Study Abroad

Please schedule an appointment with the OCOB Study Abroad Team in order to complete major, concentration, or support course substitution forms for study abroad courses. OCOB students should not fill these out on their own. Bring the web links & course descriptions to your meeting and/or to drop in hours.

Getting Started

  1. Attend a Study Abroad 101 Workstop
    Study Abroad 101 workshops are highly encouraged for any Cal Poly affiliated program.
    – At the workshop, Study Abroad Advisors will guide you through goal setting, financial and academic planning and inform on your study abroad options.
    – RSVP to attend a workshop using the link below.
  2. Meet with a Study Abroad Peer Advisor in the Cal Poly International Center
    Study Abroad Peer Advisors can give you an overall picture of possible countries and programs. They have many resources for you to use both online and in the office.- Location: Building 52, Room E32- Phone: (805) 756-1477
    – Email:
  3. Meet with an OCOB Study Abroad Peer Advisor
    Once you have narrowed down your options to 1–2 possibilities, schedule an appointment with an Orfalea Study Abroad Peer Advisor to discuss major, concentration or support course options. Orfalea Study Abroad Peer Advisors can help you navigate the Major Course Pre-Approved List and complete course substitution paperwork for major courses.

    Schedule Appointment:
    If you have questions around course scheduling, how to ensure you make academic progress, or other more in depth questions, make an appointment by calling Student Services at (805)756-2601. This will allow us time to check what courses you have left and can fulfill abroad before your appointment.
    Location: Orfalea Student Services (03-100)
    Phone: (805) 756-2601

  4. Cal Poly Application
    In order to participate on any affiliated program, you must complete an application for Cal Poly.- Make sure to watch for key application dates
    – Deadlines to submit your Cal Poly Application are often much earlier than partner program deadlines – if you miss this deadline, you will not be approved
    – Check with the International Center for specific dates.

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