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2016-2017 University Catalog 
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International Programs and Global Engagement

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Dean of University Extended Education and Associate Vice President for International Programs and Global Engagement

Kari Knutson Miller, Ph.D.

Office/Department Websites

University Hall 244/College Park 200, 207


“We are a comprehensive, regional University with a global outlook.”  - Preface, University Mission Statement

International Programs and Global Engagement coordinates the University’s commitment to internationalization. The office initiates and administers contacts with partner institutions around the world in order to foster the exchange of faculty and students and coordinate international programming. Areas include Study Abroad and Exchange, University Semester Abroad, the American Language Program, Student and Scholar Services, and International Programs and Partnerships.

International Students

International Programs & Global Engagement is dedicated to promoting the exchange of knowledge and experiences within our multicultural campus community and with the world at large. This includes providing information and assistance for international students admitted to Cal State Fullerton in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs and for U.S. students planning to study abroad.

Incoming international students work through the University’s Office of Admissions and Records when applying for a degree program. International students may also participate in Cal State Fullerton programs through exchange, University Semester Abroad, the American Language Program, or customized experiences coordinated by International Programs and Partnerships.

More than 3,500 students from 78 nations studied at Cal State Fullerton in fall 2015. The staff of International Programs & Global Engagement endeavors to provide international students with the best possible academic and personal experiences. International student services are described on the website at

International Admissions and Outreach

International Admissions and Outreach provides assistance with the application, enrollment and arrival process of international students through direct or conditional admission. For more information, go to

International Student and Scholar Services

International Students and Scholars provides information and assistance to international students attending Cal State Fullerton and exchange visitors including research scholars and visiting professors.

Visiting Scholars

Cal State Fullerton welcomes visiting scholars, also known as Exchange Visitors (EV), for stays of varying duration in order to conduct research, teach, and/or consult with faculty members at the university. Information is available at

Study Abroad Opportunities for U.S. Students

The Cal State Fullerton strategic plan advocates for student participation in “international, service learning, internship, community engagement or other innovative instructional experiences that prepare students for professional endeavors in a global society.” Study abroad is a high impact practice clearly aligned with this goal. Outcomes of this life-changing experience include development of analytical and critical thinking skills, cultural awareness, enhanced language skills, and a better understanding of oneself and the world. Students also develop global perspectives related to their field of study that enhance academic knowledge and professional development.

Cal State Fullerton offers a variety of study abroad options:

  • International Programs (“IP”) is the system-wide, year-long study abroad program offered by the California State University
  • CSUF Exchange Programs includes semester-long study abroad experiences through bilateral agreements with partner institutions from around the world
  • Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs include programs ranging in length from one week to one semester facilitated by CSUF faculty
  • Independent Study Abroad

Students are advised to start the planning process for their study abroad experience as early as possible and are invited to visit University Hall 244 for information and advisement. Careful planning will result in selection of the best program for the student and minimize any potential difficulties with transfer credit or financial aid. Call 657-278-2787 to schedule an appointment with a study abroad adviser. You can also sign up for information sessions about specific programs, or visit international.fullerton/study-abroad.

Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs include programs ranging in length from one week to one semester facilitated by CSUF faculty. Interested students are encouraged to review department and college websites and to visit University Hall 244 for additional information about upcoming programs.

Independent Study Abroad

Students may also consider participation in a program run by a private organization or another university. Reference materials and Web directories about such opportunities are available in University Hall 244. Academic credit transfer and financial aid can be arranged in advance through completion of a Non-CSUF Study Abroad Program Application, which is available at international.fullerton/study-abroad.

The California State University International Programs

Developing intercultural communication skills and international understanding among its students is a vital mission of The California State University. Since its inception in 1963, the CSU International Programs has contributed to this effort by providing qualified students an affordable opportunity to continue their studies abroad for a full academic year. More than 20,000 CSU students have taken advantage of this unique study option.

International Programs participants earn resident academic credit at their CSU campuses while they pursue full-time study at a host university or special study center abroad. The International Programs serves the needs of students in over 100 designated academic majors. Affiliated with more than 50 recognized universities and institutions of higher education in 18 countries, the International Programs also offers a wide selection of study abroad destinations and learning environments.

IP participants remain enrolled at CSUF and earn residential credit. Students pay an IP participant fee and home campus fees. All personal expenses are the student’s responsibility.

Australia - Griffith University, Macquarie University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, Western Sydney University, Victoria University

Canada - Concordia University

Chile - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

China - Peking University (Beijing)

Denmark - Danish Institute for Study Abroad

France - Institut Catholique de Paris, Université d’Aix-Marseille (Aix-en-Provence), Universités de Paris I, III, IV, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI, XII, XIII, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, Université d’Evry Val d’Essonne, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

Germany - University of Tübingen and a number of institutions of higher education in the Federal state of Baden-Württemberg

Ghana - University of Ghana

Israel - University of Haifa

Italy - CSU Florence Study Center, Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze

Japan - Waseda University, University of Tsukuba

Korea - Yonsei University

Mexico - Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro

South Africa - Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Spain - Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Granada, Universidad de Jaén

Sweden - Uppsala University

Taiwan - National Taiwan University

United Kingdom - University of Bradford, University of Bristol, University of Hull, Kingston University, Swansea University

Students participating in International Programs pay CSU tuition and program fees, and are responsible for airfare, accommodations, meals and other personal expenses. Financial aid, with the exception of Federal Work-Study, is available to qualified students and limited scholarship opportunities are also available. Most International Programs require students to have upper-division standing at a CSU campus by the time of departure; several programs are open to sophomores or Graduate students. California Community College transfer students admitted to a CSU campus are eligible to apply (to select programs) directly from their community colleges. Students must possess a current cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or 3.0, depending on the program, and must fulfill all coursework prerequisites.

Additional information and application materials are available at CSUF in University Hall 244. You may also send a written request to: CSU International Programs, 401 Golden Shore, 6th Floor, Long Beach, California 90802-4210. For more information, visit

CSUF Exchange Programs

Cal State Fullerton has bilateral exchange agreements with several international university partners. The cost of participation varies from country to country, but generally includes Cal State Fullerton fees, housing, meals, transportation, and incidental expenses. Costs often are comparable to studying at Cal State Fullerton while living in a nearby apartment. Students who qualify for financial aid may apply it to exchange program costs. No overseas tuition is charged; students pay regular CSUF campus fees, plus international transportation, living and related expenses. Semester and summer programs are available.

Academic advising before departure is essential. Admission requirements and application deadlines vary depending on the program. Application forms and further information are available in University Hall 244 or at international.fullerton/study-abroad

International Agreements

Cal State Fullerton fosters a global outlook by establishing and maintaining official relationships with universities abroad. A list of active agreements is available upon request by contacting International Programs and Global Engagement at 657-278-2787 or visiting (see “International Partners”).

University Semester Abroad

International students who want to study at an American university for a semester or a year can enroll in USA and take credit-bearing courses that transfer to their home university. USA staff work closely with students and their home institutions to help guide course selection and enrollment.

The American Language Program

The American Language Program (ALP) welcomes international students who want to improve their English language skills, increase their TOEFL or IELTS scores, and prepare for study at a U.S. college or university.

Intensive Academic English Program

This program provides 21 hours of academic English instruction each week. Advanced students may also be able to take University courses for credit.

Conditional Admission to the University

International students who have strong academic backgrounds may apply for conditional admission to the University at the same time they apply to ALP for intensive academic English classes. For application instructions, refer to

For more information, visit ALP in College Park 200, call 657-278-8011, email or visit

International Programs and Partnerships

International Programs and Partnerships (IPP) offers short-term professional development experiences to international students, teachers, faculty, administrators and business professionals from around the world. Programs can be custom designed to meet the specific learning development goals of groups that come to CSUF for a short period of time, which can range from one week to several months. To learn more about more about international programs and resources, visit

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