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College of Social Sciences

Study Abroad in the College of Social Sciences

The College of Social Sciences at Fresno State is committed to preparing its students to critically engage with a rapidly changing, increasingly global society. Study abroad can be a life-changing part of your overall educational experience at Fresno State. Students from our College study all over the globe, including programs in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe.  As a Fresno State student, you have the opportunity to participate in study abroad opportunities ranging in length from one week to a full academic year. Popular programs include the Fresno State faculty-led programs; California State University International Programs (CSUIP); University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC); and several direct exchange programs between Fresno State and universities in Japan and the United Kingdom.  There is no need to know a foreign language to study abroad, but you will have a great opportunity to study one if you wish.   With the right planning and advice, it is possible to fit a study abroad program into your educational experience without delaying your time to graduation.

Study Abroad Scholarships 

The College of Social Sciences (COSS) is offering a number of student scholarships ranging from $250-$1500 for participation in a formal study abroad program for academic credit.  All students in good academic standing (GPA 2.00 or higher) with a major or minor in one of the departments or programs of the College of Social Sciences are eligible to apply. 

Scholarship applications can be submitted for various programs with departure dates between January 2023 through December 2023.  

Eligible programs include:

  • CSU International Programs (semester, summer and year-long programs)
  • University Study Abroad Consortium, or USAC Programs (semester, summer and year-long programs)
  • Fresno State Direct Exchange Programs at the Univ. of Central Lancashire and Tokiwa University
  • Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs outside of the College of Social Sciences (COSS)

Note: Students participating in Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs in the College of Social Sciences (e.g., Finland, Korea, Scotland) receive supplemental funding from the college to offset program costs, and are not eligible to apply.

Please see the Study Abroad Online application form for more information and program eligibility (Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on November 30, 2022). 

Trip to Cuba May 2017 

Cuba’s criminal justice system, history and culture were among the topics 18 Criminology students learned about first hand during the study abroad program in May 2017 in Cuba.

"Interacting with some of the Cuban locals, having a meeting about their judicial system, and walking around and exploring the culture heavy communist country is what I enjoyed most on my trip," said Erika Ramos, Criminology student. 

Viva Cuba


Cuba View



Trip to Nepal May 2017

The trip to Nepal was designed to give students the opportunity to study the unique environmental conditions of the Himalayas and the impact of climate change on mountains and common life in the area.

“T his course was a unique and wonderful experience having taken place within the beautiful and challenging country of Nepal,” said Harold Gallagher, Geography and City and Regional Planning student.

Nepal Mountains
Group Posing in Nepal


For more information, visit the Fresno State Study Abroad website.

For more information on the Global Awareness Certificate, check out the requirements here.