Summer Programs

SJSU also offers many short-term study abroad options over the summer. Most of these programs focus on a particular academic field or theme.


Faculty Led Study Abroad Programs

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Faculty Led Programs (FLP) are overseas courses taught by SJSU faculty from various academic fields for 3–8 weeks during the summer session. FLPs are considered SJSU Special Session courses and range from 3–6 units, with some courses meeting general education requirements. FLPs are the most popular SJSU short-term study abroad option and are the best option for students looking to take unique courses in amazing sites around the world.


FLPs are open to all degree-seeking SJSU students who are 18 and older and have completed their freshmen year before the program start date. Graduate students are also welcome to apply, and some FLPs are even targeted for graduate students. Some programs may have other eligibility requirements such as GPA requirements, course prerequisites, or language proficiency. Please see individual program information for more details.

Non-SJSU students may also participate in FLPs. This includes SJSU alumni, students from other universities, as well as general community members. If you are in any of these categories, you can apply through SJSU Open University to enroll in an FLP. Please see the Application Process section for more details.


Financial Aid—Students are able to use any financial aid they would normally be eligible for toward a FLP as long as the FLP is at least 6 units and occurs over the summer session. FLPs under 6 units are not eligible for financial aid. For questions about summer financial aid, see Financial Aid for contact information.

Scholarships—Scholarships may be available for students attending FLPs; see Scholarships for potential sources of funding. Also check with your major department to see what unique funding opportunities may be available to you (e.g. SJSU students in the College of Business are automatically eligible for study abroad awards which include FLPs).


If you have any questions that are not addressed here, you can contact the Office of Global Education and Initiatives for more information:



International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) Summer Programs   

Students may take courses at partner institutions through the ISEP consortium.

Application deadlines ISEP summer programs vary. Check the ISEP website for the deadline of the program you prefer and submit your application to SJSU IPS one week before the ISEP deadline. ISEP requires that applications be submitted by the campus office.