Global Scholar Distinction
The Global Scholar distinction recognizes graduating seniors who have excelled in their studies both at USC and abroad.
To qualify for the Global Scholar distinction, graduating seniors must:
- graduate with a 3.5 minimum cumulative GPA (with University Honors)
- graduate within 5 years of matriculation at USC
- spend at least 10 weeks outside of the U.S. during undergraduate experience. Programs can be combined to reach 10 week minimum as long as they are founded in academic study, work experience, or service learning. Programs must be administered by USC or a alternative external organization. Student-run international programs will need to be verified for quality by the student’s USC school.
Dates & Deadlines
USC Overseas Studies and GPA
These courses are considered USC units. However, the courses appear on the USC transcript as CR/NC. Marks of CR/NC do not affect a student’s GPA.
2022-2023 COVID-19 Eligibility
Graduating seniors who do not satisfy the 10-week study abroad minimum due to program cancellations caused by COVID-19 may still be eligible to apply. All applicants must:
- have some study abroad experience by the time of application
- must be able to attest to the transformative impact of study abroad
- submit a capstone or final project satisfying the criteria set by their home academic unit/school
- provide documentation of cancelled study abroad plans such as acceptance letter or other paperwork (if applicable)
After submitting an application, students should closely review emails from Academic Honors and Fellowships for notifications regarding status of distinction, follow-up for prize nominations, and instructions for receiving a medallion at the beginning of May.
Prize winners must demonstrate evidence of enrollment in a graduate program (within or outside the U.S.); or submit a proposal for a creative project that advances their career. Prize funding must be utilized within 5 years of graduating from USC.