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.
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
Tentative Travel Dates: March 8-16, 2024 & May 11-21, 2024
LInC Student Testimonials
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The cost of the travel portion of the program will be $3,650 and will cover the following:
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.
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:
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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