Five CSUB students accepted to study abroad

May 23, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

Four California State University, Bakersfield students will head to Europe and one will study in Korea for the 2008-09 academic year as part of the CSU's International Program. The students and the country where they will study are: Mireya Salgado Rojas, Spain; Luis Jauregui, Spain; Mandy Wallace, Germany; Nathan Wallace, Germany; and Matthew Frank, Korea.

The International Program provides students an opportunity to spend a year at one of more than 50 universities in 19 countries doing coursework for CSU credit.

"I am really excited and happy. This experience is totally going to change my life," said Rojas, who looks forward to exploring Madrid.

Rojas will take upper division general education classes, including the history of Spain and art. She believes the trip will change her personality for the better.

"I'll have to be more open-minded when I go and I think that the people will be really friendly," Rojas said. She anticipates that experiencing a different way of living will make her appreciate what she has here at home. She also hopes to gain more confidence by being out on her own.

Marina Avalos-Kegley, CSUB's IP coordinator, is excited to see more students pursuing the opportunity to study internationally. She indicated that participating students will gain cultural awareness and a competitive edge in the work force through real world and personal experiences.

Studying abroad is affordable and manageable. Avalos-Kegley added that student coursework taken abroad counts toward a degree, while paying CSU rather than international fees.

Elizabeth Jackson, faculty adviser for IP, shares Avalos-Kegley's excitement about the program. "Last year we had two students, this year we have five, and next year we hope to have 10," Jackson said. There is no limit to the number of students from a single CSU campus that can study abroad, but acceptance into the program is very competitive.

For more information about the CSU International Program, please contact Avalos-Kegley at (661) 654-3091.