What is Virtual Exchange at SF State?
Virtual Exchanges are technology-enabled people-to-people education programs and/or activities without any travel between groups or individuals in geographically different locations and/or from different cultures. At SF State, Virtual Exchange facilities dialogues and cross-cultural learning between degree-seeking SF State students and those from a partner university only in the virtual space.
How to start a Virtual Exchange program?
Reach out to Dr. Janelle Waldrep in the Office of International Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the potential collaboration and what is institutionally needed, even for Virtual Exchanges with existing exchange partner universities.
What is needed from students to participate?
Once a Virtual Exchange program has been established with the Office of International Programs, students will need to work both with the SF State Abroad Team and the SF State faculty member/department sponsoring the Virtual Exchange.
To participate and receive resident academic credit, students must complete the following with the SF State Abroad Team:
- Students must apply online in the SF State Abroad Database by the deadline posted on the program page.
- They must receive written approval from the Office of International Programs to participate.
- Additionally, students must complete a pre-Virtual Exchange orientation with the Office of International Programs before the start of the Virtual Exchange program/activity.
If the steps above are not completed, students participating on a Virtual Exchange program (even with a partner university) will have their transcripts treated as potential transfer credit and subject to the same policies as a Non-SF State Abroad Program.