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Photo by Cassie Wright, Queenstown, New Zealand, 3rd Place. 'For me, New Zealand was all about trying new things and stepping out of my comfort zone.  This picture was taken from the top of Queenstown's only gondola ride, 790 meters above the ground, as I was preparing myself to conquer 800 meters of my first ever fast-paced lounge ride.'
Photo by Katelyn Penserini, Rotorua, New Zealand, 2nd Place. 'I have never seen such an amazing view in my life.  New Zealand is full of this natural beauty.'
Photo by Sharon Gelfer, St. Petersburg, Russia, 3rd Place. 'I feel that this photo perfectly depicts the struggle we often felt, trying to 'group' Russian culture this summer.  As we navigated Russia's two largest cities, we often would relate to the things 'back home' to find meaning.'
Photo by Lisa Lindemann,Paris, France, 'Our group really bonded and grew very close.  Studying abroad brought me a whole new family of friends.'

Global Engagement

C SULB ranked third nationally among master’s institutions in the number of students studying abroad in short-term programs and fifth in the number of students studying abroad long term, according to a 2010 report released by the Institute of International Education.

To make it possible for more students to study abroad, the College of Continuing and Professional Education created the university's first scholarship for short-term programs.  Sixty students benefitted from the half-tuition waiver over the summer. 

Viewing the World Through a Different Lens

Throughout 2010-11, 733 students traveled abroad to 29 countries. They returned with new perspectives and a collection of photos. Here are a few that were entered into the CSULB Study Abroad Photo Contest.

Photo by Katelyn Penserini, Rotorua, New Zealand, 2nd Place. Photo by Cassie Wright, Queenstown, New Zealand, 3rd Place. Photo by Sharon Gelfer, St. Petersburg, Russia, 3rd Place. Photo by Lisa Lindemann, Paris, France.


What in the World are we Doing?

Discover what a few CSULB students and faculty have accomplished across the globe.  


Dr. Leslie Reese, Executive Director of CSULB’s Center for Language Minority Education and Research, and Dr. Paul Boyd-Batstone (Teacher Education) worked with teachers in Guatemala to help improve literacy instruction in Spanish.


Justin Schafer, who graduated with a degree in International Studies in December 2010, received the International Parliamentary Scholarship, which included a 15-week internship with a member of the German National Parliament.


Selected as 2010 Yokkaichi English Fellows, graduates Rachelle DeVera, Tim Hendricks, Payal Pancholi, Joshua Sensabaugh and David Watts are teaching English at the elementary and junior high school level in Long Beach’s Sister City of Yokkaichi.


David Jacques (Theatre Arts) designed stage lighting for Tosca for the Norwegian National Opera and The Tsar’s Bride for the Royal Opera House in London.


Danila Korogodsky led a semester study abroad program, taking students to Berlin for two weeks and then to St. Petersburg for three months for classes and practical involvement with Theater Pokoleniy, where he is the artistic director.

South Korea

Claire Lopez, who graduated with a degree in political science in May, was one of 10 U.S. students who traveled to South Korea for two weeks as part of the 2010 U.S. Congress-Korean National Assembly Youth Exchange Program.

Sri Lanka

Dr. Lionel Mandy (Africana Studies) was selected for a Fulbright Lectureship Award. As a result, he taught graduate level courses in clinical psychology at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka during the 2010-11 academic year.


Anne D’Zmura (Theatre) developed and taught a Study Abroad course in Tanzania. Working with the Karimu International Help Foundation, D’Zmura and her students helped build teachers’ apartments at primary schools and conducted arts/English-based workshops for Bacho village children.


Dr. Paul Ratanasiripong (Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling) and his wife, Nop (Student Health Services), provided medical, psychosocial and educational assistance to poor and disadvantaged villagers in remote parts of Thailand.

Vietnam and Cambodia

In summer 2010, Debra Whittaker (Philosophy) traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia with instructors from Long Beach City College and El Camino College through a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program to research just war theory as it applies to the Vietnamese/American War.


A University of Choice Across the Globe

  • CSULB ranked fourth among national master's institutions in the number of international students enrolled, according to a report by the Institute for International Education. 
  • In fall 2010, CSULB's international student population was 1,407 students from more than 80 countries.
  • The Center for International Education accepted about 3,000 applications for 2011.