by Dylan Abrams
On Tuesday evening, university officials announced plans to expand the popular “Problems Without Passports,” which according to its website “combines problem-based or inquiry learning research exercises with study in a foreign country.” The move comes after students complained that the current offerings, such as studying indigenous languages in Guatemala and learning about human trafficking in Dubai, weren’t immersive enough.
“We’ve created new programs that we hope will truly inspire students to reach their full potential” said Mr. Tee, Director of USC’s Center for Imperialist Studies. “We also want the rest of the world to know that whenever tragedy and danger occurs, USC will be close by.”
One of the new programs, he said, is called “You in Ukraine.” “We’re not quite sure what this trip will involve aside from sending students directly to the center of Kiev, although we’d love to include a field trip to Crimea.”
Students are already enthusiastic about the new PWP opportunities. Jack Sonvil, a pre-unemployed fine arts major, told The Sack, “I’m most excited for ‘Life Aboard a Somalian Pirate Ship.’ I’m sure it’ll be expand my moral horizons, just like those alternative spring break cruises do.”
Because most of the new locales will be in remote areas, USC anticipates the use of innovative traveling techniques to transport students to their host sites. On “Refugee for a Day,” students will reach Aleppo, Syria via UN envoy while “Near the Border” may involve smuggling students through underground tunnels to Gaza City.
Initial reports indicated that there would also be a program in Watts, just 4 miles south of USC. However, university officials quickly scratched the idea citing safety concerns.