Cal State LA has recently decided to suspend all study abroad/exchange programs for Spring 2021 as a result of the worldwide pandemic. Student safety is our priority. We hope that the situation will improve by Summer or Fall 2021 and study abroad/exchange programs around the world will open up again. Please check back regularly for updates and information. In the meantime, please follow these study abroad tips:
- Work to raise your GPA. We strongly recommend working to obtain a 3.0 and above.
- Keep researching the universities you are interested in attending and learn what you can about them. Look into housing options as well.
- Stay in touch with our office staff. If you have any questions, please contact Jimmy Solis at [email protected].
Expand your world and broaden your perspectives...Study Abroad!
DACA Student Advisory (see below)
Gain a better understanding of global affairs that can benefit you for the rest of your life. Cal State LA students who return home from their study abroad experiences are able to transfer their thoughts and experiences to solve common problems in everyday life, their communities, and the world. Study abroad enables students to focus on a field of study and/or career path, and to demonstrate strong collaborative and communication skills to both personal and professional interactions. Units earned abroad can apply toward your degree at Cal State LA. Financial Aid can also be applied to your study abroad experience. Explore our many study abroad options and attend a study abroad information session to learn more!
DACA Student Advisory
If you are a DACA student, Cal State LA strongly advises against studying abroad or leaving the United States, including visits to U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico. Regardless of whether or not you have been granted advanced parole, there is no guarantee that you will be allowed to re-enter the U.S. If you are currently abroad, you should seek legal counsel immediately and return to the U.S. as soon as possible. A list of non-profit organizations that provide free legal services to immigrants residing in California can be found here.
Benefits of Study Abroad
These are just some of the benefits of Study Abroad:
- Students experience new cultures by immersing themselves in it.
- Students make lasting friendships with people based in many different countries.
- Studying abroad helps students gain independence.
- Employers look for graduates with soft skills such as adaptability, relationship building, communications, self-esteem, resiliance and confidence, gained through study abroad.
- Study abroad can help students focus on a field of study and/or career path.
- Students who study abroad are more likely to graduate and on time.
- Study abroad provides students with cross-cultural awareness, a critical 21st-century skill.
- Study abroad is not just about fun; it is a serious, intellectual, emotional, and psychological experience.
- Time spent in other countries deepens students' appreciation for the many different ways that other societies approach common problems.
How to Get Started
As soon as you know you're interested, here are a few things to help you start the process:
- Go to a Study Abroad Information Session.
- Research Cal State LA programs.
- Meet with advisors and mentors
- Set goals and start saving for your expenses.
- Research scholarships.
- Get your passport: www.travel.state.gov
- Get involved in Cal State LA’s international community.
- Research the consulate's office and tourist bureau for your host country.
Study Abroad Advising
For more information and questions about Study Abroad please email Jimmy Solis or call 323-343-3170.