The International Requirement

Larry Verity, CHHS Interim Dean

Interim Dean Verity

The CHHS Undergraduate International Experience provides students with an opportunity to learn beyond the classroom. Immersion in a foreign country offers a chance for students to gain exciting and new knowledge, resulting in a life-changing experience.

All incoming CHHS undergraduate students in Social Work, Public Health, Nursing and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, and Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, who are brand new to SDSU are required to participate in an international experience prior to graduation. This includes all transfer students and first-time freshman.

The Requirement Basics:

  • Travel outside of the United States
  • Program must be a minimum of 2 weeks (some 10 day programs accepted)
  • Students must receive academic credit

Program types that will satisfy the international experience:

  • HHS 350
  • SDSU Semester Exchange Program (Semester or Academic Year, some summer only available)
  • SDSU Faculty Led Program through College of Extended Studies (Semester, Summer, Winter & Spring Break)
  • ISEP Exchange or Direct Program (Semester or Summer)
  • CSU International Program (Full Academic Year)
  • Approved Independent Study Abroad Program

To receive credit for your international experience:

If you use one of the following options to satisfy your international experience, nothing further must be done once the program is completed:

  • HHS 350
  • GENS 450 (through CES faculty led program)
  • SDSU Exchange Program (Semester or summer)
  • ISEP Exchange or Direct/CSU International Program
  • Academic program through an international university

If you complete an international program other than those above, contact the CHHS International Coordinator once the units from your chosen study abroad program have posted to your SDSU transcript to complete a “Request for Adjustment of Academic Record” form to receive credit for the International Experience requirement.