Zika Virus Precautions
In light of the ongoing Zika virus transmission in various countries throughout the Americas, we urge all study abroad participants to follow the guidance issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and practice enhanced precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

While there is no immediate threat to the health and safety of our students, the Study Abroad Office is closely monitoring the situation and will post any relevant updates. Please visit the CDC's website for more information.


MOSAIC Session Proposal

MOSAIC Symposium 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The 5th annual M.O.S.A.I.C. Symposium (Meaningful Opportunities for Students to Achieve International Competencies) is a one-day conference for students with the goal of promoting diversity in international learning. Students who attend the symposium will be exposed to opportunities and topics which convey the importance of international competencies and how they can be developed, both here at USC and abroad, as well as how they can be beneficial both academically and professionally.

Proposals are currently being sought from USC faculty & staff who are interested in leading a breakout session (approximately 45 minutes) related to their discipline, or area of focus/research.

Learning Outcomes:

Session topics addressed throughout the symposium should help students begin to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of global issues, processes, trends and systems
  • Communicate effectively across cultures.
  • Exhibit an awareness of and respect for diversity in all forms.
  • Display an understanding of values, beliefs, traditions, and perspectives different from their own.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of, and open-mindedness toward, other cultures as well as an appreciation of the interrelationship between other cultures and one’s own.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how their own values, beliefs, and cultural biases influence their relationships with others.
  • Draw upon diverse cultural frames of reference in daily life
Examples of past breakout sessions include the following:
  • Marketing Your International Experience
  • Making Myself Come Alive on Paper: Crafting a Scholarship Application
  • What is Undergraduate Research: At Home or Abroad
  • Majority to Minority: What It’s Like to Stand Out Abroad
  • Playing Around With Culture
  • Who We Are Here & There: Shifting Racial, Gender, and National Identities Abroad
  • Using Art to Enhance Our Perceptions of Africa

Session proposals are due to the Study Abroad Office by March 2, 2015.