The Cal Poly International Center maintains partnerships with around 50 universities and institutions throughout the world to strengthen and enhance Cal Poly’s Learn By Doing in a global context.

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.

Our Partners

Exchange Partners

Cal Poly collaborates with 20 international exchange partners to provide reciprocal educational experiences, where incoming international students enroll at Cal Poly and Cal Poly students enroll in partner institutions overseas. The two universities agree, in the spirit of goodwill and reciprocity, to strengthen ties between the universities and to promote academic and cultural exchange. Cal Poly students on international exchange programs usually enroll directly in courses offered at the host university and are able to choose from a wide variety of courses offered at that university. The independence and flexibility of this model allows students immersive experiences into local university life and culture.

Affiliate Partners

Affiliate partners provide Cal Poly students with opportunities for direct enrollment in institutions abroad, such as with the partnerships in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland and with Earth University in Costa Rica. Additionally, partnerships through Cal Poly’s Extended Education division allow for further opportunities to bring Cal Poly to the world and the world to Cal Poly.

Global Program Partners

Cal Poly Global Programs are international academic programs designed by one or more Cal Poly faculty members in collaboration with the Cal Poly International Center. Cal Poly has partnerships with universities and NGOs for academic and logistical support.