California State University - Fullerton
With thousands of study abroad programs, it can seem overwhelming to narrow down program choices. The Study Abroad Office can help guide students to programs based on the following factors:
Academics: Remember - studying abroad includes studying. Going abroad on a program that does not offer courses that will help a student progress to graduation would be the same as taking a semester off, but still paying for classes. Students should consider academics as their first priority when looking for a study abroad program.
Finances: Studying abroad does not have to be expensive. There are several program options that make studying abroad similar in cost to studying at CSUF. When considering the cost of a program, students need to consider the transferability of financial aid and the availability of scholarships.
Personal Guidance: Each student will have their own reasons for going abroad. Perhaps it is because they have always wanted to go to France, or they want to study how Chinese companies do business. Depending on their reasons for going abroad, there are programs to match.
The Study Abroad Office will not tell a student which program to apply for, it is a personal choice and the decision needs to come from the student. However, regardless of which program a student chooses, the Study Abroad Office can help. Students should always contact the office if they are stuck or need help with programs or paperwork.
Regardless of which program a student decides to go on, the Study Abroad Office is a resource. Students can always come to the office if they are stuck or need help with programs or paperwork.
Important Dates and Deadlines
For study abroad dates and deadlines please check the CSUF Study Abroad website: http://www.fullerton.edu/studyabroad
"I learned that it is all about what you make of the experience. You choose to interact with your host family and learn from them. You hear their experiences and it humbles you. You realize that there is a lot more to learn from the world when you see it for yourself."Melanie Ascencio California State University - Fullerton
"I gained a lot of experience working with children, and learning to speak spanish"Amber Taurman-Miller California State University - Fullerton
"It definitely was for me. I learned that everyone lives in different conditions and we are capable of being able to be a positive influence and help change their lives for the better. "Lia Oliden California State University - Fullerton
"The cultural differences "tsz king yiu California State University - Fullerton
"It was definitely worth while, wish I could've stayed longer though."Danielle Vasco California State University - Fullerton
"I learned more about the healthcare system in Costa Rica and the issues faced at a community level. It was a worthwhile experience to be with my peers and work with them to develop activities for the service learning component. "A student California State University - Fullerton
"I learned about the different culture and was able to compare it to my own culture."Leslie Valdivia California State University - Fullerton
"It was definitely worthwhile to be part of this experience and I encourage others to do the same. "Klarixa Flores California State University - Fullerton
"I learned many social skills and gained lifetime experiences."A student California State University - Fullerton
"My way of thinking of Cultures and Diversity has grown even stronger. I love to explore other cultures, but living with a family for a week and in a different country made it grow and realize things I had not lived before. I come from Mexican parent and they tell me there stories of living and some of those I was able to experie..."A student California State University - Fullerton
"Yes! I learned so much about the culture and I gained a Costa Rican family."Kathleen Pekarcik California State University - Fullerton
"I learned so much from this experience! I learned how to be a better teacher, collaborate with others, and live in the moment. It was definitely worthwhile."Alejandra Gutierrez California State University - Fullerton
"I gained confidence in my Spanish and ability to communicate better with other cultures."Jenna Henson California State University - Fullerton
"My favorite part was learning about each culture from everyday and business point of views."Megan Trent California State University - Fullerton
"Culture appreciation"Kiana California State University - Fullerton
"I learned that the rest of the world, although different, is way more similar than we could ever imagine. It was definitely worthwhile. "Lizette Chavez California State University - Fullerton
"The whole experience was well planned and organized, I had so much fun and learned about the culture of the country while serving the community. It was an amazing experience!"Maria Barrientos De Pantaleon California State University - Fullerton
"As a future professional the experience gained allowed me to undersatand that I'm going on the right path professionally and personally. As well regardless of the program that we may be going to always go with an open mind, open heart and by all means avoid being judgemental we must understand and respect everyone as their own p..."Lilliana Romero California State University - Fullerton
"After this experience abroad all I want to do is travel and learn from other cultures ."A student California State University - Fullerton
"I gained/learned so much more than I could ever learn by sitting in a classroom. My heart was opened to the people of Costa Rica and my eyes were opened to the unfair and unjust world of cheap labor. I was reminded of partnering and loving other humans. "Jane California State University - Fullerton
"I gained knowledge in the culture and friends that I will never forget! "Sanela gusic California State University - Fullerton
"This experience has really changed my life, and changed me as a person. It will definitely affect my future career because I will always remember the experiences and lessons I learned in Costa Rica. It has taught me to live life more simply. It has taught me that family is first, and love is really all you need to find happiness..."Kirsten K California State University - Fullerton
"Using a 3rd party provider for the first time for our department we had a phenomenal experience. We are going to continue to do this into the future. We wish that SOL had a Thailand program for us to use."Diana Robles Nichols California State University - Fullerton
"I definitely learned a lot more about Japanese culture and everyday interactions. It was also amazing to see how much more comfortable I'd become using Japanese everyday. "May T California State University - Fullerton
"It made me more confident, more culturally aware and has me counting down to my next international trip. China was mind blowing!"A student California State University - Fullerton