Lay Tuan Tan
Today’s university students face exciting new opportunities and challenges as they enter the 21st century. A study experience in another country is the ideal way to prepare students for the demands of a global economy and to enhance their potential for success in a multicultural working and living environment. Study abroad enables students to see things from another point of view, which helps them develop analytical and critical thinking skills. Living in another culture adds to understanding of oneself and the world around us. Career-wise, study abroad participants return from their experience with qualifications that distinguish their background from others.
Cal State Fullerton offers a variety of study abroad options:
- International Programs ("I.P.") The system-wide study abroad program of the California State University
- Cal State Fullerton International Exchange Programs
- Programs at other CSU campuses and Independent Study Abroad
The Office of International Education and Exchange, located in University Hall 244, is where students can go for information and advisement on study abroad. The office is staffed by a professional study abroad adviser and includes a Study Abroad Resource Library, as well as Internet resources. Students are advised to visit the Office of International Education and Exchange as early as possible in the planning process for their study abroad experience. Careful planning will result in selection of the best program for the student and minimize any potential difficulties with transfer credit or financial aid. The Office of International Education and Exchange can be reached at (714) 278-2787 or www.fullerton.edu/studyabroad/
THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Developing intercultural communication skills and international understanding among its students is a vital mission of The California State University (CSU). Since its inception in 1963, the CSU International Programs has contributed to this effort by providing qualified students an affordable opportunity to continue their studies abroad for a full academic year. More than 15,000 CSU students have taken advantage of this unique study option.
International Programs participants earn resident academic credit at their CSU campuses while they pursue full-time study at a host university or special study center abroad. The International Programs serves the needs of students in over 100 designated academic majors. Affiliated with more than 70 recognized universities and institutions of higher education in 20 countries, the International Programs also offers a wide selection of study locales and learning environments.
Queensland University of Technology
University of Queensland
University of Western Sydney
The universities of the Province of Quebec including:
Université de Montréal
Université du Quebec system
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago)
Peking University (Beijing)
Denmark's International Study Program (the international education affiliate of the University of Copenhagen)
Institut des Etudes Françaises pour Étudiants Étrangers L. Académie d Aix-Marseille (Aix-en-Provence)
Universités de Paris III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, the Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, and Université Evry.
University of Tübingen and a number of institutions of higher education in the Federal state of Baden-Württemberg
University of Ghana, Legon
Tel Aviv University
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
University of Haifa
CSU Study Center (Florence)
Universitá degli Studi di Firenze
La Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze
Waseda University (Tokyo)
Yonsei University (Seoul)
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro
Lincoln University (Christchurch)
Massey University (Palmerston North)
University of Kwazulu-Natal
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Universidad de Granada
National Taiwan University (Taipei)
National Tsing Hua University
University of Wales Swansea
University of Zimbabwe (Harare)
International Programs pays all tuition and administrative costs for participating California resident students to the same extent that such funds would be expended to support similar costs in California. Participants are responsible for all personal costs, such as transportation, room and board, living expenses and home campus fees. Financial aid, with the exception of Federal Work-Study, is available to qualified students.
The Office of International Education and Exchange works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to maximize students’ financial opportunities. In addition, the Office of International Education and Exchange provides five CSUF students with round trip airfare through an annual competition.
To qualify for admission to the International Programs, students must have upper-division or graduate standing at a CSU campus by the time of departure. Students at the sophomore level may, however, participate in the intensive language acquisition programs in France, Germany and Mexico. California community colleges transfer students are eligible to apply directly from their community colleges. Students must also possess a current cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or 3.0, depending on the program for which they apply. Some programs also have language study and/or other coursework prerequisites.
Additional information and application materials may be obtained on campus at the Office of International Education and Exchange, University Hall 244, or by writing to The California State University International Programs, 401 Golden Shore, Sixth Floor, Long Beach, California 90802-4210, or visiting the International Programs’ website at www.gateway.calstate.edu/csuienet/.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
Cal State Fullerton has direct institutional exchange programs with five universities. These exchange programs allow for the exchange of faculty and students for the purposes of teaching, study, research, and for the promotion of intercultural understanding and cooperation.
CAPES-FIPSE grant-funded exchange program: Students study at either Universidade Federal Paraiba (UFP) or Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) – Natural Science semester program
Lappeenranta University of Technology
The University of Paris, MICEFA
CERAM Sophia Antipolis, Euro American Institute (EAI)
Hochschule Karlsruhe – Technik und Wirtschaft (University of Applied Sciences) – semester long program for ECS majors
Florence, Humanities summer program
Mexico Universidad Autonóma de Guadalajara (UAG)
Elche, Alicante, Humanities summer program
London Semester Abroad Program (Humanities semester program)
Trinity College, Carmarthen, Wales (Theater semester program)
Royal Holloway University of London, England (Natural Sciences & Mathematics program)
Additional exchange opportunities are under development at the time of catalog publication. Visit the Office of International Education and Exchange for further information.
The cost of participation varies from country to country, but in general, students pay their own Cal State Fullerton fees, housing, meals, transportation and incidental expenses. Often, costs are comparable to studying at Cal State Fullerton while living in a nearby apartment. Study abroad costs are kept as low as possible, and students who qualify for financial aid may apply it to their exchange program costs.
Academic advising before departure is essential. Before going abroad, the student and an academic adviser will complete an Academic Advisement Form to identify the Cal State Fullerton credit that will be awarded after completing the study abroad program. Students who plan ahead and work closely with their academic advisers usually get full credit for the classes they take abroad.
The application deadline is February 1 for most programs; October 1 and April 1 for others. Application forms and further information are available in the Office of International Education and Exchange, University Hall 244.
STUDY ABROAD SEMINAR
All study abroad students are encouraged to participate in a pre-departure seminar. The goals of this seminar include assisting students in adjusting to living in a new culture, understanding the intercultural adaptation process, and in developing strategies for managing culture shock.
INDEPENDENT STUDY ABROAD
If none of the aforementioned programs meets a student’s needs, another option may be to participate in a program run by a private organization or another university. There are literally thousands of such programs. Reference materials and Web directories about such opportunities are kept in the Study Abroad Resource Library in the Office of International Education and Exchange, University Hall 244. Academic credit transfer and financial aid can be arranged in advance through completion of a “consortium agreement.”