Getting Started

Why Study Abroad and Away?

Consider the many reasons why studying abroad or away can be a great option for you.

Choosing Your Program

Learn about the types of programs you can choose when studying abroad or away through SJSU.


Connect with an advisor in the Study Abroad and Away Office to explore your options and get your questions answered.


Learn how academics work on SJSU’s credit-bearing programs.

How to Apply

Review application tips and deadlines.


Get answers to some frequently asked questions.

Follow the 8-step S.P.A.R.T.A.N.S. process below to research, choose and apply for your next global learning experience!
  • 1. Study: Learn about Study Abroad and Away

    Start by learning about the mission, vision, and learning outcomes for the Study Abroad & Away office. Consider why you should study abroad or away. Next, view the Study Abroad & Away 101 video to learn essential information about study abroad and away. All students should watch the video before applying for a program. Learn about the different types of programs that are offered. Join our Interest List to hear about other events, info sessions, workshops, and meetups related to studying abroad, and visit our Events Calendar to select events that are of interest to you. 

  • 2. Prepare: Identify your Goals

    Think about what your goals and priorities are for a study abroad or away experience. What do you want to accomplish personally, academically or professionally? What type of learning environment do you prefer? Are there particular regions you are interested in or academic offerings you are looking for? How long do you want to be away? Use this worksheet to identify your goals and think through your program preferences, which will help guide your program search and planning.

  • 3. Advice: Meet with Study Abroad and Away

    We recommend students meet with a Study Abroad & Away Advisor to discuss their goals and program options. Visit the Advising page to set up an advising appointment with one of our staff based on your interests. Log into the Spartans Abroad Portal (SAP) with your SJSU ID and password to fill out the Advising Form to prepare for your appointment with the Study Abroad & Away team.

  • 4. Research: Research Programs

    Review the different types of programs you can choose from and use the Spartans Abroad Portal (SAP) search filters to choose the program that best fits your personal and academic goals. You can click on the “Save” icon for each program that interests you in order to save to your account and revisit later. You will need to have already created an account in SAP to save your preferences by logging in with your SJSU ID and password. Search programs now.

  • 5. Talk: Talk with your Academic Advisor

    Learn about how academics work with study abroad. Meet with your Academic Advisor to determine what programs offer courses that would fulfill graduation requirements and how they fit into your overall degree plan.

  • 6. Apply: Complete and Submit Application

    Once you've selected a program to apply to, click the “Apply Now” button on the program's page within the Spartans Abroad Portal. Create an account, complete a program-specific questionnaire, and submit any other required documents to complete your application. Be sure to review any course prerequisites or other eligibility criteria before submitting. You can only apply to one program per term. Review application tips and deadlines here.

    • For students applying to programs sponsored by our partners CSU International Programs (CSU IP) or International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP), you will need to complete an additional application through the partner organization, after submitting your application through the Spartans Abroad Portal.
    • For students applying to Summer School Abroad and Alternative Break Programs, there may be additional application steps to complete. You will receive more information upon submitting your application.
    • Open University students are eligible to apply for most Faculty-Led Programs (FLP). When you click on the “Apply Now” button you will need to select the “Log in for Non-SJSU Students” to create an account before filling out  the specific program application.
  • 7. Now What?: Steps to Take While Awaiting Decision

    Be on the lookout for a decision email from to the email address you entered on your application. While awaiting the decision, you may want to start working on these needed items for study abroad:

  • 8. Satisfy Requirements

    Once you are accepted into a program, you will need to log into your Spartans Abroad Portal account to see the checklist of required documents and actions. Failure to satisfy the requirements may lead to program disqualification. 

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