INTERN ABROAD COUNTRIES (as of May 2017)
Students may obtain credit through:
- SDSU- SDSU Students will have the opportunity to arrange credit through the international student center in collaboration with an academic department. Contact your study abroad office to begin the process.
- CISAbroad and Plymouth State University - SDSU students may arrange credit through CISAbroad and Plymouth State University for an additional fee of $800.
Summer Term: 6-12 weeks | Spring Term: 6-12 weeks | Fall Term: 6-12 weeks
You will be asked to enter your internship dates and location during the application process in Aztecs Abroad. You can work with CIS to determine the dates. If they change, be sure to notify SDSU study abroad advisor.
Financial Aid Basics:
If you receive financial aid, be sure to talk to your study abroad advisor early and throughout the application process.
Make sure you understand the following basics:
Hints for Internship Process:
- Financial aid is not not typically offered in summer, so apply for scholarships, budget, raise funds, and plan accordingly.
- A student needs to be enrolled full-time (12 units/semester) for a total of 15 weeks for financial aid to be released for a semester abroad experience.
- There are likely to be additional forms and actions required to allow aid to be released and transferred for non-SDSU activities; the process is not automated.
- Learn what types of aid you receive. Look up your record on AidLink and start to educated yourself about your aid package.
- Search the Financial Aid & Scholarship department for scholarships, both internal and external. Start here for tips.
You can select a program for 6, 8 or 12-weeks. Your start date is flexible too. We encourage you to stay as long as you can to get the most out of your internship placement and immerse yourself in the local culture. Internships are customized based on your field of interest and resume.
Internships are available in the a variety of fields. If there is an area you don't see listed either via this brochure on on the CISabroad Internship site, call or email their staff to ask for assistance. Often CISabroad can work with you to tailor the internship experience, depending on your background and, when applicable, your language abilities.
Review internship options at all locations
online via the CISabroad website. Remember, options may vary by location, language ability, experience, class level, etc.
Housing and Meals:
Housing opportunities vary by location and most often will be the option of living in a shared house or apartment with other interns, or homestays. Most independent housing options will leave it up to you to provide your own food, typically with full kitchen access.Most meals are included in the home stay option (breakfast and dinner on weekdays; breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekends). All housing options can usually be reached through public transportation. Please keep in mind that while CISabroad staff will make every effort to find you housing close to your internship, some commuting is required.
CISabroad Insurance Requirement:
Medical treatment in a foreign country is not something we expect you to require, but should the need arise; CIS want to make sure you are adequately covered. The cost of medical and accident insurance, no matter where you study, is included in their program fee. CIS includes comprehensive overseas medical and accident insurance coverage for all our participants. Their coverage was designed in conjunction with Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), and includes the following maximum benefits:
SDSU Insurance Requirement:
- Accidental Death: $10,000
- Basic Medical: $200,000 (no deductible)
- Emergency Medical Reunion: $2,000
- Medical Evacuation/Repatriation & Return of Mortal Remains: $150,000 (combined)
The Risk Management Office website at SDSU highlights a summary of the Foreign Travel Insurance Program (FTIP) plan
required for all international activity connected to the California State University system's 23 campuses. This plan applies to students, staff and faculty. All SDSU students are automatically enrolled in the FTIP plan as part of their study abroad or intern abroad plans and then billed via the SDSU Student Account Services. Most students are enrolled in comprehensive coverage, but since CISabroad required a primary insurance plan and we have an agreement with them, SDSU requests that students will only be enrolled in a supplementary FTIP plan. Sample price for supplementary coverage for 180 days is about $70. FTIP coverage is MANDATORY for all SDSU participants.
For almost all CISabroad programs, you WILL NEED A PASSPORT. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site
. Most countries will also require you to obtain a visa to have permission to enter for the purpose of an internship opportunity and for a specific duration. CISabroad will provide specific visa instructions once you have been accepted to their program.
Visit the CISabroad site for details: https://www.cisabroad.com/program-fees/budgeting/
Program fees are listed in US dollars and typically include the following:
- Internship match and supervision
- Internship Completion Certificate
- Employer Reference
- Orientation and welcome meal
- Cultural Activities
- Business and networking events
- Transportation card
- Arrival package with Chinese cell phone and SIM card
- Medical and accident insurance
- Financial aid counseling
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Airport pickup service
- On-site support
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program
Cost will vary by length and location, due to variation in cost of living in each area. See the specific fees for each program via the CISabroad website.
Sample summer pricing in a lower cost region, such as Asia or Latin America, against a higher cost region, such as Western Europe or Oceania.
Additional Expenses to Consider:
Preparing your budget
Special CISabroad Promotions and Discounts:
As an SDSU student, you may receive $250 off semester programs and $150 off short-term programs. Additionally, CISabroad offers a variety of "promo codes
" ranging from $100 to $500, as well as many scholarships and grants
. CISabroad gives away flights, too! CISabroad and STA Travel partner to give away flight vouchers.