Academic Opportunities

Academic Opportunities

Below is just a sampling of the many academic opportunities you'll find at CSU Stanislaus. Our students are life long learners who extend their educational boundaries far beyond classroom walls.

First Year Programs

First Year Programs are designed to assist first-time students in transitioning and acclimating to CSU Stanislaus. Our First Year Programs Office offers a variety of activities that promote student involvement, including New Student Orientation, Learning Communities, a First Year Experience course, and the Peer Advisor Program.

Lecture Series and Cultural Offerings

The University offers a wide variety of public programs, activities and entertainment including theatre, concerts, and art exhibits. Renowned personalities who have given special lectures include journalists Ellen Goodman and Cokie and Steve Roberts, the legendary Bill Cosby, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Performers including Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Manhattan Transfer, and Vince Gill have entertained the campus and its community.

Study Abroad

The Office of International Students offers opportunities for CSU Stanislaus students to study in many different parts of the world. Through studying abroad, students gain an international perspective, increased independence and self-confidence, and a strong professional advantage.

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program is an academic learning community for students with solid academic abilities. Honors faculty work closely with students to develop intellectual skills and the aptitude for interdisciplinary research.

Intensive Learning Experience

First-time freshmen who meet eligibility requirements may participate in the Intensive Learning Experience program, which is designed to help accelerate the progress of remediated students. ILE students receive personal attention to successfully begin their University careers, including reading/writing instruction in small classes of 12-15 students and tutoring services in both mathematics and English, provided at no cost . For more information, contact the ILE Director at (209) 667-3361.

English as a Second Language

The English as a Second Language program is designed for students, both international and permanent residents, for whom English is not a native language. The three courses in the program provide intensive instruction and tutoring in reading and writing. For more information, contact the Department of English at (209) 667-3361.

Community Service and Service Learning

The Office of Service Learning assists faculty and students with the development of service learning opportunities, which promote student learning through active participation in meaningful community service directly related to course content. This means students spend time in community organizations working with real people who have real needs.


Many academic departments at CSU Stanislaus offer internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students. Placements in a variety of private, non-profit, and public agencies are designed to encourage both pre-professional training and the integration of field and classroom experiences. Students should contact their academic advisors for more information.

Cooperative Education Program

This program provides students with paid work experiences directly related to their major fields of study and career objectives. This allows students the opportunity to gain practical experiences which complement their academic study and permits them to explore actual career options before graduation; co-op students receive up to eight hours of academic credit, earn competitive income, and are often hired full-time by their employers after graduation.