Global Engagement

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 the USC Price Office of Global Engagement

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 in 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, preexisting relationships with government, business, and community leaders across the world
  • More than 60 years of innovative international partnerships and projects
  • Global learning opportunities in Los Angeles, the gateway to the Pacific Rim and 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 Office of Global Engagement, please e-mail [email protected]

International Labs for Students

USC Price Students in Germany

“Students from all our degree programs participate in our international labs, giving them a multidisciplinary global experience.”
— Dean Jack H. Knott, C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair and Professor

A distinct strength of USC Price is the emphasis on multidisciplinary problem-solving. This approach becomes even more critical when facing the complexities of international issues. International Labs provide essential clinical links between academic knowledge 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 skills to meet the unique social, cultural, and economic needs of the international location.

Each summer, the Price School offers one or more international laboratories. Recent labs have been held in Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

Explore the innovative opportunities through USC Price’s International Labs »

Student Exchange Programs

The USC Price School collaborates with institutions across the world to establish exchange programs for students, enriching their learning experiences. Current exchange programs are offered with the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany; Seoul National University’s Graduate School of Public Administration in South Korea; as well as the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) and Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in México City, México.

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International Internships

The USC Price School offers master’s students international internships within their chosen field of study. These provide 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

USC Price 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 transcends borders to better communities worldwide. Faculty work collaboratively with international scholars and leaders to understand the changes impacting our society. Together, they solve real-world problems in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The results of these projects have been shared within scholarly publications, books, research reports, and academic and professional forums. In addition, USC Price School centers and institutes conduct a variety of international research projects that span a diversity of topics.

International Collaborations

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

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Global Visiting Scholars Platform (GVSP)

The Global Visiting Scholars Platform, managed by the Office of Global Engagement (OGE), provides a “home away from home” at the USC Price School for visiting scholars from around the world. Such visits are typically for six months or more, corresponding to a sabbatical leave or as part of a prescribed dissertation or post-doctoral activity from the visiting scholar’s home institution. During this time, drawing upon USC library and other resource materials, the visiting scholar will devote time principally to independent pursuit of his/her own research agenda. To support this effort, OGE organizes regular workshops for participants and other activities, including personalized feedback and guidance pertaining to their research. Visiting scholars will also have access to a wide range of public seminars and other offerings available throughout the University.

Learn more about GVSP benefits, eligibility, cost, and the application process »

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 including:

  • 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 [email protected]