Our Mission

The College of International and Extended Studies will become a globally recognized center of excellence in international and extended education. It will become the primary provider of innovative and relevant educational programs to students and professionals in Silicon Valley and the world. By providing students with direct access to Silicon Valley and its innovative culture we transform students’ lives and their futures.  Increasing access to educational opportunities is the College's mission.


We create opportunities through higher education for people to develop in their personal lives and their careers.


We host international students and guests, develop new programs to meet the needs of local and international students, and lead campus internationalization.


We develop new programs and new delivery formats to meet the evolving needs of our students, Silicon Valley, and the world.

Our Goals

In alignment with SJSU's Vision 2017 goals, our college seeks to achieve the following goals:

Spartan Pride

CIES recognizes and celebrates the diversity of our student body. In particular we value and serve the large number of international students on our campus. For example, CIES presents International Education Week to the campus each year. This program engages the campus in a celebration of multi-cultural and international harmony.

Unbounded Learning

Online educational programs recognize the global scope of education today. To meet the educational needs of busy and distant audiences, CIES will continue to grow online programs. These serve non-traditional higher education audiences (primarily adult professionals) in Silicon Valley and throughout the world.

CIES will initiate and implement programs that bridge borders and join cultures, respond to international contacts, and seek international opportunities in an increasingly interdependent world.

Helping and Caring

CIES dedicates itself to quality student service. CIES will provide the support needed by students to achieve success in their programs. This includes speedy responses to inquiries and admissions applications. It includes advising international students on visa and immigration regulations; and providing programs that respect the multi-cultural and international composition of our student body.

Agility through Technology

CIES will use the latest technologies to increase access to our programs, manage office processes, communicate within our college, and communicate with students. Staff will learn and use technology to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and personal fulfillment on the job. Technology will be used for professional development of CIES staff and administration.

21st Century Spaces

CIES will move into a new building on campus in 2016. This building will contain state-of-the-art technology for presentations to international visitors and guests. It will have conference rooms and offices equipped with the latest technologies. The building will serve as an “International Reception Center” for the campus.