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Study Abroad & Exchange

Diversity & Inclusion Abroad

Our study abroad team at CSU, Chico is here to support all students throughout the duration, from initial application all the way to your return to the U.S.  As you research which location will be best for you academically and culturally, we ask that you also consider how your identity may shape your experience

Attitudes and tolerance towards persons of a different race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability vary from country to country, just as they vary among U.S. cities and states.  Most travelers encounter no problems while overseas, but it helps to be prepared and research your destination before you go.

We strongly encourage our students to convey to their Study Abroad Advisor what they identify as.  Each of our advisors is an ally to diversity and inclusion and will assist you in conducting country and culture-specific research.  Further, our advising team will help you determine whether or not the Resident Director and host University abroad are in the Safe Zone.   As with all advising sessions, student confidentiality will be maintained at all times.  The Study Abroad Coordinator, Jennifer Gruber, is the primary advisor for all students:


Important Resources: 


Letters from Abroad

The Study Abroad Office is currently compiling letters, e-mails and information from our Chico State LGBTQ+ study abroad alumni.

If you are an alumnus of one of our programs, and would like to connect with your “inner author,” we want to hear from you! Your personal insights and information are sure to help future participants plan for their international experience. To send us your letters and information, please send your e-mails to Jennifer Gruber, Study Abroad Coordinator. You may also call us with your questions at (530) 898-5415.

Please do not hesitate to talk with the Study Abroad Coordinator, Jennifer Gruber, if you need additional information or support.

"By fighting for the rights of so many others, we realize that "gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights."  Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton – December 6, 2011

No assumption about an individual’s sexual orientation will be made by the Study Abroad Office staff.

Virtual Info Sessions

Where: ZOOM

Tuesdays from 4–5 p.m.
Thursdays from 11 a.m.–noon
Fridays from 2–3 p.m.

*Will resume virtually the first week of the fall 2020 semester

Important Deadlines
  • Fall & AY: April 15th
  • Spring: October 15th
  • Summer: April 1st
  • Winter: October 15th 

Important Note:

Some USAC/AIFS programs have an earlier deadline.

  • February 1st
  • Sept. 1st (S. Hemisphere)
Direct Exchange
  • Fall & AY: March 15th
  • Spring: October 1st
Faculty-Led Programs
  • Varies by Program
Gilman Scholarship
  • October 6th (11:59 CDT)
Global Experiences
  • Fall: Varies
  • Spring: Varies
  • Summer: Varies
National Student Exchange
  • Fall & AY: February 20th
  • Spring: October 1st