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The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading research universities and is a top destination for international students in the U.S.

Internationally recognized for strong academic departments and cutting-edge research, the University of Southern California is home to more than 49,000 students from more than 150 countries and 450,000+ alumni worldwide. Located in a world-class center for arts, technology, and international trade, USC is among a small number of institutions on which the world depends for a steady stream of new knowledge, art, and innovation. At USC, you will encounter different perspectives, experience new cultures, and collaborate with influential scholars and professionals who are making a meaningful impact in countless fields.

  • Top destination for international students studying in the U.S.
  • Ranked among the top 20 universities in the U.S.
  • Distinguished programs across 22 professional schools and the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
  • Vibrant campus life: 1200+ student organizations; innovative arts & humanities initiative
  • Co-founder of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, a consortium of leaders from top research institutions throughout the Pacific Rim
  • Trojan Family: Dedicated network of alumni committed to developing strategic professional and lifelong relationships worldwide


USC’s global outlook and commitment to excellence in creative work and scholarly research helps students succeed as leaders and innovators in an interconnected world.

USC’s faculty members produce groundbreaking research that addresses critical issues facing society. Their achievements are lauded through such awards as the Nobel Prize, National Medal of Arts, National Humanities Medal, National Medal of Science, National Medal of Technology, and MacArthur Fellowships, and membership in the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.

USC scholars advance knowledge at the university’s numerous research centers and institutes, many of which are federally funded centers of excellence. Just a few of the breakthroughs that found their start at USC include:

  • An antiviral drug to inhibit HIV and influenza A
  • Smart sensors for threat recognition and localization
  • Preservation of genocide survivor testimonies
  • Prosthesis to restore sight to those suffering from blindness
  • The invention of the domain name system and other Internet protocols used around the world
  • The key principles behind computer simulations that are now indispensable in the study of chemical reactions


More than 450,000 strong, USC alumni form a close and supportive community that spans the globe. As a member of the Trojan Family, you will be part of a remarkable group who are shaping the future of the planet, from business moguls and government ministers to Hollywood luminaries and Olympic gold medalists.
Did you know...
“From the day you graduate, the USC network is there for you. And, in turn, you, as a graduate, are expected to be there for other USC alumni.”
Harvey Mackay, best-selling author of Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty

75+ USC alumni organizations around the world including Bangkok, Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta, Mexico City, Paris, Pearl River Delta, Riyadh, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo & more!    See all >>