University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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USC Chan Global Initiatives

Programs

Summer Occupational Therapy Immersion (SOTI)

The USC Summer Occupational Therapy Immersion (SOTI) program is a four-week summer program specifically designed for international occupational therapy students and practitioners who are interested in learning more about occupational therapy practice in the United States. Individuals from other fields who would like to learn more about occupational therapy are also welcome.

The 2017 SOTI program will be held from June 28 – July 30. The application deadline is March 15, 2017. Visit the SOTI webpage for program and application details.

2017 SOTI Program Flyer

Student Exchange Programs

Our Division’s student exchange programs are designed to develop our students’ international leadership abilities and provide them with a more global understanding of occupational therapy, health and wellness, and occupational justice. As part of the OT540 Leadership Capstone class, our students will be hosted for 2 weeks in countries around the world, will learn about occupational therapy in each respective country, and will share their perspectives gained from their education at USC. We are actively seeking to expand exchange opportunities with partners in different countries. We currently have exchange partnerships with:

  • Inje University, Soonchunhyang University and Yonsei University (South Korea)
  • Griffith University (Australia)
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • Coventry University (United Kingdom)

For a student’s perspective, read Rashelle Nagata’s blog post about her March 2016 experience in South Korea!

USC students at Inje University

USC students at South Korea’s Inje University

Yonsei University students at Los Angeles' Getty Center museum

Students from South Korea’s Yonsei University at Los Angeles’ Getty Center Museum

2016 International Student Forum with students from the United Kingdom's Coventry University

2016 International Student Forum with students from the United Kingdom’s Coventry University

Seminars and Presentations

Semesterly Global Initiatives Seminars are organized to provide practical information that is focused on relevant topics identified by our current and past international students. Our previous topics and panels have included the following:

  • Navigating the NBCOT with Shaun Conway (Director of Credentialing Services at NBCOT)
  • Thriving After Graduation: Tips for Succeeding in the First Year of Practice as an International Alumni (panel featuring recent international alumni and local occupational therapy employers)

Thriving After Graduation discussion panel, April 2016

Thriving After Graduation discussion panel, April 2016

Global Initiatives also regularly hosts special presentations featuring distinguished international scholars and practitioners. For example, a recent presentation was given by Mapheyedi Motimele, lecturer at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), on “Disability and Violence: A Narrative Inquiry into the Journey of Healing.”

International Student Resources

Academic peer mentors are available for our Division’s international students to provide academic support and one-on-one tutoring as needed.

International Student Focus Groups are held approximately once a month with our Division’s international students. Focus groups are opportunities for our current international students to share their experiences at USC and express areas in which they may need additional support.

Our International Student Mentorship Program matches master’s-level students in USC’s Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Master of Arts Degree Program with incoming international OT students. Student mentors are available as resources for their international student partner as they adjust to life in the United States and at USC.

International Student Mentorship program pairs domestic and international USC occupational therapy students

International Student Mentorship program pairs domestic and international USC occupational therapy students

For more information, find Global Initiatives on Facebook.