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Office of Research Affairs

Division of Academic Affairs
Hornet Bookstore, Suite 3400
(916) 278-6402

The Office of Research Affairs (ORA), as part of Academic Affairs, reports to the Provost and works to expand the research capacity of Sacramento State’s faculty, students, and research staff. ORA supports faculty pursuing external funds for research projects (proposal development, submission assistance, project coordination, and related infrastructure needs) as well as program development initiatives. On behalf of the University, we submit faculty grant and contract proposals, administer internal research funds and recognition programs, facilitate the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and coordinate patent and tech transfer activities, as well as provide a full range of research integrity and compliance functions for the research enterprise.

Post-award account administration for sponsored agreements and related accounts is typically handled through the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) of University Enterprises, Inc. (UEI). SPA professional staff work in coordination with ORA to support, accept and administer the awards faculty receive from federal, state, and private funding agencies.

Center for International Programs and Global Engagement

Library 1001
(916) 278-6686

The mission of the Center for International Programs and Global Engagement (IPGE) is to provide opportunities for students and faculty to increase their global knowledge, expand their international experiences, and gain new global perspectives.
The office provides

  • Serve as a primary resource for international students
  • Study abroad opportunities for Sac State students
  • Assistance with faculty-led overseas educational activities

International Student and Scholar Programs

International students and scholars from more than a hundred nations come to California State University, Sacramento to pursue academic programs or conduct research. IPGE provides visa support, orientation services, and help integrating international students and scholars into campus and community life.

Study Abroad

Sacramento State students have a variety of opportunities to study in over 60 universities in over 20 countries. Study in almost every field of study is available. Students pay regular campus registration fees and are not charged international student tuition fees. They receive CSU resident credit while studying abroad and may apply their normal campus financial aid.

Please visit the office and the following websites for specific program information:
Sacramento State Programs:
CSU International Programs:

The university also offers a variety of short-term study abroad opportunities that typically do not earn university credit but which enhance student’s appreciation and understanding of their academic discipline through the lens of different cultures.

The California State University International Programs

Developing intercultural communication skills and international understanding among its students is a vital mission of The California State University. Since its inception in 1963, the CSU International Programs has contributed to this effort by providing qualified students an affordable opportunity to continue their studies abroad for a full academic year. More than 20,000 CSU students have taken advantage of this unique study option.

International Programs participants earn resident academic credit at their CSU campuses while they pursue full-time study at a host university or special study center abroad. The International Programs serves the needs of students in over 100 designated academic majors. Affiliated with more than 50 recognized universities and institutions of higher education in 18 countries, the International Programs also offers a wide selection of study abroad destinations and learning environments.

Griffith University
Macquarie University
Queensland University of Technology
University of Queensland
Western Sydney University
Victoria University

Concordia University

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Peking University (Beijing)

Danish Institute for Study Abroad


Institut Catholique de Paris
Université d’Aix-Marseille (Aix-en-Provence)
Universités de Paris I, III, IV, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI, XII, XIII
Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée
Université d' Evry Val d'Essonne
Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

University of Tübingen and a number of institutions of higher education in the Federal state of Baden-Württemberg

Univeristy of Ghana

University of Haifa

CSU Florence Study Center
Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze

Waseda University
University of Tsukuba

Yonsei University

Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Campus Querétaro

South Africa
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Universidad de Granada
Universidad de Jaén

Uppsala University

National Taiwan University

United Kingdom
Bradford University
University of Bristol
University of Hull
Kingston University
Swansea University

Students participating in International Programs pay CSU tuition and program fees, and are responsible for airfare, accommodations, meals and other personal expenses. Financial aid, with the exception of Federal Work-Study, is available to qualified students and limited scholarship opportunities are also available. Most International Programs require students to have upper-division standing at a CSU campus by the time of departure; several programs are open to sophomores or Graduate students. California Community College transfer students admitted to a CSU campus are eligible to apply (to select programs) directly from their community colleges. Students must possess a current cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or 3.0, depending on the program, and must fulfill all coursework prerequisites. Additional program information and application instructions can be found on our website at

Faculty Programs

IPGE offers the following services to faculty members interested in leading students groups or conducting research in foreign countries:

  • Assistance making contacts with colleagues at affiliated institutions abroad;
  • Advising for faculty exchange opportunities for one semester or one year;
  • Official advisories for international travelers;
  • Information on faculty development seminars abroad;
  • Information and advising regarding the International Research Scholar Program.

College of Continuing Education

(916) 278-4433

The College of Continuing Education (CCE) extends the mission of Sacramento State by providing access to educational and professional programming that meets student and industry demands. CCE provides access to both credit and non-credit offerings where you can prepare for promotion, improve your language skills, enhance your professional skills or seek a new career path. Many offerings do not require formal admission to the University.

CCE is also one of the top professional development providers in the capital region, helping public and private organizations improve employee effectiveness to support organizational success. Courses are scheduled for adults and working professionals, and classes are taught by university faculty and industry experts who offer real-world experience using adult learning methodologies.

Professional Development Programs

CCE offers a wide variety of courses and certificate programs specifically designed for working professionals. Our programs feature quality curriculum that combines practice and theory, expert instructors with extensive industry experience, affordable fees to fit individual or organizational budgets, networking opportunities with business professionals, and convenient class schedules to accommodate work and family. Program areas include business operations, leadership and management, workforce development, public safety and more.

Degree and Credential Programs

On behalf of academic departments, CCE administers several degree completion and credential programs in convenient formats. For example, the Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Studies (CTS) is a versatile program that can be applied to a variety of disciplines. The program uses instructional techniques suited to adult learners, including real world instruction and personalized academic advising. You can now choose between taking the program in-person on the weekends or 100% online. CCE also offers degree completion programs in the areas of early childhood development, criminal justice and nursing. Visit for the most current offerings.

Conference and Training Services

CCE's Conference and Training Services unit is recognized throughout California as a leader in the event planning industry. They offer a full range of services designed to anticipate and facilitate all aspects of a successful conference or training event. From project planning and budgeting to promotions and complete registration services, they can successfully plan and execute conferences and workshops of all sizes.

Custom Training

CCE offers a wide variety of custom training solutions specifically designed to meet the needs of your organization. From an initial needs assessment through program planning and delivery, we work closely with you to ensure that program content and learning outcomes are aligned with your organization’s objectives. Choose from our portfolio of existing programs or let us design a custom solution based on your organization’s specific needs. Our programs can be delivered on campus or onsite at your location.

English Language Institute

The English Language Institute provides international learners with opportunities to obtain an excellent education while becoming familiar with people and cultures from around the world. Supported by an outstanding, safe, friendly campus that offers a variety of educational and recreational opportunities, students experience American culture and develop their English language and communication skills for professional and academic success.

Open University

Open University allows individuals to enroll in regular university classes without going through the formal admission process. Individuals are admitted to Open University courses on a space-available basis upon departmental approval, if they meet the prerequisites. This program is ideal for those wishing to explore the university environment, raise their GPA or focus on a particular area of interest.

Special Sessions

Summer and Winter Sessions enable Sacramento State and visiting students to meet or accelerate degree requirements, pursue an area of interest, or reduce class load for the fall and spring semesters. Learn more at