Research and Extended Programs

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, contract development, project coordination, and related infrastructure needs) as well as research 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.

International Programs and Global Engagement

Library 1001
(916) 278-6686

The mission of the International Programs and Global Engagement (IPGE) office is to provide opportunities for Sacramento State students and faculty to increase their global knowledge, expand their international experiences, and gain new global perspectives. The office is comprised of the following functional units:

  • International Admissions and Recruitment
  • International Student and Scholar Services
  • Study Abroad
  • Faculty and Staff Immigration Services
  • The Passport Place @ Sac State

International Admissions and Recruitment

Sacramento State welcomes students from across the globe. The International Admissions office is dedicated to offering exemplary customer service to all international applicants. For additional information regarding international admission, please e-mail the office at

International Student and Scholar Services

Sacramento State is host to more than 500 students and scholars from 60 different countries.  International Student and Scholar Services within IPGE provides immigration support, coordinates International Student Orientation, and offers cultural programming and other services geared towards assisting international students and scholars in becoming more engaged in campus and community life. For additional information, please e-mail the office at

Study Abroad

Sacramento State students have a variety of opportunities to study in over 60 universities in over 20 different countries. Overseas educational opportunities are available in almost every discipline. Financial aid and scholarships are available to qualified students to assist in covering costs such as tuition, airfare and living expenses.

While studying abroad, students develop global perspectives related to their field of study that enhance academic knowledge and professional development. Additionally, studying abroad enriches students’ appreciation and understanding of their academic discipline through a different cultural lens.

Sacramento State offers a variety of study abroad options:

  • Cal State University International Programs is the system wide, year-long study abroad program offered by the California State University

  • Sacramento State Exchange Programs include semester and year-long study abroad experiences through bilateral exchange agreements with partner institutions

  • Short Term study tours not for credit

  • Affiliated Independent Study Abroad opportunities

    Students are advised to start the planning process for their study abroad experience as early as possible and are invited to contact the Study Abroad office for information and advisement.

    For additional information about Study Abroad opportunities, please e-mail or visit the Study Abroad Website.   

The Study Abroad office also offers the following services to faculty members interested in leading students groups or conducting research in foreign countries:

  • Assistance in making contacts with colleagues at affiliated institutions abroad;
  • Advising for faculty exchange opportunities for one semester or one year;
  • Providing information about State Department advisories for international travelers;
  • Providing information on faculty development seminars abroad; and,
  • Providing information and advising regarding the International Research Scholar Program.

Faculty and Staff Immigration Services

Sacramento State is committed to the internationalization of the campus by hiring a diverse group of faculty with world-class expertise in a wide range of academic disciplines. Faculty & Staff Immigration Services provides information on immigration and international employment requirements for faculty and staff at Sacramento State.

Please direct further questions to Dr. Paul Hofmann, Associate Vice President for International Programs and Global Engagement. E-mail. or Tel: 916-278-4868.

The Passport Place @ Sac State

The Passport Place @ Sac State accepts U.S. Passport Applications between 9 AM – 4 PM, Monday – Friday. The Passport Place is located in the International Programs and Global Engagement (IPGE) office, Library 1001, next door from the Grumpy Mule coffee shop (see campus map).