The International Experience Requirement
The College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS) has initiated a requirement for students to participate in an international experience prior to graduation. The goal of CHHS’s international experience requirement is to introduce students to international and intercultural perspectives in order to prepare them to live and work in an increasingly globalized world.
Studying abroad is a high-impact educational practice that has been shown to increase student success and employability after graduation. The CHHS International Experience is designed to provide high-quality global learning experiences that are flexible, affordable, and relevant to students’ degree programs and professional goals. There are many options for fulfilling the requirement and advising is available to assist students in all aspects of the process. Students may be able to apply financial aid towards the cost of some SJSU-sponsored study abroad programs, and scholarships are also available through CHHS and other sources.
Meeting the Requirement
The requirements of the international experience include:
- Travel outside of the United States through a Faculty-Led Program, Summer School Abroad, CSUIP, ISEP or SJSU Exchange offered by the SJSU Study Abroad and Away Office
- Program must be a minimum of 9 days
- Student must receive academic credit
If you are unable to participate in a Study Abroad program as noted above and need to participate in an alternative, modified or independent experience, please see below for more information about these options. You will need to make an advising appointment with an advisor at the CHHS Student Success Center to initiate the petition process:
- Petition for Alternative to International Experience
- Petition for Modification of the International Experience
- Independent International Experience Proposal Form (Now Suspended)
In order to avoid late fees for students, the deadline to submit a petition is January 15, 2021 for Spring 2021 and August 6, 2021 for Fall 2021
Effective Date of the Requirement
The date that the international experience requirement takes effect varies according to school/department. The effective date applies to:
- Freshmen entering SJSU on or after the semester listed below
- Transfer students entering SJSU with catalogue rights on or after the semester listed below.
Department of Occupational Therapy
Fall 2015: Graduate-only program—applies to entering graduate students
Department of Kinesiology
Fall 2016: Majors: Athletic Training, Kinesiology, Kinesiology Preparation for Teaching
Department of Nutrition, Food Science, & Packaging
Fall 2021: Majors: Nutritional Science--all concentrations
Department of Public Health & Recreation
Fall 2018: Majors: Public Health—all concentrations, Recreation—all concentrations
Note: Students who were admitted to SJSU as undeclared or in a different major prior to the effective date for their current CHHS major are not required to complete the international experience; unless, of course, they were previously in a CHHS major that required the international experience
International Experience Advising
If you are unsure whether the requirement applies to you, need help selecting a program, or have any other questions about the international experience, meet with a CHHS International Experience advisor in the CHHS Student Success Center for advising.
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