The University of San Francisco: Center for Global Education

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Learning about the World

USF offers you a number of opportunities to travel and study abroad as part of your regular academic program.  The various international programs have been designed to help you understand cultural differences in preparation for living and working in our multicultural country and to provide you with some of the tools necessary to shape a more humane and just world - the essence of a USF education.

In Order to Change It

In general, when you participate in these programs, credits count toward graduation.  Other than tuition charges, you are responsible for your personal expenses (travel, housing, meals, visas, supplemental health insurance, etc.).  In general, financial aid does not apply but you can obtain bank loans to help you defray costs.  These are truly unique learning opportunities that are available to you as a USF student.

USF's own short-term international programs are in general, open to all students (Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors) and all credits count toward graduation.  Some of the programs require special applications and registration for a specific course.  All programs can only accommodate a limited number of students and priority is given to early applications.  To participate in these programs, start by reviewing the offerings below.

Summer Programs 

USF in Austria (Global Leadership Seminar)

USF in Madrid (Intensive Spanish Program)

*Please check periodically for additional summer programs.

Arrupe Immersion Programs

English Minga in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Culture and Environment in Sitka, Alaska

Minds in Motion in Tacna, Peru

The Ethiopian Health and Education System

Asian Pacific Communities in Hawai'i: Critical Issues Past and Present

Exploring Spanish Language, Culture & Mexican Health Care System in Puebla, Mexico

Cultural and Linguistic Preparation for Health Care in Bogota, Colombia

Additional information about the Arrupe Immersion Programs can be found here.

Application The application for summer programs can be found here.

Pre-departure Documents Once you have been accepted to a summer short term program, you must complete and submit a series of pre-departure documents.  All pre-departure documents can be found here.

The University of San Francisco reserves the right to add, amend, or cancel any of its programs, regulations, rules, policies, and procedures, in whole or in part, at such time as it may choose and for any reason.  None shall be construed as, operate as, or have the effect of an abridgment or limitation of any rights, powers, or privileges of the University of San Francisco.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication.  Students are advised, however, that such information i subject to change without notice, and that they should consult with the university for current information.