International Education

CIES coordinates and supports the internationalization of education at SJSU. This involves hosting students and scholars from other parts of the world, sending students and faculty abroad and extending SJSU's courses to overseas professionals, at home and in other countries.

Global Education and Initiatives (GEI)

The Global Education and Initiatives program has as part of its mission to internationalize the campus by providing SJSU students a chance to study abroad during the summer, offering opportunities for our international visitors to collaborate with SJSU students and faculty members, and providing a variety of custom designed courses in leadership and other specialized areas to international companies and universities.

Programs include:

  • Faculty-Led Programs (FLP): Every summer San Jose State University students can study abroad with their instructors and earn college credit towards their degrees.
  • International Delegation Visits: The program organizes visits for international delegations who wish to collaborate with or visit San Jose State University.
  • Custom Design Programs: The program offers custom designed programs for international schools and businesses to further their instruction in a particular area.


International Gateways

International Gateways has been offering academic and TOEFL preparation courses on the San Jose State University campus since 1975 to help international students develop the English skills necessary for admission to American colleges and universities.

Programs include: 

  • Studies in American Language improves English language skills quickly and easily through the Academic and Test Preparation and Active Communication in English

  • International University Studies bridges language study and university courses. Strong English skills are needed to take full advantage of these great international experiences at SJSU: Semester at SJSU,  MBA Preparation Program, Teaching English in English (teacher training), University Partners and Custom Programs

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)  

ISSS fosters global understanding. It provides programs and services for overseas students and visitors, ISSS also provides semester and short-term study abroad programs. 

Programs include: 

  • International Student Advising provides support services for international students and scholars on immigration advising.
  • Study Abroad Programs at universities such as Queenland University of Technology in Australia, Okayama University in Japan and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand
  • International House is a co-ed residence for 70 US and international students attending San Jose State University. The House is located within 5 minutes' walk of the SJSU campus

SJSU Salzburg Program 

The SJSU Salzburg program is a seminar program for faculty, administrators, staff, and students from US colleges and universities that offers them an opportunity to explore pressing issues from an international perspective during intensive week-long sessions in the heart of Austria.


Silicon Valley Center for Global Studies (SVCGS)

The Silicon Valley Center for Global Studies brings an important new dimension in international scholarship to the heart of Silicon Valley.  SVCGS is a center for research and professional development. Projects undertaken by the Center will seek to benefit the community broadly through the involvement of other actors, such as SJSU research units, CSU campuses, UC campuses, Community Colleges, private companies, and community-based not-for-profit organizations.