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Welcome to our first newsletter!

December 2018

Dear CSUMB Family:

As we are getting ready to leave for our winter break, on behalf of the entire International Programs team, I wish you and your loved ones a happy, restful and enjoyable holiday!

Looking back over the last four and a half years since I joined the CSUMB family, the experience working with amazing faculty and staff and their incredible commitment to serving our students has been nothing short of remarkable.


I am also amazed by the growth and progress that has been achieved in International Programs at CSUMB, as well as the many opportunities that lie ahead. International Programs has grown from a small unit tasked to provide support to international students to a comprehensive Center which collaborates closely with units across campus to work to internationalize the university. This would not have been possible without the support and the commitment from all. Thank You.

As we head into a New Year, I am pleased to announce that International Programs is launching a yearly Newsletter. The intent of our Newsletter will be to share information with the university community regarding programs and activities, progress towards university internationalization efforts as well as challenges we experience each academic year.

I welcome contributions from throughout the university community to our future newsletters.

I wish you all Happy Holidays and New Year!

December 2018


Ida Mansourian
Associate Dean and Senior International Officer
Office of International Programs

CSUMB hosts more than 450 students from all over the world every year! And this number is increasing every semester.

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) team provides support and advising services to these students, making CSUMB the ideal environment for them to learn, live and study.
ISSS Overview!
The Education Abroad team works with students in identifying the study abroad programs that best suit their academic, professional and personal needs. 

We offer short-term, faculty-led, semester and year-long programs in more than 120 partner universities in  over 30 countries around the globe. 
Education Abroad at a Glance!
Curious about life as an international student at CSUMB? We asked current and former students about their background, their favorite aspect of studying at CSUMB, what they miss most from home, their overall experience and advice for future international otters.
    Yang      Katherina    Therese        Lars          Dahlia       Charles       Yuelin         Ayaka
I am a Nigerian born French. I came in the United States in August 2013, from a southeastern city in France called Grenoble. - Dahlia

CSUMB taught me to set goals which have created a thirst of success in my life. - Charles

My favorite aspect of studying at CSUMB is the people. The faculty and staff are all very happy to help me in my journey. The students here are also very welcoming and nice. I would not have done much without their support. - Yuelin
Check out their Interviews!
Wander the world with a group of Study AbrOtters who took their academic adventure at CSUMB to the next level by studying abroad for a summer, semester or even a year!
Marco's dreams come true in Spain and South Korea
My journey in order to arrive to Madrid or Seoul was not easy. Within these experiences I can talk about all the things I learned. However what stuck to me the most was understanding how fortunate I was.
Read more
Celina found herself in Mexico
At first, the days were packed and the nights were lonely. But then something clicked within me. I began to walk forward briskly and then run and then skip my way forward around the city. I embraced the mistakes. Every fumbled and mispronounced word. Every wrong bus route taken. I kept moving forward. Silencing the little shutters of fears that repeatedly attempted to break their way into my reality.
Read more
Leslie's Whirlwind Adventure in South Korea
Every morning, we had the opportunity to learn something new about Korean culture. We got to try playing traditional instruments, ceramics, TaeKwondo, etc. We all got to wear traditional Han Bok! It was fun to wear it and drink tea. Of course, like any good traveller, I tried all of the food!
Ecotourism Adventure in Costa Rica
In November 2017, a group of 13 students from the Sustainable Hospitality Management Program and other majors across campus participated in a week-long study abroad program in Costa Rica. The program has been developed and led by Dr. John Avella and Dr. Roberta Atzori, respectively Executive Director and Assistant Professor of the College of Business’ Sustainable Hospitality Management Program.
Summer Service Learning in Spain
The Spain Program, led by Prof. Juan Jose Gutierrez, successfully completed its seventh consecutive summer season in the northwestern Province of León. This year it brought 16 students from different majors including the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Global Studies, Psychology, and World Languages and Cultures to complete intense one-month research methods and service learning experience.
Visiting Professorship in Bogota
This summer, Prof. Rafael Gomez taught about the Intersection of Identity, Social Responsibility, and Civic Engagement at La Salle University Summer Academy.
"I left Bogotá as a child in the 1960s and now I was returning as a Visiting Professor. Everything I saw, heard, smelled, and experienced in those first hours was both eerily familiar and strange". 

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