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International Experience Requirement

The College of Arts & Letters has fourteen majors/minors or emphases that require a study abroad or international experience. Click below to review the specific details for each International Experience Requirement. 

 

Note related to Covid-19 and International Experience Requirements:

  • On March 4, 2020, SDSU issued an International Experience Requirement Waiver for students graduating in May, August or December 2020.
  • As the situation related to Covid-19 continues to evolve, individual departments within the College of Arts & Letters have issued supplementary changes or waivers for students with an International Experience Requirement. If you are graduating after December 2020 and have an International Experience Requirement, click on your major below to see if your department has made a temporary change to the requirement, or has waived the requirement for certain expected graduation dates.

Majors specializing in African Studies or Diaspora Studies are required to complete a minimum of three units of study abroad experience in Africa or in the Black diaspora (excluding the United States). To meet this requirement, majors must have the study abroad experience approved with written consent of the undergraduate adviser and department chair. 

All comparative international studies majors are required to participate in an international experience amounting to a minimum of three weeks spent abroad and completing a minimum of three units of study abroad in one of the two world regions identified as a primary or secondary area of focus. To meet this requirement, majors must complete one or a combination of the following with the approval and written consent of the undergraduate adviser: 

  1. A CSU Study Abroad Program;
  2. An SDSU Exchange Program;
  3. An SDSU Semester Abroad Program;
  4. An SDSU Study Travel Program;
  5. General Studies 450

All European studies majors are required to complete a study abroad program in a European country, consisting of a minimum of six units (90 hours). However, European studies majors are strongly encouraged to complete a more extensive abroad experience by participating in a semester or an academic year program. To fulfill the study abroad requirement, European studies majors must enroll in an approved program. Unapproved study abroad programs will not meet the international experience requirement for the major.

Supplementary Department Waiver: The International Experience Requirement for International Economics has been waived for students graduating through May 2021.

All students majoring in Economics with an International Economics Emphasis must complete a study abroad program or internship abroad of at least 12 units of coursework or six units of the internship course in another nation. Students may also choose to complete a combination of nine units of study and three units of the internship abroad. Students who have graduated from high school outside the U.S. meet this requirement by studying at SDSU.

All French majors are required to complete an approved study abroad program in a French-speaking country consisting of a minimum of six units (90 hours). However, French majors are strongly encouraged to complete a more extensive abroad experience by participating in a semester or an academic year program. To fulfill the International Experience Requirement, French majors must enroll in a study abroad program approved by the department. Unapproved study abroad programs will not meet the international experience requirement for the major.

All German majors are required to complete an approved study abroad program in a German-speaking country consisting of a minimum of six units (90 hours). However, German majors are strongly encouraged to complete a more extensive abroad experience by participating in a semester or an academic year program. To fulfill the International Experience Requirement, German majors must enroll in a study abroad program approved by the department. Unapproved study abroad programs will not meet the international experience requirement for the major.

As part of the degree requirements for the International Business major, students must complete a semester abroad in their region and language of emphasis. Students must meet eligibility requirements prior to the semester abroad and complete a global business project. In order to clear the semester abroad requirement, students select an international business approved program. Three program options are offered (programs vary by location; consult department for options):

  1. Study Abroad
    1. Students selecting this option spend one semester (fall or spring) studying abroad.
    2. Full-time registration required abroad (equivalent to 12 SDSU units).
    3. All courses must successfully be completed with a passing grade.
  2. Internship Abroad
    1. Students selecting this option must spend 250 hours at an internship located in their region and language of emphasis.
    2. Choosing this option allows students to complete the semester abroad requirement and internship requirement concurrently.
  3. Study + Internship Abroad
    1. Students selecting this option will combine courses with an internship.
    2. Programs vary in length and availability.

NOTE: International students registering in the English/North America emphasis meet the semester abroad requirement by studying at SDSU.

Supplementary Department Waiver: The International Experience Requirement for ISCOR majors and minors has been waived for students graduating through May 2021.

ISCOR Majors & Minors:

All international security and conflict resolution majors/minors are required to complete a study abroad experience. To meet this requirement, majors/minors must complete one of the following with the preapproved and written consent of the undergraduate adviser:

  1. A CSU Study Abroad Program;
  2. An SDSU Exchange Program;
  3. An SDSU Semester Abroad Program;
  4. An SDSU Study Travel Program;
  5. An international security and conflict resolution internship abroad, independent study abroad, or thesis abroad;
  6. International Security and Conflict Resolution 450.

See the undergraduate adviser to make arrangements to meet the study abroad requirement.

 

All LATAM majors students must earn a minimum of three units by participating in a Latin American international experience such as study abroad, student exchange, internship, coursework in Tijuana, summer program, or other activities approved by the adviser.

All Russian majors are required to complete a study abroad program in Russia or any other Slavic-language speaking country, consisting of a minimum of six units (90 hours). However, all majors are strongly encouraged to complete a more extensive abroad experience by participating in a semester or academic year program. To fulfill the study abroad requirement, Russian majors must enroll in an approved program. Unapproved study abroad programs will not meet the international experience requirement for the major.

Supplementary Department Waiver: The International Experience Requirement for Spanish majors has been waived for students graduating through May 2021.

All Spanish majors are required to complete an approved study abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country consisting of a minimum of six units (90 hours). To fulfill the International Experience Requirement, Spanish majors must enroll in a study abroad program approved by the department. Participation in other study abroad programs without the written approval of the department will not meet the international experience requirement for the major. 

All Sustainability majors are required to complete an international experience. This may involve a study abroad program, student exchange, international internship, coursework abroad, summer program, international volunteer program, or other international activity approved by the undergraduate adviser. In consultation with the undergraduate adviser, when appropriate or when accredited coursework is involved, the international experience can waive three units of the field distribution. See the undergraduate adviser to make arrangements to meet the international experience requirement.

Recommended 

The following programs strongly recommend students complete an international experience, but it is not required.

Students who minor in Italian are strongly encouraged to participate in the California State University International Programs (CSU-IP) and other approved study abroad programs in Italian-speaking countries.

Courses are designed to provide students with a comprehensive, integrated, and scholarly education. The major also exposes students to community service and activism via a large selection of internships, and to global sexuality issues via international experiences. Students may elect to enroll in either LGBTQ 598 or an international study abroad course.