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  • Locations: Los Angeles, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: HKUST applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Languages of Instruction:
English Language Requirement: Exempted
On- or off-campus accommodation will be provided Program Fee: Fee-paying
Credit bearings: No Scholarship available: No
Program Description:

About University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is one of the world's leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international business, USC's diverse curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, and collaboration with leading researchers in highly advanced learning environments. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge

About International Summer Scholars Program - Public Policy Issues in California & Beyond

The International Summer Scholars Program at the USC Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC) provides a bridge for students who aspire to pursue professional careers or graduate work at top universities in the United States. Through this two-week intensive summer program, you will gain in-depth exposure to Public Policy Issues in California and Beyond. You will earn an International Summer Scholars Program Certificate from USC. This formal credential, along with your newly acquired training, skills and confidence, will strengthen your applications and bolster the success of your next academic or professional endeavor in the United States.

Program Date

Program dates* 16 - 27 July 2018

* Notes:

  • You are expected to arrive on the day before the program starts for student dormitory check-in. Please refer to the host institution’s acceptance package for the arrival information.
  • You should only depart after completion of the program.


This is a fee-paying program and HKUST students will bear the program fee and the costs for accommodation, meals, travel, visa, insurance, personal expenses and other administrative fees. The program fee covers all tuition, course materials, field trip expenses, accommodations, meals, student health insurance and the mandatory fee for access to the University Park Student Health Center. Travel costs are not included in the program fee. For details regarding program fee, please CLICK HERE.

Please note that nominated students who are accepting the offer given by USC will need to pay USD 1,000 tuition deposit within a week of the admission notification.

Fees Amount
Application fee Waived
Program fee USD 5,350


You are eligible to apply for the program if you:

  • are at least 18 years old by 15 July 2018; and
  • will have completed Year 1 by the start of program; and
  • have a cumulative CGA of 2.0 or above (Students with CGA below 2.0 may also apply. Offers may be given with special consideration).

For details of the selection criteria, please CLICK HERE.

Documents required by host institution

  • 500-word brief statement that describes your interest in this program, how your past educational and professional experiences relate to the program, and your expectations of the program
  • Current resume
  • A copy of the photo page of your current passport
  • A financial statement in English showing a minimum of USD5,500 showing currency conversion in US dollars and indicating the date less than 3 months old

Application Process

HKUST students must apply through the Global Student Programs Office. Individual direct application to USC will not be accepted.

To apply, click the “Apply Now” button on this page. The whole application process has two steps.

Step 1: Complete HKUST application form and submit supplementary documents (CLICK HERE for details)
Step 2: The Host Institution Application (TO BE COMPLETED AFTER YOU ARE NOMINATED BY HKUST)

If you are nominated, you will be notified to submit a formal host institution application. Detailed information and application instructions can be found HERE.

Financial Assistance

The HKUST Study Abroad Financial Assistance aims to help HKUST students with financing their study abroad programs. More details can be found at HKUST Study Abroad website.

Visa Information

Students may be required to apply for a visa to attend the program. Check HERE.

Health Insurance

Students are automatically enrolled in the health insurance plan specified by USC.

HKUST students who take part in the University's exchange programs will be covered by the University's Travel Insurance Plan. Please CLICK HERE for details.


USC will arrange accommodation for all participants. Housing check-in and check-out dates are 15 July 2018 and 28 July 2018 respectively. The International Summer Scholars Program cannot offer early arrival or late departure accommodations.

Disclaimer: The host institutions may release updated information from time to time. Information on this page will be updated on a rolling basis. While the Global Student Programs Office tries the best effort to post the most updated information on this page, you are advised to refer to the host institutions' official websites for the most updated information.

Last update: 13 November 2017

This program is currently not accepting applications.