Study Abroad Information Sessions
Wednesdays 5-6 pm in SSC 150
Fridays 2-3 pm in SSC 150
*every week except for holidays, dead week & finals week
Seniors / Graduate Students
Are you graduating this year, but you still want to study abroad in order to gain language and intercultural communication skills to carry with you into the job market? Or are you a graduate student who would also like to explore your international opportunities?
Consider the following options:
1. Postpone graduation.
Some students decide to add a year or a semester to their original academic plan in order to complete a minor or major abroad and to gain valuable language and cultural skills. Many students also opt to graduate “with units pending.” Most students who select this option declare a minor, change a minor to a major, or simply go for the experience and to boost their resume. It may even be possible to walk through graduation ceremonies in the spring before you study abroad, with “units pending” which are to be taken abroad in the fall. This is a wonderful option for students who need to use financial aid to fund part of their experience. Beware “Super Seniors” — this option is not available to everyone! Check with Academic Advising in the Student Services Center (SSC) 220 to ensure you are eligible to postpone graduation.
2. Apply for graduate school through CSU, Chico and study abroad as a graduate student.
For more information on our graduate programs, please visit the CSU, Chico website at:
http://www.csuchico.edu/gisp/ . You may also wish to stop by the Graduate School Office in SSC 460 for more information. You may complete some coursework abroad, and also conduct research for your thesis or culminating project.
3. Apply through a program that does not require current enrollment at CSU, Chico
There are many wonderful study abroad opportunities available to college graduates who are no longer enrolled students. There is a great Resource Library in the Study Abroad Office, where you can find additional research on these programs.
In addition, many CSU, Chico graduates choose to study through the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), of which CSU, Chico is a member institution. Visit the USAC website at: http://usac.unr.edu for more information, or pick up a USAC brochure and catalogue in SSC 440.
4. Apply for a Fulbright Grant or Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship
These programs are highly competitive, however students with a 3.5 GPA or higher, who plan to go on for their master’s or doctorate degree should consider applying. Visit their websites at:
5. Join the Peace Corps
This is a wonderful way to volunteer internationally. CSU, Chico is now offering a new MA/Peace Corp program, as well. Check out their website: http://www.peacecorps.gov/
6. Work abroad as an intern (paid or unpaid)
International internships are a wonderful way to explore the world while gaining valuable skills in the international global marketplace. Check out the “Teaching English Abroad” and the “Internship and Experiential Education” bins in the International Education & Study Abroad Office on campus located in SSC 440. Also, visit the CSU, Chico Career Center on campus in SSC 270. Finally, don’t forget about the Internet… there is a world of opportunity out there!