ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In order to be eligible to participate in the Institute, you must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited university and have a minimum of three to five years of experience in public diplomacy or a related field. Fluency in spoken and written English is also a necessity for the program as all participants are expected to actively take part in class discussions based on the assigned readings and their own experience.

The 2017 program will take place from July 9 to July 21, 2017. Application for 2017 will open on January 1, 2017 and be accepted until April 15, 2017. For specific questions, please contact Stacy Ingber at [email protected]

Once notified of your acceptance, there is a non-refundable fee of $350 (USD) to hold your space in the program due within four weeks of admission.

For inquiries about program eligibility, please contact Stacy Ingber at [email protected].

WHO SHOULD APPLY

The CPD Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy is geared toward mid-career professionals posted in government agencies, including foreign affairs, defense and homeland security; intelligence agencies; non-governmental organizations; international organizations; private-sector companies; and others whose work would benefit from learning more about this vital field. In addition to innovative instruction, the program provides a setting for mid-career professionals to exercise their evaluation and decision-making skills in a group of their peers and to contribute their own ideas and perspectives.

Past participants have included individuals from the United States Department of State, United Nations, the World Bank, Korea Foundation, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, India, Israel, China, Japan, Mexico, Qatar, Tunisia, UK, United Arab Emirates, and South Africa. For a list of all participants, please click here.

HOW TO APPLY

The electronic application for the Summer Institute can be found on the USC Center on Public Diplomacy website (http://uscpublicdiplomacy.org/index.php/training/application). All applications must be submitted online via this system.

Upon submission of your application, you will receive notification of receipt and a general time frame of the decision process. There is a rolling admissions process and applicants will be notified as soon as a decision is made. 

Once accepted, deadlines for submitting the non-refundable deposit and final payment of tuition and lodging will be explained in the acceptance letter. The University of Southern California requires foreign nationals to obtain a F-1 visa unless they are working in the United States under a diplomatic visa. Proof of this visa is required upon acceptance.

Please note that the visa processing time varies by country and can take up to 60 days, so if you intend to obtain a visa please plan accordingly.

Graduate students who have been admitted to the one-year Master’s program in Public Diplomacy must register for the Summer Institute by registering for course PUBD 500 through the USC Web Registration system (https://my.usc.edu/portal/
welcome.html)
. For assistance with this requirement, please contact Professor Nicholas Cull ([email protected]).

LAPTOP POLICY

All Summer Institute applicants are expected to bring a working laptop to the program. There will be assignments that require internet access and we are not able to provide laptops for students. If you do not have a laptop or smart phone, please let us know immediately.

VISAS

Who needs a visa?

Non-Americans and those without green cards who wish to participate in the Summer Institute must obtain a F-1 visa. 

What documentation is needed for the F-1 Visa application?

1. Completed F-1 form

2. Full resume or curriculum vitae

3. Copy of photo page from passport

If accepted, it is the responsibility of the applicant to meet the visa deadlines. There are absolutely no refunds given for visa expenses (i.e.: processing, overnight shipping, etc.). Visa applications will not be submitted without the required documentation.

How do you obtain a visa?

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy will provide applicants with all necessary documents, but it is their responsibility to check details for the submission of visas at the closest U.S. embassy. The USC Center on Public Diplomacy cannot control visa processing times. Please make sure you contact the closest U.S. embassy as soon as possible after your acceptance to obtain the necessary documentation.

Please note that visa processing periods vary greatly by country, so early application to the program and early application for a visa are strongly recommended.