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.

Professor Eric Heikkila 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 six 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:

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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.”
— Dean Jack H. Knott, C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair 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 Asia, Latin America and Europe.

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Student Exchanges

The USC Price School has collaborated with institutions across the world to establish exchange programs for graduate students to enrich their learning experiences. The Price School recognizes the importance of training the next generation of professionals to be competitive in a globalized context.

Current student exchange programs are offered with the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany, and Seoul National University’s Graduate School of Public Administration in South Korea.

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International Internships for Students

The USC Price School offers master’s students international internships within their chosen field of study. These internships provide students the unique opportunity develop vital professional experience in a global setting. Current international internship opportunities include: the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, the Hong Kong International Internship Program and the Shanghai Center for Sustainability.

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Other International Programs for Students

The USC Price School offers an international degree, certificate programs, courses and practicum projects. 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.

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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.

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.

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Short-term International Executive Education

The USC Price School is equipped to provide tailored executive training to foreign government officials and managers from international organizations. Training courses fall within the three broad themes: Governance, Urban Development and Social Policy. A wide range of topics can be addressed within these themes. Examples include:

  • Public administration
  • Public policy analysis
  • Public sector leadership
  • Social innovation
  • Urban planning
  • Community and economic development
  • Housing policy, land use and real estate development
  • Transportation and infrastructure
  • Sustainable cities
  • Health care policy and management
  • Housing and real estate

To learn more about USC Price School’s tailored short-term international training program, please e-mail