Next year, more students than ever before from CSUB will pack their bags and books and study in a foreign country. According to Dagmara Karnowski, International Students and Programs Director at CSUB, we have 16 students approved to the CSU-International Program. The past annual average has been three or less students. The prior record was eight students, which happened three times (1977-’78, 1990-’91, and 2010-11).
Karnowski says greater publicity and faculty support have helped educate students on the benefits of studying abroad. She visits classes to talk to students about the program, and faculty encourage students to meet with Karnowski to learn more.
“Students realize that studying abroad can help with their careers, and there is bigger interest in countries that speak one of the languages critical for the United States government, such as Korea,” she said. “Studying abroad is affordable. Students who are receiving financial aid can ‘take it with them.’ And the program is open to all students, including EOP, first-generation and disadvantaged students.”
CSUB students will be studying in the UK (2), France (4), Spain (2), Korea (3), Mexico (1), Italy (2), and Canada (2). Students represent a wide cross-section of majors, including social sciences, business and economics, history, art and biochemistry.
To apply, students complete an application and campus interview. Evaluation are then sent to the Chancellor’s Office, where faculty advisors from all 23 CSU campuses choose students based on transcripts, personal statements, recommendation letters and evaluation reports.
To learn more about the CSU-International Program and studying abroad, call Dagmara Karnowski at 661-654-6113 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more at the website www.csub.edu/isp.
– Jennifer Baldwin, CSUB Public Affairs Coordinator