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.” 

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 programs:

  • Exchange programs in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, and Spring 2021 Alternative Break programs have been cancelled. 
  • The travel portion of all Winter 2021 and Summer 2021 Faculty-Led Programs, and Summer 2021 Summer School Abroad programs have been cancelled; the majority of Faculty-Led Programs have transitioned to a virtual format.

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 Winter 2022 and Spring 2022 on the Spartans Abroad Portal. Applications are now open for Winter 2022 Faculty-Led Programs.

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.