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Study Abroad Office

International Perspectives on Higher Education

Are you interested in having your own study abroad experience? Would you like to learn more about how education abroad at USC works? Consider participating in the International Perspectives on Higher Education (IPHE) program specifically designed for faculty and staff. 

Program Details

The 6th annual International Perspectives on Higher Education (IPHE) professional development program will take place in Bogata, Medellin, and Cartagena in Colombia during spring break 2019. Past programs visited Spain/France (2013), Italy (2014), Ireland (2015), Costa Rica (2016), South Africa (2017) and Vietnam (2018). The IPHE program provides participants with the ability to observe typical study abroad sites, with integrated internships, leadership development, and service learning opportunities for students.

Participants have the opportunity to live the student study abroad experience while participating in a faculty-led study abroad program, gaining exposure to local culture. The IPHE group develops a theoretical understanding of the differences between the higher education systems of the United States and the host country via a comparative, reflective approach. Participants also gain insight into how a faculty-led program operates on the ground.

It was such a privilege to join my colleagues from different departments of the university, on our sojourn to South Africa. I am an unabashed believer in the power of international travel and its ability to break down the mystery of people from other cultures and countries, and become friends. The trip was soul stirring and educational, reinforcing my goal to help more students of color participate in the study abroad experience.

— Frenche Brewer, Public Relations Coordinator, African-American Studies and 2017 IPHE participant

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All USC faculty and staff who have received their supervisor's support are eligible to participate. The following individuals are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Staff and faculty who have never been outside of the U.S., or have very limited experience out of the country.
  • Faculty who may be interested in developing a Global Classroom program.
  • Staff from student affairs or academic units whose work directly supports Focus Carolina/USC Connect. 
  • Faculty from academic departments that are underrepresented in education abroad at USC.

A complete application will include the following items to be submitted to the Study Abroad Office by December 5:

  • Online application
  • Statement of interest with confirmation of departmental support (e.g. signature of supervisor/dean/department chair)
  • Non-refundable deposit.  Or, if being funded by his/her department, an intrainstitutional transfer memo may be submitted.  Contact the Study Abroad Office for more details.

Upon returning, all IPHE participants are responsible for completing a follow-on project to implement and share the knowledge gained during the program. Examples could include developing a short-term study abroad course, engaging in departmental curriculum integration, conducting a presentation on the IPHE outcomes for campus colleagues, or writing a campus news article about IPHE. 

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