There’s a myth that engineers cannot study abroad in college.  That’s not true at USC Viterbi.

Engineering is a global profession, and therefore global opportunities allow you to learn more about other cultures and specifically gain perspective on technology issues around the world.  The opportunity to go abroad in some capacity gives meaningful exposure that will prepare you to enter the workforce.  Here we highlight several possible ways to get overseas as an undergraduate for a wide range of lengths of travel.  With the proper planning, the only question you need to ask is where do you want to go!

Viterbi Summer Abroad

Viterbi Summer Abroad

Spend a Summer with Viterbi

Viterbi Summer Abroad is a program that allows you to spend 6-8 weeks in one city of a rotating list in Europe and also get ahead on your courses. You'll be taking 2 engineering courses from Viterbi faculty- just in a different city. Cities in the past few years have included Madrid, Paris, London, Rome, and Florence.

Tsinghua Summer Research

Tsinghua Summer Research

Research Exchange Program in Beijing

This six to seven week program provides an opportunity for an exchange of undergraduate students between the Viterbi School of Engineering and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China to participate in research with faculty at each institution.

USC Abroad Programs

USC Abroad Programs

The traditional way to study abroad

Engineers have the ability to participate in any of the traditional semester programs offered by USC. Be sure to check what classes transfer in advance, but spending a semester somewhere like the University of Melbourne is definitely possible.

iPodia

iPodia

An International Classroom

Imagine having students from 3 different schools in 3 different countries taking class together, and working on teams to create solutions. This is the goal of iPodia, to remove physical, cultural, and institutional boundaries of learning.

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders

Help Engineer Better Communities

This student managed organization of volunteers have a common vision of making a difference in the lives of the poor and enhancing engineering education at USC. They have completed two international projects in Honduras to provide clean water.

Problems Without Passports

Problems Without Passports

Take a class about other cultures

Problems Without Passports provides you with the opportunity for coursework that combines problem based or inquiry learning research exercises with study in a foreign country.

Alternative Breaks

Alternative Breaks

Spend your breaks helping others

Alternative Break allows you to spend a break from school volunteering in a community outside of Los Angeles, experience a different culture, and give back while tackling some of the most pressing issues in society today.

International Internships

International Internships

Work in a different country

There are also opportunities to work in a different country. Through both international internships and co-ops, students can work at international companies and gain exposure to the industry. Working with the Viterbi Career Center can make this possible.

And these are just a few! Wherever you want to go, and whatever experience you want to have, we will help you get there.

Have questions? Ask a Viterbi Admission staff member!