CPD Mini-Courses in Public Diplomacy

For over 16 years, the USC Center on Public Diplomacy has been the go-to program for public diplomats and international communication professionals looking to sharpen their skillsets and analytical capabilities essential for success in today’s complex environment.

Our training utilizes the latest social science research and cutting-edge communication tools in real-time public diplomacy challenges. It provides a setting for practitioners to re-examine and refine their skills in a group of peers and to build an international network of colleagues.This fall, we have launched one new mini-course on Cultural Diplomacy for the Post-pandemic World. We are also offering our rescheduled Using Audio for Public Diplomacy, and Spring's Data-driven Public Diplomacy. Also is our USC alumnus discount. Make sure you complete that section on the application form so we can confirm with the university.

Our online workshops take a deep dive into some of the most critical issues in designing effective and sophisticated public diplomacy strategies. The intensive, fast-paced learning also allows for personalization, as participants bring real-time projects to exercise their skills and to problem-solve with faculty and peer participants.

Fall Mini-Course Dates

Mini-Courses vary in dates, times and contact hours. Please review carefully. They include live online sessions, group work between sessions, and self-directed learning as assigned. All scheduled meeting times will be in Pacific Time (time zone converter here).

Cultural Diplomacy for the Post-pandemic World

  • September 21, 2021, 5:30pm-7:00pm
  • September 23, 2021, 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • September 28, 2021, 5:00pm-7:30pm
  • September 30, 2021, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Data-driven Public Diplomacy

  • October 6 2021, 7:00am-9:00am
  • October 8, 2021, 7:00am-9:00am
  • October 11, 2021, 7:00am-9:30am
  • October 13, 2021, 7:00am-9:00am

Using Audio for Public Diplomacy

  • October 19, 2021, 7:00am-9:00am
  • October 21, 2021, 7:00am-9:00am
  • October 25, 2021, 7:00am-8:30am

Tuition per Workshop

Cultural Diplomacy for the Post-pandemic World: Single participant: $1,050 USD; Multiple participants (3+ from same organization): $900 USD

Data-driven Public Diplomacy: Single participant: $1,050 USD; Multiple participants (3+ from same organization): $900 USD

Using Audio for Public Diplomacy: Single participant: $700 USD; Multiple participants (3+ from same organization: $550 USD

USC Alumni Discount: Alums will receive a discount and will need to inquire personally to cpdevent@usc.edu.

Application Deadlines

CLOSED - September 3, 2021 (5:00pm Pacific Time):  Cultural Diplomacy for the Post-pandemic World

NEW - September 27, 2021 (5:00pm Pacific Time):  Data-driven Public Diplomacy

NEW - September 27, 2021 (5:00pm Pacific Time):  Using Audio for Public Diplomacy


How to Apply

The electronic application for Spring workshops can be found here. For more information, please email Stacy Ingber, CPD Assistant Director of Programming & Events, at singber@usc.edu.  

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, campaign submission requirements, and final payment instructions.

Peek Inside

Below is a sample of what it's like to learn and collaborate in real-time with our expert faculty, such as USC Annenberg Associate Professor of Professional Practice & CPD Faculty Fellow Amara Aguilar, who teaches "Multi-platform Content Strategy for Public Diplomacy."