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                                 SYE Abroad 2011 students at Trevi Fountain (Italy)


SYE Abroad 2013

For class of 2015

For class of 2016

General Second Year Abroad Program Information:

The University of San Diego is committed to actively promoting awareness, appreciation, and respect for the complexity of cultural, political, environmental, and social issues worldwide while creating a campus environment that builds theoretical and practical skills needed to interact effectively in today's global society. 

The University of San Diego is dedicated to international education and strives to help students become truly global citizens. Globally competent students are ambassadors of the variety of cultures they represent. Through a values-based education, students learn to respect diverse human values, challenge existing global perspectives, and develop a deeper understanding of worldwide interconnectedness. Globally competent students are able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary for successful interactions locally and globally and maintain connections to facilitate personal and professional growth. Beginning with the entering class in Fall 2009, University of San Diego presents: Second Year Experience Abroad: Developing Global Citizenship through the Core Curriculum. 

This program is a very unique initiative that has been specially designed for the incoming Freshman class each year. During Intersession of your second year, you will have the opportunity to study abroad in one of three truly exceptional locations: China, Italy and Spain.  This program offers students the chance to earn core curriculum credit in a variety of disciplines such as:
  • Art History
  • Communication Studies
  • Ethics
  • History
  • Languages & Literatures
  • Theology
Students travel with USD faculty and staff to their chosen destination and, in addition to taking a course, also engage in the local community through community service and university ministry projects abroad. 

Tentative Schedule for Second Year Experience Abroad Participants:

December 1: Application and deposit ($500) deadline for program 

January: Students are confirmed in location and course

February: Application and deposit deadline for program (for new students who enter as freshman in Spring)

Spring: Students participate in two small group activities with fellow program participants on campus

Fall: International Workshops 

January of Sophomore Year: Go Abroad!

Spring of Sophomore Year: Program reunions on campus

Change your life - go international!