Summer 2020: London, England

Take engineering classes abroad this summer!

Viterbi students participating in this program can make progress towards their engineering degree by taking two major related courses while also exploring Europe. Through the summer courses you can evaluate and compare a variety of engineering concepts to those in the US in order to broaden your perspective of technological issues. The Viterbi Summer Abroad program rotates every summer to a different city, typically located in Europe.  Past locations of the program have included: Florence, Italy; London, England; Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; and Rome, Italy.  While the cities will change from year to year, the structure of the program remains consistent.  USC students take USC courses abroad from USC and European faculty (where appropriate) for credit towards your degree.

Summer 2020: London, England

  • Spend seven weeks of your summer taking USC classes while living in England’s capital, London.
  • Make progress toward your engineering degree while also exploring the United Kingdom and the rich english culture
  • Take courses taught by both Viterbi and European faculty
  • Evaluate and compare a variety of engineering concepts to those in the US
  • Priority consideration given to rising juniors and seniors


Oct 18 – Application available on MyViterbi 
November 10 – Applications due
Nov 12 – Nov 30 – Required, in-person, panel interviews
Mid-December – Admission decisions released
December 11 – Financial Assistance Application available
January 3- Financial Assistance Applications due
January 10 – Financial Assistance Packages released
January 30 – $500 Enrollment Commitment deposit due
Mid-February – Mandatory On-Campus Orientation (1 of 3)
Mid April – Mandatory Orientation (2 of 3)
May 26 – Mandatory Check-in to London housing and Orientation (3 of 3)

July 11 – Check out of London housing


  1. Complete an application in MyViterbi
  2. Receive a faculty recommendation (via secure online form in the application – do not ask for letters)
  3. Supply an unofficial transcript
  4. Sign up for a required, on-campus, panel interview at the time of submission
  5. Earlier applications have more flexibility in choosing the limited interview times.  Late applications may not have much choice.


NOTE: Acceptance to the program is competitive with priority given to upper-division students.

2020 Program Information

Courses Offered

The program is aiming to offer 5 courses during the 2020 program based on interest and enrollment by admitted students.

  • AME 310 – Thermodynamics (3 units)*
  • WRIT 340 – Technical Writing (3 units) (WRIT 340 is reserved for students who have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate study at the beginning of the program)
  • ISE 460 – Engineering Economy (3 units)*
  • HIST 195 – Special Topics in History (related to our host city/country, typically including on-site lectures/visits) (4 units)
  • CSCI 499 – Data Science (pending curriculum committee approval)

You will indicate course preferences as part of your application; however, no course is guaranteed as available until students are selected and courses are enrolled. You are required to take two courses during the summer program.

*Please see your academic advisor to check whether certain courses may qualify for technical elective credit for your specific major. Additionally, please note that your course selection and the variable unit counts make for a different tuition price below.

Housing & Travel Arrangements

You will be responsible for booking your own flight either through a pre-arranged travel agent or on your own.  You will need to be in the host city at the specific check-in day in order to check-in to the arranged housing.

While the summer’s housing cannot be determined until after your enrollment, recent programs’ housing consists of multi-occupancy rooms in shared student apartments with a kitchen, bathroom and general living area for the duration of the program.

The program aims to explore the United Kingdom through engineering-related group activities, weekend trips, and cultural experiences all included in the program’s total cost of tuition.  Typically, a transit pass with local area access is provided as well as the opportunity for free weekends for your own exploration of the United Kingdom and Europe.


USC Viterbi partners with ACCENT, Intl to provide the physical locations of our class and on-the-ground staffing support, in addition to USC Viterbi staff who travel with the students.

The ACCENT London Study Center  is located in the heart of Bloomsbury, on Bedford Square, a central London district rich in cultural heritage. It saw the birth of literary and artistic movements such as the Pre-raphaelites. The Center is near the University of London campus and is just a few blocks away from the British Museum, home to some six million objects covering the story of human culture and one of the greatest museums in the world. The busy shopping and nightlife streets of Covent Garden and Soho are just a few minutes’ walk from the Center.

Planned Group Excursions & Activities

Multiple activities are planned on top of the courses taught by USC faculty.  You will be able to participate in sponsored day & weekend trips throughout the United Kingdom as well as a few cultural experiences.  Previous Activities include:

  • Weekend Trips
  • Single Day Trips
  • Cultural Events (Ballet, opera, or other performances)

All of the above group excursions (including travel via bus or train and hotel), performances and passes are included in the price of tuition (with the exception of some of the additional activities that may be offered by ACCENT not listed).

In addition, multiple weekends of free time are planned into the program to allow students to explore on their own at their own expense.

Financial Requirements & Assistance

Tentative Costs

A $500 non-refundable deposit must be turned in upon acceptance to the program. The deposit will be applied to the total cost of the program.

Estimated round-trip airfare (LAX to London)     $1,000

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Housing (7 weeks)     $1,000
Tuition (6-7 units: 1,928.00 per unit)     $11,568-13,496

Tuition is on a per-unit basis.  Course selection will determine final tuition cost.

Total Program Estimate      $13,568 – $15,496

The estimate accounts for an educated guess on a possible flight to London plus the variables involved in your course selection and ultimate tuition bill.

Please note that all details related to housing, costs of the program, courses offered, excursions and other activities are subject to change and vary year to year. Cost estimates are based on our historic rates of subsidizing the overall cost, per-unit cost of tuition and number of units for which you are registered.

Merit Based Scholarships

If you are currently receiving Mork, Trustee, Stamps or Presidential Scholarships you can use exceptional funding to assist with the tuition cost of the Program.  After acceptance to the program, you must complete all necessary forms and meet all published deadlines for exceptional funding.

Exceptional Funding

If you are a recipient of other scholarships, inquire with the granting agency if exceptional funding for summer courses is available.

Financial Assistance

We would like this program to be accessible to students having different levels of financial resources.  While there are no full scholarships, we will make an effort through the resources of the University Financial Aid Office and the limited resources of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering to help students currently receiving need-based financial aid. We will use a ratio of your calculated cost of attendance to determine financial assistance for the tuition portion of the program through a combination of grants, scholarships and loans. For further evaluation of your situation after admission to the program, please submit the Viterbi Overseas Financial Assistance Application.