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SDCC4_600.jpgPHOTO: French Study Abroad @ The Beach student Arthur Parmentier (second from left) with his teammates on the 49’er Men’s Rowing Team


French engineering student Arthur Parmentier found his niche while spending a semester in the Study Abroad @ The Beach program. Parmentier arrived just in time for the eventful Spring 2018 season of the 49’er Men’s Rowing Team, and he became an essential part of the team’s success at two big races, the San Diego Crew Classic and the Newport Regatta.

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IMG-0467_600.jpgUber and Lyft are great for catching a ride, but what if you prefer to stay behind the wheel? That’s where Turo can get you up to speed. Since 2009, the company has allowed car owners to rent their vehicle out at a much lower rate than rental car companies like Enterprise or Hertz. For one CSULB student, Turo has also turned into a lucrative source of extra income

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PHOTO: CSULB Criminal Justice students in safety suits with BCIT instructors and Canadian Royal Mounted Police in Vancouver

Last summer in Vancouver, during their first day of class, CSULB students came upon a crime scene. It involved a helicopter crash, a white powder, a cell phone, body parts, and other grisly evidence.
 
The scenes were fake, but the news was real: eight students from the Criminal Justice department were on a Short-Term Study Abroad trip focused on Comparative Forensic Sciences. The scenario had been expertly staged for educational purposes by CSULB’s partner university, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), which provided students with hands-on experience in classifying evidence, documenting clues, preparing items for lab exams, and eventually, solving crimes.
 
In the following days, course lectures focused on subjects related to the crime scene, including forensic toxicology, fingerprinting, drug and firearm analysis, DNA testing, GPS data, and more. The group also visited six Canadian criminal justice agencies and universities to observe their practices. Each lecture helped students to eventually solve the crime in question at the end of their two-week trip.
 
“I strongly believe the comparative perspectives and experiences of forensic science will enhance our students in finding jobs, continuing graduate studies, and pursuing oversea careers,” said Zheng Wang, CSULB’s Comparative Forensic Sciences instructor.
 
The final day of class featured a mock trial, with students given roles of group leader, DNA expert, and witness. Students also provided forensic evidence in court against real Canadian attorneys.
 
“Being able to see, touch, and hear everything that goes on in the field instead of reading or hearing it during a lecture was such a valuable lesson for me,” said CSULB student Stephanie Tran. “This study abroad trip pushed me to be sure that this was what I wanted to do as my career for the rest of my life.”

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PHOTO (L-R): Sport Management student Caleb Kephart and IndyCar driver Graham Rahal


Caleb Kephart knew nothing about auto racing when he began his internship at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The CSULB graduate student, pursuing a Master of Arts in Kinesiology with an option in Sport Management, was excited to gain experience. Soon enough, his speed in learning was matched only by the cars zooming around the track.

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​For many international students, American classrooms can feel like a strange environment. Open group discussions and fast-paced critical thinking are often difficult when English is not a student’s first language.

That’s why the Master of Business Administration Prep (MBAP) program, run by the American Language Institute, is a crucial step for international students to polish their English skills and familiarize themselves with graduate business studies at CSULB.

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PHOTO: 2017 TEFL graduate Ailesh Johnston with students

One of the many successful and important initiatives of CSULB’s American Language Institute (ALI) is the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program, which wrapped up its 2017 cohort this summer and is already sending alumni abroad to implement what they’ve learned as professional teachers.

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