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.” 

Due to the dynamic nature of the Coronavirus and its impact on travel, the Study Abroad and Away office has taken the following actions in regards to our current program cycles:

  • Spring 2021 Alternative Break programs have been cancelled. 
  • The travel portion of all Winter 2022 Faculty-Led Programs have been cancelled (effective 9/2/21), and the majority of programs have transitioned to a virtual format. The online version of Winter 2022 Faculty-Led Programs being offered are still accepting applications at this time. Please check the program details on the Spartans Abroad Portal for program-specific updates. 

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.

We encourage you to explore program options for Spring 2022 and calendar year (2022) exchange programs on the Spartans Abroad Portal. Summer 2022 program information will be available in the fall semester, please revisit our summer program options in September and October, 2021. 

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.