How to Apply

If you are considering studying abroad, here is what you need to know!

STEP 1: Investigate our programs and contact your Thornton Academic Advisor

Based on your academic and personal goals, discuss program options with your academic advisor.

Some factors to consider are:   

STEP 2: Make a study abroad course plan.

Think about whether you want to take classes abroad towards your major and/or enhance your professional development. 

Begin filling out the Study Abroad Course Planning Tool

Begin filling out the Study Abroad Planning Tool and develop a potential study-abroad course plan with your Thornton academic advisor.

The following are curated study abroad timelines.  These are tentative timelines that may change based on student’s academic goals and/or additional majors/minors.  Final timeline requires approval from Thornton Academic Advisor and Faculty.

Credit Conversion Examples

European Credit Transfer System (ECTS):  ECTS units divided by 2 = USC semester units

Research Appropriate Courses Abroad

Research available courses at the overseas host institution. Contact the Thornton International Programs Coordinator with questions about courses.  

STEP 3: Meet with your academic advisor to review your plan.

Review your proposed course plan(s) and discuss scheduling opportunities for study abroad.  

STEP 4: Consider your finances.

Students receiving financial aid may apply their aid to the cost of their Thornton International Program thus a semester abroad should NOT be more expensive than a semester at Thornton including international travel.  

You can also explore additional sources of funding such as scholarships and grants for international education.  

STEP 5: Complete all required application processes and/or eligibility requirements.

There are separate applications for your chosen program and for Thornton. Follow the checklist and make sure you turn in all documents on time!

Short Term Study Abroad & Maymester
Semester Exchange

STEP 6: Attend Pre-Departure workshop.

Work with the Thornton International Programs Coordinator, to arrange your passport/visa applications, course credit transfer details, and logistical/travel preparations.