Transfer International Experience (TIE) Program


Tokyo, Japan

TIE Spring 2020 Information Session

September 12 2:00-3:30 pm in JFF 236


The University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business is happy to announce the Transfer International Experience (TIE) program. Specifically geared toward upperclassmen who have transferred into Marshall or Leventhal from other institutions, this course provides a first-hand perspective on how globalization affects companies and industries and helps students develop skills needed to succeed in business transactions across borders. The centerpiece of this course is an eight-day experiential learning trip to Tokyo, Japan May 16-24, 2020 (after spring semester ends).

BUAD 206

Students admitted to the program will enroll in a 2-unit course in Spring 2020, BUAD 206 taught by Professor Tommy Knapp. Professor Knapp has launched many successful companies in the apparel, retail and real estate industries and has done business in Japan for 25+ years. The class will focus on the entrepreneurship and start-up culture. In a highly developed market like Japan, the trip to Tokyo will allow students to visit seasoned entrepreneurs and start-up founders while at the same time visiting new ventures and those starting on their entrepreneurial journey. 

The Marshall School is known for its unique and innovative global business experiential courses, and the TIE course, which is the newest offering in our set of global courses, will help prepare you for managerial roles in businesses of the future.

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

You are invited to read from students’ perspectives about their TIE experiences.

Student Travel Blogs


The cost of the travel portion of the program (airfare, hotel, ground transportation, and some meals) will be $3300 Program prices do NOT include costs for visa application, evening meals, incidentals, and personal expenses.


ALL Marshall/Leventhal students are eligible to apply for a need-based TIE scholarship, no matter their financial or visa status. The scholarship results will be revealed before you need to commit to the program, so simply applying to TIE does not mean you MUST participate.

Students interested in a scholarship will mark their desire on the TIE application. As part of the scholarship portion of the TIE application, students will be asked to upload a copy of either their Financial Aid Summary OR (for those who do NOT receive Financial Aid, including international students) a letter of financial need outlining their current financial situation as well as why they require the scholarship to participate in the program.

Those receiving financial Aid, you can access your Financial Aid Summary via MyUSC portal, under the Financial Aid tab, click on USC Fast, and then on Financial Aid Summary (to save a pdf version, click the printer icon on the right- near the top of the summary not the page-that will create a pdf which you can then save and upload). Those who do not receive financial aid or who receive very little (ie, small amount of loan funds, or maybe a small scholarship) can write a Letter of Financial Need instead. Letters should be as detailed as possible (your and/or your family’s financial situation-income, financial obligations, etc, if there have been any recent changes, and why the scholarship is necessary for you to participate in the program). Please note: the scholarship committee will review all financial claims, so please be prepared to verify financial information and submit tax and other documents IF requested.

Without the Financial Aid Statement or Letter of Financial Need, your scholarship application will be considered incomplete, so be sure you have that document ready to upload IF you will be applying for a scholarship.

All scholarship results will be revealed before you need to commit to the program. Scholarships will cover no more than 50% of the program fee.


Applications will be due 5:00 pm September 23, 2019. Admission is not on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to take your time in completing the application.

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If you would like to discuss your options in person, please contact the Marshall Undergraduate International Programs office at (213) 740-5705 or by email at