INTERNATIONAL

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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 marta.lopez@csun.edu 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! If you are interested in becoming a panelist, contact besnike.saitoski@csun.edu.

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 besnike.saitoski@csun.edu today!

Testimonials

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

IESC Coffee Hour - EveryFriday from 2pm - 4pm

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.

 

Opportunities through Phi Beta Delta

How Phi Beta Delta Promotes International Student Integration and Retention

  • Creates a network for international students to meet others on campus who are interested in international education thru IESC events (e.g.: International Education Week, SPICE, Coffee Hour and Study Abroad Fair).
  • Integrate Phi Beta Delta Members with International Student Association (ISA).
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Opportunity to attend the Phi Beta Delta Induction Ceremony

Phi Beta Delta Provides Opportunities to:

  • Encourage Phi Beta Delta members to share accomplishments with the IESC and be featured on the IESC’s website and social media.
  • Include honor society on the resume

Phi Beta Delta expectations of members:

  • Attend the Phi Beta Delta Induction Ceremony
  • Achievement and excellence - Students must have a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher (undergraduate), 3.2 or higher (graduate).
  • Get involved in on-campus activities
  • Share accomplishments with the IESC

Finally, the Omega Chapter of Phi Beta Delta is a resource through:

  • Regular communications with members
  • Programs and activities that promote international education

For more information, contact Andrea Marques-Perez at amarques@csun.edu

International Education Week

International Education Week Invitation

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 13th – November 17th

Monday, November 13th
Lights, Camera, Action! - An International Movie Night
Screening of Senior Films, with an International Flavor, followed by Q&A with Directors
In collaboration with the Cinema and Television Arts Department
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Armer Theater (Manzanita Hall - 100)

Tuesday, November 14th
Around the World with the IESC
An IESC Open House for the Campus Community
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: International and Exchange Student Center (University Student Union, Building C)

Wednesday, November 15th
Global Adventures - International & Exchange Opportunities
Presentations by Faculty, Staff and Program Alumni
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: International and Exchange Student Center (University Student Union, Building C)

Thursday, November 16th
Fulbright - The Flagship International Educational Exchange Program
Presentations by Fulbright Faculty Scholars, Fulbright Students & The Fulbright Student Program Advisor
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: International and Exchange Student Center (University Student Union, Building C)

Friday, November 17th
Thanksgiving Celebration - An American Experience
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: International and Exchange Student Center (University Student Union, Building C)

Special Thanks to: Phi Beta Delta, Cinema and Television Arts Department and participating CSUN faculty, staff and students

For more information visit the International Education Week webpage or contact the International and Exchange Student Center at 1(818) 677-3053

Photography Competition

Study Abroad and National Student Exchange Photography Competition

First Prize

Cliffs of Moher submitted by Sarah Graves, who studied in Limerick, Ireland through the Campus-Based Exchange Program.

 

Second Prize

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire submitted by Tanaporn Sitiso, who studied at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire through the National Student Exchange.

Student Achievements and Testimonials

2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Finalist

Angelina Finau graduated from California State University, Northridge and received a BA summa cum laude in Political Science in the spring of 2017.
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Angelina was first inspired to pursue a career in public service while attending the James Monroe High School Law & Government Magnet. There, she has interned for then-Councilman Tony Cardenas and taught elementary students about the constitution. Last summer, Angelina worked in Los Angeles City Hall under Councilwoman Nury Martinez as a fellow for Councilwoman Martinez’s Ready for Women initiative and in the following fall was the 2017 Voter Outreach and Immigrant Community Engagement fellow for the Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment.
While at CSUN, she worked as student assistant for CSUN’s Office of Student Success Innovations, collaborating with the university’s administration and staff to ensure CSUN students were being served equitably. Further, she served as a student researcher for the CSUN water sustainability project studying the water usage habits amongst Los Angeles renters. Off-campus, she volunteered as a coach for her local speech and debate team and for various nonprofit organizations dedicated to persons with special and mental disabilities. Angelina was the recipient of the 2015 Panetta Congressional Internship Scholarship, and she interned in the Capitol Hill office of Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA). Recently, Angelina not only became the first of her family to graduate from college but also was honored as CSUN’s 2017 Wolfson Scholar.
Currently, Angelina is honored to represent CSUN and her Tongan American heritage as a Fulbright scholar in the upcoming 2018-2019 year in South Korea. There, she will be serving as a English Teaching Assistant and looks forward to the opportunity to utilize English in sharing her positive perspective on what communication means to her and vice-versa broadening her understanding of the world through her student’s viewpoints

 

We are very pleased to announce the international student team that earned top honors at CSUN DataJam 2017 by winning the Best Use of Predictive Modeling and being tied for the Judge’s Choice Awards.

Norman Chemla was born and raised in Paris, France, before moving to LA to earn his BS in Finance in Fall 2014 at CSUN. After working in investments as a private equity analyst for more than a year, he returned to CSUN to get his MS in Engineering Management. Norman will be graduating at the end of this semester. He was also one of the finalists of the CSUN Fast Pitch Competition.

Daniel Perez was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia where he pursued his BS degree in Electronics Engineering in the Distrital University FJC of Bogotá. After graduating and working for a few years as project engineer and radio-frequency engineer in the automation and telecommunications industry, he adventured to get his MS in Engineering Management at CSUN. He is currently part of the staff in the IT department and SMART lab tutoring center at CSUN. He is also an active participant in all the events offered through the International and Exchange Student Center.

Congratulations to Norman and Daniel as DataJam participants for a job well done!!!