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International Studies Abroad

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“Traveling is like talking with men of other centuries.” — René Descartes


University of San Diego International Studies Abroad [THE ROAD IS LIFE]

USD Mission Statement


The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional

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knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.

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International Mission

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The University of San Diego is committed to actively promoting awareness, appreciation and respect for the complexity of cultural, political,

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environmental and social issues worldwide while creating a campus environment that builds theoretical and practical skills needed to inter-

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act effectively in today’s global society.

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Core Values for Global Competence Globally competent students are ambassadors of the variety of cultures they represent. Through a values-based education, students learn to respect diverse human values, challenge existing global perspectives and develop a deeper understanding of worldwide interconnectedness. Globally competent students are able to demonstrate the knowledge

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and skills necessary for successful interactions locally and globally and maintain connections to facilitate personal and professional growth.

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“The real voyage of discovery cons ists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” — Marcel Proust


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Welcome to the World Nurturing globally competent students [PREPARE FOR ADVENTURE]

Dear Travelers, The University of San Diego has been engaged in internationalization efforts for almost 50 years, and today the university remains committed to providing students with a transformative international experience. In fact, internationalization has been identified as one of USD’s principal strategic directions, with the primary objective of graduating more globally competent students. Global competence means developing deeper intellectual skills through language study and delving into coursework that offers new perspectives. It involves acquiring knowledge and habits that increase our capacity to think systematically and critically. To be globally competent is to vastly increase one’s knowledge of world geography while gaining greater knowledge of cultural relativism. To achieve our goal of internationalizing our campus, USD has increased the international content of academic programs while integrating international students and scholars into our classrooms, departments and research groups. While USD continues its on-campus internationalization efforts, the Office of International Studies Abroad has increased its number of study abroad programs. The international experience is still regarded as one of the most effective areas — with the most immediate results — when it comes to the formation of a more globally competent student body. Students routinely describe their time in these programs as among the most empowering and transformative experiences of their lives. Study abroad programs offered at USD are part of our larger internationalization initiative. These provide a means for students and faculty to have an international experience, parts of which will be integrated back on the main campus. There are a variety of study abroad program types to choose from, including traditional semesterlong options as well as short-term programs that range from three to six weeks in duration. International study opportunities for USD students began in 1963 in Guadalajara, Mexico, with the creation of the Guadalajara Summer Program. Throughout the years, USD has continued to enhance and refine its approach to international education; this dedication to excellence has resulted in the creation of the USD International Center. The International Center, opened in 2007, is a shared space in the center of campus that houses the Office of International Studies 2

Abroad as well as the Office of International Students and Scholars. All of our efforts are working: Since 2007, overall undergraduate participation in study abroad programs at USD has increased by almost 110 percent. In fact, in 2010, USD ranked second in the nation for undergraduate study abroad participation, according to the Institute of International Education’s 2009 Open Doors report. More than half of the students who study abroad each year participate in USD’s short-term, faculty-led programs. These unique programs also keep our faculty engaged in the university’s campus internationalization initiative. The administration at USD strongly supports international education and helps to substantially subsidize tuition costs for faculty-led programs, resulting in a great value for students. Our students learn so much about the world, other people and themselves by participating in a study abroad program. In fact, more than 75 percent of USD’s undergraduate student population participates in study abroad programming throughout the year. The global experience expands the academic horizons of our students and our faculty, while honing their skills for operating in foreign environments, promoting their sensitivity to other cultures and perspectives, and facilitating their personal growth. All of these outcomes have profound repercussions, particularly when it comes to successfully identifying and attaining students’ personal and career goals. But on an even more meaningful level, the international experience helps us to understand one another. Tolerance of other cultures is not enough; each of us must strive for more than just tolerating one another. As we act locally and nationally, each of us must begin to understand the effect we have on our global community. The unique lifelong lessons we learn while living abroad contribute greatly to our understanding of our place in the world. Our ultimate goal is that all students at the University of San Diego actively participate in one of our International Studies Abroad experiences. We’re certain that the result will be transformative, not just for our students, but for the world itself.

Kira Espiritu, PhD Director, International Studies Abroad

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” — Saint Augustine

[global learning]

Exchanging ideas Seeing the world through the eyes of others [THE WORLD IS OUR CLASSROOM]

General Information

Financial Aid

The University of San Diego offers a variety of international programs, including opportunities for global study, international research, internships, practical training and community service/ ministry in a global setting. International opportunities include semester, intersession and summer programs. For updates about international opportunities or to obtain an application, students should visit the International Center in Serra Hall, Room 315, or go online and visit the International Studies Abroad website:

USD financial aid is applicable to eligible students for all approved international studies programs. Students should plan carefully and check deadlines to ensure that both program and financial aid applications are submitted on time. A financial aid counselor can help students determine how much of their total award may be used to cover any additional expenses. USD-funded aid is available for one semester only; tuition installment plans may be available for some semester international studies programs (on a case-by-case basis only). Tuition remission may be available for select programs. For more information, consult the One Stop Student Center in the University Center, Room 126, (619) 260-2700.

Application Requirements and Course Credit Depending on the program, a grade point average of 2.5 or higher is required for participation in USD semester abroad programs. Prior to applying to these programs, students should review their plan of study with an academic advisor and meet with the program’s academic director to ensure that academic and program requirements are met. Students who study abroad for a semester must enroll in 12-18 units abroad and must have completed a minimum of 45 units prior to departure. Students participating in any study abroad program must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university. Students placed on academic or disciplinary probation may be disqualified, regardless of expenses incurred. Students who transfer to the University of San Diego must have successfully completed at least one full semester at USD before they are eligible to participate in a study abroad program. Programs offered during intersession and summer welcome both USD and nonUSD students; the latter are required to be in good standing at their home university prior to departure. USD academic credit will be granted for all pre-approved courses offered by the programs listed in this publication. Students will not be permitted to transfer credit without registration through the USD Office of the Registrar.

Faculty Depending on the individual program, instructors may include professors from the University of San Diego, foreign nationals from institutions in the host countries or professors from other American colleges and universities.

Safety and Security In an effort to take all reasonable precautions to ensure the safest possible environment in which students will have the freedom to study, USD has implemented a Safety and Security Policy for all international studies abroad programs. This policy outlines communication, precautions and procedures, compliance with the U.S. Department of State, as well as provisions for emergency assistance, repatriation and/or evacuation. Students are encouraged to go online and visit the U.S. Department of State website ( for country-specific information, including worldwide travel warnings and foreign visa/entry requirements.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Tuition and Fees

The University of San Diego does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability in admission to the university, in financial aid programs, in educational programs and policies, or in athletic or other university-administered programs.

Tuition for semester programs is the same as the full-time semester rate for 12-18 units on campus. Tuition for intersession and summer programs is discounted; additional fees vary by program location.

For more information, please go to the International Studies Abroad website at

“We live in a wonderful w orld that is full of beauty, charm and adventure.” — Jawaharal Nehru


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The Second Year Experience Students earn credit, broaden global perspectives [TRULY EXCEPTIONAL DESTINATIONS]

Barcelona, Spain

Florence, Italy

Overview The Second Year Experience Abroad Program is a structured, collaborative effort between USD’s Departments of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, aimed at sophomores at the University of San Diego. The program offers students the opportunity to study abroad in one of four truly exceptional locations: Barcelona, Spain; Florence, Italy; Hong Kong, China; or London, England. Participants will earn a total of four units of credit; all students are required to enroll in a one-unit, interdisciplinary Global Studies course during the fall semester. While on their journey abroad, students earn three units of academic credit by completing one core curriculum course. Disciplines offered include art history, ethics, history, language (third semester), literature and religious studies. The Second Year Experience Abroad program incorporates an integrated learning component that gives students the opportunity to interact with USD staff and faculty while participating in a variety of cultural and social activities abroad. USD staff and administrators are responsible for organizing small student groups to engage in cultural and social activities, and will also lead small group discussion and reflection. As early as their second semester on campus, students begin to interact with the staff in preparation for their experience abroad. Activities will vary by location and may include guest lectures from local professionals, visits to significant museums and monuments, and community service-learning activities. All small group activities are included in the program price. USD financial aid is available; the aid package for an intersession program will consist primarily of loans. Students are required to submit a Supplemental Aid Form to the Office of Financial Aid; it should be submitted in the early fall to be considered for Intersession aid. Additionally, the USD International Center offers scholarships for students who are Pell Grant eligible; all program applicants will be reviewed to determine eligibility for these scholarships. Eligible students will be contacted directly by the USD International Center with information about their award. As part of their experience, all students will participate in two day-trips and one weekend excursion, which are organized and staffed by university employees. Day-trip and weekend excursion locations will vary by country; all excursions are included in the program price. 4

Hong Kong, China

London, England

Barcelona, Spain Barcelona is a stunning coastal city surrounded by miles of beautiful beaches. The tree-lined pedestrian walkway of Las Ramblas epitomizes the metropolitan culture of the city itself, with its parade of humanity enjoying the markets, street performers, shops and cafés. Art lovers will revel in the vast array of offerings in Barcelona’s world-renowned museums, including the Museu Picasso and the masterpieces of the surreal art nouveau architect Antoní Gaudí.

Florence, Italy Rightfully regarded as among the most beautiful cities in the world, Florence is one of Europe’s most enduring cultural capitals and contains more artistic masterpieces per square kilometer than anyplace else on the planet. The birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence has been home to Michelangelo, da Vinci, Dante, Machiavelli, Galileo and the powerful Medici family. The last preserved Renaissance city in the world, many regard it as the artistic epicenter of Italy.

Hong Kong, China In Hong Kong, visitors will discover a diverse modern metropolis steeped in unique blends of Eastern and Western traditions. With a population of close to 7 million and a total land size less than half of Rhode Island, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas on the planet. It is one of the few places in the world where the dramatic background to the cityscape and coastal areas includes a famous harbor, high-rise apartments, office buildings and mountain peaks.

London, England London is one of the world‘s most exciting and visited destinations. The capital of both England and the United Kingdom, it’s been described as a “world in one city,” largely because of the way it manages to meld many cultures while remaining definitively British. Its inhabitants, who come from all over the world, speak more than 300 languages, making London one of the greatest global cities on the planet. Among the city’s “mustsee” sites are the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. For more, go to or call (619) 260-4598.

“ W e m u s t g o b e y ond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journe y . ” — J o h n H o p e F r a n k l i n

[delving deeper]

Graduate Programs Tailor-made to give students hands-on experience [VARIETY OF CHOICES]

University of San Diego

Overview The University of San Diego offers a variety of international experiences for graduate students. Opportunities include both short-term study and semester exchange programs and are arranged through the School of Business Administration, School of Law, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, and the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. Each program is tailored to provide graduate students with hands-on experience within a particular field of study.

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science The School of Nursing offers clinical experience and language immersion programs in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Uganda. Nursing students provide health care, participate in community service projects and health research projects, and provide nursing education to local nurses and community partners. For more information about the international programs within the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, please contact the Office for International Nursing Programs at (619) 260-7609.

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies The School of Peace often helps to coordinate international internships for its Master of Arts in Peace and Justice program. Graduates of the program have come from across the globe, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Greece, Guatemala, Indonesia, Italy, Ivory Coast, Kazakstan, Kenya, Latvia, the Netherlands, Nepal, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Korea, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, the United Kingdon and the United States. For more information about the international opportunities within the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, please contact the Office of the Associate Dean at (619) 260-7921.

School of Business Administration USD’s School of Business Administration coordinates graduate-level, short-term and semester exchange programs. During the short-term programs, graduate students can fulfill academic requirements and may participate in consulting projects (in some locations), company

visits and lectures that enhance academic course content. Short-term program locations have included Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Germany, Mexico, Morocco, Thailand, South Africa and Spain. Semester exchange programs offer graduate students the opportunity to take courses abroad in either English or the local language while exploring a new culture first-hand. Current semester exchange locations include Brazil, China, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Portugal, South Korea, Spain and Uruguay. The School of Business Administration also helps to coordinate dual-degree programs currently offered in Germany and Mexico. For more information about the international programs available for graduate students within the School of Business Administration, please contact the Ahlers Center for International Business at (619) 260-4896.

School of Law USD’s School of Law is a co-sponsor of the Institute on International and Comparative Law, which offers summer study programs in England, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia and Spain. Law students also have the opportunity to study abroad in Denmark for one semester through the University of Copenhagen School of Law. For more information about the international programs for law students, please contact the USD Law School Study Abroad Office at (619) 260-4597.

School of Leadership and Education Sciences USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences offers a variety of international programs for graduate students, including semester exchange programs (Australia and Spain), internship opportunities (Camp Adventure and Trinidad), student teaching placements and global study programs. Past global study program locations have included Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Qatar and South Africa. For more information about the international programs within the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, please contact the SOLES Global Center at (619) 260-7443.

“ W e m u s t g o b e y o n d t e xtbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” — J o h n H o p e F r a n k l i n


[ E X P LO R I N G ]

Students thrive when they use the world as a classroom


London Calling Summer program opens students’ hearts and minds [PHOTOGRAPHY BY BARBARA FERGUSON]

The University of San Diego’s London Summer Program was founded in 2003: “It originally started with a focus in just English and theater,” recalls co-founder David Hay, associate professor of English and theater. “Over the years, we’ve expanded.” While earning three units in three weeks sounds intense, when the mandate is to use “London as your classroom,” even the hardest work feels a lot like adventure. For example, one year, associate professor Eric Pierson’s British Media Systems class went to Hyde Park to take in the massive concert celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday. “The whole point of bringing students there was the lesson that this event wasn’t about them,” Pierson recalls. “Students were exposed to something outside themselves; they were immersed in celebrating the potential of what could be.” Along with Pierson’s class, academic offerings included Ethics in Theatre/London Plays in Production — co-taught in the classroom by professors Larry Hinman and David Hay — British Political Culture, led by professor Virginia Lewis, and a course on the Medieval Church, helmed by longtime USD professor of religious studies Gary Macy. “It’s been really fun and really busy,” said Megan Lenahan ’08. “Everything we’ve done with this class is really interesting, and there’s more than enough time go out and explore on your own.” Most mornings were devoted to class work followed by afternoon and evening outings to cathedrals, museums, landmarks and theaters. From St. Paul’s Cathedral to a tour of the BBC, from the Tower of London to 10 Downing Street, King Lear at Shakespeare’s Globe to the British Library, students were immersed in their studies in most memorable ways. “Part of the value of immersing yourself in the culture is there’s all of this stuff that you’re not going to be quizzed on,” explained Pierson. “It can be hard, because you’re trying to balance classwork with all of the other distractions competing for students’ attention.”

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Gary Macy’s students tried unsuccessfully to match his long strides as he whisked through the streets of Oxford. “This is known as the Bridge of Sighs,” he said during a rare moment at rest. A dozen pairs of eyes drank in the graceful, windowed arch that spans the road. “It’s one of three in the world. I always like to let out a little sigh when I walk under it.” Dutifully, everyone sighed, then got back into

high gear so the group could visit as many churches, colleges and chapels as possible. As engaged as his students were, Macy knew it couldn’t hurt to toss a little pop culture into the mix. “Christ Church has the Harry Potter dining hall,” he said. “I believe it also has the ‘whomping willow,’ whatever that is.” The students fluttered with excitement. Meanwhile, a good percentage of the program’s other students were off at a barbecue down the road at St. Clare’s, Oxford, a school that has an arrangement with USD that allows about 30 students a semester to study abroad and earn 15-18 transferable credits. For several other top honors students, there’s an opportunity to undertake tutorial courses at one of Oxford’s venerable colleges, Blackfriars Hall.

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The next morning, the students in Virginia Lewis’ British Political Culture class are on the move, jostling alongside business-suited Londoners down the endless stairs and half-listening to the melodious female voice cautioning them to “mind the gap,” before hopping on the Tube to Charing Cross station and finding a seat on the train to Canterbury. There, the group settles into a cozy sort of collective doze, watching the countryside zip by. Along the way, Lewis provides a thumbnail history of Canterbury, touching on William the Conqueror, the murder of Thomas Becket, Chaucer, Henry VIII and the Church of England. “I seek a political angle for my students to view the Reformation,” she says. When the train pulls into the station, the group decamps and walks, raggle-taggle, through charming narrow streets before assembling in the courtyard of the awe-inspiring cathedral. Lewis has arranged for a private tour: the group enters the breathtaking, soaring nave of the cathedral and gasps in unison. Fingers trail across ancient walls, voices are hushed, murmuring from chapel to crypt, somehow touching history itself. It’s quiet on the train back to London, passing ponds dotted with swans, meadows punctuated with sheep, cottages covered in flowering vines, fields carpeted in goldenrod. The train periodically stops in towns with names like Wye and Paddock Wood, and home feels very far away. Excerpted from a Fall 2008 USD Magazine article by Julene Snyder.

“By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show.” — Samuel Johnson


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Stir It Up Student essays reflect three life-changing weeks in Jamaica [PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIM MANTOANI]

Duncans is a small community just outside of Falmouth, Jamaica. It’s where a group of USD students become immersed in the local culture for several weeks each summer. While students earn three units for courses such as “The Black Atlantic” or “Afro-Caribbean Literature,” what they ultimately learn goes far beyond coursework. Students get involved with an all-age school, spend time at the Granville Place of Safety (a residential facility for girls), play pick-up basketball, visit former plantation “great houses” and interact with locals on an up-close-and-personal level. To hear the participants tell it, they return from their brief journey transformed. I had never experienced the idea of tourism until this trip. I can see both why it can be beneficial and detrimental to a developing country like Jamaica. Before going to Jamaica I had the idea we would be secluded away at our own villas just within our class and not do much with the outside community. I thought we would just be around on the beach learning about the Jamaican culture. I figured we would do some things that would be considered touristy, like visiting other resorts or doing the limbo on the beach. When I thought of going to Jamaica, I knew it was for a class; I did not know we would go out in the community and apply what we had read. — Gyno Pomare ‘09 This whole experience was an exciting, emotional and mentally challenging journey for me. I never expected anything like this to happen to me nor to affect me in this way. I was both shocked and surprised by this experience. I can’t believe the positive reaction I got from the people of Jamaica. Never in a million years did I think that I would come back with such a passionate view of the poverty and (a need to) help the people of Jamaica. I went on this excursion with a passive view of the experience and came out with large view of the effect tourists and tourism have on a third-world country. — Tammy Harmer ‘08 Everything I found and learned in Jamaica exceeded all of my greatest expectations. The people I met opened my eyes to a new view of the 8

world in which pure happiness seems to be a substantial means of survival. However, behind this happiness lies the real struggle to survive. Smiling faces can only go so far, and offer little assistance in landing a stable job or putting meals on the table. Yet, against all odds, the Jamaican people have found a way to see beyond the treachery of the past and the struggle of the present. They have discovered a way to look towards the future and simply say that the perfect life will “soon come.” If nothing more, my experience in Jamaica has taught me to open my eyes wide enough to see the world around me and to embrace my innermost desire to accomplish great things. — Emily Mignogna ‘09 When I think about my experience, the same scene keeps racing through my mind. What was it about leaving the Place of Safety that has left me unable to get the image out of my mind no matter how hard I try? Going to say good-bye to the girls on that Sunday afternoon was probably one of the hardest moments during my three-week stay in Jamaica. As soon as we drove out the gates the tears started rolling down my face. What had come over me? Why could I not control myself? I am not the type of person to let my guard down and show my emotions so openly. Something about the [Place of Safety] had changed me, and on that drive home I was beginning to realize I would forever be a different person. — Liz Bonomo ‘09 I (now) find myself entering conversations I had never considered before. Exploring terrain of debate I would have been scared to approach before. Talking to a black man who has lived all over the world about the insanely frustrating beliefs and actions of most Americans and our footprint wherever we go seemed natural to me, like it was something I had been discussing my whole life. This has been happening a lot lately. Naturally, without thinking, it comes in to the forefront, and I relate it all back to where I have just returned from: Jamaica. — Shane Farmer ‘09 A version of this story appeared in the Fall 2008 USD Magazine.

“Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?” — Bob Marley

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Students return with a new view of the world, invigorated and inspired


Students branch out of their comfort zones and emerge transformed

[ PA S S AG E S ]

Bienvenidos a Guadalajara USD’s flagship study abroad program [PHOTOGRAPHY BY LUIS GARCIA]

Guadalajara was the university’s first — and is now its largest — study abroad program; in fact, thousands of USD students and faculty have taken part over the last 45 years. It laid the groundwork for all USD international studies that have followed. Most students live with host families and are bused to the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) from the surrounding neighborhoods. “It’s taking a piece of USD and transplanting it in a different country. In order to do that, you need to have a rather sophisticated infrastructure,” says Carl Jubrán, former associate provost for internationalization. One of the first significant changes Jubrán made when he took over as director of the Guadalajara program in 1997 was to move operations from a rented commercial building to ITESO’s leafy suburban campus. “We needed to be at a real university with a real university feel,” he says. “I wanted students to feel like they weren’t just coming to a USD enclave, but to a campus that’s alive, where they could be as immersed as possible.” Prior academic experience in Spanish is recommended, but not required. Novices start with an “Elementary Spanish I” class, and, of course, being immersed in the culture helps them to quickly learn essential words and phrases.

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José Clemente Orozco is used to the quizzical looks and double-take glances. It comes with the territory when you teach an “Art in Public Spaces” class where several of the works in question bear your name. In fact, he is the grandson of the other José Clemente Orozco. “When the students begin to learn about who Orozco was they get taken by surprise sometimes,” the professor smiles. “But I think it just increases the experience for them.” Orozco does his best to expand the horizons of his U.S. students, frequently taking them on field trips to places like El Palacio de Las Vacas (“Palace of the Cows”) a 19th century mansion. “I try to keep the students out of the classroom as much as possible,” Orozco says. “I think it’s of great benefit for them to get immersed in the culture and see a different aspect of Mexico other than what they might find on the border.”

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“If you had seen what is was like before,” professor Fendrick says, shaking his head. “This is just amazing.” Fendrick is standing in the courtyard of the Casa Hogar Nacidos Para Triunfor (or “Born to Triumph”) orphanage, which USD has been involved

with for more than a decade. It was built, in part, with funds raised by USD students. The former site was a two-story house where more than 100 children were crammed into a few rooms. “It was very primitive compared to what you see now,” Fendrick says. The new orphanage is sprawling, with a central courtyard, a large playground area, dorms with bunk beds, an infirmary, library, laundry room, cafeteria and dozens of showers. “It’s amazing to think how far this has come in the last nine years. Our efforts helped make it a reality.” Incorporating a service-learning facet to the program, an effort initiated by Jubrán, further distinguishes Guadalajara as the university’s flagship study abroad experience. Upon arriving for the first visit of the summer, USD students stand in the courtyard holding coloring books, jump ropes and plastic beach balls. Then the door to one of the dorms opens and the orphans stream out. Pandemonium ensues as the children and students run and laugh, kick balls, jump rope, color and give piggy-back rides. There are smiles everywhere. “The effort of our students is just so touching,” Fendrick says. “As a teacher, you see a different side to them, different behavior in different contexts, than you might in the classroom. Watching them interact with the children and seeing certain qualities that come out is very gratifying.”

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Alexandra Gardner has spent three summer sessions with the USD program and one semester as an ITESO exchange student. “I’m completely in love with Guadalajara,” Gardner says, somewhat unnecessarily. “Some of my friends back in San Diego don’t really understand it. They’re like ‘Why do you go there every summer?’ But each time has been different for me — except for the fact that I never want to leave when it’s over.” As she speaks, Gardner barely seems to notice that she’s being pelted with torrents of rainwater dripping through the leaky roof of a bus leaving the Casa Hogar Nacidos Para Triunfor orphanage. Gardner’s experiences in Guadalajara sparked a wanderlust, evidenced by the multiple bracelets — each representing different countries, experiences and people who’ve impacted her life — that ring both of her arms. “Coming here and going through the program changed how I thought about the world,” Gardner says. “It changed my life.” Excerpted from a Fall 2008 USD Magazine article by Nathan Dinsdale.

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” — Martin Buber



Study Abroad As can be seen in the following pages, students at the University of San Diego have a wealth of options when it comes to embarking on a study abroad experience. In fact, the Institute for International Education recently ranked USD second in the nation among doctoralgranting universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad programs. This ranking places USD ahead of Notre Dame, Duke University, the University of San Francisco, American University, Georgetown University and Stanford University. The rankings are based on the percentage of graduating students who participated in a study abroad experience. The USD International Center plans to continue to increase the number of students studying abroad and hopes to again be within the top five in next year’s rankings. Given the abundant international learning opportunities that USD offers, what’s certain is that our students have the world itself as their classroom.


Capital: Buenos Aires Official Language: Spanish Argentina is well known for its vibrant cultural life and unique sense of style. European influences are evident in the extraordinary blend of architecture and cuisine, the distinct Argentine accent and the country’s worldrenowned artistic contributions to music, literature and dance. 12

Term: Fall, Intersession, Spring or Academic Year The capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires is rich in history, making it an excellent environment for the study of politics, art, literature, business and international relations. Students who opt for the semester program will choose from a variety of disciplines, including art, environmental studies, cinema, history, international business, literature, political science, psychology and sociology. Courses are taught in both English and Spanish. Students with advanced language skills also have an opportunity to take courses with Argentine students at local universities. Three-week faculty-led Intersession programs are available for students studying Spanish or business. The Spanish program focuses on language and cultural immersion through the study of Argentine literature, dance and cultural issues. The business curriculum features exploration of the Latin American business environment, complete with company and site visits.


Capital: Canberra Official Language: English Australia is well known for its natural beauty and unique contemporary culture. This aweinspiring country is rich in wildlife, spectacular beaches and amazing physical features such as the Great Barrier Reef. Scattered along the coasts, its cities blend a European enthusiasm for art and food with a passionate love of sport and the outdoors.

CAIRNS/TOWNSVILLE Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year Students wishing to participate in a semester or year-long program in either Cairns or



Buenos Aires

Townsville enroll in courses in James Cook University. Situated in a unique tropical setting, the school is a prestigious teaching and research institution that specializes in the sciences. Students who enroll will be able to take courses in anthropology, astronomy, math, business, literature, computer programing, communications and sociology.

Brisbane/Queensland Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year As one of Australia’s fastest growing cities, Brisbane is distinguished by fabulous weather year-round and a populace dedicated to celebrating the outdoors. One program in Brisbane offers students exceptional opportunities for business, science and engineering majors. Students are housed in off-campus apartments with Australians and other international students. A second program for students majoring in the sciences is located in a more rural setting and offered through the School for Field Studies, which includes courses in rainforest ecology, principles of forest management, environmental policy and socioeconomic values. Students are housed in cabins at the Center for Rainforest Studies. Opportunities for community involvement and social activities include meeting with Aboriginal leaders, helping local conservation groups plant rainforest seedlings, hosting community dinners, participating in short home stays and attending bush dances and festivals.

TRAVEL TIP: Become familiar with the basic laws and customs of the country you plan to visit before you travel.

Term: Fall, Intersession, Spring or Academic Year Known for its sense of style, legendary surf beaches and urban charm, Sydney is Australia’s oldest and largest city. Semester students have the opportunity to study at one of two universities spanning the full range of business, science, engineering and social science disciplines. Students stay in offcampus apartments with other international students. The three-week intersession program is specifically for engineering students who will use the city as the backdrop for educational exploration.


Capital: Vienna Official Language: German As the crossroads between Western and Eastern Europe, Austria attracts visitors from all over the world to explore the country’s breathtaking landscape, enjoy the lively music and arts scenes, and indulge in local cuisine. Rich with Hapsburg palaces, Baroque architecture and Roman archaeological sites, Austria provides visitors with ample opportunity to explore its enchanting heritage.

Vienna Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year Featuring vivid architecture and alluring Baroque beauty, Vienna seems to effortlessly glide between past and present. Students may enroll in German, history, music, literature, political science and international business in this semester program. Courses are taught in both English and German, and students live in private residences throughout the city. To enhance the academic and cultural experience, optional excursions are available to locations such as

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Berlin, Budapest, the Danube Valley, Dresden, Krakow, Prague and Weimar, as well as opportunities to ski in the Austrian Alps.


Capital: Santiago Official Language: Spanish Stretching more than 2,600 miles, Chile’s borders encompass both the driest desert in the world and massive glacial fields. Adventureseekers and outdoor enthusiasts delight in Chile’s numerous volcanoes, geysers, beaches, lakes, rivers and countless islands. The country’s myriad sights and cultures range from post-Columbian architecture to ancient sites on Easter Island.

Valparaíso/Vina Del Mar Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year Sister cities Valparaíso and Viña del Mar are located halfway down Chile’s seemingly endless coastline and 68 miles northwest of the capital of Santiago. A city of seafaring traditions and grand hilltop views, Valparaíso was once home to the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Valparaíso also functions as the primary commercial harbor, naval base and seat of political power for the country, which creates a unique and modern dynamic in a city whose roots reach back to a colonial past. Together, Valparaíso and Viña del Mar offer something for each visitor, including spectacular beaches, museums and architecture. Students may choose from three distinct programs offering courses in Spanish, business, history, religion, literature, art and the sciences.

Capital: Beijing Official Language: Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese With a population of 1.3 billion people, China is one of the world’s oldest and largest continuous civilizations. The vast numbers of people in one country result in great diversity, with many different languages, ethnic groups and religions. A major global player, China is blessed with both ancient riches and modern marvels.

Beijing Term: Fall, Spring, Summer or Academic Year As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing attracts people from all over the world. Streets lined with dumpling and noodle stands, beautiful parks bedecked with pagodas and 19th century homes with graceful four-walled courtyards charm visitors. Students with an interest in business, Chinese, literature, political science or art history are well suited for the semester program. Extensive study trips during the program give students a first-hand look at Chinese society. Excursions in and around Beijing have included the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City and Beihai Park. Summer program students participate in a three-week traveling seminar that includes locations such as Shanghai and Xi’an.

Hong Kong Term: Intersession Hong Kong, or “fragrant harbor,” is a conflux of urbanization, mountainous green slopes and flowing waterways. The three-week faculty-led program is specifically tailored to business and communications students who wish to earn upperdivision credit while exploring




this dynamic metropolis. Guest speakers and site visits complement the academic curriculum. Students are housed in either hotels or dormitory-style rooms in the city center. Exciting excursions to mainland China and Macau are arranged to provide students the opportunity to explore other areas within this great nation. Additionally there is a specialized intersession program with various disciplines offered as part of USD’s Second Year Experience Abroad program.

Shanghai Term: Summer Wondrous Shanghai provides the ultimate study abroad destination with its historical landmarks, modern and ever-expanding skyline, and its new reputation as China’s cosmopolitan center of culture and design. Students participating in this three-week traveling summer course have the unique opportunity to visit Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, all while earning three units of upper-division credit.


Capital: Bogotá Official Language: Spanish Columbia’s diversity astonishes visitors with its colonial cities, archaeological ruins, high-mountain trekking, whale watching, coffee plantations, scuba diving and surfing. The warmth of the local population, appeal of the Caribbean lifestyle and moderate climate all help to make Colombia one of South America’s newest “hot spots.”

Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year A cosmopolitan metropolis with splendid museums and bustling markets, Bogotá is fast becoming one of Latin America’s urban highlights. Improved security, infrastructure projects and a clean-up campaign have helped bring a new face to the city. Students enroll directly at the Universidad de los Andes School of Management and take business courses instructed in either Spanish or English.


Capital: San José Official Language: Spanish Costa Rica is well known for its peaceful lifestyle, egalitarian society, stable government and extraordinary natural beauty. The country’s mix of Mestizos, Spanish descendents, indigenous Indians and Afro-Caribbeans creates a unique blend of cultures. Among the gems of this diverse nation are the colonial city of Heredia, the sandy peninsula of Puntarenas, and the town of Atenas, with its breathtaking views, butterfly farms, plantations and volcanoes

Atenas Term: Fall or Spring Green and fertile with rolling hills, Atenas is a flourishing agricultural region known for its animal husbandry, coffee and sugar production, and fruit orchards. The semester program, offered through the School for Field Studies, is specifically designed for science majors, who will examine the effects of globalization on classic sustainability issues such as agro-ecology, national park protection, economic development, urban sprawl, population growth, trash management and air quality. Visits to cloud forests, dry forests, volcanic parks, lowland rainforests and plantations offer opportunities to examine management schemes, identify

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the benefits of protected areas, and determine which systems offer the best option for economic development, the maintenance of cultural norms and the preservation of biodiversity.

Heredia Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year Sitting just a short distance from the capital San José, the lush and gorgeous province of Heredia is one of the most beautiful provinces in the country. Known for its verdant coffee plantations and volcanic national parks, this mountainous region also has dense tropical forests, stunning waterfalls and roaring rivers that make it the ideal destination for those who wish to enjoy nature at its very best. Students who participate in this semester program live with Costa Rican families and may enroll in Spanish, biology, art history, political science or environmental sciences courses. Classes are taught in both English and Spanish.

San José Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year San José is set in the lush central valley of the Costa Rican highlands. As the cultural center and capital city of Costa Rica, San José is home to many well-established universities, museums and markets. Students may choose from three distinct programs in San José, which focus mainly on Spanish grammar, environmental sciences, international relations, history, literature and business. Living with a Costa Rican host family enhances 14


Capital: Havana Official Language: Spanish The Republic of Cuba occupies the largest island of the West Indies. It is situated west of the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic)and 90 miles south of Key West, Florida. Famous for its music, iconic images of Che Guevara and classic cars, Cuban society today is a mixture of Spanish, Taino and African peoples and cultures.

Havana Term: Fall or Spring A beautiful city with idyllic landscapes, captivating bays and a rich, diverse culture, Havana is the site for an ideal learning experience. Program participants will enroll at the Universidad de La Habana, the largest and oldest university in Cuba, and take classes alongside Cuban students. This program is a unique opportunity to learn firsthand and gain an in-depth comprehension of Cuban history, society, culture and politics. Students participating in this program will come away having learned about the United States’ embargo and its impact on Cuban culture, society and economic well-being.


Capital: London Official Language: English England is a country with both modern, vibrant cities and beautiful green countryside. Its incredibly rich history is illustrated through historic monuments such as Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and the Tower of London. England also enjoys a diverse society, coexisting with time-honored traditions that are expressed in the country’s contemporary theater, music, museums and galleries. In addition to ranking amongst the world’s most



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influential centers of cultural development, England also has an exceptional education system.

London Term: Fall, Intersession, Spring, Summer or Academic Year With 7 million inhabitants from all over the world who speak 300 languages, London is truly one of the great global cities. The city begs exploration of its parks and open spaces, shopping districts, museums, nightlife and culinary treasures. Students who participate in the three-week faculty-led intersession program will study Shakespeare in one of the world’s theater meccas. Additionally, there is a specialized intersession program with various disciplines offered as part of USD’s Second Year Experience Abroad program. Students enrolled in USD’s summer program may select to take a course from a variety of disciplines; the program’s mission is to immerse students in the rich and complex culture of London and Britain, and each three-unit course makes full use of the London location. Courses combine classroom study with excursions, field trips, visits to theaters, museums and cathedrals, and guest speakers drawn from the rich world of British scholarly and cultural life. Semester program students will enroll at Queen Mary University (QMU), one of the largest colleges of the internationally recognized University of London. QMU currently has more than 13,000 students, 20 percent of whom are from overseas. This makes for a truly cosmopolitan environment that is welcoming to students from all over the world.

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Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year Oxford, an internationally respected intellectual center, combines traditional ceremony and the beauty of ancient buildings with the amenities of a lively, modern, industrial city. Just outside of the city center lays the picturesque countryside, easily reached by bus or bicycle. There are fast, frequent road and rail services to London, Heathrow, Gatwick, the Midlands and the West Country. Stratfordupon-Avon is also within easy reach. There are three semester programs available in Oxford. The first program — offered by St. Clare’s, an independent international college in Oxford founded in 1953 — is for international and university students who wish to supplement their studies with a semester or full year of liberal arts courses in England. Highachieving students participating in the St. Clare’s program who would particularly enjoy an academic challenge in the fields of philosophy, religious studies or theology have the opportunity to study with a scholar at Blackfriar’s Hall in the Blackfriars Hall Scholars’ Program. As a third semester option, students may enroll in the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program designed for students who wish to complete part of their education in Oxford with an intense focus on the interdisciplinary study of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.


Capital: Ankara, Brussels, Madrid, Paris, Rabat Official Language: Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Turkish (varies by location) Term: Intersession Explore the souks of Fez, climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower and exclaim at the beauty of the

Alhambra in Granada. These are just a few sights students will encounter while participating in this three-week traveling course. Conducted during intersession by USD faculty, the course visits various countries in Western Europe, then crosses the Straight of Gibraltar to lead students into North Africa. Course content includes a series of briefings from leading European academic, military, literary and political personalities as well as experts on the European relationship with the Islamic world. Countries visited may include Spain, Belgium, France, Morocco and Turkey.


Capital: Helsinki Official Language: Finnish, Swedish Finland is the sixth largest country in Europe, but with only 5.3 million people, the population density is low. There are still large areas of untouched nature and hundreds of thousands of lakes, since 10 percent of Finland is covered by water and 70 percent by forests. The Finnish climate is variable, with four distinct seasons: the fall foliage with infinite colors; winter’s snow and freezing temperatures; spring’s magnificence upon awaking from the dark and cold; and of course, summer’s never-ending days turning into white nights.

Helsinki Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year Students will directly enroll at the Aalto University School of

Economics, the leading business university in Finland. The Aalto campus is located in the central area of Helsinki, about a five-minute walk away from the city center, with the beach and tourist attractions nearby.


Capital: Paris Official Language: French Historically and culturally among the most prominent nations in the Western world, France has also played a highly significant role in international affairs and foreign relations. For centuries, French culture has been a leader in the development of art and science, impacting societies far beyond its own borders. French artistry, cuisine and fashion have all influenced haute couture lifestyles across the globe.

Aix-en-Provence Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year Both a university town and a legal center, Aix-en-Provence offers an intellectual environment beneficial to all students. René d’Anjou, Mirabeau, Cézanne, Zola and Milhaud are among the natives who have left their mark on the city and its inhabitants. Music festivals, libraries, museums, churches, markets and cafés attract students and tourists alike. Students will take classes at the Aix Centre, founded in 1957 by the Institute for American Universities under the auspices of the Université d’Aix-Marseille, which was designed for American college students and located in a restored 17th century chapel.

Avignon Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year There is an evident sense of pride in their city among the Avignonnais. With a slightly more formal flavor than is found in most other population centers in Southern




France, Avignon is located at the confluence of two rivers at the core of Europe, and is within 50 miles of the Mediterranean. Its medieval city walls surround 14th-century buildings, reminders of the time when Avignon was the seat of the Papacy. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Avignon is a walled city, which houses museums, a fabled bridge and a massive medieval fortress. This semester program is designed for students who wish to have a more concentrated French linguistic and cultural experience; the curriculum includes intensive work in French language as well as courses in art, history, philosophy and political science.

Bordeaux Term: Spring or Academic Year Bordeaux is one of France’s seven main wine regions and is comprised of an ethnically diverse population including a lively university community of more than 60,000 students, making it an optimal study abroad destination. The streets of Bordeaux are always lively, and the city’s people are renowned for offering a warm welcome and for enjoying life. Over the centuries, Bordeaux has become famous through its wines, cooking and the many people who have been inspired by the region. Just outside the city, students are attracted to the snow-covered slopes in the Pyrenees, the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and the Landes coast, where many surfing competitions are held. In this program, business students directly

enroll at the Bordeaux Management School (BEM), which is one of the oldest schools in France, but is also very progressive. Twenty-five percent of students at BEM are international, representing 44 different nationalities. The university environment makes it easy for international and French students to integrate.

Paris Term: Fall, Spring, Summer or Academic Year Known as “The City of Light,” Paris is draped in history, tradition, culture and glamour, and has long been a center of academia. The Seine River, which bisects the city into its north (Right Bank or “Rive Droite”) and south (Left Bank or “Rive Gauche”) areas, has long been a source of the city’s economic, political and artistic notoriety. The two banks of the Seine each have distinct personalities: the spacious boulevards and formal buildings of the Right Bank contrast against the cultural and intellectual reputation of the Left Bank. Both contribute to the diversity of this magnificent city. While Paris probably has more familiar landmarks than any other city in the world, it also has an endless amount of enchanting nooks to be discovered. In the four-week faculty-led summer program, students will have the opportunity to get a taste of la vie Parisienne. Classes will be offered in a variety of disciplines, and lecture material is enhanced by excursions and site visits throughout the city. Through the semester programs, students have the opportunity to study in France’s capital at some of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious universities.

Reims Term: Spring Located in the heart of the Champagne capital of the world and just 45 minutes by train from Paris, Reims Management School (RMS)

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is a French business school with a strong international focus. The city of Reims is also a popular place for young people, as 12 percent of the population is composed of students. RMS offers a wide range of management courses taught in English and in French. Students will gain insight into French culture, as well as French business and management.

Strasbourg Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year Strasbourg is at the same time a model city of rich culture and an academic center of great stature. Ideally located in the center of Europe, it is easy to explore numerous countries while living in Strasbourg. A “university town” in the eastern part of France, the city hosts 48,000 students (about 20 percent of Strasbourg’s population); of those, approximately 20 percent come from countries other than France. This means that only Paris attracts more exchange students than Strasbourg in all of France. Students will directly enroll at the Ecole de Management Strasbourg, which is a part of the University of Strasbourg, France’s largest multi-disciplinary university. Students who attend the EM Strasbourg Business School may take business courses in English as well as cultural courses taught in basic French designed for nonnative French speakers.


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Located in the southern Pacific Ocean, French Polynesia is made up of several groups of Polynesian islands. These beautiful islands are blessed with stunning coastlines, pristine waters and lush vegetation. The most famous of these, Tahiti, houses the capital, Pape’ete.

Tahiti Moorea Term: Intersession This field-based intersession program is three weeks long and is led by USD faculty. The program will include both a 12-day “shore” component and a seven-day “at sea” component. The shore component will be held at the Gump Research Station and/or CRIOBE Research station in Moorea, French Polynesia, and will include lectures and land and snorkeling field excursions exploring Moorea’s island, lagoon and reef. The seven-day “at sea” component will be held in the waters of the southern Society Islands aboard the Robert C. Seamans, a 134-foot steel brigantine sailing research vessel equipped with state-of-the-art oceanographic sampling equipment. This program is for students who enjoy the mental and physical challenge of living and working in the field and at sea. Students should expect an intensive schedule of lectures, activities and field projects.


Capital: Berlin Official Language: German Germany is noted for its elegant big-city charm, small picturepostcard towns, folklore-inspired harvest festivals and artistic treasures. Home to huge tracts of forest and delightful castles, Germany offers students a plethora of sites to visit both within its borders and throughout its nine surrounding neighboring countries.

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tion and modernity in a charming way. The Catholic University is known as an international, open-minded institution with a personal atmosphere where students and professors enjoy a closer relationship than is typical at many German universities.

Vallendar Freiburg, located in southwestern Germany near the French and Swiss borders, is a historic university town, renowned for its distinctive medieval architecture, varied cultural life and the natural beauty of the countryside. USD offers two programs in Freiburg: one focuses on German studies and another on the European Union. Students who enroll in the semester-long German studies program will primarily focus on increasing their proficiency in German. This is an intensive language program suited for students who plan to major or minor in German. Students who enroll in the semester-long European Union program will participate in a 10-day field trip to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the Court of Justice in Luxembourg, the Commission and Council of the EU in Brussels, the European Central Bank in Frankfurt and the OECD in Paris. This program is of particular interest to political science and economics majors/minors. Instruction is in English, although students are required to enroll in one German course.

Eichstatt Term: Spring or Academic Year Students who participate in this exchange program will live in a medieval German city and attend the Catholic University of Germany in Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. Eichstätt is situated in an area of rolling hills and valleys in the middle of Bavaria, 70 miles north of Munich. Ingolstadt is situated in the heart of Bavaria, between Nuremberg and Munich. The city is an economic, scientific and cultural center that combines tradi-

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Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year The town of Vallendar lies directly on the Rhine, at the heart of one of the most beautiful and ancient cultural landscapes, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. The former garrison city of Koblenz, with its historic old town, is nearby. Cologne and Frankfurt can be reached in less than an hour. As a result, opportunities for extracurricular activities are almost boundless. Students enroll at the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management; there, many classes are held by practitioners working in the field who use case studies and computer simulations to help students bridge the gap between theory and practice.


Capital: Guatemala City Official Language: Spanish Guatemala is not only the Mayan heart of Central America, but it is also one of the most diversely populated countries in all of Latin America. Students will encounter impressive Mayan ruins, some of the highest and most active volcanoes in the world, and will also be able to enjoy its famous coffee, handcrafts and year-round beautiful weather.

San Martin Term: Intersession This short-term faculty-led program offers courses in sociology/ ethnic studies and educational leadership. Students in the sociology/ethnic studies course will be exposed to the various dimensions of what constitutes community

and explore how to apply the tools of community organizing, consensus-building and sustaining commitment in addressing social issues. The educational leadership course is designed to provide knowledge and understanding of the leadership and administration of youth and human service organizations. While in Guatemala, all students will participate in a community service-learning project based upon the principles of community and consensus organizing and have the opportunity to witness these techniques in action. While in Guatemala, students stay within the local communities that they visit. Additional excursions to Guatemala City, Jilotepeque, Panajachel and Antigua are scheduled.


Capital: Budapest Official Language: Hungarian Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe, and its impact on Europe’s history and development has been far greater than its present size and population would suggest. Hungarians, who call themselves Magyars, speak a language and form a culture unlike any other in the region. While in Hungary, students can enjoy tasting paprika and goulash, relaxing in the spas and thermal baths of Budapest and exploring the many beautiful small villages and hidden gems outside the capital.

Budapest Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year A city of 2 million, Budapest straddles both sides of the Dan-

ube River. Eight graceful bridges link the charming hills of Buda on the river’s west bank to cosmopolitan Pest on the east. Buda and Pest were united in 1872. The union grew into the friendly metropolis we see now in modern Budapest with its elegant boulevards, aromatic coffeehouses and soaring concert halls. The Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program is specifically designed for mathematics majors and minors. Held in the historic center of the city at the Technical University of Budapest, the program gives students the opportunity to take specialized math courses while gaining valuable study abroad experience.


Capital: New Delhi Official Language: Hindi The country of India can provide sensory overload. Vibrantly colored bejeweled tapestries, exotic gardens, abundant wildlife and colorful characters permeate every corner of this fascinating country. Home to one of the world’s most ancient civilizations, India is unique for its religious, ethnic and cultural diversity. From snow-dusted mountains to sunwashed beaches, tranquil temples to feisty festivals, lantern-lit villages to software-supreme cities, it’s hardly surprising that India has been dubbed the world’s most multidimensional country. Given its many temples, mosques and other architectural masterpieces, India is the perfect location to study religious diversity.

Delhi Term: Intersession Using film, literature, dialogue, an analysis of current events and field research, students will learn about religious pluralism in Indian society and the theoretical issues involved in understanding interreligious dialogue and conflict. Classes are held at sites that

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include temples, museums and common areas overlooking important religious buildings and sanctuaries relating to the content of the lectures.


Capital: Dublin Official Language: English and Irish Many think of the Republic of Ireland as the original “emerald isle.” Rich in history and tradition, this country also boasts a modern, well-educated society that is committed to political, social and economic progress. Ireland has a long history of producing renowned scholars and storytellers, as well as a lively theater, music and arts scene.

Cork Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year Cork buzzes with the energy of a city that’s certain of its place in Ireland. The River Lee flows around the center, an island packed with grand Georgian parades, cramped 17th-century alleys and modern masterpieces like the opera house. Students may study for a semester or a year and take courses in a variety of disciplines, including business, art history, literature, science and more. In addition to the regular university semester, students who attend in the fall take part in a pre-semester seminar and earn business, anthropology, environmental sciences, political science, history or literature credit. This four-week seminar is required for all USD fall semester participants

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Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year Those wishing to spend a year or semester term in Derry, also known as LondonDerry, will enjoy studying on a campus that is a mixture of historical and modern buildings and facilities. Students can enroll in courses in accounting, business, communications, drama, economics, engineering, English, literature, environmental science, geography, history, international relations, political science, music, philosophy, art, psychology and sociology. Of particular interest is the Peace Studies program, home of the Tip O’Neill Chair, which is currently held by Nobel Laureate John Hume. Under the auspices of the Tip O’Neill Chair, the university has hosted a series of lectures by high-profile international figures such as the former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, former President Bill Clinton, then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. John Kerry, former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi and former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard.

Dublin Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year The capital of Ireland, Dublin is one of the liveliest cities in Europe. With its young population comprised of people from many different parts of Europe and around the globe, the city enjoys an atmosphere that is particularly congenial for students. Populated by more than 1.5 million people, the city has a full and varied cultural and intellectual life, which brings together the best of traditional Ireland and of modern Europe. Students participating in this semester program can select courses from a variety of 17

disciplines including art history, history, literature, political science and sociology.


Capital: Rome Official Language: Italian Known for its picturesque landscape, phenomenal cuisine, quaint towns and modern cities, Italy is truly a remarkable country that stimulates all the senses. Students can visit Roman ruins, admire Renaissance art, stay in tiny medieval hill towns and go skiing in the Alps. During their stays, students will have ample opportunity to travel throughout Italy on trips that could include exploring the canals of Venice, sunbathing on the shores of Lake Como or trekking the scenic trail that links the unique villages of Cinque Terre. With 44 sites, Italy has more Unesco World Heritage sites than any other country on Earth.

Florence Term: Fall, Intersession, Spring, Summer or Academic Year As the jewel of Italy, this beautiful city abounds with original creations of artists ranging from Cimabue and Giotto to Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci. But such masterpieces are not the only displays of artistic splendor, as the city also houses lavish sculpture gardens, centuries of architectural works and reflections of preserved antiquity. The semester program in Florence offers students the chance to study a variety of disciplines including art, art history, business, Italian, history, anthropology, architecture, literature, 18

philosophy, theology and women’s studies. While courses are taught in English, an Italian language course is required. Currently, the intersession program is offered only as part of USD’s Second Year Experience Abroad Program. USD’s summer program in Florence is specifically tailored for students studying Italian language and culture.

Milan Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year As the heart of modern Italy, Milan is the international center for the fashion industry. Nonetheless, contemporary Italian tradition and culture have not left this metropolis behind. Among the high-end couture storefronts at the end of the fashion district, Il Duomo, a magnificent Gothic cathedral, towers over passersby. Students can choose from two programs. The first offers courses taught in English by Italian professors covering such disciplines as art history, history, literature, music, theater and political science. The second program is designed for business students and is housed at one of Europe’s most prestigious universities, Università Bocconi.

Rome Term: Fall, Spring, Summer or Academic Year Rome is a living museum surrounded by more than 2,000 years of history. Known as the “Eternal City,” Rome is home to the Coliseum, the Vatican, the Pantheon and the Forum. Students choosing to spend a semester in Rome can take courses offered in both Italian and English, and enjoy an unrepeatable opportunity to actively improve their language skills and further their academic pursuits while immersed in a historic, cosmopolitan setting. Designed to exploit the natural strengths of Rome’s modern pace as well as its historic past, the curriculum in



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Rome offers students distinct study tracks, based on the study of Italian language and culture, business, politics and history. Business students who participate in the five-week faculty-led summer course will have the opportunity to earn six units while enjoying the beauty of this magnificent city; two weeks of study in San Diego will be followed by three weeks of lecture in Rome.


Capital: Kingston Official Language: English Jamaica is a small, culturally rich island nation located in the Caribbean Sea. When Christopher Columbus first arrived there, he described Jamaica as “the fairest isle that eyes have behold.” The variety of cultures and customs in Jamaica complement the bright and beautiful scenery that encompasses this island nation. Early settlers arrived from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East; these cultures are still woven throughout the country, making for an eclectic study destination.

Falmouth Term: Summer Falmouth is located on Jamaica’s north coast. This three-week, faculty-led summer program offers students the opportunity to study the history and culture of Jamaica. Students also have the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary research project examining the social and ecological impact of new hotel development in Falmouth. A cornerstone of the Jamaica study-abroad pro-

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gram is the community service/ immersion component. USD students visit a local elementary school, help lead classes and interact with the children in an effort to better know Jamaican culture. Other opportunities include involvement with the Granville Place of Safety, a residential facility for girls who, for a variety of reasons, have been marginalized. Students also visit sites of cultural, literary and historical significance including tours of Falmouth, visits to former plantation “great houses,” and a trip to an extremely rare bioluminescence bay.


Capital: Tokyo Official Language: Japanese Japan is known for its rich cultural history and technical innovation. Ride the bullet train or take a stroll through the rice fields to experience the diversity and beauty of Japan. Experience the beauty and splendor of ancient shrines, temples and traditions as you explore Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and other cities throughout the country.

Nagoya Term: Fall or Spring Nagoya is located in central Japan and offers easy access to historical and famous sites in the Kansai and Kanto regions. Among the city’s most famous attractions are Nagoya castle, originally built in 1612, the Atsuta shrine and the Tokugawa art museum. Students who participate in this semester program will live with Japanese families and have the opportunity to take courses in art, business, economics, Japanese and literature.

Tokyo Term: Fall, Intersession, Spring or Academic Year Vibrant Tokyo serves as home to a population of 12.6 million people and is a contrast of thought and design. Modern architecture

is nestled alongside brilliant palaces and stunning gardens. During the three-week intersession program, students are fully immersed in the culture while studying the Japanese language. The semester academic program consists of an extensive curriculum that includes Japanese language instruction for both native and non-native speakers and upper-level courses in the areas of art, Asian studies, business administration, economics, communications and critical languages. Students interested in architecture or business may wish to enroll in the specialized fall semester architecture program or the specialized business program. With the exception of Asian language classes, all courses are conducted in English.


Capital: Nairobi Official Language: English and Kiswahili Kenya beckons visitors with a magical mix of wildlife, rich cultural heritage, palm-fringed beaches and coastal towns seeped in Swahili history. Regardless of where you lay your head, you will be romanced by the star-studded night sky and your imagination stirred by the noises of the African night.

Kilimanjaro Bush Camp Nairobi Term: Fall or Spring Home of world famous national parks such as Amboseli, Tsavo, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Serengeti and

the Ngorongoro conservation area, Northern Tanzania and Southern Kenya offer a tightly packed hub of wildlife conservation. This extremely scenic area, which is the center of tourism in East Africa, has been the home of the Maasai people for centuries. Designed for qualified science majors, the program exposes students to a rich array of issues in both countries that are related to wildlife management and conservation. Through classroom and field activities, students will contrast the conservation issues in the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem of northern Tanzania with those in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem just north of Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya. Note: This program is also listed under Tanzania.


Capital: Mexico City Official Language: Spanish Mexico’s charm draws in travelers from around the globe to explore its historical cities, archeological gems and beautiful beaches. Spanish colonial architecture melds with Mayan, Olmec and Aztec heritage to form stunning cityscapes and historic sites. Mexico’s colorful history and culture provides visitors with extensive options.

Guadalajara Term: Fall, Spring, Summer or Academic Year As Mexico’s second largest city, Guadalajara has a long history as a significant commercial and cultural center. Fountains, verdant gardens and public sculptures frame many of the city’s plazas. Guadalajara has magnificent churches and several museums, some of which house impressive collections of pre-colonial and colonial artifacts. Students can choose to study for a semester at one of Mexico’s leading institutions of higher education; a wide variety of courses are offered



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across the curriculum. The semester program is ideal for students majoring in Spanish or those with a primary interest in improving their Spanish-speaking skills. Students will experience full linguistic and cultural immersion in this program, as this is a direct-enrollment program at a Mexican university. A second option is the Guadalajara Summer Program, USD’s oldest and largest program. This program includes courses in the Spanish language at all levels, as well as more than 30 courses including art, art history, business, communication studies, education, English, ethnic studies, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, Spanish and Latin American literature, and theology and religious studies. Subject areas and classes vary each summer. USD professors, visiting professors from other U.S. universities and local instructors from Guadalajara teach classes, which are offered in both Spanish and English. No previous Spanish study is required.

Baja California Term: Fall, Spring or Summer As San Diego’s nearest southern neighbor, Baja California boasts a wealth of natural resources. The World Wildlife Fund has ranked Bahia Magdalena as one of the most important coastal habitats needing protection in all of Mexico, due to its high productivity and amazing biodiversity. The semester-long program is offered by the School for Field Studies (SFS) and offers courses in coastal

TRAVEL TIP: Always try to travel light. You can move more quickly and will be more likely to have a free hand.

ecology, resource management and sustainable development. Students will learn state-of-theart field research techniques, help the local community protect marine mammals and conserve marine resources, and learn about Mexican culture. Various field excursions are offered as well as camping trips to offshore islands to explore the area’s rich biodiversity, stark dunes and pristine white beaches. The three-week summer program is a multi-disciplinary, field-based course designed to address some of the fundamental scientific questions centering on the theme of pollution in the sand. The main goals of this course will be: to gain a crossdisciplinary perspective on the environmental problems facing Bahia Magdalena; compare pristine coastal habitats (mangroves and sand beaches) to impacted sites with similar ecological parameters; and emphasize interdisciplinary hands-on teamwork to solve real-life applied scientific problems. Course credit is available in chemistry, marine science and/or biology.

Monterrey Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year Monterrey is home to the largest number of schools, institutes, universities, and technical and higher-education centers per capita in Mexico. Thousands of foreign students live in the city, making Monterrey full of life and diversity. Students have a number of academic options available to them as well as the opportunity to take courses with Mexican students in English or Spanish.


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and explore the wonders of an unparalleled mixture of cultures. Moroccan cultural diversity is reflected through both the large number of spoken languages and the eclectic ancestry of Moroccan people, which includes French, Spaniards, Arabs, Jews and Berbers.

Ifrane Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year Known for its remarkable European style, Ifrane was initially planned according to the “garden city” model of urban design. Students who enroll in this program will be taught in English. The university offers students a truly international experience in the sense that more than 28 countries are represented each semester in the student population. This program is well suited for students looking to take courses in Arabic, North African studies, history, sociology, business, engineering and the sciences.

Meknes Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year One of Morocco’s most striking imperial cities, Meknes has palaces, mosques, gardens and lakes, surrounded by a massive fortified wall. The enchanting city was once the capital of Morocco and has been named as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Students may select courses in English or Arabic, in subjects such as history, culture, architecture, art, religion, politics and gender studies. 20

Capital: Wellington Official Language: English, Māori Known in Māori as Aotearoa, or Land of the Long White Cloud, New Zealand is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts or anyone looking for a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. With a land area and population about the size of the state of Colorado, New Zealand is small enough to get around easily but large enough to offer varied landscapes and hidden treasures waiting to be explored. As a country that has overcome great challenges, New Zealand’s people are embodied by a deep sense of pride in the country’s core values and outstanding accomplishments. Visitors will find that Kiwis’ “give-it-a-go” frame of mind is infectious to all who come to this gorgeous country.

Auckland Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year Auckland offers the best of both worlds — all the buzz of a big city’s entertainment and cultural activities, as well as an outdoor lifestyle with numerous sporting and leisure activities. Students who study in Auckland will attend classes at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), one of New Zealand’s most contemporary universities, with a unique profile reflecting its innovative approaches to teaching, learning and research. A distinct advantage of studying at AUT is its prime location in the heart of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Faculty in the disciplines of business, design and creative technologies, health and environmental sciences, applied humanities and Te Ara Poutama (Māori studies) offer a comprehensive range of courses for study abroad students.




Dunedin Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year Dunedin is a gateway to Central Otago and Fiordland, where, just a few hours’ drive from the city, opportunities abound for hiking, skiing, water sports, adventure tourism (including bungee jumping) or just admiring the spectacular landscape. In Dunedin, students will study at The University of Otago, New Zealand’s first university, which was established in 1869. Located in the southernmost of New Zealand’s main centers, the university is in the province of Otago. Although relatively small in size, Dunedin boasts many natural attractions as well as facilities usually offered only by cities many times its size. 

Education is Dunedin’s main “industry,” and Dunedin is New Zealand’s only true university city; one in six of Dunedin’s population is a university student. Offering students an unrivaled campus experience and vibrant cultural life, the campus is just a few blocks from the city center; nearly all students live within walking distance of the campus and key facilities.

Hamilton Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year Hamilton is New Zealand’s fourth largest city, located on the North Island, 90 minutes south of Auckland. With a population of 130,000 people, it is central to many of New Zealand’s most popular tourist attractions and outdoor activities, which include surfing, skiing, whitewater rafting, hiking, caving, climbing and kayak-

TRAVEL TIP: One of the safest places to carry valuables is in a pouch or money belt worn under your clothing.

ing. Scenic river walks, numerous parks and gardens, and a growing café and restaurant culture enable students to enjoy a relaxed yet cosmopolitan environment, while taking advantage of a lower cost of living than many other New Zealand cities. While in Hamilton, students will study at University of Waikato. Established in 1964, the school is spread over a beautifully landscaped campus, a short distance from the center of Hamilton. The University of Waikato’s qualifications are recognized internationally, its global connections are extensive and its student profile is diverse.


Capital: Lima Official Language: Spanish Peru is the fourth largest country in South America and borders Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil to the east, Bolivia to the southeast, Chile to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Its location near the Andes Mountains situates Peru between a desert and a rainforest. In this demographically, geographically and culturally diverse country, visitors can dance to African music, admire the impressive architecture and archaeology of the region, and appreciate the intricate indigenous textiles inspired by pre-Columbian tradition.

Lima Term: Spring or Academic Year The capital of Peru, Lima is situated on the west coast of the southern Pacific Ocean along the outlet of the Rímac River. The city overflows with fascinating contrasts between traditional and modern influences; Peru’s history includes serving as the home of the Inca and numerous other civilized cultures dating back to 2000 B.C. Students have two program options in Lima. Advanced Spanish speakers may enroll in courses at the Pontificia Universidad Católica

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del Peru, which is the oldest established private higher educational institution in Peru. Program participants will take courses alongside local Peruvian students; course options include arts and humanities, history, linguistics, literature, political science, business administration, education, law and many others. The second program option is the Latin American Studies and Economics Program, designed for advanced Spanish students who would like to take a variety of courses with local students. The university hosts students from more than 40 international universities, primarily European. All courses are instructed in Spanish, with the exception of two humanities courses offered each semester in English.


Capital: Lisbon Official Language: Portuguese Portugal is a country with three distinct geographies: Continental Europe, the Azores and Madeira islands. The country’s varied climate ranges from the very green north to the quaint and diverse middle to the warm south. Portugal has an old-fashioned charm, with medieval castles and picture-perfect villages scattered over meandering coastlines and flower-covered hillsides. Located in the far western corner of Europe, Portugal’s coastline and proximity to water have influenced much of its history. Known for its friendly culture, breathtaking shoreline and intriguing countryside, many of Portugal’s cities include must-see museums packed with historical significance.

Term: Spring or Academic Year Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years; its contemporary culture is making its mark in today’s Europe. Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is one of the rare Western European cities that face the ocean; consequently, water is seen as a defining element for the city. Students will directly enroll at the Faculdade de Economia da Universidade Nova. Founded in 1978, Nova leads Portugal in the teaching and research of economics and business administration disciplines. From its beginning, Nova has worked hand-in-hand with the local community; in fact, through its many programs. it has trained a multitude of leaders who now hold prominent positions in business and government institutions. The school has also contributed to professional training through its executive training institute — Nova Forum. The success of this school can be easily traced to certain characteristics that make Nova unique among Portuguese educational institutions: internationalization, student advising and customized curricula.


Capital: Edinburgh Official Language: English, Scottish Gaelic From the gentle rolling hills of Dumfries and Galloway to the breathtaking peaks of the Cairngorms in the Highlands by way of Edinburgh’s genteel Georgian townhouses, the variety of Scotland’s landscapes never fails to amaze and impress. Despite its small size, Scotland holds many treasures within its borders. Although an integral part of Great Britain since 1707, Scotland has maintained a separate and distinct identity throughout the last 300 years.




Edinburgh Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year This program is open only to engineering, computer science, mathematics and science majors. The University of Edinburgh, with its ancient and modern buildings, its long and storied history and its lively student atmosphere, is a very popular choice for study abroad students. Against the backdrop of elegance and striking beauty of the city it calls home, the university hosts a population of more than 20,000 students. The University of Edinburgh’s primary campus is built around George’s Square and has views of Edinburgh Castle and the great craggy rocks of Arthur’s seat. In keeping with the history of Edinburgh’s Old Town, buildings are composed of Georgian stone. A real student town, Edinburgh allows students to move easily between classes and city life in minutes.

Glasgow Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year This program is open only to engineering, computer science, mathematics and science majors. Situated on Scotland’s west coast, Glasgow is an ideal gateway to further explore the country and is less than an hour away from many attractions, including Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, Edinburgh, Stirling and the Ayrshire Coast. The University of Glasgow is the second oldest university in Scotland and has one of the largest biology departments in the United Kingdom. The school

TRAVEL TIP: If you can’t find your way, try to find individuals in authority to ask for directions.

consistently ranks among the United Kingdom’s top universities and offers a world-class academic program in a city that is trendy, vibrant and energetic.


Capital: Varies by location Official Language: English, Gilbertese, French, Patois, Spanish (varies by location) Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year This unique program offers students the opportunity to be challenged intellectually and physically by combining the sailing adventure of a lifetime with the study of the deep ocean. Students participate in a 12-week program that takes place half on shore and half at sea. The interdisciplinary program begins in one of the world’s great centers for ocean research, Woods Hole, Mass. There are multiple academic programs to choose from and options for all majors including “Documenting Change in the Caribbean” (social science and humanities), “Ocean Exploration” (oceanography, humanities, social sciences, public policy, nautical science), “Oceans and Climate” (science majors only) and “Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures” (environmental science and sustainability).


Capital: Varies by location Official Language: Afrikaans, Arabic, English, Hindi, Japanese, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Portuguese, Spanish, Sotho, Swazi, Tamil, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Vietnamese, Xhosa, Zulu (varies by location) Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year Exploring numerous countries within a single semester, Semester 21

at Sea offers students the unique opportunity to live on board a 24,000-ton passenger ship while completing a full semester of study. The shipboard curriculum will give students insight into various cultures and societies with exposure to a kaleidoscope of customs and ideas from around the world. The ship makes approximately 12 to 16 ports of call during the 100-day voyage, in which students are able to enroll in courses focusing on the environment, population, foreign policy relationships and economics, all in the context of the nations that they visit. Courses are available in anthropology, biological sciences, business, communications, economics, English, geography, environmental studies, fine arts, geology, history, music, philosophy, political science, sociology, psychology and women’s studies. Field visits are also an integral part of the program. The port stays usually last four to six days, and students will get a first-hand look at the countries they are studying in the classroom. Educational activities on land will complement classroom instruction, and the fieldwork accounts for 20 percent of the hours needed for course credit.


Capital: Bloemfontein (judicial capital), Cape Town (legislative capital), Pretoria (administrative capital) Official Language: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu 22

South Africa is one of the most diverse countries in the world, with dozens of ethnic groups and 11 official languages. Since the end of apartheid in 1994, the country has sought to address the many economic and social inequalities of the past. Host of the 2010 World Cup, South Africa boasts a warm, inviting and extremely diverse cultural heritage.

Cape Town/Durban/ Johannesburg Term: Summer This three-week faculty-led summer study abroad course offers students a unique opportunity to visit South Africa and learn more about its history, politics and culture. As a country that is 10 years removed from apartheid rule, the study of South African politics and history enables students to think critically about the legacy of authoritarian rule, democratization, and race and ethnic reconciliation. This academic component is supplemented with opportunities to engage with South African communities, such as black townships and rural villages. Course credit is offered in political science or history.


Capital: Seoul Official Language: Korean Often referred to as the “Land of the Morning Calm,” South Korea is located on the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula and is bordered by China, Japan and North Korea. The Peninsula is one of the most mountainous regions in the world. South Korea also has a breathtaking coastline and an intriguing countryside. Changing economics and lifestyles have led to a concentration of population in major cities, especially the capital Seoul. There are nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South Korea.



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Seoul Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year Students will enroll in Korean University Business School (KUBS). Founded in 1905, it was the country’s first business school and today is one of its most prestigious. A variety of business classes are available in English, and Korean language courses are also available. Those wishing to further immerse themselves in the Korean business world may elect to participate in an internship. In addition to the excellent academic and recreational facilities offered at KUBS, there are many social and recreational student clubs available, and international students are encouraged to get involved.


Capital: Madrid Official Language: Spanish Spain is a spectacular and diverse country, with the north resembling the rolling, green hills of Ireland and the south giving a taste of Moroccan landscapes and architecture. The tremendous history of Spain is reflected in its prehistoric cave paintings, Moorish palaces, crumbling castles, Roman ruins, Gothic and Renaissance cathedrals as well as some distinctive modern architecture. The uniqueness of Spain lies in the kingdoms that made up the original Spanish nation. These regions remain diverse in their language, culture, cuisine and art.

Barcelona Term: Fall, Intersession,

Spring or Academic Year Barcelona is Spain’s most cosmopolitan city and one of the Mediterranean’s busiest ports. It is Spain’s second largest city and the capital of Catalonia. Both intersession and semester programs are available in Barcelona. Students wishing to spend an entire semester or year abroad may choose to attend the ESADE Business School — Universidad Ramon Llull in Barcelona (business majors only), the University of Barcelona (Spanish language and culture), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (economic integration and Spanish civilization). During the intersession faculty-led program, students will be immersed in Spanish culture while studying Spanish for three weeks. Local cultural events and visits to key sites throughout the region will enhance the classroom material. Site visits may include the Cathedral, Park Güell, the Picasso museum, the port, the statue of Columbus, the Barcelona Fort and the Sagrada Familia Church of Gaudi. Additionally there is a specialized intersession program with various disciplines offered as part of USD’s Second Year Experience Abroad program.

Bilbao Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year Students study at the Universidad de Deusto, one of the oldest and most prestigious private academic institutions in Spain. The university has nine colleges, four schools and 11 institutes, which are home to 14,000 students. The University of Deusto’s campus is centrally located in the heart of Bilbao, across the river from the Guggenheim Museum. The university has a strong commitment to international studies and political science, which attracts students from all over the world. Disciplines offered include Spanish,

TRAVEL TIP: Try to seem purposeful when you move about.Even if you are lost, act as if you know where you are going.

psychology, anthropology, history, art history, philosophy and literature. Courses are taught in English and Spanish with international students, and no previous Spanish study is required. Students can take a maximum of two courses in English.

Madrid Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year Madrid is one of the most livable capital cities in the world. Festive and friendly, this modern, fastpaced political and financial center of one of Europe’s most ancient countries has managed to preserve the old while embracing the new. The city offers an abundance of opportunities to participate in Spain’s rich cultural life. Its central location offers easy access to Spanish cities in every direction. The Madrid semester program is coordinated exclusively by the University of San Diego and is one of USD’s largest semester programs. While in Madrid, students can take courses across several disciplines, including Spanish language and literature, art history, business, communication studies, history, political science and psychology. All students are required to enroll in one Spanish grammar course and one additional traveling course instructed in Spanish.

Toledo Term: Fall, Spring or Academic Year This study abroad opportunity is offered in cooperation with the Toledo International Program of Spanish Language and Latin

American and European Studies, which is the undergraduate teaching division of the Fundación Ortega y Gasset, located in Madrid. The curriculum combines courses in Spanish language and literature, the humanities, and the social sciences, all taught in Spanish. Students are required to study Spanish language as part of their academic schedule and must have completed four semesters of college-level Spanish prior to participation in the program.


Capital: Dodoma Official Language: English, Swahili Tanzania is probably one of the oldest known continuously inhabited areas on Earth. Tanzania is home to some of the most incredible tribal diversity in Africa. The country includes all of the major ethnic and linguistic groups on the continent — an amazingly varied population to inhabit a single country. Although Tanzania is a country rich in culture and traditions, it’s history is also one of treasured heritage and pride. Term: Fall or Spring Through classroom and field activities, students will contrast the conservation issues in the TarangireManyara ecosystem of Northern Tanzania with those in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem just north of Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya. In this two-country program, students will begin their study at one field station, gaining general knowledge about the wildlife in the region, the pastoralist lifestyle, and principles of wildlife management. Students will compare and contrast the socio-economic, policy, and environmental drivers and implications of demographic change, land reform, and wildlife populations for wildlife conservation and rural livelihood. Halfway



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through the semester, students will travel overland to the other field station to apply the foundational knowledge of wildlife management to delve into the specific issues in that region. They will conduct the directed research in the final month of the program at the second field site. Students will visit multiple national parks and group ranches at both sites. Note: This program is also listed under Kenya.


Capital: Ankara Official Language: Turkish Turkey is a rapidly modernizing country with one foot in Europe and one in the Middle East. The Turkish people have an unrivalled reputation for hospitality, the cuisine is phenomenal, the coastline is a Mediterranean paradise, and many Turkish cities are dotted with spectacular mosques and castles. Turkey also has a very unique past and is a land full of historical mementos from 13 successive civilizations that span more than 10,000 years.

Istanbul Term: Summer Due to its rich cultural history, Istanbul serves as the perfect location for students to study art, art history and architecture. Throughout history, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Ottomans, Byzantines and Thracians have all called Istanbul home. As the only city in the world to span two continents, Istanbul is rife with architectural gems, majestic waterways and urban charm.

TRAVEL TIP: Learn a few phrases in the local language or have them handy in written form.

Students who participate in this six-week summer program will explore Istanbul while earning academic credit through USD faculty-led classes. Courses are taught in English and focus on the architecture and design art the city has to offer.


Capital: Cockburn Town Official Language: English The British-governed Turks and Caicos Islands lie at the southeastern end of the Bahamian archipelago. The islands are considered one of world’s top 10 diving locations, where turquoise waters house nearly 50 species of coral and more than 350 species of large fish. Nearby sea grass beds, mangrovestudded woodlands, sandy shoals and deep reefs lend a patchwork appearance to the surrounding miles of shallow ocean waters, making it a perfect location for the study of marine life.

South Caicos Island Term: Fall or Spring Students who participate in this semester program, run by the School for Field Studies, will learn about tropical marine ecology and environmental management. Students will also participate in field research to provide the local government, community and tourism developers with advice that will help sustain the economic, societal and ecological stability of the South Caicos and its island community. Students share living quarters in the residential wings of the Center for Marine Resource Studies. Community involvement opportunities include reading, tutoring, and volunteer projects at the local library and grade school, providing swimming lessons for local children, and hosting “sea day” at the field station to introduce elementary students to the marine environment. 23

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Greg Grassi, Jessica Luchesi, Kira Espiritu, Rebecca Deedman, Allison Howitt, Jennifer Miles and Danielle Barbeau (left to right)

Even from the hallway, visitors can sense the excitement as they approach the University of San Diego International Center. A hotbed of activity — students preparing for trips abroad rub elbows with those newly returned from recent adventures — the center is the lively hub of USD students’ international experience. Each member of the International Center team is dedicated to helping to develop University of San Diego students into well-traveled global citizens. Director Kira Espiritu (MS ‘00, PhD ‘09) got bit by the “study abroad bug” as a sophomore in college. “While I’d travelled with my family from a very young age, I’d never spent more than a few weeks in one location,” she explains. “During the spring semester, I studied abroad in the Dominican Republic.” It was an experience that changed her life: “From my time abroad I learned much more about my country and myself, and my perspective on the world became more nuanced.” In the years since, she’s developed a passion for working with students. “I hope to provide them with the same amazing experience that I had as a college student,” she says. Assistant Director Jessica Luchesi ‘03 says her interest in studying abroad began with a desire to learn Spanish. “As an undergraduate student, I set out on my first journey abroad to Mexico through USD’s Guadalajara Summer Program. This experience changed my life and awakened my traveling spirit, which later led me to spend a semester abroad in Madrid,” she recalls. Through her master’s program, she went on to teach English in Shanghai and spent more time in Madrid learning how best to teach English language learners. “All of these experiences were extremely valuable intellectually, socially and culturally. There is still so much to explore ... the world awaits us!” Even as a child, advisor Danielle Barbeau took every opportunity she could to travel with her family. “Sometimes to faraway lands, sometimes just down the highway,” she recalls. “As a middle school student I participated in service trips to Jamaica; in high school I traveled with classmates to Italy and spent a summer studying in Tokyo.” In college, she spent a semester in Barcelona. “That trip eventually turned into an eight-month stay in Europe, because I decided to walk across Spain on a 30-day pilgrimage along the Camino De Santiago and kept postponing my flight home,” she says. “All of these life-altering experiences fed my desire to help other students study 24

abroad and realize previously unimagined possibilities. As an advisor, I’m constantly inspired by the transformation when students return from an international experience energized and enlightened.” As a member of a Navy family, advisor Rebecca Deedman ‘07 spent more than eight years living abroad. “My parents made sure that my sister and I were exposed to history, art and culture. I loved meeting new people and helping to dispel many misconceptions that people had about American lifestyles,” she recalls. “As an undergraduate student at USD, I spent a semester abroad in Aix-en-Provence as well as three summers in Guadalajara working as an intern for the program.” Every summer since has brought a new adventure, but she most enjoys watching USD students gain firsthand insight into new cultures. Advisor Greg Grassi ‘99 has spent significant time in Mexico, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Ecuador and Japan. “As Americans, we often think that we come from a place without a defined culture. Traveling abroad has helped me to recognize and understand my own culture and to appreciate what it means to be home,” he says. Not that he doesn’t relish travel. “Guadalajara and Madrid are like additional hometowns for me,” he says with a laugh. “Now, as an advisor for USD’s international students and scholars, I have the opportunity to travel every day without leaving my desk.” Advisor Allison Howitt is a fervent believer in the intrinsic value of study abroad. “Having traveled independently to over 30 countries, I now share my love of diversity and cultural exploration with USD students,” she says. “My experiences have included teaching English in Mexico, opening a business in Turkey and studying in southern Spain.” A lifelong traveler, advisor Jennifer Miles ‘04 has “planned, packed for, delighted in and survived to return home from 32 countries on six continents. And still I want to travel more!” Of course, she’s not always on the road. “My job at the USD International Center is to help incoming international students and advise domestic students about going abroad. I love seeing the change that study abroad has on our students when I hear about their amazing experiences when they return.” To meet the team in person, visit Serra Hall, Room 315. For a virtual visit, go to

“Traveling abroad with USD is a once in a lifetime experience. You will come back to campus and have many new friends you otherwise might not have had the opportunity to meet. It’s a must!” — Taylor Schulte ‘08

University of San Diego International Studies Abroad Serra Hall, Room 315 5998 Alcalá Park San Diego, CA 92110-2492 (619) 260-4598 Reservation of the Right to Modify It is the policy of the University of San Diego to adhere to the rules and regulations as announced in this publication. The university nevertheless hereby gives notice that it reserves the right to expand, delete or otherwise modify its study abroad programs, or its policies pertaining to nonaffiliated programs, whenever such changes are adjudged by it to be desirable or necessary. Produced by the Office of University Publications [5000/0810]

Journeys: International Studies Abroad [director] Kira Espiritu (MS ’00, PhD ’09) [editor] Julene Snyder [creative director] Barbara Ferguson [photography] Barbara Ferguson Luis Garcia Tim Mantoani [writing] Danielle Barbeau Rebecca Deedman Nathan Dinsdale Kira Espiritu Greg Grassi Allison Howitt Jessica Luchesi Jennifer Miles Julene Snyder

National Recognition USD was ranked 2nd in the nation for undergraduate participation in study abroad programs, according to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors 2009 Report; nearly 80 percent of our undergraduates take part in study abroad opportunities.


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Catalogue for the University of San Diego's 2010-2012 international study abroad opportunities.


Catalogue for the University of San Diego's 2010-2012 international study abroad opportunities.