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The College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State offers you the world!

Make plans to learn while you explore exciting domestic and international destinations through our Sacramento State Travel Study programs. These learning programs will enrich your travel experiences through special visits and contacts as well as knowledge of the culture, history, language and tradition of your destination.

Any adults (18 years or older) with a passion for exploring are welcome to participate in these programs. To request additional program information, please call the contact person listed with the desired program.

Note about Program Fees and Itineraries
The College of Continuing Education will not permit any specialized logistical or financial deviations to the fee structure or travel schedule of any study abroad program. All participants will pay the program costs listed, except when additional units are requested. Participants must travel to and from the destinations on the scheduled dates and participate in all program activities.

Independent Travel Study

Earn academic credit for a planned learning experience while traveling in the United States or abroad! Applicants for this program are required to pre-plan the program of study and submit a written proposal for approval at least six weeks prior to departure.

The standards for Travel Study are consistent with regular program offerings. You are required to organize your program in such a way as to reach specific educational objectives. For program guidelines, click here.

1 unit of academic credit may be earned for every 7 days of travel. Participants may earn up to 6 undergraduate credits or 4 graduate credits per year.

Participants must be at or above their junior level of high school upon application.

Required Independent Travel Study Proposal Forms:

Please print, complete and submit applicable forms to:
Sacramento State - College of Continuing Education
Travel Study Division
3000 State University Drive East
Sacramento, CA 95819-6103

A faculty sponsor will review the travel proposal and you will receive notification of its approval or suggestions for amendment. The current academic registration fee of $250 per unit (payable to Sacramento State) must accompany your registration form.

Three-Summer Master of Arts in Spanish

In response to requests by graduate students and Spanish teachers, Sacramento State has been offering a very unique Master of Arts degree for over 20 years. All course work may be completed in three summers if no prerequisite course work is necessary. Our summer centers are located in Costa Rica-Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Spain.

For current program information, visit the Sacramento State Spanish Travel Study website.

Frequently Asked Questions
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General Information
The Sacramento State Spanish summer programs offer participants a total Spanish immersion experience, featuring home stay accommodations with selected host families and an academic program of courses, educational tours and lectures by scholars and authors. The programs provide college students and Spanish teachers with the opportunity to perfect their competence in the four language skills: comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, and the chance to gather personal examples and anecdotes from their daily immersion in the culture of the country. Through both formal instruction and informal contacts with people, the participants will gain a cultural and linguistic understanding of Spanish. The directors and teaching faculty are all experienced academic tour leaders who understand the importance of a solid, but pleasant, academic experience.

Academic Programs
Depending upon preparation and needs, participants in these programs may select up to nine semester units of academic course work from the following areas: Literature, Linguistics, Civilization, and Culture. Culture courses are supplemented with excursions and field trips to points of historical and literary interest. Special events may be arranged in the afternoons. It is expected that participants will attend all classes and special functions regularly and speak only Spanish throughout the program.

Housing and Meals
By prior arrangement, participants will be assigned to private homes upon arrival. Host families normally have room for two (on occasion three) participants. Meals that are not specified in the cost of the program are to be paid for by the participant.

Application Deadlines and Financial Commitment
In order to reserve a place in a program, each participant should submit a deposit along with their application. Payment and refund deadlines will be posted on the department website. Sacramento State is only responsible for providing instruction and academic support. The program directors reserve the right to cancel or substitute program sites should the necessity arise.

Academic Credit
Program fees include up to six units of academic credit transferable to most accredited universities. Students may enroll in another three units for an additional fee.


For travel study programs, contact Lori May at (916) 278-4804 or