This executive order is issued pursuant to Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Sections 40100 and 40102. The purpose of this Executive Order is to establish principles for CSU campus interactions with non-CSU study abroad program providers for California State University students.
- Presidents of the campuses of the California State University, or their designees, may initiate study abroad programs which support, enrich, and/or broaden existing curricular offerings in accord with Executive Orders 744 or 745.
- Presidents of the campuses of the California State University, or their designees, are delegated the authority to enter into affiliation agreements with study abroad program providers, which includes entities not affiliated with the California State University.
- A “program provider” is an organization or university that sponsors instructional programs abroad that are open to students from colleges and universities.
- “Study abroad” means any credit bearing instructional program which is in whole or part conducted at a site outside of the United States of America, is not a degree program, and is normally one academic year or less in duration.
- Federal financial aid regulations require that campuses make financial aid available to otherwise eligible students who participate in study abroad programs provided the program is approved for academic credit. There must also be a written agreement with the foreign school, or with another U.S. school that contracts with the foreign school, or a single written arrangement with a study abroad organization (program provider) to represent an agreement between the home school and the foreign school.
- Each California State University campus should have a process for approving study abroad program providers and whether to enter into an agreement with a program provider. In approving program providers, and before entering into an agreement, the campus should consider:
- The academic and curricular offerings of the program;
- The student support services available through the program provider;
- The health, safety, and security preparedness undertaken by the program provider;
- The cost to the student.
- In the course of cooperating with a program provider, neither a California State University campus nor any employee or agent of any California State University campus shall accept payments or other benefits in exchange for being an approved program. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following:
- Payment of conference or training registration fees, transportation, or lodging costs for an employee of the campus;
- Fees for advertisements in official publications of the campus or international office that are designed to explain the students program options;
- Payment of site visit costs in conjunction with program oversight or program familiarization responsibilities.
- This executive order may be augmented by guidelines consistent with its provisions by the System Chief Academic Officer, or designee.