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Academic Services and Campus Life

University Opportunities for Students

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Study Abroad Programs

The Study Abroad Office is located in the Center for International Education in Brotman Hall, Room 201.

The Study Abroad office assists CSULB students and faculty to select and prepare for an educational experience in another country. The office administers exchange programs throughout the world, coordinates the London semester program, provides advising services, maintains an overseas opportunities resource library, and sponsors special programs such as pre-departure workshops, information seminars, and speakers from off-campus.

Study abroad options include short-term programs (summer and winter), semester programs, and year-long programs. International internships, volunteer, and work experiences are also available. Students may be eligible for financial aid, loans, or scholarships to assist them with their study abroad experience.

International Student Services

International Student Services is located in the Center for International Education in Brotman Hall, Room 201.

International Student Services serves some 1,300 non-immigrant students, representing over 90 countries, by assisting them with their academic, personal, and cultural growth and development during their years at CSULB. This is accomplished through professional counseling and advising; assistance with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, paperwork processing, and documentation; student orientation activities; and assistance with registration. The ISS staff also serves as the University liaison with consulates, embassies, businesses, foundations, and community organizations concerning international students at CSULB.

In addition, the ISS staff works with international students, faculty, and members of the community to encourage and support international programs. International students are encouraged to participate in University and community programs. During the academic year, the ISS staff works with the International Student Association to plan and organize cross-cultural events such as the Annual International Dinner and Culture Show and other major events. These groups add a special dimension to student life on campus by hosting various cultural events and providing leadership training opportunities for their members.

CSU International Programs (IP) System-wide

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, 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. 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, International Programs also offers a wide selection of study locales and learning environments.

The affiliated institutions are:

Australia - Griffith University, Macquarie University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, University of Western Sydney, Victoria University

Canada - The universities of Province of Quebec including: Bishop’s University, Concordia University, McGill University, Université Laval, Université de Montréal, Université du Quebec system

Chile - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago)

China - Peking University (Beijing)

Denmark - Denmark’s International Study Program (international education affiliate of University of Copenhagen)

France - 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, Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations and Université Evry

Germany - University of Tübingen and a number of institutions of higher education in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg

Ghana - University of Ghana, Legon

Israel - Tel Aviv University, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Haifa

Italy - CSU Study Center (Florence), Universitá degli Studi di Firenze, La Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze

Japan - Waseda University (Tokyo)

Korea - Yonsei University (Seoul)

Mexico - Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios, Superioras de Monterey, Campus Querétaro

New Zealand - Lincoln University (Christchurch), Massey University (Palmerston North)

South Africa - University of Kwazulu Natal, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Spain - Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Granada

Sweden - Uppsala University

Taiwan - National Taiwan University (Taipei), National Tsing Hua University

United Kingdom - Bradford University, Bristol University, Hull University, Kingston University, Sheffield University, University of Wales, Swansea

Zimbabwe - University of Zimbabwe (Harare)

Information on academic course offerings available at these locations is in the International Programs Catalog which may be obtained from the Study Abroad Office in the Center for International Education (BH 201) or by writing to The California State University International Programs, 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802-4210 (562) 951-4790.

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.

To qualify for admission to 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 GPA of 2.75 or 3.00, depending on the program for which they apply, for all college level work completed at the time of application, and have completed required language or other preparatory study where applicable. Selection is competitive and is based on home campus recommendations and the applicant’s academic record. Final selection is made by the Office of International Programs in consultation with a statewide selection committee.

Additional information and application materials may be obtained from the CSULB Center for International Education by calling (562) 985-8429 or by writing to The California State University International Programs, 401 Golden Shore, Sixth Floor, Long Beach, California 90802-4210. Visit us on the World Wide Web at:

Applications for the 2009-2010 academic year overseas must be submitted by February 1, 2009 (May 1 for Australia and New Zealand).

Writer’s Resource Lab

The Writer’s Resource Lab provides individualized instruction to help CSULB students develop their writing abilities. For specific information or to make a tutoring appointment, please stop by the Writer’s Resource Lab in LAB-206 or call (562) 985-4329.

At the Writer’s Resource Lab, students can consult with friendly, knowledgeable tutors in order to become more confident with the process of writing.

Students do not need to be taking a writing course to use the services; they are available to any currently enrolled CSULB student. Instructional activities include the following:

  1. One-on-one tutoring appointments;
  2. Personalized consultation for students preparing to take (or retake) CSULB’s Writing Proficiency Exam;
  3. Intensive language acquisition instruction tailored to the needs of students whose first language is not English.

In addition, students are welcome to drop by and use the library of writing reference materials. Other services provided by the Writer’s Resource Lab include group tutorial sessions and workshops on various writing issues.