The International and Exchange Student Center (IESC) promotes the development of individuals enabling them to pursue a challenging variety of roles and leadership opportunities, function in a wide range of environments, and appreciate the great diversity of individual differences while pursuing their academic goals. We prepare students for an international multicultural society and promote an understanding and appreciation of the people, natural environment, cultures, economies, and diversity of the world.
Dr. Marta Lopez, Director
International and Exchange Student Center
As the director of the International and Exchange Student Center, Marta Lopez provides direction and leadership for international programs and services focusing on international and exchange students’ success and promoting student as well as campus engagement. She has worked in the field of international education for 20 years and is dedicated to student success and enhancing cross-cultural communication. Dr. Lopez earned her doctorate in educational leadership and management from the University of La Verne, and her international studies include attending Technische Universitate in Vienna, Austria perusing the field of chemistry.
Patricia Marquez, Assistant Director
International Student Advisement
As the assistant director of International Student Advisement at the IESC, Patricia Marquez provides support to the director with respect to the oversight of immigration advisement services for F-1 and J-1 students. In addition, she oversees the IESC's processes relevant to the H-1B, TN and Permanent Residency faculty. Ms. Marquez earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Peru. In 2003, she came to the United States as an international graduate student and earned her master’s degree in educational administration in higher education at CSUN. Similar to international students, Ms. Marquez has experienced different cultural adjustment; however, her thirst for knowledge has made her a collector of skills that help her to excel in her profession in the international education field. She is devoted to her profession and committed to student success!
Brenda Acosta, Foreign Student Advisor
College of Engineering and Computer Science students
Juliet Aylmer, Study Abroad and National Student Exchange Advisor
Rebecca Hernandez, Foreign Student Advisor
Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, & Communication, College of Science and Mathematics, College of Health and Human Development students
Apisda Konkankit, SEVIS Coordinator
Cynthia Macias, Foreign Student Advisor
College of Business and Economics students
Andréa Marques-Pérez, Administrative Support Coordinator
Besnike Saitoski, Academic Liaison
Fulbright, International Scholar, J-1 Programs, China scholarship and Campus-based exchange programs
Getting to IESC
The International and Exchange Student Center is located at the University Student Union (USU), Building C, which is next to the fitness center. The closest parking lot to our office is G-4 which runs along Zelzah Ave. Parking permits are required at all times and can be purchased from an attendant at the parking kiosk.
The China Institute
As an outgrowth of the increasing interest and new affiliations in China, the China Institute was established at CSUN in 1982, under the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Its membership numbers nearly two hundred faculty, staff and members of the community who are committed to enhancing U.S. - China relations. Since its inception, the China Institute has placed a major role in waking the CSUN exchange programs among with China among the best in the nation. Learn more about The China Institute.
Faculty members interested in starting exchange programs should contact Dr. Justine Zhixin Su, Director of The China Institute, Coordinator of International Programs.