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Study Abroad

Expand Your Horizons

Studying abroad is a great way to learn about the world and yourself while expanding your resume and career possibilities and experiencing new adventures. 

explore the World

Last year, more than 1300 Cal Poly students studied in Australia, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Thailand and other areas around the world. With more than 500 approved study abroad programs in 75 countries, there are opportunities that will fit almost everyone’s academic and personal preferences. In fact, 23 percent of Cal Poly students study abroad, one of the highest percentages in the CSU system.

Featured Programs

Landscape view of Machu Picchu

a variety of programs

There are a variety of study abroad programs available. Cal Poly Global Programs offers Cal Poly courses taught by our own faculty members. Cal Poly and CSU International Exchange and Partner Programs are more immersive and allow you to study at partner universities for up to one year.

There are also opportunities to participate in the National Student Exchange and study at partner universities across the United States and its territories.

Find a Study Abroad Program


Monk exploring Angkor Wat

Plan Your Travel

Study abroad programs range in length from weeklong spring break trips to yearlong immersive experiences, and many allow you to use financial aid to fund most or all of your travel. Most of the classes you take are able to fulfill major, minor and general education requirements and with careful planning, should not affect the time it takes you to graduate. Our International Center is here to help with your planning.

Cal Poly Study Abroad

View of the jungle in Costa Rica