Summer School Abroad

Summer School Abroad

Review important information related to COVID-19 here. 

Summer School Abroad

Summer School Abroad (SSA) provides San José State University students the opportunity to study abroad during the summer break. Normally lasting two to eight weeks, SSAs allow you to take classes from one of our partner universities abroad, while earning SJSU course credits. You will have the chance to study alongside college students from around the world on these international programs, making cross-cultural connections that will last you the rest of your life!

Summer School Abroad is great for students who:

  • want to work towards their graduation by earning SJSU credit on a short-term program.
  • are looking for a more independent summer study abroad experience (while still having a support system when they need it).
  • want to study abroad but do not want to leave their extracurricular activities (clubs, fraternities, sororities, athletic teams, etc.) by embarking on a longer program during the academic year.
  • are working and cannot be away from work for a semester or longer.
  • want to enjoy the perks of traveling and studying alone like other traditional study abroad programs.
  • want to study alongside college students from other countries making cross-cultural connections that will last you the rest of your life!
  • want to gain a competitive edge in their respective job markets by developing soft skills highly sought out by recruiters. Check out this news article on how studying abroad can improve your employability.
  • are non-traditional students who cannot be away from family for a semester or longer.

Contact Dr. Vid Raatior for more information (; 408-924-2684)


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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 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:

  • All spring break programs (Alternative Spring Break and Faculty-led Programs) have been cancelled.
  • Semester and Year Long programs:
    • Spring semester abroad programs have been cancelled. 
    • 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 for assistance if you are impacted by this cancellation.
  • The travel portion of all Faculty-Led Programs (FLP) for Summer 2020 will be cancelled. The majority of the programs will continue to offer the FLP course in an online format. For programs that will not be modified for an online course format, we will work with those impacted students to provide alternative options.
  • All Summer School Abroad (SSA) programs for Summer 2020 have been cancelled. Impacted students are advised to identify SJSU Summer Session Courses to take in lieu of their Summer School Abroad courses.
  • Winter break Faculty-Led Programs (FLP) are still accepting applications at this time.  We will continue to monitor the situation globally over the next few months and notify students if there are any changes to the winter break FLPs.

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.