USC Marshall Student Travel

Marshall Learning about International Commerce (LINC) Program

Learning about International Commerce

March/May 2024 Info Session Recording (Link HERE)



Globalization is an important force shaping businesses around the world. In an increasingly globalized world, it is critical that business professionals learn about international business practices and how to operate internationally. This course will provide a hands-on learning experience that broaden your global competence and help you gain an appreciation for how business is conducted across national boundaries. The centerpiece of this course is a week-long field study trip to another country to learn about the business, economic, and cultural environment in that country. In addition to the experiential education during the international field study trip, the course will consist of a set of class sessions leading up to the trip, in which major themes related to international business and the business environment of the country you will visit will be discussed.  

Program Details 

In the Spring semester (March and May trips), students admitted to the program will enroll in a two-unit course and spend approximately 9 days overseas. During the course, they will learn about the culture, history, politics, as well as economic and business conditions in the country they will be visiting. 

 During class sessions, students will:  

  • learn how the business context of a country impacts business practices, business functions, and industries 

  • develop an understanding of how culture affects doing business in a country 

  • learn about the ways in which businesses can be responsible global citizens and the opportunities for social entrepreneurship in global business 

  • develop a deeper appreciation of career options in various functional areas and industries, in both domestic and international contexts.  


Develop and Strengthen Essential Business Skills

Cross-cultural Communication Skilla


Project Management and Critical Thinking Skills


Team Building and Management


Trip Locations 

Tentative Travel Dates: March 8-16, 2024 & May 11-21, 2024 

LInCSpring 2024 LInC Locations: March destinations include Madrid, Spain and Dubai, UAE. May destinations include Seoul, South Korea; Singapore, Singapore; and Tokyo, Japan.

LInC Student Testimonials

Click here to read from students’ perspectives about their LINC experiences from past years.

LInC Students in Rome

"Each presentation had something unique and different that gave me a better insight to their industry and the future business. I can definitely apply my learnings from presentations in the future."

LInC students visiting Google in Singapore

"I enjoyed listening to the diverse companies that we went to and liked that they covered many fields so they could apply to students of all interests."

LInC Students in London

"Learning more about the industry and their day-to-day tasks as a business professional in their position [was valuable]. I also found the international scope and viewpoint to be more valuable in order to broaden our horizons from just simply seeking opportunities in the US."

Program Costs

The cost of the travel portion of the program will be $3,650 and will cover the following:



Ground Transportation

Ground Transportation



Some Meals

Some Meals

Program prices do NOT include: visa application costs, evening meals, international insurance, incidentals, personal expenses, and residence hall extensions (May trips only).

Additional funds will be available in the form of need-based scholarships for those students who require additional financial support

Please note: For safety, students MUST arrive and depart with the group. Students may NOT plan their own schedules to and from the destination. 



The application for the 2024 LInC program is due by September 29th, 2023. Admission is NOT on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to take your time in completing the application. 

Application Requirements

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Students must be Marshall or Leventhal Majors, who are true first year students (started college Fall 2023 or Spring 2024)

You must submit an application and the following supporting materials online:

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You will be asked to answer 2 essays:

  • Why do you believe you are prepared to participate in this program? (500 words max.)
  • What challenges do you expect to encounter during your time overseas? (500 words max.)
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If you are applying for a Scholarship, you will need the following:

  • A copy of your Financial Aid Statement (for those who recieve need-based financial aid and not simply a merit scholarship)
  • A print-out from Oasis/MyUSC is sufficient OR a Letter of Financial Need (see 'Scholarship' section for what is required to be included in the letter)
    For more information about scholarships, please click here.
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If you do not have a passport or your passport is not valid through the end of November 2024, you need to apply for a new passport or renew your passport as soon as possible.

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An electronic copy of your resume (which you will upload as an MSWord or pdf document). Please make sure your resume is UPDATED to included USC (under education) and not more than 1 page in length.

The application is due by September 29, 2023.

Apply Now!

Fall Admits click here to apply to the LInC program!

Fall Admits click here to apply to the LInC Program!

Spring Admits click here to apply to the LInC program!

Spring Admits click here to apply to the LInC Program!


Click here for FAQs for admitted students.

*Transfer students should apply to the Transfer International Experience (TIE) program instead of LInC. 

If you would like to discuss your options in person, please contact the Marshall Undergraduate International Programs office at (213) 764-8447 or by email at