Students who participate in an exchange program will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills necessary to become global leaders and succeed in a global market. The exchange programs provide students the opportunity to gain a broader international perspective and return with increased exposure and understanding of policy, public administration, governance, and economic development.
Students must meet with their program administrator PRIOR TO applying for an exchange program to determine their remaining requirements that can be taken abroad. The program administrator makes the final decision as to whether a course from a partner institution can be applied to your degree requirements. Thus, it is crucial that students interested in participating in an exchange program meet with their program administrator as soon as possible.
USC students’ eligibility to take courses at a partner institution varies. Each partner institution has different prerequisites and policies. Students should review the course listings and catalogues located on each partner institution’s page and work with their program administrator to determine what courses should be taken.
Per USC policy, all students must take courses overseas for a grade. Undergraduate students must earn a C- or higher to receive credit for courses taken abroad. Graduate students must earn a B or higher to receive credit for courses taken abroad.
Courses taken abroad will articulate back to USC as Credit/No Credit and are not computed into a student’s GPA.
Tuition and Fees
USC students will register for courses at USC through block enrollment, paying USC tuition for the semester they are abroad as part of the exchange program. Since students will be enrolled at USC, students will be able to apply all of their grants, scholarships, or loans to their student account. Students receiving financial aid at USC should talk to the USC Financial Aid Office about their individual circumstances, as it is sometimes possible to increase loan eligibility due to increased expenses for travel, etc.
USC students are responsible for paying any fees assessed by the partner institution, which may include housing, health insurance, student services fees, etc. Students will also pay for all other costs, such as meals, airfare, books and supplies, passport and visa application fees, and other personal and travel expenses. These costs will vary depending on the program, the exchange rate, length of time spent abroad, and lifestyle choices while abroad.
All students are required to have sufficient health insurance protection during their involvement in any USC-sponsored study abroad or exchange program. Students are not allowed to waive out of USC-provided insurance. In order to ensure proper coverage, all students going abroad must enroll in either the USC Overseas Policy or the USC Student Health Insurance Plan for the semester during which they are abroad.
Both types of USC health insurance include International SOS coverage. International SOS is a company that is on call to provide worldwide assistance 24 hours a day. International SOS coverage includes referrals to physicians, dentists, psychologists, clinics, and hospitals; medical evacuation; repatriation; and a range of other services. Students receive an International SOS card prior to studying overseas.
International students may participate in an exchange program but must carefully review the visa requirements for the country they intend to apply for. International students must work with USC’s Office of International Services (OIS) to ensure that the terms of their U.S. visa are not violated. More information regarding this can be found on the OIS website: https://ois.usc.edu/
Eligibility Requirements (Undergraduate Students):
Eligibility Requirements (Graduate Students):
|Fall Semester Exchange||Spring Semester Exchange|
|USC application due||February 15||September 15|
|Decisions from USC||Late February||Late September|
To complete this application, please submit the following:
The application and supporting documents should be submitted:
Via email to [email protected]
Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 108
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
The Price School has partnered with the below institutions to establish exchange programs for students to enrich their learning experiences. Below is a list of the exchange program opportunities for students. Please click on an institution to learn more about their programs.
|Institution||Location||Degree Level||Semester of Exchange|
|Bocconi University||Milan, Italy||Undergraduate and Graduate||Fall or Spring|
|Hertie School of Governance||Berlin, Germany||Graduate||Fall|
|Seoul National University||Seoul, South Korea||Graduate||Fall or Spring|
|Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM)||México City, México||Undergraduate||Fall or Spring|
|Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)||México City, México||Undergraduate||Fall or Spring|
|Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)||Shanghai, China||Graduate||Fall or Spring|
|Korea University||Seoul, South Korea||Undergraduate||Fall or Spring|