International Experience

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The International Experience Requirement

The College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS) has initiated a requirement for students to participate in an international experience prior to graduation. The goal of CHHS’s international experience requirement is to introduce students to international and intercultural perspectives in order to prepare them to live and work in an increasingly globalized world.

Studying abroad is a high-impact educational practice that has been shown to increase student success and employability after graduation. The CHHS International Experience is designed to provide high-quality global learning experiences that are flexible, affordable, and relevant to students’ degree programs and professional goals. There are many options for fulfilling the requirement and advising is available to assist students in all aspects of the process. Students may be able to apply financial aid towards the cost of some SJSU-sponsored study abroad programs, and scholarships are also available through CHHS and other sources.

Meeting the Requirement

The requirements of the international experience include:

  • Travel outside of the United States
  • Program must be a minimum of 9 days
  • Student must receive academic credit

Department/School Information

Schools and departments have developed guidelines for the international experience. See departmental websites below for specific information.

Effective Date of the Requirement

The date that the international experience requirement takes effect varies according to school/department. The effective date applies to: 1) freshmen entering SJSU on or after the semester listed below, and 2) transfer students entering SJSU with catalogue rights on or after the semester listed below.

School/Department Effective date
Department of Occupational Therapy
(Graduate-only program—applies to entering graduate students)
Fall 2015
Department of Justice Studies 
Majors: Forensic Science, Justice Studies--all concentrations
Fall 2016
Department of Kinesiology 
Majors: Athletic Training, Kinesiology, Kinesiology Preparation for Teaching
Fall 2016
Department of Hospitality, Tourism, & Event Management
Major: Hospitality, Tourism, & Event Management
Fall 2017
Department of Nutrition, Food Science, & Packaging
Majors: Nutritional Science--all concentrations
Fall 2018
Department of Health Science & Recreation
Majors: Public Health—all concentrations, Recreation—all concentrations
Fall 2018

 Note: Students who were admitted to SJSU as undeclared or in a different major prior to the effective date for their current CHHS major are not required to complete the international experience; unless, of course, they were previously in a CHHS major that required the international experience

International Experience Advising

If you are unsure whether the requirement applies to you, need help selecting a program, or have any other questions about the international experience, meet with a CHHS International Experience advisor in the CHHS Student Success Center for advising.

International Students

If you are an international student, you can meet the requirement through a modification. See Modification for Students with Prior International Experience below. 

Click here for Modification Petition

Programs that Satisfy the International Experience Requirement

Modifications and Alternatives for the International Experience Requirement

There are several options for students who need a modification or alternative to the study abroad portion of the international experience requirement. All require submission of a petition/proposal that must be approved by the Dean of the college. Students whose petitions/proposals are approved must also enroll in and complete APSC 198ITL, a 1-unit online seminar course. Click below for more information and links to the appropriate forms.