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Education Abroad/Internships

I/ST 492 is a Credit/No Credit class that represents the major’s Study Abroad/Internship requirement. Admission is by permit only, and you can request this permit by emailing your SID to the 492 advisor any time after s/he has approved your plans.

You must make an advising appointment with the Education Abroad/Internship (492) Advisor, to discuss your plans and receive approval for them. Please note that the 492 advisor, as the instructor of record for the 492 course, is the only person who may officially approve your plans and give you credit for completion of the requirement. You should meet with this advisor as long in advance as possible as this often requires significant preparation. Before you go to the appointment, please print out the IST 492 routing sheet and start on the first few steps.

In general, an Education Abroad experience must be for a semester or an academic year, be an official program at a university, and relate to your regional concentration. International Studies strongly encourages academic year programs as what a student learns and how it impacts a student’s life are disproportionately significant. To make this possible the Education Abroad and Internship Advisor will work with you to determine course articulations and substitutions and, if you need, For CSU AY programs see: To see sample courses offered and practical information go to “Admitted Students” and the “IP Bulletin”. For one semester programs and independent programs see:

Under special circumstances, a summer intensive language program lasting at least ten weeks may be acceptable. However, no study abroad, not even one sponsored by the CSU, automatically counts to fill this requirement. In all cases you must make an advising appointment with the 492 advisor. Once you return from your abroad experience, simply bring a transcript reflecting the successful completion of your study abroad program to the I/ST office and ask the staff to place it in your file prior to the last day of classes in the semester in which you have enrolled in I/ST 492.

If you choose to fill your requirement via an internship, there are specific hours and writing requirements that are explained here. In general, an internship should relate to your area concentration, professional development area, and/or future career plans. Internships may take place abroad, or be domestic internships with international content. To get advice and receive approval, make an appointment with the 492 advisor to discuss your thoughts, but beforehand do a little searching to see what is out there in your area of interest. The Career Development Center and idealist website are just two places to start. Before you start your internship, you need to fill the internship contract out with your supervisor and submit it to the 492 advisor.


492 internship procedures

492 Internship contract


Students should sign up for I/ST 492 for their first semester back from studying abroad. Students are required to attend class, create a 15 minute presentation with a PowerPoint that, with the assistance of the 492 faculty member, s/he will present in three lower division classes and complete a 12 page experiential learning paper that can be shared with other students. The intent is to assist the student in "making sense" of the education abroad experience and integrate it into the student's broader global competencies. To this end the presentation and paper should focus on the country, the locale, the host university, the intercultural skills obtained, the language skills obtained, what worked and what didn't, what the student got out of the experience, and how the student sees impacting his/her life in the future. Registration for 492 is by permit only. Students should contact the department advisors to plan and obtain permission for registration.