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The International and Exchange Student Center (IESC) organizes and supports programming and special events for international students and scholars. We offer a wide variety of unique and entertaining social, academic and cultural activities throughout the year. Our office also offers social support through programming to aid international students and scholars as they settle into the Northridge community and adjust to living in the United States.

If you would like to participate in any of these programs or activities, contact Cindy Cruz at or call (818) 677-3053.

Student Panels for an International Curriculum and Education (SPICE)

Student Panels for an International Curriculum and Education (SPICE) allows international students to present information and share experiences from their home country in CSUN classrooms and with a variety of groups in the community. After students have applied and have been accepted to the program, they will attend a training session and can begin signing up for SPICE presentations.

Do you want to SPICE up your academic experience by helping students learn about different cultural points of view? Apply to be a SPICE panelist!

SPICE is a program sponsored by the International and Exchange Student Center (IESC) at CSUN. The SPICE Program consists of a diverse group of international students who are available to present information on the topics that professors teach in their classes. For each panel presentation, there are typically three international students, each representing a different country, who present information from the perspective of their home country and culture.

Sample presentations

Intercultural communication: verbal and nonverbal communication in other countries
Environmental geology: earthquakes and volcanoes, pollution and water quality
Sociology of gender and sex: gender roles and status of women in other countries
Health science (women and health): Women's health care in other countries

Feedback from SPICE student participants

"The program gave me the opportunity to have more public speaking experiences which will lead me to be a better speaker. It also made me aware of other important issues around me and improved my research and analysis skills which are vital in college."
"I had the opportunity to interact with people from different cultural backgrounds and address important issues. This is a good way to gain a better understanding of how to work in an international environment."

If you are interested in learning more about the SPICE program, contact Cindy Cruz at   today!


Thanks for sending the panel, they were wonderful. The students loved it. I had Aaron Robinson from Car and Driver Magazine out Tuesday. The SPICE panel was a bigger hit. Aaron brought props — a car and a Lexus replica. The panel did a great job.

Professor Michelle Hofmann

Thank you for a tremendous program! These speakers were the best student speakers I've ever had in any class. The students enjoyed this very much.
Professor George Lough

The speakers this morning were GREAT! The SPICE input was very valuable.
Professor Janet Marquard-Tormey

I think the SPICE Program is an amazing program. They all had great and interesting stories to tell about their cultures and also were all very proud to be part of the program. I think the most common comment I heard from my students was "I wasn't aware of that". I will definitely continue to request presentations for my class.
Professor Samar Makarem

I thought the presentations were awesome and I could tell that my students loved them as well. They were very open, very honest, and allowed us to ask whatever we wanted. I'm definitely asking SPICE to come back to my classes. What an unexpected treat!

Professor Frankie Augustin

The students and I really appreciated the SPICE presentation, because we learned so much from the panel. I've never seen my students so engaged during a presentation! It was a great experience for everyone and I will definitely have the SPICE panel return in the future.
Professor Sally Kassamanian

My class thoroughly enjoyed the three presenters from India, Tibet and Peru. Each presenter highlighted the unique characteristics of their home culture and made interesting connections to their worlds and the U.S. My students were thoroughly engaged in the discussions and inspired by their courage to come and share their experiences with us. Thank you so much for this program—it is wonderful!
Professor Lisa Riccomini

All three of the speakers that came to my class for the SPICE presentation were beyond outstanding! This was the best SPICE panel I've ever had in a class, by far. My students learned so much.
Professor Bridget Sampson

International Students Association (ISA)

The International Students Association (ISA) is a registered student organization at CSUN. The main aim of ISA is to provide International students with the opportunity to experience and appreciate different cultures and promote international friendship. They encourage everyone, including American students interested in world culture, to join.

They organize a number of cultural, social and recreational events that give students the opportunity to interact with a variety of cultures, further enriching their college experience. The events include international movie nights, dance nights, soccer, barbecues and more.

If you're interested in joining the International Student Association, please visit the CSUN ISA Facebook page.

Coffee Hour

The IESC believes that cross-cultural understanding is an important part of being a citizen of the world. Coffee hour is a time to learn about different cultures from around the world. It is one of the opportunities where international and American students gather to highlight their cultures.  Come join us for Coffee Hour in the Fall . . . .

Phi Beta Delta

This organization is an academic and professional society. The society is unique because of its resolutely interdisciplinary and international. Visit the Phi Beta Delta national website and apply to the Omega chapter today!

Download the Phi Beta Delta Membership Application.

Phi Beta Delta medalAbout Phi Beta Delta

Phi Beta Delta, founded at California State University, Long Beach in 1986, was established as an organization in 1987 with 38 chartered chapters, many of which had existed for a considerable time previously at the local level. It is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education.

Phi Beta Delta traces its background to the eighteenth-century founding of Phi Beta Kappa. In the nineteenth century, Greek fraternities divided into the social, professional, and academic Greeks. Phi Beta Delta is an academic and professional society, unique because it is resolutely interdisciplinary and international. Its formal organization brought together numerous pre-existing internally-oriented campus groups. Its goals are:

  • To recognize the scholarly achievement of international students and scholars, who have studied abroad along with faculty and staff who are involved in international activities
  • To serve as a vehicle for the development of academic-based international programming
  • To provide a network on each campus of faculty, staff and students involved in international endeavors
  • To extend this network to thousands of members in chapters throughout the world


Phi Beta Delta logo

The Greek letters in Phi Beta Delta stand for the following:

  • Phi (philomatheia) - love of knowledge;
  • Beta (biotremmonia) - valuing of human life; and
  • Delta (diapheren) - achieving excellence.

The colors chosen for the honor society were red and gold. Red symbolizes the strength and diversity of humankind and gold is a symbol for the sun from which all people and cultures draw strength and life.

The Crest of the Society was designed with a globe, a torch, the sun, a book and a shield.

The globe represents the international perspective of the Society's members. The torch symbolizes the leadership and influence of the Society. The sun stands for the energy from which all cultures draw strength. The book symbolizes the coining and sharing of knowledge. The shield represents the preservation of academic freedom.

The Society's motto —"Scientia Mutua Mundi" (world's shared knowledge) — is inscribed at the base of the crest.

For more information, contact Cindy Cruz at .

International Education Week

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This is a joint initiative by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education as a part of their efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

November 16th– November 20th

Monday, November 16th
International Movie Night – Mona Lisa is Missing
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Armer Theater (Manzanita Hall, Room 100)

Tuesday, November 17th
Cultural Celebration
Time: 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Matador Square (across from the Matador Statue)

Wednesday, November 18th
Finding & Funding Your Overseas Experience
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Bayramian Hall, Room 315

Thursday, November 19th
Lecture: The Refugee Diaspora 2015
(Impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on children)
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Location: East Conference Center, Panorama City Room

Friday, November 20th
Thanksgiving Celebration
Time: 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
Location: International and Exchange Student Center (USU, Building C)

For questions, please contact: Cindy Cruz at

International and Exchange Student Center
University Student Union - Building C
Phone: (818) 677-3053

Special Thanks to Programs’ Co-Sponsors: Phi Beta Delta, Associated Students,
Tseng College of Extended Learning and Cinema & Television Arts Department.

Photography Competition

Study Abroad and National Student Exchange Photography Competition

First Prize

Photograph of Brooklyn Bridge taken by Kimberly Reyes, who studied through National Student Exchange at Queen’s College in New York

Brooklyn Bridge taken by Kimberly Reyes, who studied through National Student Exchange at Queen’s College in New York

Second Prize

Eiffel Tower taken by Evelyn Vasquez, who studied in Denmark, through California State University International Program