How CSU is Making Study Abroad a Reality for More Students

Newswise – California State University study abroad programs provide students with a rich global education that will help them develop strong cross-cultural communication and language skills and advance their future careers. To facilitate access to these opportunities, CSU has awarded scholarships to more than a dozen students from across the university through its biannual scholarship program, CSU International Programs (CSU IP), for the 2022-23 school year.

CSU offers one of the most affordable study abroad programs in the country. Students enrolled in CSU IP programs pay the same system-wide tuition, which is $5,742 per academic year for full-time students, and minimal campus and program fees.

While CSU financial aid, scholarships, fee waivers, and loans apply to study abroad programs, CSU IP offers additional grants to help students fund travel, room, board, and extracurricular activities. This is especially important for first-generation Pell-eligible students who likely cannot afford the additional cost.

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“I couldn’t have studied abroad if I hadn’t had scholarships or the support of my international studies advisor,” says Kobby Tran, a third-year student majoring in Asian American Studies and Japanese at California State University, Northridge.

Tran, who transferred to CSUN from CSU Channel Islands this semester, received a Lyman G. Chaffee scholarship and will study the 2022-23 school year at Waseda University in Shinjuku, Tokyo. He says winning the scholarship means he has the opportunity to explore the country he has admired for so long, meet new people and improve his Japanese skills.

Humberto Partida, a fourth-year student at Chico State University, said he chose to study abroad with CSU IP because of affordability. Receiving a CSU-IP scholarship helped him pay for his travel and lodging while studying at the CSU Florence Center in Italy, one of several CSU-IP study centers where courses are taught by local faculty in English.

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“This experience is so meaningful to me because I’m doing something that neither my parents nor anyone in my family did,” Partida says of my faith, exploring the many beautiful churches.”

In his short time abroad, Partida – a major in Political Science and International Relations with a minor in European and International Studies – has already completed an intensive Italian language course, visited several other cities in Italy and made friends with other international students and locals alike.

CSU IP provides six types of scholarships, most of which require applicants to have a high financial need and some are made possible through the generosity of former CSU IP participants:

  • CSU IP Ghana Scholarship
  • CSU IP Language and Culture Scholarship
  • CSU IP grant
  • Lyman G. Chaffee Fellowship
  • Michelle Marriot Study in France Memorial Scholarship
  • Ward Wallach Memorial International Scholarship

“The awarding of these scholarships allows more Pell-eligible first-generation students from underserved backgrounds to experience the significant impact that studying abroad can have on their lives and future careers,” said CSU IP Director Jaishankar Raman, Ph. D

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CSU IP has been offering study abroad opportunities since 1963 and serves more than 500 students each year. Participants earn resident academic credit at their respective university while completing a full-time one-year study program at a host university or specialized study center abroad. To date, almost 25,000 students have studied abroad through the CSU-IP.

The program meets the needs of students in more than 100 designated academic majors and is affiliated with more than 60 recognized universities and colleges in 18 countries and offers a wide choice of study locations and learning environments.

That CSU IP scholarship application for the spring semester 2023 is now possible. Visit the CSU IP website to learn more about study abroad opportunities and scholarships.