Campus: CSU Northridge -- November 9, 2005

CSUN Students Experience Education in Different Countries

Twenty-seven Cal State Northridge students are receiving an education beyond what any book, test, or lecture can ever give.

The CSUN students this year are among dozens of California State University (CSU) students who are studying abroad through the system-wide International Program (IP). IP offers students an opportunity to study at one of more than 50 universities in 19 countries while receiving college credit.

Students are interested in studying abroad because they want to experience a different culture and atmosphere while still learning in their academic field, said Marta Lopez, advisor of CSUN's International Program.

Lopez said, a big misconception about studying abroad is the cost factor. She said, many students are often hesitant in applying because they feel the costs are overbearing.

"Sometimes it is cheaper to study abroad than it is to physically study on campus," Lopez said. "Many people don't realize that you pay normal state university fees, most financial aid transfers over, plus you're receiving credit for courses, and you're in a different country."

The most frequented locations for students to study are Spain, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. For the 2006-2007 academic year, IP will be expanding study abroad programs to Africa.

"For the first time, we will be expanding to three campuses in Africa. The locations will be the University of Ghana, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa and the KwaZulu-natal University also in South Africa," Lopez said.

CSUN students studying abroad for the 2005-2006 academic year are:

Student Hometown Major Place of Study
Jesus Aguilar Canoga Park, CA International Business Mexico
Manuel Aguilera Hayward, CA Linguistics Spain
Catherine Andersen Woodland Hills, CA Studio Art Italy
Gretchen Andersen Melrose, CA Biology Spain
Camille Balsz Duarte, CA Business Mexico
Francesca De Fazio Valencia, CA Business Marketing Italy
Anne-Marie Dieters Valencia, CA Sociology United Kingdom
Benjamin Ett Valencia, CA Physics France
Tasha Finkin Freeport, MN Deaf Studies France
Thomas Frisbee Thousand Oaks, CA Electronic Media Sweden
Marcela Guerrero Compton, CA Spanish Spain
Hagop Kalaidijian Encino, CA English Italy
Rebekah Lesher McKinleyville, CA French/Deaf Studies France
Nicolas Liceti N. Hollywood, CA Cinema and Television Italy
Rosa Lizarraga Los Angeles, CA Psychology Spain
Jessica Lopez Northridge, CA International Business Italy
Erica Martinez Stevenson Ranch, CA English Literature Italy
Marshall McDaniel Topanga, CA Music Germany
Matthew McKenna Richmond, MN Theatre France
Joseph Muro San Gabriel, CA Tuba Performance Germany
Amparo Ostojic Porteville, CA Business Law Spain
Rebecca Pardess Chatsworth, CA Journalism Sweden
Jackeline Samayoa Hollywood, CA Child Development Denmark
Zarath Summers Northridge, CA Biology France
Krystle Thompson Mission Hills, CA English Italy
Brittany Vaughn N. Hollywood, CA English United Kingdom
Marina Vishnevsky Winnetka, CA Psychology United Kingdom

Contacts: Brian Flores or Carmen Ramos Chandler, (818) 677-2130,

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