ExCEL Program

International Experiential Corporate Learning Program

Spring 2021 ExCEL has been Suspended

A 10-day series of visits with international government, educational and business leaders for USC undergraduates to experience doing business under other economic systems

Program Learning Objectives

    ExCEL features meetings with executives of some of the top companies and businesses in major cities around the world as well as local and national government officials. The goal of the program is for students to meet with business leaders, not just from U.S. companies doing business outside of the U.S., but also joint ventures, and wholly nationally owned businesses. In doing so, the program hopes to:

    • Enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of international business.
      The program is focused on giving students a better understanding of the complexities of doing business under other economic systems, the scope of business opportunities, and the way U.S. companies operate outside the U.S.
    • Develop their appreciation of cultural differences.
      There is no better way to learn, feel, understand, and see cultural differences than to be immersed in the foreign country for a period of time.
    • Expose them to foreign business practices.
      A good amount of time is dedicated to taking students on company tours, multinational and local corporations, led by a general manager or executive.


    Program Details

    The programs are approximately 10-days (including travel time) and consist of a series of visits with government, educational and business leaders. The visitation schedule is often intense, with 3-4 company visits each day (Sample Schedule - Dubai/Abu Dhabi 2019 Schedule). Students will also be expected to complete research assignments, do company presentations, be prepared for all visits, as well as compete in a case-competition with a local institution.


    These programs are open only to USC undergraduates who have at least 36 college level units (USC coursework as well as transfer/AP, IB or A-level credit) at the time of their application.

    Past Trips

    Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE (March 2019) Visits included Emirates, Nervora/Vogue Arabia, CBRE, Mubadala, and Etisalat. See a sample schedule - Dubai/Abu Dhabi 2019 Schedule.

    London (March 2018) Focus on Brexit and its impact. Visits included Salesforce, Shell Oil,  Braintree (Paypal), London Metal Exchange, Q5 Consulting, Microsoft and  Double Negative Special Effects

    Milan and Florence, Italy (May 2017) Focus on fashion industry, including designers, manufacturers, retail, distributing and marketing/PR. Visit included Isaia, Salvatore Ferragamo, Manebi, Boemos (manufacturer of Tom Ford and Louboutin shoes) and laRinascente. 

    Yangon, Myanmar and Bangkok, Thailand (March 2017) Focus on comparison of 2 linked developing economies at different stages in development. Visits included- Lazada, Telenor (Myanmar), KBZ Bank, Carlsberg, City Mart, and Yoma Strategic.

    Hong Kong; Berlin, Germany; Manila, Philippines; Tel Aviv, Israel; Paris, France; Kuala Lumpur/Singapore; Panama City, Panama; Gabarone, Botswana; Istanbul, Turkey; Havana, Cuba; Rome and Milan, Italy; Copenhagen, Denmark and Stockholm, Sweden; Lima, Peru; Budapest, Hungary; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; Taipei, Taiwan; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, Korea; Beijing, China; Shanghai, China