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
  • International Student and Scholar Services
  • Study Abroad
  • Global Initiatives
  • Faculty and Staff Immigration Services
  • The Passport Place @ Sac State
  • The English Language Institute

International Admissions

Sacramento State welcomes students from across the globe. The International Admissions office serves as the point of contact for all prospective international applicants intending to study at Sacramento State on a F-1 or J-1 student visa.  Dedicated international admissions specialists process undergraduate and graduate applications, in addition to providing guidance throughout the application process. For additional information regarding international admission, please e-mail the office at

International Student and Scholar Services

Sacramento State is host to more than 650 students and scholars from 70 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 at over 70 universities in more than 20 different countries. Overseas educational opportunities are available in almost every discipline. Financial aid and scholarships are available to qualified students.

While studying abroad, students develop global perspectives related to their field of study that enhance academic knowledge and professional development. Study Abroad is one of the most transformational experiences offered at Sacramento State.

Sacramento State offers a variety of study abroad options:

  • California State University International Programs (CSU-IP) 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  exchange programs with partner institutions
  • Short-term, Faculty-Led Study Abroad programs
  • Short-term non-credit bearing study tours
  • Study Abroad opportunities through independent affiliated provider

Students interesting in studying abroad are advised to start the planning process as early as possible.  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.

For additional information about Faculty-Led Study Abroad programs, please e-mail Alessandra McMorris at

Global Initiatives

The Office of Global Initiatives is responsible for international recruitment and outreach, maintaining and building international partnerships, and developing international agreements. The office also provides resources for Sacramento State faculty and staff interested in learning more about the university’s internationalization and global engagement efforts.

Specific inquiries or requests for information can be e-mailed to Kunyi Cheng, Coordinator of Global Initiatives, at or Tel: (916) 278-4877.

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 and Staff Immigration Services provides information on immigration and international employment requirements for faculty and staff at Sacramento State.

Please direct Faculty and Staff Immigration questions to Megan Hambright, International Affairs Analyst. E-mail: or Tel: 916-278-4885.

The Passport Place @ Sac State

The Passport Place @ Sac State accepts U.S. Passport Applications between 8 AM – 4 PM, Monday – Thursday, and 8 AM - 1 PM on Friday. The Passport Place is located in the International Programs and Global Engagement (IPGE) office, Library 1001, next to the Grumpy Mule coffee shop (see campus map).

The English Language Institute

Del Norte Hall, Room 2012

Tel: (916) 278-4811

The English Language Institute (ELI) offers a year-round Intensive English Program for non-native English speakers who have a desire to improve their language skills.  ELI also offers customizable American Language & Culture (ALC), International Professional Training and Development (IPTD) and other non-degree programs for international students. For additional information, e-mail ELI at