Alternative Break Programs


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Alternative Break Programs

Alternative Break Programs (ABP) provide San José State University students the opportunity to experience other cultures through community visits, service-learning projects, group activities and discussions. ABPs let you explore another region of the United States or the globe and focus on learning about diverse cultures with a group of your classmates and an SJSU staff leader during either spring or summer break. Programs vary in length (1 week for spring programs and 1-3 weeks for summer programs) and are co-curricular; they do not offer academic credit.

Check out our Events calendar for information on events and info sessions for upcoming Alternative Break Programs!


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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.” Additionally, as of March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization has determined that the Coronavirus is considered a global pandemic. 

Due to the dynamic nature of the Coronavirus and its impact on travel, the Study Abroad and Away office has made decisions regarding program cancellations (exchange programs in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, Spring 2021 Alternative Break programs) and transitioned programs to a virtual format (Winter 2021 Faculty-Led Programs). All students impacted by cancellations or program transitions have been 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. Impacted students will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad and Away office.

We encourage you to explore program options for Summer 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 on the Spartans Abroad Portal. Winter 2022 program information will be available in the spring.

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