By Rhejean King-Johnson |Staff Writer|
The Study Abroad Program Provides the opportunity for students and faculty to experience different cultures, while receiving academic credit.
This opportunity would be a great way to build your college resume and participate in an internship located in another country.
The Study Abroad programs focus on a few locations each quarter.
President, Dr. Tomás Morales has setup a fund that assists students in the program.
The study abroad office encourages students to apply for the fund and experience a life changing trip.
“Studying abroad changes lives, helps students gain perspective not only with academics but in life,” said faculty member Emilio Rodriguez.
Financial aid is available for those who are eligible, depending on the trip; the funding may cover a large or small portion of the expenses.
While some of the programs allow internships and specific courses, it would be best for students to attend when financially ready before the term of participation.
Many students in the past have gone on a study abroad trip to take academic courses but enjoyed learning about culture, language and friendship.
“I spent one whole year in South Korea and I loved every part of it, the food, the cultures and all the people, now I have friends all over the world,” said student Yvonne Rojas.
Students and faculty members who apply for a trip are guided every step of the way and assisted financially as much as possible.
The programs are intended to broaden student education and to experience something outside of their own culture.
“I am personally studying abroad here from Taiwan and was asked to be the assistant coordinator in the Study Abroad office here at Cal State San Bernardino,” said Assistant Coordinator Amy (Ying-Mei) Chien.
Certain destinations require students to take a language course on campus before going abroad.
Students all over the world are studying from different places, so students will have the opportunity to learn about more than one culture while going abroad.
Student Yi-Chun Yeh (Gina) is here at CSUSB studying abroad from Taiwan. Yeh hopes to receive her bachelors within the next three years.
Students have faced some difficulties but happy to have gone abroad.
“The language barriers, is the most difficult part that I face while being here,” said Yeh.
The cost of the trip to Japan is approximately $1,536.
Studying abroad while completing class requirements is a great way to increase your enjoyment of school.
“To have the ability to travel, all over the world is what I like the most,” said Rojas.
More information can be accessed on the third floor of the College of Education building, room 348.
“I encourage you to go on any of the Study Abroad trips,” said Chien.