University of San Diego

Year of foundation: 1949
Approx. number of students: 8,300
Period of study: End August-Mid December; End January-End May
MCI partner since: 2016

The City

San Diego lies on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, about 190 km south of Los Angeles and adjacent to the Mexican border. With about 1.4 million people it is the eight largest city in the US. San Diego is the birthplace of California and is known for its mild year-round climate, natural deep-water harbor, extensive beaches, long association with the U.S. Navy, and recent emergence as a healthcare and biotechnology development center.
The city is the seat of San Diego County and is the economic center of the region as well as the San Diego-Tijuana metropolitan area. San Diego's main economic engines are military and defense-related activities, tourism, international trade, and manufacturing.

The University

The University of San Diego (USD) is a private Roman Catholic university in San Diego, California. The university offers 42 baccalaureate degrees, and several degrees in law, nursing, (masters, PhD, and DNP), and other doctorate programs. The university comprises seven different academic colleges.
USD's engineering program offers bachelor's degrees in electrical, mechanical, and industrial engineering. The program had an enrollment of 363 students in 2012, a number which has tripled since 2004. In September 2012, USD announced that philanthropist Darlene Shiley, wife of engineer Donald Shiley had pledged to donate $20 million to the engineering program. The gift is the second largest donation in the history of the university.The newly named Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering is led by its inaugural dean, Chell A. Roberts, who began July 1, 2013. The school was ranked #14 in 2014 for engineering schools without a doctoral program by U.S.News.