University of Southern California The USC Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering

iPodia, where "i" stands for inverted, interactive, and international learning, is an innovative education program initiated by the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC. The iPodia vision is "leaning together today for a better world tomorrow". We believe that "togetherness" is a key frontier of higher education development in the 21st century. iPodia™ uses high-bandwidth connectivity and tele-presence technology to bring together teachers and learners around the world. Our goal is to establish a global hub of integrated learning environments among peer institutions to joint classrooms and share courseware for students to learn with, and from, each other across physical, institutional and cultural boundaries. Unlike MOOC, which merely unlocked the course materials at one institution, iPodia™ opens distinct classrooms across different universities. This "Classrooms-Without-Borders" movement changes the higher education system in many fundamental ways. Please visit us to see how.....

  Recent News:

  • Mar 12, 2014 – Qatar University joins iPodia Alliance. Learn more>>
  • Mar 05, 2014 - USC Provost/Academic Senate Retreat featured iPodia. Learn more>>
  • Feb 27, 2014 – iPodia goes Latin America for the first time. Learn more>>
  • Oct 21, 2013 - Dean Yortsos and Prof. Lu presented the iPodia idea in the 2013 Global Engineering Deans Council. 
  • May 25, 2013 - 108 iPodia students participated in the 2013 USC Global Conference in Seoul.
  • Feb 27, 2013 - the iPodia success is reported by Daily Trojan. Learn more >>
  • Feb 26, 2013 - the University of São Paulo in Brazil signed a letter of intent to join the iPodia Alliance. Learn more>>
  • Feb 07, 2013 - A group of 20 KAIST students and faculties visited the USC campus for two weeks. Read more>>
  • Oct 09, 2012 - Prof. Lu joins with researchers at UC Santa Barbara to present Innovation in Education: Going Global to a group of national education deans. Learn more>>
  • Sep 29, 2012 - Prof. Lu introduces the iPodia Alliance in IIT-Bombay in India.
  • Sep 27, 2012 - Prof. Lu gives a keynote speech in the Engineering Summit 2012. Learn more>> 
  • July 9, 2012 - Dean Yortsos's announcement that USC Viterbi School of Engineering launches the global iPodia Alliance. Learn more>> 
  • Mar 31, 2012 - Dean Yortsos and Prof. Lu presented the iPodia program during the 2012 USC Trustees Conference



  • Application to the 2014 iPodia class now begins! Please submit your resume to to be considered!
  • Read the course syllabus and calendar



Past Experience:

  • Reflection of the 2012 iPodia Program, the full video is availabe here>>