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CSULB Among Nation’s Leaders In Having Students Study Abroad

Published: January 14, 2011

CSULB is among the nation’s leaders in students studying abroad, ranking fourth nationally in the master’s institutions category. CSULB is also fifth in that category for students in “long-term duration of study abroad,” which is defined as an academic or calendar year.

Those rankings are part of a recent Open Doors report, which is published annually by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and was based on the 2008-09 academic year. CSULB had a total of 824 students studying abroad, including 76 in the long-term duration category.

“I am grateful that our work to create sustainable exchange agreements and to enable faculty to lead short-term programs abroad has lead to our ranking amongst our peer institutions. That being said, there are still not near enough students who study abroad from CSULB,” said Nathan Jensen, senior director of the CSULB Center for International Education.

Over the past few years CSULB has regularly been among the nation’s leaders in students studying abroad including:

• 746 total students for a rank of No. 4 in 2007-08
• 480 total students for a rank of No. 15 in 2006-07
• 435 total students for a rank of No. 18 in 2005-06

“Before participating in the CSU International Program in Heidelberg, Germany, I had never once been outside of the country. My experience abroad was the best year of my time at CSULB, both personally and academically,” said Norwalk’s Sophie Clark, who graduated from CSULB in December with a double major in German and studio art. “Germany became a second home for me and a place of incredible adventure, learning, growth and international friendship. I feel that I have received a solid education.”

Among the countries CSULB students have participated in study abroad are Australia, Italy, Brazil, Japan, Cambodia, New Zealand, Cameroon, Spain, Granada, China, Sweden, Taiwan, Costa Rica, United Kingdom, France and Greece.

IIE is the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States. The census is based on a survey of about 3,000 accredited U.S. institutions. Open Doors has been reporting on U.S. students studying abroad since 1985.

–Ken Swisher