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USC launches International Academy

In the last decade, the number of students studying at an institution of higher education in a foreign country has grown at a rapid rate. USC has been at the forefront of this trend, enrolling more international students than any other university in the United States for the past 11 years.

To better address its growing international student body, the university has created the USC International Academy. A partnership between the USC Rossier School of Education and the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the academy will expand recruitment efforts to attract the brightest international undergraduate and graduate students to USC’s various academic programs.

“The USC International Academy will serve as a strategic partner to all our academic units by bringing increased numbers of talented international students seamlessly into our degree programs,” wrote Provost Elizabeth Garrett in a memo to faculty and staff. “Using a unified approach, the academy will also allow us to coordinate and enhance the strengths of our English-language training capabilities across the university.”

The university offers several training programs targeting its international community. These include USC Rossier’s Language Academy, which just recently celebrated 20 successful years, and USC Dornsife’s American Language Institute, which offers a number of initiatives, including a program for training teaching assistants from abroad to work effectively with students in the classroom.

USC is also a global leader in international academic programs, such as USC Rossier’s Global EdD degree and the USC Marshall School of Business’ World Bachelor in Business (WBB). The first undergraduate program of its kind, the WBB gives students the opportunity to study on three continents at three universities. It recently welcomed its first cohort of students.

Other international academic programs include iPodia Alliance at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and USC Dornsife’s Problems Without Passports.

In addition, USC’s international recruitment and student service reach is “unrivaled,” according to Garrett.

“The International Academy will collaborate with USC’s eight international offices and our overseas admission and orientation programs to expand USC’s ability to help students from non-English speaking countries achieve their academic and career goals,” she wrote.

USC currently has offices in Beijing, Brazil, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Shanghai, South Korea and Taiwan.

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