USC Price School of Public Policy

International Initiatives

Ultimately, we want to ‘bring global home’ in a way that makes a global perspective a normal perspective.

Dr. Eric Heikkila
Professor and Director of International Initiatives

Students visit a favela in Brazil

Students visit a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In this era of globalization, the arena of professional practice is an international one. Today’s and tomorrow’s leaders must be adept at addressing issues that arise both locally and globally. The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy recognizes the importance of training the next generation of professionals to be competitive in this globalized context. The USC Price School offers:

  • Cross-disciplinary initiatives that bring together students from the five core programs to research and solve issues of relevance in international settings
  • Long-term, pre-existing relationships with government, business, and community leaders across the globe
  • More than 60 years of innovative international partnerships and projects
  • Global learning opportunities in Los Angeles, the gateway to the Pacific Rim as well as a microcosm of the world at-large

Explore how our faculty and students shape the future of our global community:

For more information on the USC Price School’s international initiatives, please e-mail

International Public Policy and Management (IPPAM)

The USC Price School’s executive master’s degree in International Public Policy and Management (IPPAM) is designed for international students and U.S. students working in international settings. The program draws students from throughout Asia and around the world to study the comparative and global aspects of public policy and management. For more information on IPPAM, please e-mail

» Learn more about the IPPAM program’s offerings

International Labs for Students

“Students from all our degree programs participate in our international labs, giving them a global as well as a multidisciplinary experience. Both of which are requisites in today’s world.”
— Jack H. Knott, C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean and Professor

A unique strength of USC Price School is its emphasis on multidisciplinary problem-solving. This approach becomes even more critical when facing the complexities of international issues. International Labs provide the essential clinical link between academic education and professional practice in a foreign setting. Students work in multidisciplinary teams, applying their respective capabilities and knowledge to a common problem — often through translating and tailoring their skills to meet the unique social, cultural and economic needs of the location.

Each summer, the Price School offers one or more international laboratories. Recent labs have been in China, Brazil and the United Kingdom.

» Explore the innovative opportunities for learning that USC Price School provides with its International Labs.

International Specialization

Similar to the International Labs, the International Specialization is open to all USC Price School graduate students, regardless of their specific discipline. Through this specialization, students can enhance their professional training with additional theoretical preparation and interdisciplinary field experience within a globalized framework.

Students earn the International Specialization designation as a supplement to their master’s degree program. The specialization consists of 12 units, of which at least 4 units are earned through participation in an International Lab (core class) and the remaining eight units from approved electives. The combination of core classes and electives produce a well-rounded and rigorous preparation for professional practice in our globalized era.

» Learn more about International Specialization.

Degree-specific International Opportunities for USC Price School Students

Several of the school’s master’s degree programs – MPL, MPP and Dollinger MRED – offer students international internships, projects, courses and practicum within their chosen field of study. These offerings challenge students to broaden their academic training and skills to understand the social, governmental, economic and ecological challenges affecting different regions of the world. Additionally, undergraduates can participate in university-wide international study programs.

» Explore degree-specific international opportunities for undergraduate, MPL, MPP and Dollinger MRED students.

International Research and Projects

Academic research is a hallmark of the Price School. Comprised of internationally recognized scholars, faculty conduct research that reaches across boundaries and borders to better communities and improve the quality of life for people around the world.

Research projects are often multidisciplinary. Faculty work collaboratively with international experts, scholars and leaders to understand the changes impacting our world. Together, they solve real-world problems in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The results of these projects have been shared through scholarly publications, books, research reports, and academic and professional forums.

USC Price School Centers also conduct a variety of international research projects that span a diversity of topics.

» Learn more about USC Price School’s international research and projects.

International Collaborations

USC Price School has formalized a number of its long-term relationships with institutions across the globe by entering into Memoranda of Understanding with them. The memoranda cover collaborations with international student labs, as well as other scholarly exchanges and pursuits.

» Learn more about International Collaborations.