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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.
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:
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,
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.
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.
For more information, visit the Fresno State Study Abroad website.
For more information on the Global Awareness Certificate, check out the requirements