Business Beyond Borders

Our students learn in a global classroom—last year, over 70% of Marshall freshman studied abroad.


First Year and Beyond

Learning About International Commerce (LInC).

Open to all incoming first-year business and accounting majors, LInC is an experiential learning opportunity that exposes students to business practices outside the United States. The only program of its kind in the nation, LInC features a two-unit course in international business and an eight-day trip abroad to meet with business executives and business leaders.

Is open to all incoming Marshall freshman and everyone is encouraged to participate in this invaluable experience.

To read more about student experiences on LInC and GLP, visit MarshallMashup.

Global Leadership Program (GLP)

GLP is open by invitation to select first-year students in each incoming class. During spring break, Marshall freshman travel to China to meet executives from regional and international companies. Select students within the program have also been offered competitive summer internships in China.

Experiential Learning Program (ExCEL)

ExCEL sends students abroad for 10-day trips to meet with businesses and government officials. The program is open to all students and is not linked to any particular course.

Global Brigades @ Marshall

A week-long global service learning program that aims to improve sustainability and the human condition in rural Panama and Ghana.

Case Competitions

Marshall students have the opportunity to participate in a yearly set of international case competitions. We are proud to say we have won a number of them!

Global Study

International Exchange Program (IEP)

The International Exchange Program (IEP) enables students to immerse themselves in a different culture, develop a global perspective, form friendships with students from around the world, and experience stimulating new surroundings, all while taking business classes overseas. USC Marshall students receive full business credit for their coursework, which allows them to have a study abroad experience without interrupting their studies at USC or delaying their graduation. Unlike conventional study abroad programs, students in the IEP become fully integrated into the culture and lifestyle of the host institution. All instruction is in English.

USC Marshall students choose to spend one semester at one of the following participating exchange institutions:
Aalto University
Australia National University
Chulalongkorn University
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Copenhagen Business School
Corvinus University
EBS Universitat ESADE Business School
Fudan University
HEC School of Management
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
IE Business School
Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya Korea University Business School
National Taiwan University
National University of Singapore
Nova School of Business and Economics
Peking University
Rotterdam School of Management
Seoul National University
Singapore Management University
Thammasat University
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi
University del Desarrollo
University of Hong Kong
University of Manchester
University of Melbourne
University of Navarra
University of St. Gallen
WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management
Vienna University

Transfer International Experience (TIE)

Marshall’s focus on global business extends to our transfer students, who are eligible to participate in TIE, a fascinating two-unit course and related travel experience. Students admitted to the program learn about the value chain and ecosystem of a particular industry, with a focus on developing skills to assess the global marketplace and to develop international business strategy. During winter break of 2014, TIE students will travel to Milan, Italy – the hub of global fashion – to gain first-hand knowledge of the fashion industry, from design, sourcing and production to distribution, marketing and sales.


Launching in spring 2014, this new program will immerse freshmen and continuing students in learning about global value chains through work in the classroom and locally in the field. Students in the program will develop a comprehensive understanding of diverse countries’ competitive capabilities and will use their knowledge during site visits to L.A.-based businesses operating globally.

Last semester, I had the amazing opportunity to spend my semester at HEC in Paris, France! Having the ability to study with some of the most brilliant minds and the future business leaders of Europe was a once in a lifetime experience. Not only that, I also made friendships that will last for years to come. And that is what I truly believe was the best part of my study abroad experience.

Andrew Kwan

Andrew Kwan
Class of 2012
Hometown: Summit, New Jersey
Majors: Business Administration, Accounting, and Sociology
Andrew is currently an Analyst at Citi

Global Classes

All business is global. Manufacturing decisions in China affect product pricing in Chile. Distribution bottlenecks in Lisbon have ripple effects in Los Angeles. At Marshall, you tap in directly to an unrivaled source of knowledge, insight and understanding about how market forces shape international business.

Our courses keep you connected, giving context to global commerce and putting geography in perspective. Examples include:

FBE 429: International Business Law
Students delve into the legal and regulatory environment of international business transactions.

BUAD 102: Global Leadership Seminar
Students participate in a colloquium of leading researchers and industry leaders discussing international business and the challenges faced by leaders in a global environment, with a specific focus on China.

FBE 462: International Trade and Commercial Policy
Students analyze commercial policies and treaty relationships and examine export-import problems and national policies influencing world trade and finance.

Global Internships

Through USC Marshall's global internship experiences, immerse yourself in different cultures and gain invaluable first-hand experience in global commerce.

As a USC Marshall student, you will have many opportunities to broaden your understanding of international cultures, foreign markets and business practices around the world. Beyond classroom learning, USC Marshall offers students many unique and cultural and educational opportunities abroad. USC also has the largest number of international students of any university in the United States, with undergraduates from more than 120 countries.

Winslow-Maxwell Summer Internship Program
Participants will have access to research opportunities spanning a wide variety of businesses in a wide range of industry sectors in London, Dublin, Madrid, Singapore, Sydney and Hong Kong (Milan will focus on Fashion). From small tech start-ups to multinational investment banks, appropriate placements are available based on the skills, interests and professional goals of the student and the project needs and work cycles of the internship sponsors.

The Marshall International Summer Internship Program (MISIP) gives students an in-depth 2 month international internship experience with Indonesian or Thai firms and foundations. Internships are led by prominent USC Marshall alumni and friends in Jakarta, Indonesia or Bangkok, Thailand.

USC's Global Fellows Internship Program provides stipends for USC undergraduates to live and work in Asia for eight weeks during the summer.

My 11 Global Impact Program experience led me to India where I worked on improving drinking water for families in rural areas. I got a chance to work with multiple NGOs– non-governmental organizations, looking for ways to improve the situation

Kristyn Ikeda

Kristyn Ikeda

Global LA

Los Angeles: Vibrant. Dynamic. Extraordinary.

And only one accredited undergraduate business school puts you in the center of it all.

Only one accredited undergraduate business school stands in the center of this vibrant dynamic city of Los Angeles: USC’s Marshall School of Business.

Our lush, stunning and regal campus in the heart of Los Angeles, provides access to the people and places that make L.A. a global force in industries that include health care, entertainment, real estate, communications and biotechnology. Whether it’s interning with Universal, hearing guest speakers from a communications start-up, going on class visits to major car manufacturer, or working with the LA Community Impact student group, Los Angeles provides a living laboratory where students can gain first hand experience in the world of business.

Home to the headquarters of Fortune 500 companies, Los Angeles County is a gathering place for international deal makers and opinion shapers. Standing at the gateway to the Pacific Rim and Latin America, the greater metropolitan Los Angeles area is a major player in both established and emerging economies.