International Programs

Short-Term International Study Opportunities

Oslo, Norway • Feb. 17-25, 2018

Travel to Oslo Norway to participate in an immersive musical experience. Work alongside students from the Norwegian Academy of Music to explore Norwegian folk music traditions and instruments. Expand your musical horizons by bringing your instrumental, vocal and/or compositional skills to this week-long exploration of the rich traditions of Nordic music.

Click here to learn more about the Norwegian Academy’s folk music course.

  • Prior Knowledge needed: None.
  • Capacity: 6 students
  • Cost per student: $250 plus meals (Fee includes airfare, lodging and instruction)
  • Open to: All undergraduate Thornton Music Majors
  • Applications are closed


Amsterdam, Netherlands • Mar. 10-18, 2018

The West to West Jazz Project is a Spring Break study opportunity at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music for 10 jazz students and one faculty member to work with 10 local jazz students and faculty. Students will be mixed to form bands consisting of equal members from both schools. The week will include classes, masterclasses, coaching, recording sessions, and lots of performances on campus and in various venues around Amsterdam.  

  • Applications are closed.



Bali, Indonesia • May 14-25, 2018

Thornton students will have the opportunity to travel to Bali to collaborate with students and faculty from the Young Siew Toh Conservatory of the National University of Singapore in Bali. Participants will get hands-on experience engaging in a number of traditional Indonesian art forms through study with local master instructors in forms such as gong kebyar, jegog, kecak, and Balinese dance, as well as some music from West Java.

In addition to these ensemble activities, participants will work collaboratively on their own instruments under the supervision of faculty from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and Professor Richard Smith from USC Thornton. For more information, explore the trip’s Facebook group

  • Prior Knowledge needed: None.
  • Capacity: 10 students
  • Cost per student: $1500 plus airfare (Fee includes airfare, lodging, instruction, and field trips)
  • Open to: All Thornton undergraduate majors and minors
  • Applications are closed.


Paris, France • May 12-June 3, 2018

During this twenty-four day Maymester course in Paris (ARTL 310: Music and Dance in Paris Salon Culture), students will explore moments in Parisian salon culture as sites of artistic inspiration and collaboration. In doing so, students will investigate the cross-cultural legacy of Paris, and reflect on their own positions as global ambassadors of music, dance, and culture.

Applications for this course are now closed. For more information, visit the Maymester page.


Vicenza, Italy • May 14-25, 2018

Up to 10 Vocal Arts and Early Music students will study at the Vicenza Conservatory for two weeks. Students will prepare their parts during the Spring semester under the direction of USC Thornton faculty members and then travel to Italy to meet with their Italian colleagues for 10 days of rehearsals, coaching and Italian language classes. The culmination of the project is a public concert at the Teatro Olimpico, a Unesco World heritage site.

  • Cost: $2000, Plus Airfare
  • Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

Click here to download a PDF presentation about this opportunity. To Apply >


To Apply

For more information and to express your interest in either of the above programs please send the following information to Mist Thorkelsdottir at

  1. Name, year of study, and major or minor
  2. Complete contact information
  3. Which opportunity you are interested in participating
  4. The name of one Thornton faculty member who could act as a reference