Study Abroad & Exchange

Virtual Study Abroad FAQs

Virtual Study Abroad FAQs

Can I still study abroad?

Summer & Fall 2020 programs have been canceled due to COVID-19.

Spring 2021 programs are scheduled to run as planned. Don't hesitate to contact us ( if you have any additional questions or would like more information. 

Will you still be offering Information Sessions?

Yes* please note information sessions will resume virtually the first week of the fall 2020 semester.

Tuesdays from 4–5 p.m.
Thursdays from 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Fridays from 2–3 p.m.

The first step to studying abroad is to attend a Study Abroad Information Session. These meetings are held weekly at the same time every week and are given by a Study Abroad Intern. This information session will cover the basics of study abroad through CSU, Chico including program options, costs, financing options (e.g. financial aid), requirements, and more. 

Will you still be advising students?

Yes! Our advisors have established an online calendar that will allow for students to sign-up for one-on-one advising via Zoom.  If you would like to schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor and have already attended an Information Session, login to the Appointment Scheduler to set up an appointment.

Can I still attend an Application Workshop?

Yes! We are still holding application workshops for AIFS, NSE & USAC programs via Zoom.

Can I still meet with a Peer Advisor?

Our Fall 2020 Peer Advisor contact list will be available closer to the start of the fall semester. They are excited to virtually meet you!

How can I get my course substitutions completed?

With most services being moved online, we have established a new approach for students and advisors to utilize.


  • Review courses of the program site where you intend to study abroad (either on the USAC, AIFS, CSU IP or DE Host University’s Website)
  • Identify courses that match/meet the requirements of courses that you have left to complete (hint: check out your DPR or Smart Planner on your student portal)
    • Verify whether the course will count as Upper or Lower Division.
      • AIFS: Varies by program. Confirm with Kenya Chavez (
      • CSU IP: Refer to Program specific Academic Bulletin
      • Direct Exchange: All courses count as Upper Division
      • USAC:
        • Specialty Programs: 100-200 Lower & 300-400 Upper
        • Partnership Programs: Reference the USAC Conversion Guide
    • Verify the amount of credits is equal to the proper amount of units here at CSU, Chico.
  • Email your advisor with links identifying the course wish to take abroad. Provide as much information to your advisor as possible.

Advisor/Pathway Coordinators:

What precautions should I take in case my program does not go?

At this time, we recommend that students intending to study abroad register at CSU, Chico as a backup precaution.  This way, if your program were to be canceled prior to your departure, you will have course options here at CSU, Chico.

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