Campus: CSU Long Beach -- April 17, 2002
California State University, Long Beach Ranks 5th
Nationally in Number of International Students Enrolled at the Campus
California State University, Long Beach is a popular campus for international
students, judging by its No. 5 national ranking among master's degree
level institutions that have students from other countries.
A total of 1,751 international students from more than 100 countries
ranging from Albania to Zimbabwe chose to study at CSULB during 2000-01.
Japan topped the list with more than 400 students followed by Taiwan
More than 50 percent of the international students selected majors in
the College of Business Administration and the College of Engineering.
The ranking is based on the latest "Open Doors" report, which
also noted Los Angeles County as having the most international students--24,811--of
any county in the nation and California as the leading state with 74,281.
The "Open Doors 2001" report, published by the Institute of
International Education with support from the U.S. State Department,
indicated an increase of 6.4 percent in the number of international
students attending U.S. colleges and universities.
San Francisco State was the only other California campus in the top
According to Paul Lewis, director of the Center for International Education
(CIE), there are several reasons for CSULB's high ranking.
"First of all, we have good academic programs to attract students,"
Lewis explained. "Second, we have one stop shopping in the sense
that CIE takes care of all of their needs. We do the admission processes,
and international admissions interfaces very carefully with our Student
Services Division. So, there is a seamless process from the time of
inquiry to when they begin classes. Also, as a university we do a certain
amount of outreach to international students by traveling to several
One of those students, Mieko Otsu, found a travel and tourism program
in CSULB's Recreation and Leisure Studies Department that was unavailable
in Japan. Takako Kudo, also from Japan, discovered she could pursue
international studies with the career goal of being a translator using
her Japanese, English and sign language skills.
Moncef Riahi from Tunisia chose Cal State Long Beach for its "good
business program for undergraduates" and plans to continue on for
a master's in computer science. "I also liked the campus the first
time I visited CSULB," he said. "The campus is very beautiful
and people are very friendly here. Also, professors are willing to help
students during their office hours by answering any question that arises."
Lewis believes international students benefit a campus by adding cultural
diversity. "Many American students are unable to travel abroad
for any length of time so we have a large number of international students
they can get to know and form friendships," he noted.
"It's not just students who benefit but also the campus climate,"
Lewis continued. "In the classroom international students are able
to project a different viewpoint perhaps than might have been given
if it were just a mono cultural class. Even in the sciences people from
other cultures see the world differently so that enriches the classroom."
Konstantin Fedunin-Jarvis, a criminal justice major from Russia, summarized
his feelings about CSULB. "This campus brings many cultures and
traditions together and creates memorable moments that will be instilled
in you your whole life."
Cal State Long Beach continues its popularity among international students;
applications for fall 2002 were up 100 over the previous year.