Office of International Programs (OIP)

Getting Started

Welcome to Study Abroad at SFSU! Study Abroad at SFSU can open doors you never knew existed, and take you places you never thought possible鈥攁nd its easier than you think!

Here鈥檚 how it works:


Attend a Study Abroad information Meeting.
These meetings are required for anyone who intends to go on an SFSU Certified Study Abroad program, and they are hosted at least four times per week at the following times:

Monday @ 10am
Tuesday @ 11am
Wednesday @ 2pm
Thursday @ 2pm

All meetings take place in the Office of International Programs, Village at Centennial Square, Building C (Next to Patelco Credit Union). Additional meeting are periodically scheduled outside of these times and are listed on our calendar.


Get familiar with the following unique benefits of SFSU Certified Study Abroad programs:

1) Courses count as resident SFSU credit, and will count towards your major, minor or the SFSU Segment III GE requirement. This means with good long-term planning, you won't lose time towards graduation.

2) Pay only your regular SFSU tuition, living expenses, and your plane ticket! The means that the programs are affordable and you pay no extra enrollment fees or tuition costs. Since many locations around the world are actually cheaper to live in than San Francisco , students often spend less money in their semester or year than they would by staying in San Francisco .

3) All Financial Aid applies. Get any loans grants or scholarships you qualify for through FASA and it will apply 100% to your study abroad experience. In fact, by studying abroad, you become eligible for scholarships that aren't otherwise available to you. For more information, visit the Scholarship and Financing page.

4) Just about all SFSU majors are covered. This means no matter what you study, there is a location somewhere through at least one of the Certified programs where you will have the guaranteed opportunity to earn credit towards your major abroad. In fact, student who go abroad often get double majors, or extra minors because you can often double count individual courses! Keep in mind not all majors are offered in every country.


Research and identify a program that corresponds to your academic goals by major or minor by visiting the Research Study Abroad Programs page .

You should consider adding a second major or minor in a Foreign Language if you plan to attend a country where a foreign language is spoken. Simply visit the Foreign Languages Department website .

You may also research the Global Studies minors at SFSU, they are a perfect fit for Study Abroad and great way to help your academic goals correspond to your intended Study Abroad location:

African Studies

European Studies

Latin American Studies

Middle East and Islamic Studies

Pacific Asian Studies

South Asian Studies


After you have attended an info meeting and researched programs , you can Apply Now.

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