Study abroad presentation for A.S.

Adria Brodie

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Have you ever thought about traveling outside of the country, or taking classes at another university, but did not know how to make it a reality or financially possible?

A.S. senators got the opportunity to learn how they could spread their wings and take their education on the road, or rather via airplane, in a special presentation Tuesday about CSUN’s study abroad programs.

Juliet Aylmer, study abroad and national student exchange advisor, said she actually came to CSUN to study abroad and recommended students explored the program.

“I’m not here to market this to you or sell it to you,” Aylmer said. “But if you go, it will change your life in a dramatic way.”

For those students who wanted to take their learning global, Aylmer said with a required minimum GPA of 2.75 (some countries require 3.0) students could take part in the CSU IP Study Abroad program, which is offered in 19 countries.

She added for one academic year, typically starting in your junior year, your passport to success could cost you the amount of your CSUN tuition, plus your financial aid (if eligible) would carry over to your host university.

“I would encourage you apply for scholarships as well to make this a reality,” Aylmer said.

Senator Jonathan Polus asked Aylmer how well this experience would look on your resume.

If you are applying for a job with others and you have this listed on your resume and they do not, I think your resume would stand out more, she said.

But what if your travel desires do not take outside of the United States, but finds its way to a college on the East coast or Midwest.

Students could participate in the National Student Exchange (NSE) program available in 190 colleges in the U.S. and some parts of Canada giving students the choice of spending one or two semesters.

With that said, the programs are set up for students to take courses in their major and the fees, GPA requirements, as well as class standing do vary between the programs.