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Online Classes | Study Abroad

How Online Students Can Study Abroad

Studying abroad is an exciting opportunity that's also available to online students. Distance learners have the same prospects to earn college credit and life-altering experiences while studying overseas.

Close your laptop, study outside your comfort zone and immerse yourself in an education abroad.

Flexible programs

Online students have families and careers that take priority, but there are numerous study abroad programs with only a short time away from home. Service learning and faculty-led programs take you overseas for as little as one week while earning credit toward your degree. Read more about SDSU study abroad featured programs or contact a study abroad advisor to learn more.

Internships abroad

If you are looking for ways to stand out to potential employers, intern abroad! Working in a different country illustrates you are independent, adaptable, determined and ready for a challenge.

“My internship gave me not only good public relations and writing skills, but also gave me confidence and a sense of adventure beyond compare. It has stuck out to employers and is always a great conversation starter in interviews! It gave me some of that real-world experience that employers are looking for.”

- Jenna C., Internship, Ireland 

By working internationally, you are immersed in cultural diversity and have opportunities to improve communication skills and cultivate professional development.


Consulting with your study abroad advisor can help you select a program that meets your academic needs and budget. Research possible funding sources, such as scholarships, financial aid and personal budget. Student loans can be used to cover study abroad tuition, fees and travel expenses.

“Any degree requires financial consideration, but this is the best money I spent during my program. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allowed me to study film history and photography while immersed in the culture, food, people and history of Italy.”

-  Sarah E., Summer Abroad, Rome

International study abroad organizations often extend scholarship opportunities for students looking to spend a summer term, semester or year overseas. Additional funding assistance may also be available through these partner organizations:

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