SJSU Named Fulbright HSI Leader for Third Consecutive Year by the U.S. Department of State

by | Oct 30, 2023 | Awards and Achievements, Featured

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San José State University is proud to be named as a Fulbright HSI (Hispanic-Serving Institution) Leader for 2023. Each year, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) recognizes the strong engagement of select HSIs with the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international academic exchange program. This year’s list was released on Monday, October 30.

Fulbright HSI Leaders demonstrate noteworthy support for Fulbright exchange participants and promote Fulbright program opportunities on campus. The initiative encourages administrators, faculty and students at HSIs to engage with Fulbright and highlights the strength of HSIs as destinations for international students and scholars. SJSU has been featured in each of the three years of the initiative.

The recognized colleges and universities include two associate’s colleges, five baccalaureate colleges and special focus institutions, 14 master’s colleges and universities, and 25 doctoral universities.

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Lee Satterfield commended the institutions receiving the Fulbright HSI Leader designation this year. 

“Representation matters, and pairing the world-class educational opportunities that Hispanic-Serving Institutions provide with the power of Fulbright further enriches the experience and educational opportunities for students and scholars both at home and abroad,” he said.

“I am proud of San José State University’s standing as an HSI, and even prouder for our campus to again be recognized as an HSI Leader by the U.S. Department of State,” said SJSU President Cynthia Teniente-Matson. “SJSU’s long history of support and outreach for Latinx and other underrepresented students includes opportunities for an international exchange of ideas, education and cultures via faculty and student mobility, which can allow for enrichment, knowledge and job placement they may not otherwise have access to. I am excited about our ongoing relationship with the Fulbright program, and look forward to continuing to lead the way for other HSIs.”

On November 9, the U.S. Department of State will host a virtual workshop featuring representatives from Fulbright HSI Leaders to share best practices to engage and support students and faculty, increase the global footprint on campus through the Fulbright Program, host international Fulbright students and scholars, and build international networks. This event is open to the public and is specifically designed for faculty, staff, and stakeholders at HSIs.

More about the Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international academic exchange program with a longstanding commitment to diversity, working to ensure that participants reflect the United States and societies abroad. The Fulbright Program works closely with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) to promote international exchange opportunities to staff, students and faculty at HSIs.  This year’s Fulbright HSI Leaders were announced at the HACU Annual Conference. Fulbright also works with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, the American Association of Community Colleges, Diversity Abroad and many more organizations.

Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 students, scholars, artists and teachers from all types of institutions the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research abroad. Fulbrighters build connections, gain experience, exchange ideas and address global challenges.

Fulbright is a program of the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. government. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program.

Learn more about Fulbright at, including information about Fulbright’s efforts to further DEIA within the program and about the Fulbright HSI Leaders initiative.