Study Abroad Programs

Dogs in PragueThere are many different study abroad programs for Fresno State students, everything from short one-week trips to full academic year programs. The staff at SAIE is here to help students understand program options, taking into consideration the academic, financial and personal needs for each student. 

SAIE offers information sessions several times a week where students will learn about the different program options, financial aid and scholarships available, important dates and deadlines, and where to find more information on each program. Information sessions are a great first step in the study abroad process. 

In the excitement of finding the perfect study abroad program, some students forget the study part of study abroad. Knowing that courses are available to students while abroad is key in selecting a program. Students should visit the Academics page for information on how courses can be applied to their Fresno State degree program. 

Getting Started

Getting Started

Some students have dreamt about studying abroad for years, while others are just casually interested, not really knowing if it is right for them. Regardless of where you start in the process, finding the perfect study abroad program can be the hardest part of the process.

The staff at SAIE is available to help navigate these questions and help students find a program that meets their academic, financial and personal goals. 

Some things to keep in mind when looking through programs are:

  • How long do you want to go for?
  • What kinds of classes are available?
  • Where do you want to go?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What makes you excited about the idea of studying abroad?
  • What about study abroad worries you?

Types of Programs

Types of Programs

Fresno State students have a wide variety of programs to choose from. Each program is a little different in terms of what is offered, costs and logistical details.

CSU International Program

Operating from within the CSU Chancellor’s Office and serving the 23 CSU campuses, CSU IP offers a wide variety of yearlong study abroad programs for undergraduate and, in some cases, for graduate students. CSU IP offers programs in 18 countries at over 50 different universities.

Fresno State Exchange Programs

Exchange programs offer one or two semester study abroad option. Students pay Fresno State tuition and cost of living abroad, with no additional fees. Full financial aid can transfer for those who are eligible and credit earned while abroad will appear on the Fresno State transcript – great for transfer students or those planning for graduate school. 

University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)

USAC is a non-profits consortium of US universities, joined together to provide affordable, high-quality academic programs. Offering semester, summer, winter and year long programs in 25 countries, there is sure to be a USAC program to meet any student’s need.

Fresno State Faculty-Led Programs

These short-term programs are uniquely designed to meet the needs of Fresno State students. Fresno State faculty take a group of Fresno State for one to five weeks in the summer or winter.\

NEW! Japanese Study Abroad Summer Program

Special Summer Program in Kochi University for students interested on learning about Japanese Language and Culture. 

Non-Fresno State Programs

For students who choose to participate in programs that are not available in the SAIE listed program, staff will not facilitate third-party's programs and activities such as providing information about our students, and home institute approval or nomination. 

CSU International Program

CSU International Program

The CSU International Program, or CSU IP, offers yearlong study abroad options that are designed to fit within a students’ 4 or 5-year plan. From all over California, thousands of CSU students study abroad. Add an international dimension to your education and your outlook by studying in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, Canada, Mexico or South America

These programs are major/minor specific or are designed for language learning. Each program will have different pre-requisite courses in order to be accepted, in some cases, the pre-requisites will include second language ability.

Visit the CSU IP advanced search page to find a program that might work.

SAIE can help guide students through the application and financial planning process. Additionally, SAIE can offer some insights on each of the programs and how the program may help students to an on time graduation. 

Fresno State Exchanges

Fresno State Exchange

Fresno State exchange programs are semester based one-for-one student exchange program, unlike exchange programs at the high school level, students are not exchanging families, only universities.

The main purpose of this program is to provide students at both institutions (Fresno State and Overseas Campus) with an opportunity to pursue studies at a foreign location, while paying tuition at the home campus.

Some of Exchange programs include:

Craig School of Business also offers other semester based exchange programs that are designed for Business majors. 



USAC programs come in all shapes and sizes, from short winter programs to full academic year programs. Students pay a program fee which, in most cases, covers tuition, housing, orientation/field trips and a few other services. Students are then responsible for paying the additional costs associated with studying abroad, such as airfare and personal expenses. USAC programs are a great option for students to find programs for their major, minor or general education. Additionally, most USAC programs have no language pre-requisite, which means students are able to study in English.

Visiting Professorships
As a Fresno State faculty member, you have the unique opportunity to support the internationalization of your department and college by teaching abroad with USAC (the University Studies Abroad Consortium). Visiting Professors establish contacts with foreign colleagues, enhance their own foreign language acquisition, strengthen and support international education and study abroad on campus, diversify course curriculum, and develop international relationships for research and other purposes.Details

  • Teach two classes (semester) or one (summer or January session), in English or relevant foreign language, at select USAC program sites
    • Teaching sites are likely to include multiple cities within Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Thailand
  • Semester applicants and those on 12-month contracts must have approval from their Department Chair/Dean.
  • Applicants must  
    • Be full-time faculty members in good standing
    • Be returning on contract to campus following term abroad
    • Demonstrate student evaluations that reflect superior teaching abilities
    • Be flexible regarding international living, working conditions and a willingness to enthusiastically experience local culture with students
    • Contribute to host university overseas, in addition to teaching the selected course(s)
    • Publicize students’ opportunity to study abroad with the VP (reach out to colleagues and students)

The deadline to apply to teach abroad during Summer 2018, Fall 2018, January 2019, and Spring 2019 will be December 1,  2016. Please contact Sabrina Harris at with any questions.

Below is the list of Visiting Professor who are teaching with USAC for 2017-18 Academic Year:



Faculty-led study abroad programs offer Fresno State faculty teaching Fresno State courses abroad. Students are able to earn academic credit while completing a short-term international study tour.

Programs are as short as one week and are traditionally held during the summer or winter terms. 

Non-Fresno State

Non-Fresno State


For students who choose to participate in programs that are not available in the SAIE listed program, staff will not facilitate third-party's programs and activities such as providing information about our students, and home institute approval or nomination. 

SAIE Staff will only provide the following services to interested students:

  • Provide students with advising on ways to get their courses articulated through their program advisers.

  • Provide information about travel insurance.

  • Welcome students to participate in pre-departure orientation which includes health and safety measures, cultural and academic preparation and adjustment.

  • Help students with making an informed decision to participate in those programs. Information will include disclosure that Fresno State does not authorize their travel; cannot guarantee their transfer of units; and they are not eligible for IRA or Passport funding resources.


Get more Information on study abroad by contacting SAIE.