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Program Types


Key notes:
  • Descriptions below are only generalizations and individual programs may have slight differences
  • Programs categories cover a range of experiences from traditional study abroad to international internships and volunteering abroad
  • Read over individual program brochures in Aztecs Abroad for eligibility requirements (class level, GPA, etc) and application deadlines
  • "Exchanges" usually refer to SDSU Exchange, ISEP Exchange and CSU International Programs, however these programs do not require an international student to attend SDSU the same exact term you plan to study abroad at their home institution
  • All participants regardless of program type will be enrolled and billed for the CSU-mandated foreign travel insurance program (FTIP).

SDSU Exchange Programs - View the full list of SDSU Exchangessdsu_exchange
  • Academic Year and Semester programs available
  • Enroll in regular courses with locals and international students; integrate into mainstream university life
  • Applicants must search for courses at host institution and discuss with their SDSU academic advisors
  • High degree of personal independence expected; support provided by international office at host institution
  • Pay full-time SDSU tuition and fees while paying room and board at host institution
  • Earn SDSU resident credit; federal and state financial aid automatically applicable
  • Students must be enrolled at SDSU the semester prior to program start dates

CSU International Programs (CSU-IP) - View all CSU International Programs nowcsuip_logo
  • Academic year or Semester programs available
  • Enroll in regular courses with local and international students; integrate into mainstream university life
  • Applicants must search for courses at host institution and discuss with their SDSU academic advisors
  • Program structure varies by location; some include intensive pre-session language courses
  • Pay full-time SDSU (CSU) tuition and fees while paying room and board at host institution
  • Earn SDSU resident credit; federal and state financial aid automatically applicable
  • California community college transfer students may participate in this program type their first year as an SDSU student and should therefore plan a year ahead.

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) - View all ISEP programs now)isep_logo
  • Academic Year, Semester and Summer programs available
  • Enroll in regular courses with local and international students; integrate into mainstream university life
  • Applicants must search for courses at host institution and discuss with their SDSU academic advisors
  • Program structure varies by location; some include intensive pre-session language courses
  • Non-Profit network of over 100 international universities worldwide that exchange students
  • Students must be enrolled at SDSU the semester prior to program start dates
ISEP Exchange
  • Pay tuition and pre-set room and board (housing and meals) fee to SDSU
  • Earn SDSU resident credit; federal and state financial aid automatically applicable
ISEP Direct
  • Pay tuition and room and board package price to ISEP (packages vary by program)
  • May be affordable option in certain destinations, especially for for out-of-state (non-resident) students or students not receiving financial aid
  • Earn transfer credit; only federal (Pell Grant, loans, etc.) financial aid applicable; additional paperwork necessary to release federal aid and scholarships
  • Students cannot fulfill Explorations (upper-division) General Education requirements

SDSU Global Seminars - View all Global Seminar programs
  • Short-term programs (1-6 weeks) - Summer and Winter Break options
  • Earn SDSU resident credit while taking one or more courses with mainly SDSU students and instructed by an SDSU faculty member
  • Courses designed to satisfy both general education and major requirements
  • Program fees include tuition, housing, and program activities

SDSU Course-Embedded Programs - View all Course-Embedded programs
  • A regular session course with an integrated international experience
  • Travel can occur before, during, or after the term in which the course takes place
  • Earn SDSU resident credit while participating in an international travel experience

SDSU Academic Related Travel - View all Academic Related Travel experiences
  • A non-credit experience related to an academic program or international experience requirement that is organized and or led by an SDSU professor or department
  • Examples include group trips for research, fieldwork, conference attendance, and theatrical performances

SDSU Transborder experiences - View all Transborder experiences
  • SDSU courses that include one or more days of travel to Mexico
  • Earn resident credit
  • Transborder experiences fall into both the Course-Embedded program and Academic-Related Travel categories

Partner Programs - View all approved partner programs now
  • Semester, Academic Year, and Short-term (Summer, Winter, Spring Break) options
  • Advising and application process through independent program provider
  • Earn transfer credit, but that credit is still applicable toward SDSU graduation requirements with academic advisor approval
  • Students cannot fulfill Explorations (upper-division) General Education requirements
  • Dedicated resident director or on-site staff
  • Pay tuition and fees directly to program provider; generally more than SDSU cost of attendance
  • Only federal financial aid (Pell Grant, loans, etc) applicable
  • Organized excursions/field trips and extracurricular activities in host city included
  • Students must be enrolled at SDSU the semester prior to program start dates

Internship Programs - View all approved internships programs now
  • Semester and Short-term (Summer, Winter, Spring Break) options
  • Often have flexible dates and various locations

Volunteer Programs - View all approved volunteer programs now
  • Semester and Short-term (Summer, Winter, Spring Break) options
  • Often have flexible dates and various locations 

Virtual International Programs - View all approved virtual program opportunities
  • Virtual programs bring the world to you. Spend a summer term, winter term or semester virtually exploring the world via exciting global academic experiences or virtual international internships.