Office of International Programs – Laurel Hall
Education Abroad opportunities engage students in an international arena, providing new academic perspectives, broadening knowledge of international affairs, and allowing for a deeper understanding of other cultures. In addition to enhancing a student’s degree program, education abroad provides students with direct experience developing intercultural skills necessary for success in an increasingly diverse and global workforce.
The Office of International Programs offers more than 1000 international opportunities, including for-credit and not-for-credit programs for study, research, internships and service learning. Students can maintain full-time enrollment at CSU while abroad, and credit from approved programs may be applied towards an overall degree program at CSU. Students who successfully complete an 3+ credit course (with a grade of C- or better) are eligible for a waiver of the All-University Core Curriculum requirement.
Education Abroad oversees programs in nearly every country around the world and provides support services to students, including advising, orientations, outreach, program coordination and risk management oversight. Students considering any type of international experience are required to work with the Office of International Programs in preparation for their time abroad. Advance planning helps assure that international endeavors will not unnecessarily prolong degree completion and that health and safety preparations have been addressed. Advance planning also assures that students meet application deadlines, which can range anywhere from two to twelve months before a program begins.
The Office of International Programs also works closely with CSU's academic partners Semester at Sea and the CSU Todos Santos Center to foster international opportunities for CSU students, faculty and staff.
Financial Aid for Education Abroad
In most cases, CSU financial aid can be applied to cover the costs of an education abroad program. In addition, through CSU's partnerships, the Office of International Programs facilitates nearly $600,000 in annual scholarship funds to support education abroad. Students can apply for many of these through the Education Abroad Common Application and/or their CSU sponsored programs.
These opportunities include nationally competitive scholarships, such as the NSEP Boren and IIE Gilman awards. Students interested in scholarships should contact the Office of International Programs early in their college career since some scholarship deadlines are due as much as a year in advance.
Further information on eligibility requirements, deadlines, policies, procedures, financial aid, and costs related to study abroad may be found on the Education Abroad website.