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Studying abroad is an exciting opportunity for your child, which you can help your son or daughter obtain. For your convenience, we have prepared answers for the frequently asked questions to help you better understand study abroad at SF State. If you have questions not addressed below or on the Office of International Programs website, please discuss them with your son or daughter so that he/ she can raise them in an Information Session, with a Peer Advisor, and/ or with the Study Abroad Advisor.

 

What is CSU IP?

What are SF State Bilateral Programs?

When should my student study abroad?

When can transfer students study abroad?

Why study abroad for a year?

Are there summer study abroad options?

When should my student begin planning for study abroad ?

When should my student begin planning for study abroad ?

Is study abroad affordable?

What is the estimated cost of studying abroad?

Does financial aid apply for study abroad?

Are there scholarships available for study abroad?

When do students pay for study abroad?

What type of housing will be available abroad?

When will my student start classes abroad?

When will my student have breaks from classes abroad to travel or visit with family?

 

What is CSU IP?

The California State University's International Programs (CSU IP) are the system wide study abroad program for all the CSU campuses and is affiliated with over 50 universities and other higher education institutions in 19 countries. Since 1963, IP has sent over 15,000 CSU students abroad! Through CSU IP, students participate on academic year long programs. For additional information, please visit the CSU IP webpage and CSU IP's Parents Guide.

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What are SF State Bilateral Programs?

SF State Bilateral Programs are university to university partnerships for SF State students. These programs are direct bilateral exchange agreements, which mean that SF State has partnered with a university abroad to send students and to receive international students from that institution on a one-to-one basis. Students have the option of studying for either an academic year or a semester. Click here for additional information on SF State鈥檚 Study Abroad webpage.

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When should my stend study abroad?

Most students study abroad after they have completed 60 units and, therefore, are junior, senior, or fifth year taking upper decision coursework. However, CSU IP has a few exciting options for Sophomores, which is an exciting time to study abroad and take general education course requirements overseas. Students who study abroad their sophomore year have time to apply for a second program their junior or senior year!

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When can transfer students study abroad?

Now! Most transfer students are eligible for study abroad during their first semester at SF State. Transfer students often complete Segment III (the upper division general education requirement) and make progress in their major on study abroad.

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Why study abroad for a year?

One of the greatest benefits of study abroad for a full academic year is having the opportunity to experience the host country as one of the locals, and it takes time to undergo the transformation from visitor to local. Students will reap great rewards by investing the time it takes to adapt to a new culture and learn another language, including the opportunity to develop deep friendships that will last a lifetime. We recognize that an academic year may be difficult for some students, who may want to take advantage of the semester programs through SF State Bilateral.

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Are there summer study abroad options?

Yes! The Study Abroad Office offers a limited number of certified summer programs. If your student is interested in learning more, please have them stop by the office.

 

The College of Extended Learning provides additional summer opportunities for SF State students.

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When should my student begin planning for study abroad ?

Now! It is never too early to begin planning for study abroad. By planning ahead, students can decide which courses must be taken at SF State and which ones can be done abroad, such as the GE SEG III requirement. Through careful planning, students often stay on track to graduate on time, may even graduate more quickly thanks to priority registration at our partners abroad.

 

To begin planning, students should attend an Information Session at the Study Abroad Office located in Building C of the Village at Centennial Square. Information Sessions take place year round at least four times a week; to learn when the next when will be visit our Calendar.

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Will my student graduate on time?

Generally, study abroad students make the same or better progress towards the completion of their degree. Students should work with major, minor, and GE advisors to make an academic plan that includes study abroad. Start Planning!

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Is study abroad affordable?

YES! Study abroad is very AFFORDABLE. Students pay the SAME tuition abroad as they do at SF State. There is no application fee and students pay NO tuition to the host institution! Many students report that they actually SAVED money on these programs due to the high cost of living in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

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What is the estimated cost of studying abroad?

For CSU IP, Cal State offers a great resource that has an estimate for studying abroad by country as well as a chart that lists the cost of attending each of the CSU campuses, which is a useful point of comparison.

 

For SF State Bilateral, the estimated cost is printed on the flyer. Program flyers are available for download from the Study Abroad webpage as PDFs. You and your student can search for program flyers by Major or by Country.

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Does financial aid apply for study abroad?

YES! Students who participate on CSU IP and SF State Bilateral programs use their same financial aid. We encourage students to meet with financial aid advisors as they plan for study abroad in order to make a financial plan.

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Are there scholarships available for study abroad?

YES! Students are encouraged to take advantage of scholarships and other funding opportunities. For further information, please view the Study Abroad Scholarships and Financing page and the Scholarships through the Financial Aid Office .

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When do students pay for study abroad?

When studying abroad on CSU IP and SF State Bilateral Programs, you or your student continues to pay SF State tuition the same as before to the Bursar鈥檚 Office. There are no application fees for studying abroad.

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What type of housing will be available abroad?

Study Abroad students have access to the same housing options as local students at the host institution, which can range from private apartments in the community to university-run apartments and dorms to home stays.

 

Students participating on a CSU International Program should consult their Participants鈥 Guide for country specific information regarding housing.

 

For SF State Bilateral Programs, students should review the host universities website to learn more about housing options for students and in their Bilateral Participants鈥 Guide.

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When will my student start classes abroad?

Academic calendars vary by institution and region of the world. You can find rough calendars on program pages and flyers. Detailed calendars are available in the CSU IP Participant Guides and at host institutions鈥 websites for SF State Bilateral Programs.

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When will my student have breaks from classes abroad to travel or visit with family?

Academic calendars vary by institution and region of the world. You can find rough calendars on program pages and flyers. Detailed calendars are available at host institutions鈥 websites.

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