SJSU Approved Programs

Participants in SJSU-certified study abroad programs (all the programs listed on our website) are guaranteed to receive “resident credit” for all coursework taken at partner universities. All units taken on certified programs will count towards overall graduation unit requirements. However, course equivalencies for major, minor, or General Education requirements are determined and approved by advisors in those departments. Participants in certified SJSU programs should obtain course equivalency approval prior to departure by completing the Academic Approval Form and obtaining all the appropriate signatures. Instructions for completing the Academic Approval Form can be found on the back of the form and will be covered in detail during the pre-departure program.

Students participating in a CSU International Program must use a different approval form that they will receive with their acceptance packet.

All coursework taken abroad on certified programs will be posted on the students’ official SJSU records/transcripts and is not considered “transfer credit”. Courses will appear on the SJSU transcript with the course title from the host university, but with SJSU course numbers, units and grades. “International Programs” and the name of the host country/university will also be noted on the transcript.


All courses taken for a grade abroad will result in a letter/numerical grade that will be factored into each student’s GPA. The SJSU Study Abroad Office does not perform grade conversions or grading curves for classes from abroad; grade conversions are performed by the Office of the Registrar according to standards set by that office. If you would like to register for a class as pass/fail instead of for a grade, the appropriate paperwork must be completed before going abroad and beginning the class. It is too late to apply for a class to be counted as pass/fail after the class has begun.

Registration for SJSU Programs

Registration procedures vary from program to program. Some allow participants to register early and they confirm enrollment in courses before arrival. Others have students register upon arrival or during the beginning weeks of class. Participants should be as patient and flexible as possible when following the host institutions procedures. Students should have alternate choices for courses in case some courses are not offered or cancelled.

Study Abroad participants should not register for courses at SJSU while studying abroad.

The Academic Approval Form that students complete prior to departure is not final. Participants can make changes to their course schedule upon arrival at the host institution but they are strongly encouraged to communicate with and seek approval from their SJSU academic advisor. If any courses are added, participants should complete a new Academic Approval Form, send it to their academic advisors for signatures and request that they forward it to the SJSU Study Abroad Coordinator. Participants may also get the necessary signatures after returning from the program.