Short-Term Programs

Review important information related to COVID-19 here. 

Short-Term Programs

The Study Abroad and Away office is contributing to the internationalization of San Jose State University by providing students with the opportunity to study, intern and explore different cultures around the world through a variety of short-term programs. Through these experiences, we seek to cultivate a diverse global community through international academic opportunities and partnerships.

Faculty-Led Programs: Study abroad with SJSU faculty and classmates and earn SJSU credit on a Faculty-Led Program. Courses focus on a particular theme and are taught by SJSU faculty. Programs are typically 1-4 weeks long and take place during winter, spring and summer breaks.

Summer School Abroad:Take classes at an international university for 2-8 weeks during summer break. With support from the Study Abroad and Away office, you get to travel independently while you earn SJSU credit and take classes with other international students.

Alternative Breaks: Explore another region of the United States or the globe and focus on learning about diverse cultures alongside SJSU classmates during spring and summer breaks. Programs are led by SJSU staff, often include service learning activities, and vary in length (1 week for spring programs and 1-3 weeks for summer programs). These are co-curricular programs and do not offer academic credit.

Internships and Service-Learning: Complete an international internship or engage in a service-learning project at one of our global partner locations over summer break. Program lengths vary and provide opportunities to earn SJSU credit while developing valuable professional and personal skills.

Faculty-Led Programs

Summer School Abroad

Faculty-Led Programs Summer School Abroad

Alternative Break Programs

Internships & Service-Learning

Alternative Spring Break Internships & Service Learning


Check out our 
Events calendar for information on events and info sessions for upcoming short-term programs!

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 now considered a global pandemic. 

Due to the dynamic threat of the Coronavirus and its potential impact on students’ health and safety, Study Abroad and Away office has taken the following actions in regards to our programs:

  • Semester and Year Long programs:
    • Fall semester abroad programs have been cancelled, effective 4/23/20.  Students impacted by this decision are encouraged to defer their semester abroad to spring 2021. Please contact SpartansAbroad@sjsu.edu for assistance if you are impacted by this cancellation.
    • Spring semester 2021 programs are still accepting applications at this time and plan to travel. We will continue to monitor the situation globally over the next few months and will notify students if there are any changes.   
  • The travel portion of all Faculty-Led Programs (FLP) for Winter break 2021 has been cancelled. The majority of the programs will continue to offer the FLP course in an online format. The online version of Winter 2021 Faculty-Led Programs (FLP) are still accepting applications at this time.
  • Alternative Break Programs for spring 2021 have been cancelled (effective 9/14/20), given the increased threat of COVID-19 in our domestic program locations. SAA will be developing Alternative Break Programming for Summer 2021. We hope to offer both international and domestic sites. More information will be provided in late fall 2020.

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