International Summer Programs

The University of Southern California is again offering several programs abroad during Summer Session 2020. The purpose is to create opportunities for USC students to learn in an international environment. Each program features intensive courses from two to 10 weeks in duration, and many programs visit more than one country.

Experienced USC faculty serve as instructors, tour guides and coordinators, sharing with students the unique excitement of learning at an overseas location. Excursions to important cultural and historical sites supplement classroom lectures. Housing is prearranged for students in university dorms, hostels, inexpensive hotels or with local families.

These special programs offer travel and study opportunities at reasonable costs; programs planned for International Summer Session 2020 are listed below. Interested students should call the contact person indicated for further information about a specific program.

Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Communication, Public Relations and Journalism – Undergraduate Summer Study in London, Madrid, Paris, Berlin and Prague

The International Communication Studies (ICS) program provides undergraduate students an opportunity to study a range of approaches to public communication and media across Europe.

Students divide the five-week course into stays in Los Angeles, London, Madrid, Paris, Berlin and Prague. In addition to regular class meetings, students discuss the interplay of current world issues and international media practices with communication practitioners from international news and public relations media, government institutions, private industry and global organizations.

Students enroll in JOUR 482 Comparative Media in Europe. For further information and course section number, contact Annenberg International Programs at (213) 821-1276, email and refer to

Program dates: May 24 – June 28, 2020

Total number of units: 4

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Pembroke-King’s College Summer Programme in Cambridge, England

The USC-Cambridge Pembroke King’s Programme (PKP) in Cambridge, England offers students an exceptional opportunity to experience life as an undergraduate in one of the oldest and most distinguished university cities in the world. The USC PKP is geared toward students who have demonstrated academic excellence and a continuous love of learning.

The PKP program provides students an excellent opportunity to take courses with a very interdisciplinary approach to fields such as British literature, art, history, economics, creative writing, science, political science and international relations, and to examine the background of modern Britain and its rich and diverse cultural heritage.

Students apply in the fall and if admitted must make a financial commitment to the program in January and then attend orientation meetings during the spring semester in preparation for the intellectual and cultural environment they will experience in the lectures and specialized seminar courses at Cambridge.

Students may earn 7 undergraduate elective credits by taking three courses over six weeks and completing both a final exam and a comprehensive essay in each course. The program is open to qualified undergraduates with a GPA of 3.5 or higher (3.7 or higher recommended). For further information, visit the program webpage at, or contact Emily Moon at (213) 740-3636.

Program dates: early July to mid- to late-August (six-week program) 

Total number of units: 7 units of elective credit

French — Dijon, France

The Department of French and Italian offers a summer program in the city of Dijon, France, where students have the opportunity to study the French language in a beautiful, culturally rich setting. Dijon is the ancient capital of the former Duchy of Burgundy and is renowned for its lovely old streets, monuments, churches and fine cuisine. The program begins on Sunday, May 31, concludes on Friday, June 26 and is centered at the Université de Bourgogne campus in Dijon.

During the program, students live with families near the city center, which effectively immerses them in the French culture and language. Classes are taught both by French instructors from Dijon and USC faculty. The latter lead small-group sessions designed to help students achieve even greater fluency in French.

Cultural visits and excursions further enhance awareness and understanding of French history and culture. Opportunities for daily interaction with townspeople and students from other countries are plentiful. The 4-unit program is offered at the undergraduate level. The cost of field trips is included in tuition fees.

Program dates: May 31 to June 26 (four-week program)

Total number of units: 4

Application deadline: Rolling applications. Applications and other materials may be picked up in the Department of French and Italian, Taper Hall 155 or downloaded online on the French department website. For further information, contact Dr. Nathalie Burle, Department of French and Italian, Taper Hall 343a,

All of the following courses are offered in Dijon:

FREN 150 French II 4 099-34350D
FREN 220 French III 4 099-34352D
FREN 250 French IV 4 099-34354D
FREN 300 French Grammar and Composition 4 099-34355D
FREN 310 Media French 4 099-34356D
FREN 330 Critical Writing in French 4 099-34357D
FREN 490x Directed Research 4 099-34359D

International Relations — Brussels, Belgium

The School of International Relations offers students the opportunity to study and intern for five weeks in Brussels, Belgium. Students take a course on the contemporary issues in European foreign and security policy while interning at an international organization. Students enroll in IR 391x Directed International Relations Field Study (4 units), which can be used to fulfill an IR major or IR minor requirement. Students intern full-time for the first week, after which their schedule will consist of class in the morning and internship in the afternoon.

This program is open to IR and IR-related majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applications for this program are available in VKC 330 and the School of International Relations website.

Program dates: June 15 – July 17

International Relations — Paris, France

The School of International Relations offers students the opportunity to study and conduct research for six weeks in Paris, France. Students take a course on European policy modeling and contemporary challenges to the European Union focusing on the particular case of France. The course will focus on weekly topics such as: the Confederalization of Europe; Governance through Law, Politics and Economics; EU Citizenship: Refugees, Migrants and Belonging; Going Green European Style; and Doing Business in Europe, Green as Business.

In addition to completing course requirements, students will also participate in a research policy task force.

Students enroll in IR 490x Directed Research (4 units), which can be used to fulfill an IR major or IR minor requirement.

This program is open to all majors. Applications for this program are available in VKC 330 and the School of International Relations website.

Italian — Rome, Italy

The Department of French and Italian offers students the opportunity to study Italian while living in one of the most exciting cities in the world — Rome. No previous knowledge of Italian is required. Excursions, visits to local museums and sites, and many cultural and social events are planned and included in the cost of tuition.

Students live with an Italian family. The four-week program is offered at the undergraduate level. For additional information, contact Dr. James M. Fortney, Department of French and Italian, Taper Hall 155H,

Program dates: June 18 – July 18

Students enroll in one section of Italian basic language.

ITAL 120 Italian I 4 709-34450D
ITAL 150 Italian II 4 709-34452D
ITAL 220 Italian III 4 709-34453D
ITAL 224 Italian Composition and Conversation 4 709-34455D

Spanish — Madrid, Spain

The Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures hosts a seven-week program in Madrid. Students improve their knowledge of Spanish language and culture and earn 8 units of credit while living in one of Europe’s most exciting cities. They take two courses, live with a Spanish family, attend lectures in Madrid’s museums, visit the Basque Country and take day trips to the monastery of El Escorial and the historical cities of Córdoba, Segovia and Toledo.

Courses are held Monday through Thursday.

The program is open to qualified undergraduate students who meet the prerequisites. Major and minor credit is available. For additional information, contact the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, (213) 740-1258.

Total number of units: 8

Enroll in both courses:

SPAN 311 Advanced Spanish Through Contemporary Issues: Oral Emphasis 4 612-62219D
SPAN 465 Cultural Perspectives of the Iberian Peninsula 4 612-62361D
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