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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 or call (818) 677-3053.

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 on Zoom for Virtual Coffee Hour. To participate please register at  Virtual Coffee Hour Registration.

Virtual Coffee Hour Fridays 11am-1pm

International Education Week

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 16, 2020

In collaboration with Professor Paula Thomson
Time: 11-11:45am
Location: Zoom

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

In collaboration with Professors Patricia Miller and Mercedes Juan Musotto
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: Zoom

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Student Panels for an International Curriculum and Education (SPICE)
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Thursday, November 19, 2020

In collaboration with Professor Nate Thomas
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Friday, November 20, 2020

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom

* $20 Amazon Gift Card will be raffled at the end of each presentation between attendees (CSUN student and student alumni only).

Special Thanks to: CSUN Professors Paula Tomson, Patricia Miller, Mercedes Juan Musotto, Maurice Godin and Nate Thomas; Professor and Conductor Alfredo Barros from Brazil and CSUN Departments of Kinesiology, Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures, Music and Cinema & Television Arts.

For more information AND REGISTRATION, visit the International Education Week webpage or contact Andrea Marques-Perez at

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

Photography Competition

Study Abroad and National Student Exchange Photography Competition

First Prize

Teodorico Nicolau
Northern Lights - Iceland
CSU International Programs - United Kingdom


Second Prize

Miriam Gabriel
Spanish cityscape
San Ildefonso, Spain 
CSU International Programs - Spain


Third Prize


Menen Basha
Cousins on top of hill - Chiba Prefecture, Japan
CSU International Programs - Japan

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 Rebecca Spector at

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 Rebecca Spector 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

Student Achievements and Testimonials

2020-2021 Associated Students International Matador Scholarship Recipients


Bruna Debski is currently a Junior majoring in Television Production.

Growing up in Brazil, Bruna has always noticed how tv shows and movies constantly portrayed underrepresented populations (i.e. females, immigrants) as vulnerable, weak, and submissive. Bruna chose to study Television Production so she could understand better how to make a difference in the media industry. "I could have not picked a better place to start this journey. CSUN not only offers the best resources and opportunities to students but has introduced me to passionate professors that share the same dream as mine. I am positive that together, we will change the future of the media industry and provide these underrepresented populations with more opportunities."

During her freshman year, Bruna excelled in “Mathematical Ideas” and was encouraged to apply for a Supplemental Instruction leader position by her professor. Supplemental Instruction is a nationally recognized program, in which sessions are conducted by students who have demonstrated superior competence in the subject. Bruna was later hired as a tutor at CSUN’s Learning Resource Center, the main tutoring center on campus. These positions have taught her successful teamwork and leadership skills, applicable to both academic and social settings. In fact, many international students seek help from the LRC and she feels fortunate to give back to a community she cares about.

Bruna's tip to all international students is: fight for your dreams. Success is a combination of persistence, talent, and hard work. "Staying away from home is difficult, but we all came to CSUN with a purpose - so never stop believing in yourself. If you are applying for a scholarship, make sure you take advantage of all resources on campus such as the Grammar Lab or the Writing Workshops. I am certain that there are a lot of people who want to see you succeed, just like I do. All the hard work will be worth it, trust me!"


Dilek Ince is in the MFA screenwriting program and will graduate in 2021. During her time as an undergraduate student at CSUN, she met many amazing screenwriting professors and students. Later, she found out that CSUN has one of the best screenwriting departments in California.

Dilek movies and screenplays got into many film festivals and received many awards all over the world. One of the prestigious awards that she received was the DGA Best Women Student Filmmaker Award for “Amal.” . In 2019, the same movie was selected by the BAFTA Student Award in the best short film category. "Amal" screenplay won the 2017 ARRI Grant and the Caucus Foundation Student Production Grant, also granted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Dilek received a grant by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Scholars Program in the first and second years of the MFA Program. Her script was also selected by the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition and Nashville Screenplay Competition in 2018.

Dilek moved to the US to pursue an education as a filmmaker. Her focus so far has been on shedding light on social issues as well as writing original screenplays and directing movies. Her advice for incoming scholarship applicants is that they should apply to as many scholarships as possible. Also, they should spend a good amount of time on their essays and tell their stories in the most compelling way possible.

2019-2020 Associated Students International Matador Scholarship Recipient

Liezl Bitas is currently a junior majoring in Cinema and Television Arts with an emphasis in Film Production. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Liezl is passionate about storytelling, she chose to pursue a career in filmmaking because she believes she can make a difference by sharing stories through the powerful visual medium.

Before transferring to CSUN, she has received a full-ride scholarship at De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde. In high school, she was awarded honors and scholarships for her academic merit and leadership in various organizations, including the school magazine.

At CSUN, she has consistently been in the Dean's List, serves as the co-president of the CSUN Improv Club, is a member of the CSUN National Society for Leadership and Success, and works as a student writer for CSUN Today.

In the future, she aims to become a screenwriter and director for feature films, but continues to keep her eyes open for new opportunities and roles within the filmmaking industry. She also hopes to reach audiences in the US, the Philippines and beyond.

For other students applying for scholarships, she encourages soul-searching and striving to understand your own passions, strengths and weaknesses. Through this process, you can prove to yourself and to scholarship committees what truly makes you deserving of these opportunities and how you can make a difference in the world in your own sincere way.


2019 NSE Student Achievement Award Recipient - Dr. Richard R. Bond Community Engagement Award

Sarah Dutton accomplishments was recognized the National Student Exchange (NSE). Prior to her exchange experience, Sarah Dutton was recognized for her outstanding contributions at
Mississippi State University and her involvement on campus. She started as a staff photographer at the Reflector (Mississippi State’s student newspaper) and worked her way up to the role of Photography Editor. She was also a student photographer for the Office of Public Affairs.

From her first day at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Dutton made it clear she wanted to make the most of her time in California. She regularly attended campus events such as the NSE office’s weekly coffee hour and the Pride Center’s Tuesday Talks. Within the first few weeks of the semester, Dutton started working alongside the CSUN photographer snapping photos of events such as The Big Show and The New 88.5 FM Benefit Concert featuring Sheryl Crow. In addition, Dutton participated in and hosted a photography exhibition with the Photography Club at the CSUN Art Galleries.

Despite a full course load and extracurricular activities, Dutton showed her unfailing support of fellow NSE students. She has a fantastic attitude about life which is portrayed through her strong communication skills, outgoing personality, honesty, respect, integrity, and dependability.


CSUN International Student Wins Award at the National Model United Nations conference in Washington, DC in November 2018.


Sari Halawani was an international undergraduate student from Palestine who recently completed his degree in Business Management. While at the National Model United Nations conference in Washington, DC, the CSUN team representing Equatorial Guinea won Outstanding Delegation. Sari and his partner Nina Alomardilan won the World Health Assembly (WHA) Award.

Throughout his time at CSUN, Sari was also a SPICE Panelist and participated in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 International Education Week events.

CSUN Model UN team: Felipe Cabello, Lana Zimmerman, Gabriel Brizuela, Tracy Sadek, Sari Halawani, Nina Alomardilan, Parsa Farahani, Melissa Rodriguez.


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!!!

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.

Student Success Resources

Campus resources to help you engage with the CSUN community.

Basic Needs Support

Addressing Hunger/Homeless and Emergency needs with Assistance and Resources Together

CSUN Food Pantry
Provides emergency nourishment and basic necessities at no cost to CSUN students, faculty, and staff. Supplies food and offers food program assistance to those who are without reliable access to affordable, nutritious food.

Housing Instability Project
A listing of resources available to help and support students who may be experiencing homelessness and are looking for housing services.

University Counseling Services
Provides a variety of free short term counseling services to students, including individual counseling, crisis intervention, group and workshops, and psychiatric consultation.

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