Trojans: Across International Boundaries

November 21, 2017
• by
Mariel Salem

USC’s Main Campus in the heart of downtown Los Angeles is nearly impossible to beat, and there are few reasons why I would willingly choose to live this oasis in one of the United States’ largest metropolitan areas. One may argue that they would never choose to leave, yet that may be before they discover Marshall’s international programs. From study-abroad to mini international programs to an entire major focused on travel, the international opportunities in Marshall seem to be limitless and as USC students, we don’t expect any less from one of the most international universities in the country. With over 123 countries worldwide in which USC Marshall Alumni are changing the shape of business, it comes as no surprise that our international studies programs fosters creativity and reaching outside of our comfort zone in more ways than you could have possibly imagined.

As a current junior, I have been fortunate enough to participate in two unique global experiences, including Learning about International Commerce (LINC) in Santiago, Chile, during my freshman year and the Experiential Corporate Learning Program (ExCEL) in Milan and Florence, Italy, at the end of my sophomore year. During both of these experiences, I was able to truly gain insight into international business practices, especially with ExCEL as it centered on the business of the fashion industry. Studying everything from manufacturing to showrooms while traveling around one of the largest hubs of fashion in the world, I was able to see for the first time what the industry was truly like. From the numerous company visits to the indescribably cultural experiences, my global perspective has been widened in ways I could never have imaged by the valuable international program in which I participated.

More than just developing my professional perspective, I also grew as an individual, for the bonding experiences with your peers are ones I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Some of the friendships I made while strolling the streets of Florence with people I never would have interacted with otherwise have helped shaped me often more than the coursework itself. It is for this reasons and many others that I cannot emphasize the value and impalpable awe of what it means to travel and study internationally with Marshall. There are truly no limits to the Trojan Family, so with that I say: Bon Voyage!