International Experience


International Experience (IE) is an elective option for students interested in gaining a global perspective on justice. IE is not a degree requirement, but participation in IE can count toward university or major electives. 


The goal of international experience is to introduce students to international and intercultural perspectives in order to prepare them to live and work in an increasingly globalized world. The experience may also expose students to more effective and viable practices, principles, and ideas about justice that they may use to transform their local communities and institutions over the course of their careers.  

Studying abroad is a high-impact educational practice that has been shown to increase student success and employability after graduation. 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 other sources. Often, students find that it saves money to study abroad because housing costs are much lower in many other countries compared with Silicon Valley.


What programs are there?

There are four main programs to choose from at SJSU:

  1. Faculty-Led Programs: Faculty Led Programs (FLPs) are overseas courses taught by SJSU faculty from various academic fields for up to 5 weeks during the summer or winter sessions. FLPs are considered SJSU Special Session courses, and they range from 3 - 6 units, with many courses meeting general education requirements. Per unit fees for these programs are dependent upon the unique costs of running programs in particular locations. See below for FLP related to Justice Studies and/or Forensic Science.
  2. Study Abroad Programs: SJSU offers a range of bilateral exchange Study Abroad Programs for a single semester, summer, or academic year.  Programs are available at over 33 universities in 18 different countries. You can find the program that is right for you by searching by region, country, or your major/minor.
  3. International Student Exchange Programs: SJSU is partnered with the non-profit International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). It has agreements with 328 colleges and universities around the world. ISEP is dedicated to helping students overcome the financial and academic barriers to studying abroad.
  4. CSU International Programs: The California State University Chancellor's Office manages study abroad programs at a network of international universities. Students pay SJSU tuition, but, programs are also partially subsidized by the CSU system making them very affordable. All programs run for one year. CSU International Programs (CSUIP) are some of the highest quality programs in California.

Independent International Experience: Students who want to participate in an international experience not sponsored by SJSU can submit an Independent International Experience Proposal.


What FLP exist related to Justice Studies or Forensic Science? 

Summer 2020 Program has been CANCELLED.

Professor Mary Juno is conducting a faculty led program (FLP) to Scotland. More information can be found here and by contacting Professor Mary Juno. The FLP is forensic science focused, but will satisfy major requirements for both forensic science (FS 160) and justice studies (JS 180). The course will be run from June 22nd to July 3rd, 2020, with on-campus meetings June 15th to June 19th, 2020. The program will cost approximately $4,465. You can apply for the program through the Study Abroad Programs Website. Deadline for applications is November 1st, 2019.

Professor Halima Kazem-Stojanovic is conducting a faculty led program (FLP) to Switzerland, Amsterdam, and New York City. More information be found here and by contacting Professor Halima Kazem-Stojanovic. The FLP mass communications focused, but will satisfy human rights course requirements for both forensic science and justice studies majors, and human rights and legal studies minors. The course will be run from June 5th to June 21st, 2020. The program will cost approximately $4,715. You can apply for the program through the Study Abroad Programs Website. Deadline for applications is November 1st, 2019.


Are there scholarships?



Have additional questions?

Contact the Justice Studies International Experience Coordinator Dr. John Halushka for inquiries or more information about international experience.