International Activities and Export Controls

USC engages in a variety of activities related to research, instruction, healthcare, student outreach, and other strategic partnerships and affiliations that may create obligations under United States export control regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and economic and trade sanctions regulations.  Nevertheless, USC and its faculty, staff, and students must also adhere to a variety of export control and other international laws that may be implicated when engaged in any of the following activities:


Click on the Research and Export Controls link for additional guidance if you are or may be seeking to conduct research that carries with it a personnel and/or publication restriction, are performing proprietary research that involves the receipt of export-controlled items or information, or if you intend to export any items abroad during the course of your research.

International Travel

Travel outside the United States on university-related business, regardless of purpose, can present a range of legal, data security, and safety issues for faculty, staff, and students depending on:

  • Where you are going
  • Who is traveling
  • What you are taking with you
  • Who you will be working with

Travel to countries subject to economic sanctions under regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC) within the U.S. Department of Treasury (i.e. Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, Liberia) may be prohibited or severely restricted.  For international travel guidance that applies regardless of destination, click on the International Travel link.  For guidance on travel to countries subject to economic sanctions under OFAC, click on the OFAC link.


Click on the International Business/FCPA link if you are conducting business internationally.

Overseas Shipments

Click on the Research and Export Controls link for guidance.

International Collaborations and Disclosure Requirements

Click on the International Collaborations and Disclosure Requirements link for guidance.

Exception Request to Conduct Restricted Research

Click on the Exception Request to Conduct Restricted Research link for guidance.