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.

Events

International women’s day

Cal Poly International Center celebrated International Women's Day, on March 8, a day recognizing women's achievements, raising awareness against bias, and taking action for equity globally. This year's theme was "Choose to Challenge," and we hosted a virtual panel presentation where we discussed cross-cultural frameworks for understanding gender, equality and equity.

View our slideshow presentation (PPT)

News

STOP Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander Hate

Stop AAPI Hate

The International Center stands in solidarity against all forms of hate and violence and expresses our deep condolences to the families and loved ones of those tragically killed in Atlanta on March 16.

More about the International Center statement

 woman posing with right arm 90 degrees raised to Choose to Challenge

International Women’s Day celebrated by Cal Poly students, faculty and staff

On March 8, Cal Poly honored International Women's Day by celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women through various planned events.

More about the International Women's Day panel

London Studies Program reunion, fall 2015

Jon M. Ericson Founders Scholarship

Jon M. Ericson, founder of the Cal Poly in London Program (formerly London Studies Program), leaves legacy in international education. Since the 1980’s over 1000 Cal Poly students have studied on the program in London.

More about the Jon M. Ericson Founders Scholarship

Our Mission

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

The primary mission of the Cal Poly International Center is to provide leadership and coordination for international activities and to serve as the principal catalyst for internationalization efforts at Cal Poly. The IC maintains administrative authority and university-wide oversight of international engagement, including international initiatives, programs, and activities supported by the campus.

Our Vision

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

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, cre-ativity and respect.

  • Develops strategic international partnerships and new program-ming 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.

International Center Front Desk

Out of an abundance of caution and care, the Cal Poly International Center offices are currently operating virtually, closed on campus holidays.

International Center Virtual Office Hours

Available through 06/04/2021 Virtual Office Hours via Zoom
Monday - Thursday (2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) PST
Friday (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon) PST

This includes finals week and spring break.

Closed on 11/26 & 27 for Fall Break

Ongoing virtual support

Monday - Friday (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) through: international@calpoly.edu

Cal Poly International Center Priorities and Annual Data Overview

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

- President Armstrong, Cal Poly

Giving

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!

Giving

Committees

The primary purpose of the International Programs Committee is to review and recommend for approval of the Cal Poly International, for-credit study programs.

International Committees

Partnerships

Cal Poly has partnered with multiple universities around the world to provide unique study abroad opportunities through our International Exchange programs.

International Partnerships