» International Internship Information for Families

An International Internship is an opportunity for students to earn credit, gain real world international work experience, establish international networks, explore the local culture, and learn from natives.  Internships are available in Shanghai, Dublin, Madrid, New Zealand, Australia and Santiago.  They are available for any major. Some countries may be better suited for a certain major, so we recommend that students be open to possibilities.  An International Internship is typically between 8-10 weeks, provides the possibility to earn 3 to 6 units, and takes place during summer. Chapman University works with two providers, EUSA and ISA to secure customized internship placements, accommodations, and provide in-country support for students.

All Chapman-approved International Internships will partially or completely fulfill for the Global Study portion of the GE program and are unpaid.

+ - Academics

Students are registered for international internships through Chapman University, and earn Chapman University credit. As part of the program application, students must:

  1. have a 3.0 GPA or higher
  2. class standing of junior or senior during the time of their internship
  3. complete all Chapman University materials and requirements before the deadline
  4. submit a non-refundable application fee
  5. gain the approval signature for their international internship from Center for Global Education Director, James J. Coyle, Ph.D.


Students may choose to discuss with their academic advisors how the Internship credits fit into their overall academic goals and degree requirements. Students are expected to be fully engaged in their International Internship program and behave professionally in their work environment.

+ - Finances

Program Fee

International Internship programs vary in cost. The student’s fee depends on the location they are traveling to, the duration of the program, the number of paying participants, and provisions included in the program.

ISA program fee includes:  academic credit; multi-day Bridging Cultures Program orientation;  guaranteed housing – typically in a shared apartment, dorm, youth hostel, or homestay; health insurance; 24/7 onsite support;  pre-departure services including assistance with immigration visas; airline tickets, orientation, flight advice and booking options; cell phone or sim card (minutes purchased at an additional cost); pre-paid public transport card (in Shanghai only – in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and Chile this is an additional fee for the participant); option to add Mandarin lessons in Shanghai, or Spanish lessons in Chile (for additional fee).


EUSA program fee includes: internship placement and support services, which includes coaching and trouble-shooting during the internship placement; individual telephone pre-placement meetings and online pre-departure  orientation; mid-term review and final  evaluation; eight weeks of housing in student  residences; on-site program management and emergency  support; on-site program and internship  orientation; cultural exploration activities; third party liability insurance for each student

Tuition fees are not included in the International Internship program fee.


Tuition Costs are NOT included in the International Internship program Fee.

A full-time, undergraduate student may be eligible for a one-time Tuition Waiver to offset the charge for tuition credits earned in their summer, international  internship. A Tuition Waiver must be completed and submitted to the Student Business Services office located in Bhathal Student Services building in order to be considered for the tuition waiver. The form can be found on Chapman's Tuition Waiver Request website.

Submitting the form does not guarantee approval for the Tuition Waiver form. Students must meet the eligibility requirements prescribed by the Student Business Services office, and the Business Office will determine their eligibility.


We encourage you to discuss with your dependent, well before departure,  their finances, how to create a budget and the importance of adhering to it. Each international internship participant should bring money to cover personal living expenses such as travel and food, plus any other costs not included in the program fee. Expenses will vary depending on the student’s own standard of living and how much traveling, shopping, and dining out he or she does. The foreign currency exchange rate is also a factor to be considered.

+ - Application: Enrollment, Financial Obligation Form, and Deposit

To secure an international internship, a committed student will have a 3.0 GPA or higher, hold a junior or senior status during the summer, complete an Enrollment and Financial Obligation Form, submit a non-refundable application deposit receipt to the CGE, upload a cover letter and resume, and complete required materials and requirements in the online portal (the Global Gateway) before the deadline.  All material will be reviewed before a student is accepted into the program.

The international internship fees will be paid in 2 payments to Chapman University: in February and in April.

Once a student has been accepted into the program, the student’s account will be billed for the total amount charged for the international internship, minus a non-refundable deposit the dependent is charged when registering for the course. Please contact your dependent to review any of the required application forms.

+ - Refund Policy

Because of prepayment requirements associated with travel, international internships do not follow the university’s refund deadlines and procedures of other summer courses.  Every international internship participant’s deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable including, but not limited to, injury or illness, unless one of the following occurs:

  1. fail to receive preliminary clearance from the Dean of Students office
  2. GPA falls below the minimum requirement of 3.0


Should a student who has registered for an international internship decide to not attend the program, they are still responsible for all the internship fees, as if they were attending the program.  This includes if the student:

  1. withdraws from the course any time after the commitment period; or
  2. becomes unable to participate due to injury or illness at any time after commitment; or
  3. becomes ineligible to participate after the preliminary clearance  has been provided by the Dean of Students office


+ - Pre-Departure Preparation

Students enrolled in an international internship program must attend a Pre-Departure Orientation Session in late April or May. The session will cover general pre-departure information consisting of health and safety issues, simple precautions they may take while away, and more details on handling issues of security, safety, illness, injury, and emergencies.

+ - Health & Safety

Parents or guardians’ concern for the safety and well-being of their student abroad is natural and shared by Chapman University.  The Center for Global Education carefully monitors the economic and political situations of the host countries via announcements issued by the U.S. Department of State and communication with service providers and in country support personnel. The university has protocols in place for dealing with emergencies, natural disasters, illness, events or situations that may affect individuals or groups. We also coordinate with our international providers concerning the health and safety of the group while abroad.

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