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  • Locations: Washington, DC, United States;
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
  • To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Professor(s): Sarah Lyon Disciplines and Core Offered: Accounting (ACCT), Master of Science in Accountancy (MACC)
Program Advisor: Ahlers Center - Program Type: Graduate Business - Ahlers Center
Program Description:

Location  Course Professor Dates Mandatory Pre-Departure Meeting
Washington DC, USA ACCT/MACC 494 and 594: Accounting and Public Policy (3 units) Sarah Lyon, PhD PRE and POST TRAVEL on-campus class sessions: 
This is a full-semester course.

Class sessions TRAVEL:
  • Students must arrive to Washington DC on Sunday, March 24, 2024.
  • Course activities run Monday, March 25 - Friday, March 29, 2024
  • Students should depart Washington DC after 2:00PM Friday, March 29, 2024.


Course Description 


This course examines accounting, financial, and economics public policy in the United States. The study of public policy issues is crucial for a comprehensive understanding of new and emerging business laws. With changing government oversight and regulation, evolving professional conduct standards, and greater public scrutiny, business professionals increasingly need to understand the context and process of public policy making and of government relations and
public affairs. Students gain key insights in these areas and learn firsthand how public policy affects business operations.

Students in this experiential learning course will have several classroom meetings during the spring semester to prepare for a three-day intensive study with presentations from legislators and regulators, policy experts and influencers, and experienced sector professionals in Washington, D.C. in early March (travel over USD spring break).

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition $3,521.25
Program fee $800
Accommodations Included in Program Fee
Round-trip Airfare $750
Visa Fee Not Applicable

Notes about estimated program costs:

  1. TUITION for the Ahlers Center's short-term study abroad programs is reduced by 25% from $1,565/unit to $1,173.75/unit so that students may use the tuition savings toward airfare, accommodations, and other costs incurred while traveling.
  2. PROGRAM FEE is NON-REFUNDABLE once you apply and are accepted to a program. This fee is not a deposit towards tuition, but rather a separate payment toward on-site logistical fees, including group activities and some meals.
  3. AIRFARE is estimated as of October 30, 2023 using Google Flights ( Please note that the airfare estimated above is for a round trip flight between San Diego and the course abroad location. If you are planning to depart from another airport (for example, Los Angeles/LAX), you will need to determine airfare estimates separately. It is strongly recommended that you wait to book flights until after the application has been closed, and you have received notice that you have been accepted to the program.
  4. ACCOMMODATION is to be obtained on your own. Post the application deadline and once faculty hotel is secured, the faculty hotel location will be shared with you so that you may book accommodations either at the same hotel, or close by (Airbnb, other hotel, etc.) as you so choose. It is strongly recommended that you wait to book until after the application has been closed, and you have received notice that you have been accepted to the program.
  5. In addition to the tuition, program fee, round-trip flight ticket, and your own accommodations, participants will be responsible for paying for ground transportation to/from airports, accommodations, and group activities, meals not on the group itinerary, and personal spending money.


Applications for Spring 2024 programs open on Monday, October 30, 2023. The application deadline for ACCT/MACC Spring 2024 courses abroad is Friday, November 17, 2023. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete and successfully submitted by this date. Once you apply for a program, you commit to paying the non-refundable program fee. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Monday, November 20, 2023. Once accepted, you must provide your flight itinerary and other post-acceptance requirements by Sunday, February 25, 2024. Further information on post-acceptance requirements will be provided to accepted students.

To start your application, please click on "Apply Now" at the top of this page.

If you already have opened an application and wish to continue working on it, do not click on "Apply Now" but rather visit the direct login page here.


COVID-19 Travel Requirements

Updated as of October 1, 2021.

USD Requirements for Study Abroad and Group Travel Participation

USD requires that all students and guests traveling on a group program be in compliance with USD's Vaccination Requirement. This means that participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than 14 days prior to departure, or else have received an approved exemption to the Vaccination Requirement from the Student Health Center. Participants will be required to confirm their vaccination status by either uploading their vaccination cards, or by confirming their receipt of a Student Health Center exemption, via the online study abroad application following acceptance to the program abroad.


Additional Questions

Ahlers Center for International Business
Knauss School of Business
University of San Diego
Olin Hall 340
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)