International Programs

USC Thornton International Programs offers dynamic overseas opportunities designed to expand upon and enhance your curriculum. The following guidelines will help you start the application process for your preferred program.

General Guidelines

Interested in studying abroad? Start with the guidelines below.


Review the available programs as well as their course offerings. Scroll down to visit the Exchange program pages or review other opportunities.


Discuss program details and finances with a study abroad advisor. Email to make an appointment.


Develop a study abroad plan with your major advisor based on the offerings at your desired destination. Identify the best time to go abroad.


Thornton students can apply aid to the cost of a USC-approved semester program. Scholarships are also available to qualified students, outlined in our resource guide.


There are separate applications for your chosen program and for Thornton. Review the requirements carefully with your advisor, including application and withdrawal dates.


The pre-departure session will cover USC requirements, the visa process, financial deadlines, course transfer, cultural adjustment, packing and other important logistics. 

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Thornton Timelines

The curated study abroad timelines below can help Thornton Trojans plan their trajectory. Final timeline requires approval from Thornton Academic Advisor and Faculty.

Exchange Applications

Applications for 2024-25 Semester Exchange open in early November and are due January 15. Review the application materials and deadlines through the options below: Thornton Students or Partner (International) Students.

Other Program Deadlines

USC Thornton additionally offers overseas programs through our Maymester and Short-Term Study options, with USC-wide opportunities through Global Scholars and the USC International Artist Fellowship. Program deadlines are updated on a rolling basis.


Maymesters are spring courses that count as part of a spring semester load and travel for 3-4 weeks in late-May and early June. Students have the opportunity during spring registration to enroll for three courses for the traditional spring semester and one course in the Maymester. 

USC Thornton Maymester programs for spring 2024 will be announced in November.

Short Term Trips

USC Thornton offers a variety of short, non-credit bearing trips, typically a week or less, related to a particular major area of study. These opportunites, in collaboration with international partners, change from year to year. Past trips have included a Jazz collaboration in Amsterdam; a strings chamber music project in France; choral singers performing in Ireland; a music festival in Singapore and early music master classes followed by a performance in Italy.

  • These opportunities are only open to sophomores, juniors and seniors and selection is competitive.
  • Opportunities are announced by USC Thornton International.

Global Scholars

The USC Global Scholars program rewards students who enrich their learning by spending at least ten weeks in other countries.

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USC International Artist Fellowship

The USC International Artist Fellowship Program celebrates a diversity of cultures in an increasingly interconnected world, with a focus on the Pacific Rim, Latin America and Southeast Asia.

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The USC International Artist Fellowship Program is not accepting new fellows at this time.

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