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Study Abroad and Away

The College of Professional and Global Education is committed to internationalizing San Jose State University in order to cultivate an environment of diversity and inclusion, helping you to prepare to live and lead in a globalized world. In support of this mission, Study Abroad and Away has a wide variety of options to help you join the Global Spartan community.

With long-term programs lasting a semester or an entire year, your options are limitless. Our expansive network of partner institutions and programs will give you the opportunity to diversify your education and have the experience you have always dreamed of.

If you prefer a more condensed, focused international experience, then our short-term programs are right up your alley! Faculty-Led Programs offer you the chance to visit a global destination and study onsite with SJSU faculty and a cohort of your peers. Or perhaps you would like to take classes on an international campus at a prestigious international institution for an abbreviated Summer School Abroad experience, taking classes with students from across the globe.

Go for a longer or shorter period, the choice is yours and the possibilities are limitless! Start by finding the program that is right for you by searching our database by region, program type or major, or book an appointment with one of our advisors to discuss your options. And check out our Events calendar for details on upcoming events and information sessions. Our goal is to help you make your dreams a reality. Welcome to the Global Spartan community!

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DACA Students

The Study Abroad & Away office at the College of Professional and Global Education (CPGE) understand the importance of providing study abroad opportunities for all Spartans including DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients. Due to recent immigration policies of the Biden / Harris Administration, DACA students are now ABLE TO participate in international educational experiences. However, DACA students must secure prior approval from the USCIS through a process known as Advanced Parole. To do that, DACA students must complete the USCIS Form I-131 Application for Travel Document which grants people the ability to travel internationally for "educational, employment, or humanitarian" purposes and be able to re-enter the United States border. 

We highly recommend that DACA students consult with their immigration lawyer or contact the Immigrant Legal Defense (ILD) for legal advise or contact the SJSU UndocuSpartan Student Resource Center for additional support. 

Please book an appointment with Dr. Vidalino Raatior (Coordinator of Study Abroad & Exchange Programs) who is the laison to the UndocuSpartan Student Resource Center for any questions or concerns.

Additional Resources

The Study Abroad and Away (SAA) office also offers domestic Alternative Break Programs (non-credit) and Faculty-Led Programs (credit) during the spring and summer breaks. Please check the SAA website throughout the year for details and updates about these offerings. CPGE staff will continue working with the Colleges and departments to identify additional study away experiences within the U.S.  

On campus, there are many opportunities to engage in intercultural experiences including participation in the Global Student Network (GSN) student organization, living at the International House, pursuing recognition of your international involvement through the Global Leadership Advancement Center (GLAC), attending weekly Coffee Hours, participating in language and culture exchanges through the LACE program, and volunteering in the community locally. To learn more about domestic cross-cultural trips, please e-mail SAA.   


Study Abroad and Away Covid-19 Update

The CDC issued guidance on March 1, 2020 and advised the postponement or cancellation of all upcoming student foreign exchange programs. The CDC notes, and we believe, that “students may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges in returning home or accessing health care while abroad.” 

Due to the dynamic nature of the Coronavirus and its impact on travel, the Study Abroad and Away office has suspended some programs from the onset of Coronavirus in early 2020 to current. All students impacted by cancellations or program transitions have been and will continue to be notified. The Study Abroad and Away office will continue to monitor this evolving situation and will make decisions about future programs and travel as needed.

We encourage you to explore program options for Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and the 2022-2023 Academic Year on the Spartans Abroad Portal.  

Please contact us at for questions or if you need assistance. If an emergency, contact the University Police Department at 408-924-2222.



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