Why SSA?

What is SSA?

Summer School Abroad (SSA) programs are short-term summer study abroad opportunities where students can directly enroll into a foreign university to take classes that are eligible for SJSU credit. SSA programs are considered SJSU Special Session courses and typically range from 1 - 6 units. Our programs satisfy a variety of course areas, from lower division GEs to major-specific courses. See our Program List for more details.

Why should I consider SSA?

Summer School Abroad is great for students who:
  • want to work towards their graduation by earning SJSU credit on short-term programs.
  • want to study abroad but do not want to leave their extracurricular activities (clubs, fraternities, sororities, etc.) by embarking on long-term programs.
  • are working and cannot be away from work for a semester or longer.
  • want to enjoy the perks of travelling and studying alone like other traditional study abroad students.
  • want to study alongside college students from around the world making cross-cultural connections that will last you the rest of your life!
  • are in majors that do not allow the flexibility to study abroad for a semester or longer.
  • want to gain a competitive edge in their respective job markets by developing soft skills highly sought out by recruiters. Check out this news article on how studying abroad can improve your employability. 
  • are non-traditional students who cannot be away from family for a semester or longer.


Want to learn more about SSAs and/or our other programs? Our staff can help! 
Send us your questions to facultyledprograms@sjsu.edu.


Looking to study abroad on longer-term programs instead? See semester and year-long options.