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"I have only seen a very small portion of the world. There is so much more."  —Savannah

 

 

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SEVEN QUESTIONS WITH INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FERDOUS ESFANDNIA

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Ferdous  has an evening routine that she likes to keep. Nearly every night around 9 or 10 p.m., the psychology freshman gets on WhatsApp, FaceTime or Skype and calls home. 

Home is the United Arab Emirates and, usually at that hour, her parents and three sisters are just starting their day. No matter the importance of the topics covered that day, the conversations are important to Ferdous, who is living on her own in the United States for the first time.


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SEVEN QUESTIONS WITH GILMAN SCHOLAR DALANNA KING

Dalanna King

Dalanna King went into her first experience abroad open to new possibilities. One new thing she hadn't been counting on, however, was jet lag. 

"When I first arrived in the United Kingdom, the other exchange students and I made plans to go to the welcome events," said King, a kinesiology and exercise science senior who is studying at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, a suburb of London. "A lot of us didn’t make it. There were a couple nights into the second week that I slept for over 14 hours. Finally, in my third week here, I’ve gotten my sleep schedule on track.”


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FACULTY EXPERIENCES ABROAD ADD GLOBAL CONTEXT TO SDSU EDUCATION


SDSU faculty abroad

On one of her many research trips to rural Uganda, associate professor of global health Susan Kiene and her family were invited to dinner by a local villager. The woman served her guests chicken—a big gesture in an area where meat is expensive and typically reserved for special occasions.

Kiene and her guests soon found out just how big a gesture it was.


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FACULTY SPEAKERS ADD TO THE POWERFUL MESSAGE OF INTERNATIONAL PEACE VILLAGE

Dipak Gupta


When SDSU students from all over the world flock to Montezuma Hall for the 60th annual International Peace Village on November 17, they’ll be coming together to put their unique culture and customs on display. But Dipak Gupta, professor emeritus of political science, believes they’ll be doing something even more significant.


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TRANSFORMED BY STUDY ABROAD, AN ALUMNUS GIVES BACK

Daniel Soto


Daniel Soto, ’09, admits to being pretty intimidated when he first arrived in Sau Paulo, Brazil, for his study abroad experience. He had studied Brazilian Portuguese in classes, but struggled to grasp the slang needed to carry on a conversation. Also, as a community college transfer student who had never before lived away from home, he wondered if he could handle life on his own.


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IMPERIAL VALLEY CAMPUS STUDENTS BROADENING THEIR HORIZONS ABROAD

IMPERIAL VALLEY CAMPUS STUDENTS 


CALEXICO, Calif. - Hop on Interstate 8 from SDSU’s main campus, head east and put the city in your rearview mirror. Endure white-knuckled driving as you battle sharp turns and strong gusts through the Laguna Mountains. Then, abruptly and dramatically, descend into the stunningly barren Colorado Desert.

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FIRST-TIME TRAVELER FINDS CREATIVE WAY TO MAKE STUDY ABROAD WORK

Accounting sophomore Kyrie Buckhalter

Accounting sophomore Kyrie Buckhalter recalls the rush of excitement when it arrived in the mail. He pulled it from the envelope, held it in his hands and flipped through the pages. It was a passport. His passport.

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STUDENTS RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SUMMER PROGRAMS

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Shania Bennet could hardly bear to look. The biology junior was certain that the email waiting in her inbox from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program was a rejection letter. It was, in fact, the opposite.

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HHS STUDENTS TAKE ACTION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE ABROAD

kinesiology senior Tony Grizzle with child on shoulders

While on a Spring Break study abroad program that included visits to many of the dazzling sights of cosmopolitan London, kinesiology senior Tony Grizzle admits he wasn’t exactly thrilled when he looked at the itinerary and saw a visit to the North London Hospice. Little did Grizzle know, it would be that experience that would stick with him the most – and inspire him and his classmates to take action.

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CHAMPION FOR STUDY ABROAD WINS SDSU’S GLOBAL DIVERSITY AWARD

Inemesit Williams

At a biotechnology firm in Emeryville, Calif., Inemesit Williams, who often goes by Ine, worked side-by-side with colleagues from around the globe. Her co-workers were predominantly made up of immigrants and first generation Americans – people with roots in Cambodia, Vietnam, China, the Philippines and elsewhere. Williams was enriched by the experience, but also witnessed the conflict created by cultural differences, as things such as social cues, gender dynamics and views on hierarchy became pitfalls.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

Jaysmit Jadhav was named the winner of the inaugural International Student Essay contest hosted by the International Student Center. A graduate student from India, Jadhav earned the top honor among the 23 entrants with his charming telling of adjusting to life in the U.S. and overcoming the stresses inherent in such a life-changing transition.Jaysmit Jadhav was named the winner of the inaugural International Student Essay contest hosted by the International Student Center. A graduate student from India, Jadhav earned the top honor among the 23 entrants with his charming telling of adjusting to life in the U.S. and overcoming the stresses inherent in such a life-changing transition.

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AMBASSADORS BUILD GLOBAL AWARENESS IN LOCAL SCHOOLS

Brian Shirey giving presentation

On a recent bright and crisp San Diego morning, Brian Shirey informed his fifth grade students that he had a mile run planned for them. A look of concern washed over their faces almost immediately – and it had nothing to do with physical exertion.

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ART STUDENT DRAWS INSPIRATION FROM AN UNCOMMON DESTINATION 

Sabrina Anderson

Sabrina Anderson was feeling sick, that’s the first thing she recalls. Still, she was determined not to let that fact deter her New Year ’s Eve celebration. After all, she wasn’t about to ring in 2015 just anywhere. Anderson – currently a senior at SDSU – had just completed a semester abroad in the United Arab Emirates, of UAE, and she stuck around a little longer to stay with a new friend from her public relations class and her family. As darkness fell over the Arabian Peninsula, Anderson shook off her illness and ventured with her hosts out into the desert to build a raging bonfire. As 2014 passed into 2015, they lit paper lanterns and watched them ascend against the night sky.

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PROFESSOR HELPS SDSU ARTISTS FIND INSPIRATION IN FRANCE

Eva Struble

When it comes to life in France, Eva Struble is something of an expert. She studied abroad in Paris as an undergraduate, received a grant to research abstraction in French art while in graduate school, and twice travelled to hike the Pyrenees. Oh, and did we mention she spent a couple of weeks in the south of France making cheese on a goat farm? Yes, a goat farm.

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GRAD STUDENT STRIVES TO BRING CLEAN WATER TO HIS NATIVE UGANDA

SDSU graduate student Joseph Wasswa

On any given day, you might find SDSU graduate student Joseph Wasswa in the mountains of East San Diego County testing the effects of air pollution on water quality. Or he might be in the lab experimenting with anaerobic wastewater treatment systems – systems that promise to purify water while using virtually no energy. This is exactly the type of research that would excite any ambitious environmental engineering student passionate about making a difference. But for Wasswa, who came to SDSU last August from Uganda, his passion to make a difference is not abstract.

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