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Global Engagement

M ore international students applied to The Beach and new linkages were created with universities overseas in 2011-12, strengthening CSULB's position as a globally engaged institution. So it comes as no surprise that the Institute of International Education ranked our university in the top 10 among master’s institutions for the number of students studying abroad and international students attending CSULB.

An International Destination

  • CSULB served more than 5,900 students, international participants and University Study at the Beach non-matriculated students during the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
  • As of Fall 2011, CSULB’s international student population reached 1,406 students from more than 85 countries.
  • The number of international exchange students increased 15 percent in 2011-12.
  • Almost 3,500 international students applied to CSULB for Fall 2012, a 15 percent increase from the previous year.
  • ALI student plays the oud.The American Language Institute served more than 1,100 students in Intensive English Programs, a 40 percent increase from the previous year.
  • The College of Continuing and Professional Education’s International Training Programs (ITP) hosted 69 professional and academic training programs for over 2,400 foreign nationals. Due to ITP’s efforts, CSULB became one of the top five approved overseas training partners of the Chinese State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) in the United States.

Reaching Across the Globe

  • More than 800 CSULB students participated in Study Abroad programs in 2011-12.
  • The number of CSULB students studying abroad with partner universities increased by 15 percent in 2011.
  • In 2011-12 CSULB established new exchange partnerships with the following universities:
    • University of Limerick, Ireland
    • University of Kent, United Kingdom
    • Josai International University, Japan
    • Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland
  • Students and faculty engaged in research, study and service throughout the world in 2011-12.  Here we highlight just a few:
    • Andrea Rodriguez, a Chinese studies major, received a $4,000 Wang Family Scholarship to fund her nine-month study abroad program at the National Taiwan University in Taipei. The experience is helping her achieve her goals of teaching English in Taiwan or China, or becoming a translator or interpreter.
    • Recent history graduate Liliana Montalvo, was selected for a 2012-13 U.S. Student Fulbright award to conduct research for a year in Mexico City. She is studying never-before-seen documents relating to the 1940s-1960s Bracero Program, which was a series of laws and diplomatic agreements, initiated by a 1942 exchange of diplomatic notes between the United States and Mexico, for the importation of temporary contract laborers from Mexico to the United States.
    • MBA students in Buenos AiresStudents in the Saturday MBA program traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina where they visited three international companies: Algabo (a manufactuerer of hair and body products), Volkswagen South America, and Greenpeace South America. They attended presentations and engaged in discussions with corporate managers. 
    • Dr. Nilufer Medora (Family and Consumer Sciences) visited 10 cities in nine countries during 62 days at sea. The recipient of CSULB’s 2012 Outstanding Professor award taught Life Span Human Development: Birth Through Adolescence and Dating as part of the Semester at Sea Program.
    Anne D'Zmura
    • Anne D’Zmura (Theatre Arts) traveled to Tanzania with CSULB students in August 2011 to build a secondary school and create arts workshops with Bacho village children in collaboration with the Karimu International Help Foundation.
    • Nursing lecturer Monica Tenhunen spent two weeks in Vietnam teaching and observing as CSULB begins the process of assisting Hanoi Medical University (HMU) with improving and advancing its undergraduate degree program in nursing.
    • Student Ananzah Talavera was one of 575 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS). The scholarship allowed Talavera to study the Turkish language in Turkey in the summer. Over 5,200 students applied for the award, making it among the most competitive scholarship competitions in the United States.


    • Alexandra Jaffe and an international team of scholarsDr. Alexandra Jaffe (Anthropology) spent the year on the island of Corsica as part of an international team of scholars studying “Peripheral Multilingualisms,” with funding from the Academy of Finland. Dr. Jaffe and her research team members are focusing on continuities and change in multilingual practices in Sámi, Irish, Corsican and Welsh contexts.
    • Under the leadership of Drs. Shuhua An and Felipe Golez, the Department of Teacher Education and Carver Elementary School in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) co-sponsored a Summer Teacher Institute - East Meets West Program - that brought together 38 children from Carver Elementary School in the U.S. and Nanjing Wulaochun Elementary School in China to learn mathematics. CSULB graduate students participated in the institute along with teachers from LBUSD and other neighboring school districts.  They interacted with and taught alongside expert teachers from China.
    • Dr. Bonnie Gasior and Dr. Claire Martin (Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures) joined Dr. Victor Rodriguez and Dr. Jose Moreno (Chicano and Latino Studies) to lead a team of 25 students enrolled in Spanish 490 to Cuba. The group toured Havana, stopping at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Centro Memorial to Martin Luther King and the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina.