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Cal Poly Global Programs

CP Global Programs
Cal Poly Global Programs are international academic programs designed by one or more Cal Poly faculty members in collaboration with the Cal Poly International Center.

Cal Poly Global Programs provide faculty with opportunities to share their international expertise with students, and to teach Cal Poly courses abroad. Programs vary in academic and learning objectives, location, duration, excursions and cultural activities, and cost.  The Cal Poly International Center administers several multidisciplinary Campuswide Cal Poly Global Programs, and also works with faculty to develop new Custom Cal Poly Global Programs. All faculty must be approved by their department chair and college dean to participate.

Apply to teach on a Campuswide Cal Poly Global Program

Campuswide programs in Australia, Spain, Thailand, and the United Kingdom are administered by the International Center every year.  These are established, ongoing programs with proven track records and set structures.  Cal Poly faculty may apply to teach on one of these programs.

Application Deadlines

Selection of faculty to teach on Campuswide Cal Poly Global Programs is determined by a committee comprised of International Center staff and selected faculty members with previous experience leading programs abroad.  Once decisions have been made, they will be announced by the Director of the International Center.  
Application Deadline
Cal Poly in Spain 
Summer 2020
April 1, 2019
Cal Poly in Spain 
Fall 2020
April 1, 2019
Cal Poly in Thailand  
Summer 2020
April 1, 2019
Cal Poly in London  Summer 2020 April 1, 2019
Cal Poly in Australia Winter 2021 November 15, 2019
Cal Poly in Peru Spring 2021 November 15, 2019

Campuswide Application



Propose a new or renewing Custom Cal Poly Global Program

Twice per year, the International Center accepts proposals for new and renewing Custom Cal Poly Global Programs.  The review process is competitive, and proposals are reviewed by the International Programs Committee and key members of IGEE.  Decisions are made and announced by the Director of the International Center.  

View the Call for Proposals
Proposal Deadline
Summer and Fall 2020 Custom Programs
April 1, 2019
Winter, Spring Break, and Spring 2021 Custom Programs 
November 15, 2019
Summer and Fall 2021 Custom Programs
April 1, 2020

Proposal Form


Before proposing a new Custom Cal Poly Global Program, faculty are highly encouraged to arrange an initial meeting with the Global Programs staff at the International Center (  Please also read the CPGP Development Guide and check out the other Faculty Resources.

Apply for a Travel Grant to develop a new Custom Cal Poly Global Program

For the upcoming academic year, the Cal Poly International Center will accept modest grant requests to support international travel of faculty members for the purpose of developing new Cal Poly Global Programs.  Grants of up to $3,000 can help fund visits to single sites or to multiple sites within one country or world region.  Faculty members who hold appropriate credentials to teach Cal Poly courses and who are in their second or higher year on the faculty are eligible to apply; faculty must have the full support of their department chair and college dean.  View the most recent Travel Grant Announcement.  

Grant Cycle
June 2019 - May 2020
Grant Application Deadline
March 15, 2019

Travel Grant Application

Faculty are encouraged to consult the Global Programs staff at the International Center with any questions or to discuss their ideas for program development ( 

Honors Abroad Experiences

Currently, enrollment in Cal Poly University Honors Program consists of approximately 400 students. Based on survey results, over two-thirds of incoming Honors students plan to study abroad while attending Cal Poly.  Therefore, to address this demand and to serve its students, the Honors Program is collaborating with Cal Poly faculty members and the International Center to link Honors experiences with existing Global Programs.   Interested in learning about opportunities to work with Honors students abroad?  If so, please contact the University Honors Program at  Limited professional development funds are available to support the design and implementation of Honors abroad experiences.  Gregg Fiegel is the Honors Program Director.  

CPGP Faculty Resources 

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Faculty Resources

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Proposing a new program:
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