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Parents

Dear Parents:

Congratulations to your student for deciding to study abroad! In today's global economy, study abroad has become one of the most integral, enriching, and transformative components in a student’s college career. Many companies and graduate schools desire candidates who have had the experience of living in a foreign country and who have the ability to work with people from many cultural backgrounds. Study abroad can provide the structure for students to acquire these skills and give them an edge over the competition. The distinction of having studied in a foreign country for a summer, semester, quarter or year can be invaluable to your child’s future career in today's competitive job market.

The California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) offers many study abroad programs around the world. CSUSB’s study abroad philosophy is access for all. In order to make study abroad an option available to as many students as possible, we are committed to providing opportunities that are both affordable and meet the high academic standards of CSUSB. We work with faculty and departments across campus to provide credit that will allow participants to make substantial progress in their degree programs while studying abroad

There are many steps necessary to plan and participate in a study abroad program. We believe that our students need to take charge of planning and implementing their study in a foreign country with tasks that include choosing and applying to a program, getting a passport and visa, understanding how to get course credit, and enrolling in courses abroad. However, the staff and peer mentors at CSUSB are here to advise and guide them through the entire process.

Your support is extremely important as well. The information provided in these pages are designed to help you understand the step-by-step process of study abroad. If you have additional questions, we encourage you to contact us.

Sincerely,

CSUSB Center for Global Management Staff

Why should my student study abroad?

Your student can continue to earn credits toward their degree, take a class not offered at CSUSB—one that is unique to that country—and improve his or her proficiency in that language.

Your student can make friends in a new country, form bonds with others in a profound way and develop a sense of teamwork through a tight-knit connection with other students in their program.

When students live and study in another country, it raises their self-confidence and helps them to become more mature and independent. They also see America from a different perspective and may return to the U.S. with a greater sense of duty as an American citizen.

In today’s global economy, having international experience or proficiency in a second language makes job seekers more marketable and valuable to the organizations that hire them.