International Experience Petitions

There are several options for students who need a modification or alternative to the study abroad portion of the international experience requirement. All require submission of a petition/proposal that must be approved by the Dean of the college. Students whose petitions/proposals are approved must also enroll in and complete CHHS 198ITL, a 1-unit online seminar course.

The deadline to submit a petition is August 1, 2022 for Fall 2022 and January 10, 2023 for Spring 2023

Alternative to the International Experience Requirement

We understand that some students may be unable to travel abroad due to health issues, immigration/documentation status (i.e., AB 540, DACA, undocumented), financial hardship, family/work responsibilities or other situations. In these cases, students can petition to complete an alternative experience locally or elsewhere within the United States.

Make an Advising Appointment and Submit Petition:

  1. Make an appointment to meet with a CHHS International Experience advisor in the CHHS Student Success Center for advising on options available for alternative experiences and the process for submitting a petition.
  2. The advisor will initiate the petition in DocuSign and help you to understand the process for completing the Alternative Petition. Be sure to include all required documents.
  3. Final determination regarding alternatives must be approved by the associate dean of CHHS. The CHHS Dean’s Office will notify you once a decision has been made.  If the petition is approved, you will receive information on the next steps to enroll in CHHS 198ITL.

Students can find more information regarding Option 1 through Option 3 below.

If your Alternative Petition is approved, you MUST complete one of the following options to meet the International Experience requirement for graduation:

Option 1: Virtual International Partners (VIP)

Students who choose VIP will be matched with an SJSU international student and engage in a peer to peer interaction to learn about each other's culture, language, and country remotely and while enrolled in CHHS 198ITL. Students can review Program Overview, Program Schedule, and additional information regarding the VIP program. 

  1. Once you have received approval that your Alternative Petition to the International Experience has been processed by the CHHS Dean’s Office you will be directed to submit a request to enroll in CHHS 198ITL.
  2. Follow instructions in the Dean’s Office email regarding next steps, and be sure to submit your request for the permission number to enroll in the course prior to the beginning of the semester that you wish to enroll in CHHS 198ITL.
  3. Once you receive your permission number, register for and complete CHHS 198ITL, a 1-unit online seminar course. This course is offered in the fall and spring semesters only.

Option 2: Volunteer Service

Students who elect Volunteer Service must complete 20 hours of volunteer service in a local community service organization that serves individuals or communities from a culture that is different than your own. In addition, students who choose this option are responsible to connect with the organization to arrange their volunteer service. The local organization you elect must have a University Organization Agreement (UOA) with the university. You can visit SJS4, for organizations with UOA’s already established with SJSU or you can request a site. Please see a list of International Experience Approved Sites below.

  1. Complete 20 hours of Volunteer Service in a local organization that serves individuals or communities from a culture that is different than your own. 
  2. Once you have received approval that your Alternative Petition to the International Experience has been processed by the CHHS Dean’s Office you will be directed to submit a request to enroll in CHHS 198ITL.
  3. Follow instructions in the Dean’s Office email regarding next steps, and be sure to submit your request for the permission number to enroll in the course prior to the beginning of the semester that you wish to enroll in CHHS 198ITL. If you have already completed your Volunteer Service prior to enrolling in the course, you will submit their verification letter in the request form. The letter must be on the organization's letterhead and signed by an employee of the organization (see sample verification letter attached to the petition form [pdf]).
  4. Once you receive your permission number, register for and complete CHHS 198ITL, a1-unit online seminar course. CHHS 198ITL is offered in the fall and spring semesters only.

Option 3: Cultural Domestic Program

As of May 2022, students who select Option 3: Domestic Cultural Program and successfully complete an Alternative Break Program (ABP) offered through Study Abroad and Away will no longer have to enroll in CHHS 198ITL. Upon completion, Study Abroad and Away will confirm which CHHS students have completed the program. Once CHHS has received confirmation, students should expect to see their requirement satisfied on their MYPROGRESS within 6 to 8 weeks. A petition is no longer required for students electing this option.  

**Please note that only the SJSU-sponsored Alternative Break Programs linked above will be accepted for this option**


Modification for Students with Prior International Experience

International students and students who have substantial international experience within 5 years of entering San Jose State University may petition the college for a modification of the international experience requirement. Examples of substantial international experience may include (but are not limited to): international service in the Peace Corps or other volunteer organization; schooling, military service, or work experience abroad. 

Students whose modification petition is approved are not required to study abroad, but must register for a one-unit online seminar course, CHHS 198ITL, where they will engage in reflection and analysis of their prior international experience.

The deadline to submit a petition is January 10, 2022 for Spring 2022 and August 1, 2022 for Fall 2022

Make an Advising Appointment and Submit Petition:

  1. Make an appointment to meet with a CHHS International Experience advisor in the CHHS Student Success Center to discuss your previous substantial international experience and the process for submitting a petition.
  2. The advisor will initiate the petition in DocuSign and help you to understand the process for completing the Modification Petition.
  3. Once you have received approval that the Modification Petition has been processed by the CHHS Dean’s Office, you will be directed to submit a request to enroll in CHHS 198ITL.
  4. Follow instructions in the Dean’s Office email regarding next steps, and be sure to submit your request for the permission number to enroll in the course prior to the beginning of the semester that you wish to enroll in CHHS 198ITL.
  5. Once you receive your permission number, register for and complete CHHS 198ITL, a 1-unit online seminar course. This course is offered in the fall and spring semesters only.

NOTE: International students and students who have substantial international experience within 5 years prior to entering San Jose State University may petition the college for a modification of the international experience requirement. Examples of substantial international experience may include (but are not limited to): international service in the Peace Corps or other volunteer organization; schooling, military service, or work experience abroad. To learn more about the modification option, please make an appointment with a CHHS Student Success Center advisor.


Independent International Experience Proposal Form (Now Suspended)

Due to new directives from the California State University Chancellor’s Office, we are no longer authorized to approve independent experiences as the safety of our students is always our first priority. This option has now been suspended, therefore, if you choose to seek out such an activity independently, outside of the SJSU sponsored programs, please note that you are doing so independently, at your own risk, and should be careful in identifying a program that will support you throughout the experience. 

However, you should note that any independent activity will NOT satisfy the CHHS International Experience requirement. SJSU is not responsible for students participating in any and all international programs, activities, and/or travel outside of SJSU sponsored programs offered by the Study Abroad and Away Office. 

We encourage all CHHS students to explore and engage in global activities and experiences. In order to fulfill the College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS) International Experience Requirement, we advise you to seek out SJSU-sponsored programs and activities. You can explore a variety of domestic, international, and virtual programs that will qualify as fulfilling this requirement through the Study Abroad and Away Office.

In order to get the most up-to-date advising information for the CHHS International Experience requirement, we encourage you to make an appointment with an advisor in the CHHS Student Success Center


Waiver to International Experience Due to Catalog Rights

Please schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor from the Student Success Center to discuss your option and qualification to waive the International Experience requirement due to catalog rights.