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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER - STUDY ABROAD

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER - STUDY ABROAD

Programs
for Study Abroad

Long- and Short-Term Programs

SDSU has study abroad options that greatly range in duration, from as short as a week to as long as a year. We encourage students to think carefully about what length will best fit accomplishing their goals for an international program. A very high percentage of study abroad participants report that they wish they had gone for a longer term!

Please take these considerations into account when you consider long versus short study abroad:

Long Term

(semester or academic year)

  • Time goes by VERY quickly while abroad!
  • Good way to immerse yourself in a new culture
  • Good way to explore host country & travel
  • Great way to improve your language skills
  • May be proportionally more affordable when financial aid is included
  • Enroll at foreign institution & fulfill SDSU requirements
  • Make lifelong friendships and network

Short Term

(summer, spring/winter break)

  • Best if your academic program does not accommodate a longer stay
  • Gives you initial exposure to a new culture and language
  • Can enroll in specific SDSU catalog course (faculty-led programs)
  • Generally focused on a particular topic or theme

Get help

If you are unsure whether a long- or short-term program is your best fit, schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor to discuss your needs.

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In many cases, semester / academic year programs can be proportionally more affordable!
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER
5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-5101 Tel: 619-594-1982 Fax: 619-594-1973 Email: isc.reception@sdsu.edu