Semester Abroad at the University of San Carlos, Philippines

Students enrolled in the Master’s program in International Relations and Diplomacy at the American Graduate School in Paris may choose to spend one of the semesters of the program abroad, doing coursework at one of AGS’s partner institutions. Options currently available are in the United States, Italy, or the Philippines.
For more information about the semester abroad in the United States, click here.
Fore more information about the semester abroad in Italy, please click here.
Below is the description of the semester abroad in the Philippines.
Note: This program is offered until December 2016

Students in the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy program at AGS may spend one semester in the Philippines taking courses in Political Science, Law, and/or Public Management & Development at the University of San Carlos, and transfer the credits back to AGS.

The University of San Carlos is a non-profit private Roman Catholic institution of higher education founded in 1867. It has undergraduate and graduate programs divided into eight colleges spread over four campuses which are all located on the Cebu Island, in the center of the Philippine archipelago.

This option allows students to enhance their international experience and diversify their academic background while earning credits toward the AGS program.


Each student’s curriculum has to be individually determined in concertation with AGS’s academic coordinator in order to ensure that it properly complements the student’s particular set of required and elective courses at AGS. Below are a few examples of courses that may be taken at the University of San Carlos:

University of San CarlosPolitical Science:

  • Seminar on Contemporary Political Thought

  • Seminar on Political Movements and Interest Groups

  • Seminar on Philippine Realities and the Politics of Change

Public Management and Development:

  • Local and Regional Governance in the Philippines

  • Public Policy Analysis, Reform and Development

  • Resource Mobilization for Social Development

College of Law:

  • Environmental Law

  • Legal Ethics

  • Public International Law


There is no on-campus housing at the University of San Carlos. Students are responsible for finding their own housing. However, the University of San Carlos provides advice on housing options and resources for finding housing.


No additional tuition is charged to AGS students for the semester in the Philippines option. The tuition for the semester abroad is the same as the tuition for a regular semester at AGS, and payable directly to AGS. Note that the following are not included in the tuition fees: travel to and from the Philippines, on-site transportation, housing, food, textbooks, and any other living expenses.


Admission pre-requisites:

To be eligible for this program, students must be enrolled in the Research Thesis track of the M.A. program and be in good academic standing at AGS.

Please note that admission into the university of San Carlos through AGS is possible only for students enrolled in the Master’s program in International Relations and Diplomacy. Ph.D. students may also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Candidates to the University of San Carlos may not apply through AGS if they are not enrolled in a degree program at AGS.

How to apply:

If you are interested in the semester abroad at the University of San Carlos, please contact the Academic Coordinator at AGS:

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Class of 2011

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