First Year GO

Elevate your college experience with First Year GO (Global Opportunities)

 

Torre del Oro - a dodecagonal military watchtower in Seville, southern Spain.

Expand Your Horizons

Imagine kickstarting your Cal Poly career in Seville in the heart of Andalusia, Spain. Launching spring 2025, the First Year GO (Global Opportunities) program is exclusively designed for those eager to immerse in intercultural exchange beginning in the spring of their freshman year – all while staying on track for degree progress.

See Yourself in Seville

Immerse yourself in the old-world charm of Mediterranean Europe as you stroll Seville’s vibrant cobblestoned neighborhoods, filled with tapas cafes, Moorish architecture, and flamenco rhythms.
Alcázar of Seville, officially called Royal Alcázar of Seville - a historic royal palace in Seville, Spain.
An impassioned woman strums a flamenco guitar, her fingers dancing over the strings, amidst the cobblestone streets of Seville, Spain, embodying the spirit of Andalusian music.

GO Global

During fall term, students accepted to the program participate in orientation and pre-departure activities to prepare them for their global experience. In spring, the First Year GO cohort will travel together to Seville, Spain. You’ll explore historic sites and points of interest while taking fully-articulated courses taught by partner program faculty at CEA CAPA’s centrally located student center.

This unique opportunity will add unparalleled value to your first-year experience, fostering personal and academic growth that not only complements your on-campus learning but sets you firmly on the path toward graduation with a global perspective that is highly sought after by employers.

Your First Year Abroad: Adventure Awaits

A vibrant flamenco dancer in a flowing blue dress whirls and twirls on sun-drenched steps in Seville, Spain, epitomizing the grace and passion of traditional Andalusian dance.

Cultivate Global Perspectives

Foster a deep understanding of Andalusian culture, enhancing your college journey and beyond.

Immerse In Interdisciplinary Learning

Engage in immersive learning that transcends borders, blending disciplines in a global context.

Foster Community

Forge lasting connections and a supportive network through shared academic and extracurricular experiences.

Develop Leadership and Cultural Humility

Navigate diverse cultural landscapes with respect and understanding, enriching your personal and professional growth.

Designed for Your Success

Cal Poly and its partner CEA CAPA Education Abroad work together to ensure a comprehensive onsite support system with 360-degree student advising, health, counseling, and other resources for a seamless, successful, and enriching first-year experience abroad.

Alcázar of Seville, officially called Royal Alcázar of Seville - a historic royal palace in Seville, Spain.

Health and Safety

  • Orientations and Wellness Planning
  • Continuous Onsite Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Comprehensive International Insurance
An inviting alleyway in Seville, Spain, lined with charming shops. A colorful dress is displayed on a hanger, adding a touch of vibrancy to the scene.

Program Inclusions

  • Detailed Pre-departure Guidance
  • Welcome Week and Farewell Celebrations
  • Access to CEA CAPA Study Center
  • Engaging Cultural Activities and Excursions
  • Comfortable, Convenient Housing in Student Residences
An aerial view of Seville Cathedral at sunrise, with soft golden light illuminating its intricate architecture and surrounding rooftops, casting long shadows across the cityscape.

Academic Insights

  • Spring Quarter 2025: March–June.
  • Courses tailored for GE and major requirements for OCOB and CLA students
  • Experiential learning with local cultural immersion
  • Seamless Credit Transfer to Cal Poly

Seize this high-impact and life-changing opportunity to broaden your horizons, advance academically and establish a strong foundation for your college experience and beyond!

Cal Poly Study Abroad

Contact Information

(805) 756-1477

studyabroad@calpoly.edu

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