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Education Abroad Office

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The application process varies depending on the type of program you choose. Deadlines for each program type are found below.  Before you apply, be sure to check the specific instructions for each program!  Before beginning your application, learn more about our $150 application fee for undergraduate for-credit programs and the associated refund/transfer policy.

The following deadlines indicate when the initial application must be completed.


Faculty-Led Programs

USC faculty members from academic departments across campus organize faculty-led programs which typically focus on a specific subject area or foreign language. These programs typically take place during  Winter Session, Spring Break and Summer/Maymester. Program sites and course offerings vary from year to year. These programs typically admit applicants on a rolling basis up until the date listed below, but may fill sooner. After the respective deadline, there is a $50 late charge unless stated otherwise. While all faculty-led students must register with the EAO, each program leader chooses who to enroll in their program and when. If interested in applying to a faculty-led program, please contact the program leader as soon as possible.

Semester/Term Application Deadline
Fall Break Rolling until September 1
Winter Session Rolling until October 1
Spring Break Rolling until December 1
Maymester / Summer Rolling until March 1

Exchange Programs  

USC offers exchange programs in conjunction with partner institutions in over 20 countries. Some of these exchange programs focus on specific areas of study, while others are open to all majors. Students selected to participate in an exchange program will be charged USC in-state tuition, paid directly to USC. Housing and meals are paid overseas and vary from program to program.

Semester/Term Application Period
Fall / Academic Year January 15 - March 1* 

Priority: April 15 - May 15
Regular: July 1 - September 1

Rolling: September 2 - October 1*


Direct Enroll Programs

USC offers direct enroll programs in conjunction with partner institutions. The on-site experience on a direct enroll program is similar to an exchange program, but students pay tuition and fees directly to USC's partner host university. Students can choose from a variety of programs for the summer, semester, or academic year. Some of these programs focus on specific topics or foreign languages, while others offer an array of courses in various subject areas.

Semester/Term Application Period
Fall / Academic Year Rolling January 15 - March 1* 
Spring  Rolling July 1 - October 1*
Summer Rolling January 15 - March 1


Affiliate Partner Programs  

USC offers students a variety of additional program options in a wide range of countries around the world. Because of the relationships  with our affiliate partners we are able to extend our programming options.  Students can apply to the program which best matches their academic and geographic preferences. All tuition and fees will be paid directly to the affiliate partner. In addition to semester and academic year options, students can choose to study abroad through one of these programs in the summer.

Semester/Term Application Period
Fall / Academic Year January 15 - March 1* 
Spring  July 1 - October 1
Summer January 15- March 1

Graduate/Professional Students

Graduate and professional students who are traveling internationally for a purpose related to their USC degree (e.g. dissertation research, independent research funded by USC, conference attendance, and study abroad) should register with the EAO.

Semester/Term Applciation Deadline
All Terms 30 days prior to departure

International Business Exchange Programs

The Moore School's strong international links have facilitated the development of partnerships with over 45 of the best business schools around the world. Every spring, juniors majoring in the International Business program have the opportunity to study at one of these schools through an exclusive exchange program. These partnerships allow students to build a network of global contacts with future business leaders around the world.

Semester/Term Application Period 
Spring April 1 - April 15

Non-Credit Programs


Application Deadline
All Terms Due 30 days prior to departure
(Note - Magellan spring grants due November 5; Magellan fall grants due March 4)


Unaffiliated Programs

Is your destination of choice not listed on our website? That means it is an unaffiliated program and has not been pre-approved for our students. Traveling with unaffiliated programs requires applicants to submit a petition in addition to their application.

Higher Risk Travel

Is your destination of choice Higher Risk Travel? Traveling to a Higher Risk Travel area requires that applicants submit a petition in addition to their application.

*Late Applications

Exchange and direct enroll applications WILL NOT be accepted after the rolling deadlines (March 1 and October 1).  Applications for other program types will not be accepted after April 1 for Maymester, Summer, Fall, and Academic Year programs and November 1 for Spring programs.  Late applications submitted between MARCH 2 - APRIL 1 and OCTOBER 2 - NOVEMBER 1  require the non-refundable $50 late fee.

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