It is with great enthusiasm that SJSU launches the new academic year with exciting new information about our SJSU Study Abroad programs!
As First Lady, Michelle Obama, stated at the launch of the “100,000 Strong Initiative” in January, 2011, “The fact is, with every friendship you make, and every bond of trust you establish, you are shaping the image of America projected to the rest of the world. That is so important. So when you study abroad, you’re actually helping to make America stronger. And these experiences also set the stage for young people all over the world to come together and work together to make our world stronger, because make no mistake about it, whether it’s climate change or terrorism, economic recovery or the spread of nuclear weapons…the defining challenges of our time are shared challenges.”
Studying abroad as a university student is one of the most intensive and enriching learning experiences that a student can undertake during their formative years. Studying abroad increases confidence, improves performance in the classroom, fosters intercultural development and language skills and also prepares students for their start in a competitive world full of challenges and primed for innovation. Unfortunately, only 2% of American college students currently go abroad per year (~250,000) and the most popular programs are semester and short-term programs.
In 2012, SJSU sent a total of 257 students abroad for a semester, summer or academic year through the International Programs and Services (IPS) office. Of these students, 119 went abroad on a SJSU Faculty-Led Program with an SJSU faculty member to one of 7 different countries. This figure currently amounts to only 1% of the overall student population.
General information sessions, lasting approximately 30-45 minutes, are conducted weekly by the Study Abroad Office. There are usually 2-3 sessions per week and they take place in either the Clark Hall Fishbowl (1st floor) or Clark 240D. A detailed schedule can be found online here. Sessions are conducted by various study abroad staff and/or alumni. We encourage you to pass along this information to any and all students interested in more information.
The following deadlines are coming up for students who wish to study abroad for either the spring 2013 semester or the 2013-14 academic year:
- October 1 – Bilateral Exchange
Fall 2013 & Academic Year 2013-14
- December 15 – CSUIP Academic Year
- February 1 – ISEP
- March 1 – Bilateral Exchange
- March TBD – Faculty-Led Programs
- April 1 – ISEP
SJSU is pleased to announce 4 new Bilateral Exchange partnerships with the following institutions:
- John Cabot University, Rome, Italy – Arts, Language, Humanities, Business and more
- Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland – Business, Studio Arts, Sports and Exercise Science and more
- Universidad Veritas, San Jose, Costa Rica – Language, Art, Environmental Sciences, Business, Health and more
- University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia – Occupational Therapy only
If you have any questions about SJSU Study Abroad or would like to become more involved, please do not hesitate to contact us! We thank you in advance for your assistance and continued support of this very important student opportunity.
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