How to Apply

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

STEP 1: Investigate our programs and meet with the Thornton International Programs Coordinator.

Based on your academic and personal goals, discuss program options with Jessica (and explore Exchanges, Maymester or Short Term Performances on your own for inspiration).  

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.

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.