In today’s world of dynamic change and globalization, social challenges have become increasingly complex. Solving society’s most pressing issues now requires innovation and collaboration. These issues call for leaders who are able to move beyond their areas of expertise and work across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to find vital solutions.
The USC Price School recognizes the importance of training the next generation of professionals to be competitive in a globalized context. The Price School has partnered with institutions across the world to establish exchange programs for students to enrich their learning experiences. These semester-long programs are one-to-one exchanges and afford Price students the opportunity to study at one of our partner schools and students of our partner schools to study at USC.
The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy is one of the most distinctive and highly regarded schools of its kind in the United States. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities worldwide and embraces six independent areas: public administration, public policy, nonprofit leadership and management, health policy and management, urban planning, and real estate development. The Price School recognizes the importance of training the next generation of professionals to be competitive in this globalized context.
Through its interdisciplinary approach, the Price School educates students to serve as innovators – and leaders – in their field. The school’s degree programs draw on the expertise of faculty and practicing professionals to create a learning environment whose breadth and depth sets the Price School apart from all schools of its kind. In 2018, the school ranked second nationwide among “America’s Best Graduate Schools” for public affairs, according to U.S. News & World Report.
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English Language Proficiency
All international applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency in the following manner:
TOEFL or IELTS scores must have been earned within two years of the USC application date.
To study at USC Price as an Exchange Student, you must be formally nominated by the international exchange coordinator at your home institution and complete their internal application process. Once you have been nominated, the following documents are required as part of the application process:
Students who wish to participate in the exchange shall submit applications to the international programs coordinator (or other designated official) of your home institution. For further questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Ginger Li, Director of International Recruitment and Student Engagement at [email protected].
USC’s academic calendar, including university holidays, can be found at: https://academics.usc.edu/calendar/
Course Registration and Restrictions
All exchange students must take 3/4 of the units within the Price School.
The university estimates that $9,000 for one semester is sufficient to cover expenses.
Tuition and Student Fees
The Price School will cover student fees for up to 16 units for undergraduate students or 12 units for graduate students, the $250 charge for the DS-2019 Request Form, and the following mandatory student services fees:
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Exchange students will be responsible for any additional class fees (such as lab fees or participation fees).
Exchange students are responsible for payment of USC Student Health Insurance and the Student Health Center Fee. Dental Insurance is not required but may be requested. Please visit the Engemann Student Health Center for more information on health fees at https://engemannshc.usc.edu/
The university offers a wide variety of housing options, on and off the university campus. Exchange students are eligible to apply for USC Housing; however, there is limited on-campus housing available and space is not guaranteed.
While most of the on-campus housing is reserved for the incoming freshman class, there are housing facilities available for upperclassmen and graduate students in the adjacent North University Park area. Accommodations include apartments, residence halls and suites in a variety of styles, locations, and sizes. Amenities include laundry facilities, furnished rooms, faculty involvement, free basic cable and local phone service, free individual Ethernet and phone lines, and a computerized entry monitoring system.
Please visit the USC Housing website for information on housing options, fees, application process, contact information, and more: http://housing.usc.edu/
USC has partnered with Off-Campus Housing (OCH) to help students find safe and convenient housing near the USC campus. OCH provides tools, resources, information, and events designed to make searching for a home easier. Students can create a free account to search for rentals using filtered criteria, such as amenities and geographic location: http://usc.offcampuslisting.com/
The USC Office of International Services (OIS) also offers resources for students who wish to arrange temporary accommodations upon arrival to Los Angeles: https://ois.usc.edu/living-in-la/housing-safety-and-transportation/
Los Angeles is one of the most dynamic and diverse cities in the world, offering a vast range of entertainment, cultural and recreational options. You can bike along a sunny beach path in the morning, visit a world-class museum in the afternoon and take in a movie or concert at night. We have the perfect mix of local and global, with vibrant ethnic neighborhoods to explore and a constant influx of top performers from around the world.
To learn more about what Los Angeles has to offer, check out Discover Los Angeles.
Please review the following information carefully regarding the J-1 visa process and health requirements, as some items require attention before your arrival to the U.S. and others after entering the U.S.
As a non-immigrant student, your stay in the United States will require compliance with U.S. government rules and regulations. Non-U.S. citizens are required to apply for a J-1 visa through the local U.S. consulate or embassy. Once accepted into the exchange program, the student will be asked to complete the DS-2019 Request Form.
Once the DS-2019 has been processed, the student will receive documents in order to make an appointment for an interview at the U.S. consulate or embassy in your city of residence. Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for an interview as early as possible. The following documents will be required for a visa:
Please bring the above items to the US Consulate/Embassy nearest your home to obtain a visa. Prior to your interview, you will be required to pay the SEVIS fee, which can be paid online. Please visit the following website for more information on SEVIS: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/students/
A J-1 visa will be good for the length of the program of study. Students are able to enter the U.S. 30 days prior to the start date of the visa and stay in the U.S. up to 30 days after the end date of the visa.
As you prepare for your arrival, we encourage you to review the Office of International Services (OIS) website for information about USC and J-1 visa requirements. Please be sure to pay particularly close attention to the Arrival and J-1 Check-in information on the OIS website: https://ois.usc.edu/
Additional information on the J-1 visa application process may be found here: http://j1visa.state.gov/participants/how-to-apply/
USC requires that all international students either have proof of U.S.-based health insurance or enroll in the USC Student Health Insurance Plan. Enrollment in the USC plan is automatic (you do not need to do anything). In addition, all USC students, even those with non-USC health insurance, are required to pay a Health Center Fee for the semester.
If you do not want the USC health insurance plan and are going to find U.S.-based health insurance on your own, please be sure that it is with a company that has offices in the United States. Foreign carriers/insurers are NOT sufficient as most insurance companies will not pay for services outside of the home county or will only reimburse you upon your return. Non-USC health insurance plans MUST meet the requirements outlined on the USC Health Center website.
USC’s student health insurance plan does not cover dental work and eye care. Make sure that you have a thorough dental check-up and complete treatment of emerging problems prior to arrival at USC. Dental insurance is optional and you may purchase it when you arrive. If you wear glasses, it’s advisable to pack a spare pair.
The USC Student Health Center has mandatory immunization requirements for new, international students.
Visit the USC Student Health Center website for detailed information on what tests or documents suffice as adequate proof. Failure to provide proof will result in a financial penalty being assessed against your account.
Ginger Li, Ed.D., MPA
International Recruitment and Student Engagement
Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California