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. 


Spring Program Highlights

Spring Program Highlights

International Center Update Dear Colleagues and Friends of the International Center, We are nearing the finish line for 2023-24! As the academic year draws to a close, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to our international...

Internationalization Symposium Returns May 15 & 16

Internationalization Symposium Returns May 15 & 16

The International Center is pleased to welcome Dr. Anu Taranath, award-winning speaker and author of Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World (2019) to the Internationalization Symposium on May 15 and 16. All are invited to attend the keynote...


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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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We want to bring the world to Cal Poly and Cal Poly to the world.

– President Armstrong, Cal Poly

Faculty/Staff Resources

The Cal Poly International Center provides faculty and staff with various resources to promote internationalization, from opportunities teaching and conducting research abroad to supporting and welcoming Cal Poly international students on campus.

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We are committed to access and eliminating barriers to international study. Join us in supporting students in international exchange as well as international initiatives at Cal Poly!

Cal Poly International Center

Front Desk

International Center Office Hours

Summer Reception Desk Hours

June 17 – September 6, 2024

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (virtual)

Tuesday, Thursday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (virtual)

Link to: Virtual Office Hours via Zoom

Additional in person and virtual hours available by appointment


Ongoing Virtual Support

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

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

Closed for campus holidays