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Extended Education Welcomes International Students

Summer Professional Development Classes Drew 300 Foreign Visitors to Study at CSUF

Sept. 12, 2013

While much of the campus was quiet during the summer months, University Extended Education's international programs welcomed more than 300 visitors from such countries as China, Vietnam, Japan and Brazil.

Beginning in June and through August, 12 groups of Chinese visitors attended professional development classes and programs on campus, many of them university administrators and faculty wishing to learn more about American systems of education. Others are business administrators interested in American business models. The program features interaction with University students, faculty members and administrators.

"We work very closely with these partners and often send our students and faculty members to China as well," said Lisa Xue, director of International Programs – Asia.

"We pursue international study abroad opportunities whenever possible because it helps us build relationships on a global scale that lead to long-term benefits for both countries."

UEE also has forged "long-standing relationships with universities in Vietnam," said Melem Sharpe-Kwon, manager of international instructional development and management. "We not only have students coming to study here, but we are sending faculty to teach in other countries."

This summer, six administrators and faculty members from Vietnam's Foreign Trade University College of Business, participated in a five-week program in Fullerton. Now in its third year, the program offered attendants advanced English classes, workshops on topics from technology tools and active learning to assessment and learning environments, and and the chance to audit classes in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. 

"The English language program drew the largest group of visitors  — 165 Brazilian high school students who interacted with CSUF students serving as conversation partners in class," said Sharpe-Kwon.

"Programs like this provide a glimpse into Brazilian culture and give the Brazilian students a chance to experience American culture, and improve their English while enjoying the sights of Southern California."

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