Study Abroad

About Us

The International Center offers nearly 500 approved programs in over 75 different countries (including multi-country programs).

Approved program types include faculty-led Cal Poly Global Programs, bilateral Cal Poly International Exchanges, Cal Poly International Trips, systemwide exchanges through CSU International Programs, approved Partner Programs, and National Student Exchange. Students may also opt to study abroad independently on non-Cal Poly approved programs through our Non-Affiliated process.


Cal Poly Study Abroad values inclusivity and diversity, and aims to give all students access to study abroad opportunities in a variety of traditional and non-traditional locations.

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Study Abroad is available for as little as one week and as long as one full academic year, and includes a multitude of quarter, semester, and summer options.

Learn more about our in-country programs

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Engage in classroom-to-classroom opportunities, project-based collaborations, language exchanges, and various types of cross-cultural activities from the comfort of your own home!

Learn more about Cal Poly Virtual Exchange



International internships offer you a unique experiential learning opportunity where you will explore an international work culture, gain professional experience, and develop valuable insights on potential career fields.

Learn more about internships

2019-20 by the Numbers

Total Number of Study Abroad & International Trip Participants

Students who returned home early due to COVID-19

Study Abroad & International Trips cancelled due to COVID-19

Top Majors Abroad 2019-20

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Participation by College 2019-20

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Destinations 2019-20

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Getting Started

Where do you want to Study Abroad?

It’s never too early to start planning for study abroad! Start by browsing Cal Poly Approved Study Abroad Programs using the Advanced Search. Then, complete the self-guided Study Abroad 101 Module and connect with our team of Peer Advisors. After that, you are ready to select a program and apply for admission online!
Cal Poly Study Abroad

Contact Information

(805) 756-1477

Building 52, Room E-32