**Students must complete an Aztecs Abroad application if one or both of the following apply:
1. If you are a current SDSU student planning to apply this internship to satisfy an international experience requirement for your major or minor
2. If you are planning to apply for a scholarship that requires the units to be transferred to your SDSU official transcript
What is ISA SERVICE-LEARNING?
ISA Service-Learning takes study abroad students beyond the classroom by providing a unique opportunity to engage in community service at local non-profit organizations, municipal offices, schools, and clinics abroad. Through guided reflection activities and group discussions, ISA Service-Learning aims to help you gain a better understanding of the local language, culture and community.
More information on the structure of the service-learning program here
, under "What to Expect."
ISA Service-Learning programs are available to current students and recent graduates who meet the eligibility requirements on the ISA Website
- Visit the ISA website for the most up-to-date service-learning locations.
- Service-learning projects may vary by location, language ability, experience, class level, etc.
Students may obtain credit for their service-learning project through one of the following options:
- SDSU: SDSU Students will have the opportunity to arrange credit through the international student center in collaboration with an academic department. Contact Willaine Cabal (email@example.com) to begin the process, or
- ISA and Carroll College: SDSU students may arrange credit through ISA and their School of Record, Carroll College for an additional fee of $300.
Program Fees and costs
- Set-date, eight-week programs for Fall, Spring or Summer. See the website for options.
Details on program fees and inclusions are outlined on the ISA Service-Learning website
Financial Aid Basics
If you receive financial aid, talk to your study abroad advisor early and throughout the application process.
Make sure you understand the following basics:
- Summer programs: Financial aid is not not typically offered in summer, so apply for scholarships, budget, raise funds, and plan accordingly.
- Semester programs: 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 Aztecs Abroad database for scholarships, both internal and external.
ISA and SDSU Insurance Requirement
- Housing options vary by location but include homestays; apartments and residence halls.
Passport and Visa
- A blanket accident and sickness policy is included in the ISA program cost.
- All SDSU students participating in programs abroad are automatically enrolled in the CSU Foreign Travel Insurance Plan (FTIP). The insurance charge will appear on the student's SDSU student account services billing. For more information on costs, refer to the website. CSU FTIP coverage is MANDATORY for all SDSU participants. (See below for additional notes regarding this mandatory FTIP coverage.)
Hints for Service-Learning
- You must have a valid passport to participate in a program abroad. Your passport must be valid for the duration of the program and for at least six months past the program end date to be eligible to receive a student visa. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the U.S. State Department's Travel Site.
- Most countries will also require you to obtain a visa to have permission to enter for the purpose of a service-learning opportunity and for a specific duration. ISA will provide specific visa instructions once you have been accepted to their program.
- Plan early; save early, and stay as long as you can to get the most out of your service-learning experience and immerse yourself in the local culture.
- Be open- minded and flexible! This opportunity is intended for students to serve the community, not the other way around.
CSU-MANDATED FOREIGN TRAVEL INSURANCE PROGRAM REQUIREMENT - Additional Notes
- Start with the International Internships Coordinator at the SDSU Study Abroad office, Willaine Cabal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
All students registered in the Aztecs Abroad Database who are finalized as approved, committed status participants will be automatically enrolled in the CSU-mandated Foreign Travel Insurance Program (FTIP)
, typically about 30 days prior to departure. Enrollment in this plan is mandated to address emergency travel assistance and health matters while abroad. Students do not need to take any additional steps to receive this insurance. You will not need to fill out any special forms for enrollment. As you complete all of the required steps in Aztecs Abroad to confirm your participation, you will receive an email from the ISC's Study Abroad Office confirming your FTIP enrollment and expected billing date. Some countries noted on the CSU High Hazardous Country List
may have additional premiums. All confirmed participants will also receive an FTIP Travel Assistance ID card PDF document. Details about coverage, including the policy number, can be found via the SDSU Risk Management website
. This information will also be included in an enrollment confirmation email. The CSU approves travel for students going to destinations with travel advisories set to level 1 or 2. If you are requesting to travel to a country with a travel advisory set to level 3, as as listed on the U.S. Department of State website, your travel plans will need to be evaluated by the Risk Management Office and signed by the SDSU President for final clearance. In certain cases, participants may need to be reassigned to alternate locations.