Application Process

Important Deadlines

Winter 2020 

Summer 2020 - Coming soon! Application opens in Fall 2019.


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Getting Started

DACA Students: Please set up an advising appointment with SAA prior to to submitting your application. You can send an email to or call 408-924-2684/408-924-2613 to set up an appointment. Please note all advising appointments remain confidential.

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  • Make sure you know what the requirements are for the program you're interested in before applying. For example: Do you need to take the WST? Be in a specific major? Have a certain GPA? All course prerequisites must be completed prior to the course registration dates, which often occur months before the program travel dates.
  • See your academic advisor to see how the program fits in with your path to graduation.
  • Review our Frequently Asked Questions section before you apply.
  • Complete the online application before the deadline. Send an email to if you have any questions about the application process. Remember to include your full name in the email.  

You will need the following information ready when filling out the application:

  • GPA (minimum requirement: 2.0 for most programs; some programs will require higher GPA)
  • Passport: If you currently do not have a passport or you are in the process of renewing/applying for a passport, you can still complete the application. You will need to upload a copy of your passport before you depart for your program.


  • Go to your program's web page. You should see an "APPLY HERE!" link on the program's page. Click on the link to be routed to the next page.
  • Click on the "Apply Now" button for the program you want to apply to. Each program has a separate application, so make sure you are on the correct program page. 
  • Log into the Terra Dotta system using your SJSU ID number and your password.
    • Non-SJSU Student: If you do not have an SJSU ID number, choose "I do not have login credentials to this site." This will take you to the next page where you can create an account. 
  • Create and complete the profile as a first-time user in Terra Dotta. Once your profile is completed, you will be routed to your applicant home page. 
  • Click on the program link under the Applications box. This will take you to the Program Application Page that will contain application instructions and documents you need to complete and submit. 
  • Read the instructions carefully. 
  • Click on the questionnaire link under the Application Questionnaires box. Complete the questionnaire. Take your time to compose thoughtful and complete answers to the short-answer questions. If you would like to save your responses and come back to them later, you can click on the "Save" button. Once you hit the "Submit" button, your responses for the questionnaire will be submitted, and you will no longer be able to change your responses. Your responses to the questions will be reviewed by your program leaders as part of the acceptance process. Applications will not be considered for review until the questionnaire is completed. 
  • Once all application requirements have been completed, click on the 'Submit Application' button at the top of the Program Application Page. If you attempt to submit your application before it is complete, you will receive a warning message. Once successfully submitted, a date and time stamp will appear for confirmation on your application. 
  • For FLP/SSA applicants, you are not required to attend a SAA General Information Session as part of your application. 
  • Check your email account frequently for possible messages from SAA and your program leaders. 

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Being Accepted

The program leader/SAA will review your application and determine your eligibility for the program. If your application is accepted, you will receive an official acceptance letter from the Study Abroad and Away Office. The official acceptance letter will provide instructions on the next steps of the process, including information on:

  • submitting the Commitment to Participate form
  • making the deposit
  • completing the partner university application (for SSA program participants)
  • registering for your FLP/SSA course(s) in MySJSU
  • making the full program payment
  • complete the Student Health Form
  • pre-departure orientation
  • and other details to get you ready for your program

Commitment to Participate Form

Upon acceptance, you are required to complete the following actions:

PART A: Click "Committed" in the application system.

PART B: Complete the Commitment to Participate form to secure your spot in the program (link to the Commitment form will be provided in your acceptance email). By signing this agreement, you are formally accepting your admission to the program and are promising to abide by the statement of responsibilities detailed in the form. Read the terms and conditions of the Commitment to Participate Form carefully. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

A non-refundable deposit charge of $500 will be applied to your account when you sign this form. If at any time after signing the form you decide to withdraw from the program, you will still be responsible for paying the non-refundable $500 deposit. 

To access the Commitment to Participate Form, simply click on the link included in your acceptance email. 

FLP/SSA Student Policies

For the safety of all people involved, students are required to abide by FLP/SSA rules and regulations. Visit the Student Policies page for detailed information.

Student Handbook

Review the Student Handbook and learn more about our program policies, pre-departure planning, and travel tips.

Student Handbook (PDF)

Waitlisted Students

Accepted students will have a certain period of time to commit to their program and pay their non-refundable deposit. If they choose to withdraw their application, or do not complete the required steps, their spot in the program will open back up. At that point, program leaders will choose students from their waitlist. If you are waitlisted, check your email for messages about possible openings in the program. 

Travel Documents

Once you are accepted to the program, you can begin preparing your travel documents. Travel documents can take a few weeks or up to a few months to be processed so begin the process as soon as possible. Please note it is your responsibility to make sure your travel documents are in order prior to departure. 

The following documents are required: 

  • Valid passport: Some airlines and countries require that your passport be valid for at least six months past the date of your return to the U.S. For information on how to apply for or renew your U.S. passport, visit the U.S. Department of State website ( 
  • Visas (may not be required): This will depend on the destination/country of your program. Your program leader/SAA will provide more information about the visa process, if applicable, once the cohort is formed. 

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Making the Deposit

Once accepted, students are required to pay a $500 non-refundable deposit to confirm their participation. Your deposit will be applied toward your program cost.

The $500 non-refundable deposit charge will be placed on your student account after the submission deadline for the Commitment to Participate form. The SAA Office will provide the deadline to make the deposit in your acceptance letter.   

Outstanding Balance: If you have any outstanding balance on your account at the time you make the deposit, your deposit will go to cover the outstanding balance and will not be counted toward your program costs. In order to hold your spot in the FLP/SSA, you will need to make a $500 non-refundable deposit.

Methods of Payment: Visit the Bursar's Office Methods of Payment web page for more information. 

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Registering for Your FLP/SSA Course

You will receive an email notifying you when your course registration is open. You will have a window of time, from the date of the notice to the stated deadline, to register for your program course online through your MySJSU account.

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Full Program Payment

If you have paid the deposit of $500 and there is no outstanding balance, the amount should have been applied toward the program cost so you should see the amount owed less $500 in your MySJSU account.

Once you register for the course, allow the system about 1 to 3 hours to refresh and calculate the amount you should owe. Check the Finances section of your Student Center homepage to see the amount owed. If you see any discrepancy, please contact our office at immediately before making any payment.

Payment Plan: Currently, there is no payment plan for FLP/SSA courses. Full program payment must be made by the provided deadline.

Methods of Payment: Visit the Bursar's Office Methods of Payment web page for more information. 

Program Withdrawal: Visit Program Withdrawal page for more information about withdrawing from an FLP/SSA.

FLP/SSA Refund Schedule

Refund Time Frame Refund Amount
60+ days prior to program class start date

Refund 100% of Tuition Fee

Minus $300 Program Fee

Minus $200 Administration Fee

60 to 31 days prior to program class start date

Refund 100% of Tuition Fee

Minus 50% Program Fee

Minus $200 Administration Fee

30 days prior to program class start date

Refund 100% of Tuition Fee

Refund 0% Program Fee

Minus $200 Administration Fee


After program class start date


No Refund

 * Program class start date and program fee vary by program.

Faculty-Led Program and Summer School Abroad courses may be canceled if enrollment is insufficient to provide appropriate instruction or if contracts with providers are incomplete before the start of the course registration. If a course is canceled, tuition fees will be refunded. However, SJSU is not responsible for refunding any personal expenses (e.g. flights, spending money, etc.) if the program is canceled for any reason. Airfares and other individual expenses are the responsibility of the student.

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Preparing for Your Departure

General Pre-Departure Orientation

All students are required to complete the online SAA general pre-departure orientation that will cover basic cultural, health, and safety information for going abroad. This will be in addition to any site specific pre-departure orientation or meetings your program leader will host prior to your departure. 

Buying Plane Tickets

Students should not purchase airline tickets until all of the group members are registered in their program course and have fully paid the entire program fee. Unfortunately, Faculty-Led Program/Summer School Abroad courses may be canceled if enrollment is insufficient to provide appropriate instruction or if contracts with providers are incomplete before the start of the course registration. If a course is canceled, tuition fees will be refunded. However, SJSU is not responsible for refunding any personal expenses (e.g. flights, spending money, etc.) if the program is canceled for any reason. Airfares and other individual expenses are the responsibility of the student. 

To be able to get the best airfare, students should register for their program course and make full payment by the stated deadlines. Failure to meet the deadlines can delay all other participants' ability to buy their plane tickets.

Upload a Copy of Your Passport

Remember to upload a copy of your passport in the online application portal. We need copies for safety and security reasons while you are abroad.

To upload a copy of your passport, you will need to log back into the application portal, Once you are logged in, you will need to:

Edit Profile > Information (tab) > Upload a copy in the passport field

Health Insurance

You will have health insurance coverage for the program dates you are abroad. SAA will arrange the purchase of your insurance.

This is health insurance which covers illnesses, medical emergencies, etc. when you are abroad. It is not travel insurance which covers lost luggage, cancelled flights, etc. 

JCB Insurance Solutions will send you an email that will provide insurance enrollment confirmation, your ID card, and your insurance brochure. Before you depart for your program, make sure to print out a copy of your insurance ID card and carry it with you while you are abroad. You should also review the insurance brochure to understand what coverage you will have. The medical provider for your insurance plan will be On Call.

If you are planning to travel before or after your program, you will need to arrange additional insurance coverage on your own.