International Center

Study. Travel. Learn. Lead.

Be a Global Mustang!  The Cal Poly International Center connects students with opportunities to study, intern and research abroad, supports international students and scholars, facilitates international travel for faculty and staff, and more. 


Welcome New International Center Staff!

Welcome New International Center Staff!

Take a peek to meet the newest members of the International Center staff! Stacey Shimizu joined Cal Poly in October as the new Assistant Director for the International Center coming from Illinois Wesleyan University. Jessica Michelsen is a new Study Abroad Coordinator...

Spring Program Highlights

Spring Program Highlights

Check out how our students are engaging in Learn By Doing in a global context! The Spanish Debate Team went to Baja, Mexico in March where Cal Poly novice debaters placed first in the LEGADOS-MÉXICO 2023 Debate Tournament, hosted by CETYS University! The Cal Poly in...

Spring Scholarship Highlights

Spring Scholarship Highlights

We continue to be thankful for the generous support of donors and the campus in providing scholarship opportunities for our students allowing broader access to the high impact experience of study abroad. This spring we are highlighting a new Access Study Abroad...

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The primary mission of the Cal Poly International Center is to provide leadership and coordination for international activities and programs and to serve as a catalyst for internationalization efforts at Cal Poly.

The IC maintains administrative authority and university-wide oversight of international engagement and initiatives supported by the campus. We are committed to providing equity and access to services and programs for the populations we serve, including for students studying abroad and international students and scholars at Cal Poly. We provide support to campus efforts in internationalizing the curriculum and in creating global partnerships.


Cal Poly’s vision for internationalization is to provide foundational experiential learning, teaching, service and scholarship opportunities at home and abroad…

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Cal Poly’s vision for internationalization is to provide foundational experiential learning, teaching, service and scholarship opportunities at home and abroad that will best equip graduates and the campus community at large to solve complex global challenges sustainably, ethically and inclusively.

Learn by Doing in a global context drives students, faculty and staff to critically evaluate themselves, their own cultures, their values and place in the world. It promotes growth in character, ability to handle ambiguity, reflexive and relative thinking, and ultimately, greater personal fulfillment. It fuels informed global systems thinkers and doers, and activates Cal Poly students to be positive forces in the world.

Cal Poly will become internationally recognized as a premier comprehensive polytechnic university that:

  • Makes evident its commitment to internationalization in its mission and vision statements.
  • Brings the world to Cal Poly and Cal Poly to the world through hiring internationally recognized faculty, maintaining standards of excellence in international programming, and empowering Cal Poly international students and students studying abroad to succeed.
  • Provides educational opportunities to develop global literacy through promoting proficiency in non-native languages at home and abroad and fostering world views that embrace openness, creativity and respect.
  • Develops strategic international partnerships and new programming that meet the needs of diverse campus constituencies and that support destinations and disciplines underrepresented in study abroad.
  • Infuses the curriculum with globally relevant content and facilitates classroom dialogue that encourages cross-cultural understanding.
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Cal Poly International Center

Front Desk

International Center Office Hours

Spring Quarter Reception Desk Hours

April 3 – June 9, 2023

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (in-person, Bldg. 52, room E-32)

Monday – Thursday: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (virtual)

Friday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (virtual)

Link to: Virtual Office Hours via Zoom


Ongoing Virtual Support

Monday-Friday (9:00 am – 4:30 pm) through:

Email:; Phone: +1-805-756-1477

Closed for campus holidays