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Study AbrOtters Spotlights

Read stories written by CSUMB students who have wandered the world!

Learn why they decided to go abroad, the challenges they faced, the best parts of their journeys, and more.

Spring 2020

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#StudyAbrOtters class of 2020!

The Education Abroad Team is excited to announce that 97 students among the graduating class of 2020 (4%) participated in an Education Abroad program or National Student Exchange program while studying at CSUMB. We are proud of these students and the commitment they took to embark in a journey that took them to a foreign country or a different U.S. state/territory for a short-term, a semester, or a year.

See the yearbook for the #StudyAbrOtters class of 2020!

Summer 2019

Lauren Cooper - Summer 2019

10 Tips for Future Study AbrOtters by Lauren

After my time abroad, I found that it is best to keep an open mind in most situations. You are going to meet a lot of people from different parts of the world, and they might not all think or share the same opinions as you, but that is okay! This is all part of learning about cultures different from your own. And who knows, you might actually learn something from them or vice versa.

Read Lauren's Tips

Carelen Matias in Bogotá

Carelen Explores Bogotá with City Locals

The experience to study abroad is one of the best decisions I could have made. I learned many things, I interacted with other people, I met another culture and especially I experienced another educational system.

Read Carelen's Story

Spring 2019

Karina Salcedo

Karina's Rewarding and Life-changing Decision

As a first-generation, low-income student, the idea of traveling and studying abroad seemed almost impossible. My parents were aware of my dream; however, for them it was unattainable. Not only because they could not support me financially but also because they did not understand how it was a unique opportunity.

Read Karina's Story

Fall 2018

Skylar Wolfe

Skylar Explores Her Family Roots in the East Coast

Another continent seemed like an impossible feat, but the East Coast? I could do that. With some of my immediate family originating from the other side of the country, I felt a strong need to explore my roots.

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Summer 2018

Marco Rangel

Marco's Dreams Come True in Spain

My journey in order to arrive to Madrid or Seoul was not easy. Within these experiences I can talk about all the things I learned. However what stuck to me the most was understanding how fortunate I was.

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Celina Waddy

Celina Found Herself in Mexico

At first, the days were packed and the nights were lonely. But then something clicked within me. I began to walk forward briskly and then run and then skip my way forward around the city. I embraced the mistakes. Every fumbled and mispronounced word. Every wrong bus route taken. I kept moving forward. Silencing the little shutters of fears that repeatedly attempted to break their way into my reality.

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Leslie Gonzalez

Leslie's Whirlwind Adventure in South Korea

Every morning, we had the opportunity to learn something new about Korean culture. We got to try playing traditional instruments, ceramics, TaeKwondo, etc. We all got to wear traditional Han Bok! It was fun to wear it and drink tea. Of course, like any good traveller, I tried all of the food!

Read Leslie's Story

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