The University Strategic plan has prioritized global engagement and understanding. As a result there are a number of programs throughout the university that offer students the opportunity to engage with the world as part of their academic program. The Global Engagement Office (GEO) provides leadership, coordination, strategic planning, and resources for the internationalization of the campus. GEO offers programs and services that enhance global learning at Santa Clara University, which includes the two largest global programs at the University: the SCU Study Abroad program, and the International Students and Scholars (ISS) program. In addition to these programs, GEO provides information on diverse international programs throughout the University.
The ISS program supports the education and development of undergraduate and graduate international students to enable them to achieve excellence in their academic and professional goals. In addition, ISS promotes the understanding of diverse cultures and perspectives throughout the University and provides support to international students of all kinds. ISS also manages the F-1 and J-1 visa programs and provides support to students on visa-related matters.