applying to study abroad for the Spring 2021 semester will be able to select their top two program choices via our online application. While we cannot guarantee acceptance into your top choice program, we are happy to meet with you individually to discuss your application and determine if there is another program that's more suitable for you.

I HAVE AN SJACS VIOLATION. CAN I STILL GO ABROAD?
All applicants' names are submitted to the Office of Student Judicial and Community Standards. SJACS violations are taken very seriously and may result in your application being denied. If you have any history of violation no matter how severe, you are required to disclose the incident on the application.

Check out our FAQ page for more common questions about eligibility, costs, housing, and more! 

Want to meet with our team? We'd love to chat with you via email ascintl@usc.edu, phone (213-821-1276), or in ASC 140 (Student Services Suite).

Due to COVID-19 our team is working from home and is available for virtual appointments via phone or Zoom.