2023-24 Field-based Practicums

Be sure to read this page carefully as traveling practicums and local practicums differ.

 Information Session

This information session focuses on the Kroc School's international and domestic traveling practicums. Information regarding each practicum, application process, scholarships and cost breakdown are discussed.

Link to Info Session Slide Deck
Youtube Link to Info Session Recording

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Monday, September 11, 12:00 - 1:00 PM Information Session on International and Domestic Field-based Practicums Supported by the International Center.
  • Sunday, September 17: Deadline for Students to Complete the Field-based Practicums Interest Form (all Kroc students should complete this form)
  • Sunday, September 24: Scholarship Application Deadline (scholarships are available for the practicums that require travel [Rwanda, DC and Crossing the Divide])
  • Friday, September 29: Kroc School Awards Scholarship
  • Wednesday, October 4: International Center Application Deadline (application fee non-refundable)
  • Wednesday, October 11: Final Decision (Activation Deadline)

The Process

  • Step 1: Fill out the interest form informing Academic Programs of your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rankings of field-based practicums you’d like to take. This is due on Sunday, September 17, 2023
  • Step 2: Fill out the scholarship form based on your 1st and 2nd rankings. This is due Sunday, September 24. Scholarships are only available for the practicums that require travel (Rwanda, DC, Crossing the Divide).
  • Step 3: Academic Programs will work with faculty to select participants. International Center will reach out to students who are selected and have them fill out a separate application form at the end of September. (This only applies to the practicums that require travel (Rwanda, DC, Crossing the Divide).
  • Step 4: Kroc School Academic Programs notifies students of whether they have received a scholarship on September 29.
  • Step 5: The International Center application deadline is Wednesday, October 4. The $250.00 application fee is non-refundable at this time.
  • Step 6: Final deadline to decide to pursue the field-based practicum. After this date, you are financially committed to the program.
  • Step 7: Once the application is activated and you are accepted, you will be approved to purchase your flight
  • Step 8: The International Center will register you for the course, you will not be able to register yourself.

Important Details

  • Field-based Practicums that require domestic or international travel have additional costs on top of tuition including purchasing airfare, meals and incidentals, personal expenses, and visa upon arrival. Local practicums should not have any additional costs outside of tuition and course materials. See below for the financial breakdown for the practicums that require travel.
  • Scholarships are only available for practicums that require travel and are managed through the International Center (Rwanda, DC and Crossing the Divide). If you are awarded a scholarship, acceptance of the scholarship requires a reflective blog post and a video where you bridge your classroom knowledge with field-based experiential learning.
  • International/domestic field-based practicums are application only and only upon acceptance will the International Center enroll you into the course. Local field-based practicums do not require an application and can be self-enrolled like other traditional course

Financial Breakdown

APPLICATION FEE: Upon submission of an application the student agrees to a $250 application fee, which is billed directly to their USD student account. This fee becomes NON-REFUNDABLE after the ORIGINAL application deadline has passed.

PROGRAM FEE: This will be billed via Student Accounts and should be paid directly to USD. The program fee includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Course-related activities / Program excursions
  • Some meals

TUITION: The tuition will be billed via Student Accounts and should be paid directly to USD.

ADDITIONAL EXPENSES: The following budget items are for student planning purposes. Costs could vary greatly depending on the individual student.

  • Airfare
  • Visa upon arrival (if applicable)
  • Meals & incidentals
  • Personal Expenses/ Travel

All program-related expenses will be billed directly to the student’s account and full payment, or approved financial aid with all requirements met, must be in place by the published semester/term due date.

Intersession 2024 (Rwanda): Friday, December 1, 2023
Spring 2024 (DC & Crossing the Divide): Thursday, January 22, 2024

INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE: All students participating in a USD-affiliated study abroad program are covered by USD’s comprehensive blanket international insurance through AXA. Coverage includes medical care and assistance as well as security assistance. For more information on USD’s international insurance policy, please visit the Health and Safety page. 


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KROC 593 Crossing the Divide

Spring 2024 | May 8-21, 2024
Dr. Sarah Federman

Students will cross the USA via rail stopping in various locations to learn about various challenges and solutions faced by communities across the country. Stops include Tucson (AZ), Houston (TX), New Orleans (LA), and Birmingham (AL), ending in Washington DC. On travel days, we will read local news and gaze out the window to ponder this country which is as diverse topographically as it is demographically. By talking to strangers everywhere we go we will expand our exposure to and understanding of the variety of people who call themselves “Americans.”


These offerings do not require an application and students can self-enroll like other traditional classes. 

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KROC 593-01 San Diego Practicum

Spring 2024 | Thursdays 9:15 AM - 12:05 PM
Professor Janice Deaton

In this field-based practicum, the students will use different advocacy approaches to work on grassroots issues in the San Diego/Tijuana region. The location of the Kroc School at the U.S.-Mexico border provides a plethora of issues uniquely related to the international border. During the course, the students will be engaged with three hands-on projects that will be student-driven with the supervision of the professor.