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.
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.