International Externships: Financial and Academic Information

Summer International Externships

The USF School of Law International Summer Externship Program educates lawyers to be global citizens able to practice their profession anywhere in the world.

The International Summer Externship program allows law students to learn about the law and legal institutions of the country where they are interning and to apply the skills they have learned in law school. The externship program is a minimum of 5 weeks, but students may arrange to stay longer. The externships present opportunities for learning and professional networking in both human rights law and international business law. Students intern at international business law firms, NGOs, government agencies, and foreign judicial offices. The externship program began in Brazil in the 1990s. USF students have traveled to Argentina, Cambodia, China, Haiti, India, Mexico, Vietnam, the Czech Republic, the Philippines and cities throughout Europe.

To participate, students must have completed 28 law credits at USF School of Law, must be in good academic standing, and have health insurance coverage.

Interns must file weekly time-sheets and e-mail reflections with the USF Program Director and the USF Coordinator.  Law students receive 4 extern units of academic credit from USF for their participation in a five-week externship.  For 4 extern units, students must record a minimum of 180 hours.  


Application due: January 25, 2020
Interviews and results: February 2020
Tuition deposit of $750 due: March 5, 2020
Tuition payment deadline: May 1, 2020

Students arrive at their destinations ready to learn, often bringing with them previous work experience in intellectual property, business and human rights. Competition for the externship positions is strong and priority is given to law students who are at or near the top of their class or who are fluent in the language of the country in which they wish to intern. Students are typically eligible to apply for the program at the end of their first or second years of law school. ICL and IPTL LLM students may also apply to the program.

Deposit and Tuition Fees

A non-refundable tuition pre-payment of $750 must be received no later than March 5, 2019.  Pre-payments are applied to the international externship program tuition.

To make the tuition pre-payment of $750, follow these steps: 

  1. Log in to your myUSF  account
  2. Click on Banner Self Service Student
  3. Click on Student Account
  4. Select View & Pay
  5. Under Your Account, select Make Payment
  6. Select Tuition Prepayment
  7. Enter the amount of $750 and select the term of Summer 2019
  8. Select the Add to Charges to Pay button
  9. Select Checkout
  10. Enter your bank or payment information and select Continue to Checkout
  11. Again, select Continue to Checkout
  12. Check that you acknowledge and read the terms and conditions, select Continue to Check-out.

Tuition for all international externship programs is $4,400 for four credits (4 non classroom credits). 

Housing and Travel Related Expense

Students are responsible for travel and all related costs such as meals, ground transportation, and events.  Students are responsible for finding and paying for their own housing; however the international programs office provides information and contacts from past summers.  Please note that although airfare will be included in your Summer Cost of Attendance (COA) budget, as part of the Travel line item, you will not have access to financial aid funds to help purchase your airfare as federal financial aid funds can only disbursed approximately one week before the program start date.  Financial aid funds, once disbursed, will be used to reimburse you for the airfare cost.

Estimated Summer 2019 Budgets*

  Beijing China Czech Republic Europe - IP Europe - Paris Europe - London Mexico City
Program Dates Jun 11 - Jul 19 Jun 11 - Jul 19 Jun 16 - Jul 26 Jun 16 - Jul 26 Jun 16 – Jul 26 Jun 11 - Jul 19
Tuition 4,400      4,400 4,400 4,400 4,400 4,400
Housing 1,800 2,400 2,400 2,600 2,600 2,000
Food 900 1,800 1,800 2,100 2,100 900
Travel 2,300 2,300 2,600 2,600 2,600 1,100
Personal 800 1,500 2,000 2,000 3,000 800
Total $10,200 $12,400 $13,200 $13,700 $14,700 $9,200

USF students in good academic standing during the Spring may qualify for financial aid for a summer international externship.  Students must enroll in at least three units of credit in order to be eligible for summer financial aid. Summer financial aid is available through a private or Graduate PLUS Loan. USF students must have completed a FAFSA application for the 2019-2020 academic year in order to be considered for financial aid. In addition, USF students are also required to submit an Intent to Enroll (ITE) form for the summer to the USF School of Law Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible but no later than April 1, 2020. Summer 2020 ITE forms are expected to become available in early March and may be picked up at the Law Financial Aid Office or on the Law Financial Aid website. Find additional information about summer financial aid.

If a student who becomes academically disqualified after the Spring term, any Federal Financial Aid awarded for summer will be canceled, and the student will be responsible for all summer session tuition and fees through their own personal funds including housing and materials fees.

If you have any questions, please contact the USF School of Law Financial Aid Office at (415) 422-6210 or


Due to visa requirements, students will not be compensated during the externship.

Payment Deadline

Payment in full for tuition and other charges is due on May 1st either through Authorized Financial Aid for the summer, personal funds, a combination of personal funds and Authorized Financial Aid or enrollment in the three month payment plan for summer.  For your convenience, online payments are accepted online via your myUSF student account through the Student Self Service tab, then selecting the “View and Pay” link.

Additional information regarding payment policies, payment methods including the payment plan, can be found on the USF Student Accounts page.

Drop Deadline (100% Tuition Refund) / Withdrawal from the Program  

Students who wish to drop from the international externship program must do so by May 1st in order to receive a 100% tuition and fee refund.  The $750 tuition deposit is non-refundable. 

Students who withdraw from the program and/or the individual course after May 1st are not eligible for a tuition or fee refund.  Additionally, a neutral grade of “W” will be entered on the transcript.  Requests to withdraw from the program must be sent from the student's USF email address to and must be sent on or before the last day of the program.

Mandatory Health Insurance Coverage

According to University policy and upon registration, students must provide proof of health insurance coverage for the entire duration of the program (5 weeks or longer.)

Externship Requirements

Students must participate in a 1.5 hour training session and a separate pre-departure meeting during the spring semester prior to the summer externship.  Upon return, students are required to participate in a wrap-up session to provide feedback on the program.

In addition, externs must file weekly timesheets and weekly reflections with the USF Program and Faculty Director.

Academic Policies

Please note the following limits set by the School of Law's Academic Policies:

Non-Classroom Units: All externships units are considered non-classroom units.  Students who entered Fall 2018 may apply up to 22 non-classroom units to the J.D. degree.  Students who entered Fall 2017 and before may apply up to 20 non-classroom units to the J.D. degree.

This limitation applies to all externships and other non-classroom credit earning activities; including clinics, Directed Research, advocacy competitions, journals, ASP tutors, etc.


*Summer 2020 Budget will be updated in January 2020