Several College of Education faculty regularly host study abroad opportunities, which are open to students in the CED and may be open to students from other colleges. These programs are generally offered during university breaks, such as winter or summer sessions. Please contact the relevant faculty member for further information on the programs they offer. Additionally, the Center for International Education provides a full listing of faculty-led programs from across the university, many of which are open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students from any college.
College of Education Graduate/Post-Baccalaureate Programs Abroad
Alex Morales — Cambodian Culture, Education, and Diaspora
This class provides an examination and analysis of history and conditions leading to the diaspora of Cambodians during the Khmer Rouge Regime and to the resettlement of many in California, including social and psychological effects for individuals and families. Examination of current educational issues in Cambodia and local Cambodian communities in the U.S. are also part of the class. The class also provides students the opportunity to become involved in project-based learning activities for impoverished children, students, and their families in Cambodia. These activities take place in collaboration with Hearts Without Boundaries and Rescue Task Force, two U.S. non-profit organizations that provide heart surgery, dental services, and educational support.
Shuhua An — Study Abroad: Math Education Graduate Program
This class analyzes current major issues in international mathematics education and identifies the universal and culturally-defined factors that impact effective mathematics teaching in different cultural and educational systems. Students have the opportunity to visit local schools and observe math lessons at different grade levels in China. They also develop and teach standards-based mathematics lessons in English in Chinese math classrooms, which leads to a math lesson study activity with Chinese colleagues. From comparing, contrasting, and evaluating Chinese mathematics lessons and their peers’ teaching, students examine the elements of effective mathematics instruction in different cultural and educational systems. By interacting with classroom teachers, interviewing international scholars, and attending an international conference in China, students identify effective strategies that promote teaching and learning with an understanding of the global context and reflect on their own teaching practices in the U.S.
Stephen Adams — ETEC 525: Digital Culture and Society
This course offers a special summer version of ETEC 525 Digital Culture and Society with study abroad in Costa Rica. The course begins at CSULB, with students learning about social implications of information technologies and getting ready by preparing presentations. The class then flies to San Jose, Costa Rica, staying at the nearby city of Heredia. The class meets with students at a Costa Rican university, giving their presentations in English and, in small groups, discussing perspectives about the issues raised. The class also visits K-12 schools in Costa Rica to learn about their educational practices and uses of technology. The travel is also timed to coincide with activities at the collaborating university, such as an educational conference. The study abroad experience includes an excursion to surrounding areas, and is open to graduate students and educators.
Bita Ghafoori — COUN 680: Advanced Treatment Seminar, Study Abroad Course in the U.S. and Greece
This elective course provides training on current evidence-based treatment for individuals and families contending with depression and anxiety disorders, including stress and loss, in adults and children. Actual materials that can be used for treatment will be provided along with opportunities to practice interventions and techniques in class. The overall intent is to “fill in the gaps” in students’ knowledge about how to design and implement a course of therapy for common psychological presentations. While in Greece, students have the opportunity to dialogue with Greek students who are obtaining a M.S. in Psychology, attend a psychodrama of a Greek family therapy by a Greek professor with a specialty in family therapy, discuss Socratic questioning in Delphi (where Socrates and Plato engaged in Socratic dialogue), and visit historic and cultural sites such as Temple of Zeus, Acropolis, Balos Lagoon, Castle of Rethymno, and Chania.
College of Education Undergraduate Programs Abroad
Opportunities for Summer & Winter Terms
Students who want to take a course or two abroad during the Summer or Winter are encouraged to take a look at the listings offered below, as these courses all meet specific major requirements and have been historically successful experiences for Liberal Studies majors. Many of these courses are taught by Liberal Studies faculty and lecturers, and are easy to navigate in terms of course outlines/itineraries and professor contact information. If you hold any interest in any of the opportunities below, be sure to browse the information accordingly and contact the professor hosting the specific trip. Then, you will visit and/or schedule an appointment with the Study Abroad Office for more information on next steps in documentation and payments.
L/ST 471 "History Capstone"
Meets Core Requirement Area IV / Group 6 (History Capstone)
This course provides an exciting study/travel abroad opportunity for Liberal Studies Seniors, brought to you by a long-lasting partnership between Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland and the Department of Liberal Studies at CSULB. This course takes a global approach to understanding the method and teaching of history. The destination of Ireland offers students an opportunity to study a rich history and culture that are globally connected in important ways with American History. Both driving and walking tours will take students to specific locations discussed and covered in the course. Throughout the course, the first-hand experiences combined with increasing knowledge and familiarity with Irish history and culture will lend an in-depth understanding only possible through Study Abroad.
ART 415 "Art Education"
Meets Core Requirement Area V / Group 4 (Visual Art) OR Area V / Group 5 (Arts Capstone)
Experiences in self-expression from the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework while addressing children's artistic and aesthetic development. Following state content standards, students develop aesthetic perception, learn skills for talking about art, and gain understanding in historical and cultural contexts.
For further information and/or to express interest, contact Professor Johns at Jeanette.Johns@csulb.edu.
London & Brighton, UK
L/ST 404 "Arts and Values"
Meets Core Requirement Area V / Group 5 (Arts Capstone)
Liberal Studies 404 aims to build a foundation for exploring the value of the arts, especially related to their application within schools and communities.
Why study in England? This arts-based course relates well to any culture that has a rich history of the arts. England certainly qualifies, especially London and Brighton! The course emphasizes all arts as central to effective teaching strategies. Study Abroad L/ST404 in London and Brighton will offer students the opportunity for a deeper understanding of the arts within a culture that is both modern and ancient. Activities and excursions will include Museums (The Victoria & Albert, The Tate Modern), five theatre and music performances, a tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, visits to attractions, including The Tower of London, as well as visits to lesser-known areas of London, such as Brick Lane, the East End, and Camden. While in Brighton, we will go out of town to Rottingdean, a beautiful nearby village steeped in history.
MUS 363 "Music"
Meets Core Requirements Area V / Group 1 (Music) or Area V / Group 4 (Visual Arts)
Music 363 is an interdisciplinary course that focuses on visual art (including sculpture and architecture) and music and on the interrelationship among the arts in historical eras from the Renaissance through the 19th century. We will examine general principles common to all the arts, as well as specific patterns, structures and meaning that artists found in the cultural context of their day. The sheer magnitude of the visual art, architecture, and sculpture that we will experience in Paris will bring the arts in a manner that we cannot approach in the classroom in Long Beach. We will study the holdings of the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay, and we will take in the sights of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Sainte-Chapelle. We will have two excursions outside of Paris—the Palace of Versailles and Chartres cathedral. All of our events will be accompanied by a local, expert guide who will help bring alive the history and meaning of the arts we will experience.
L/ST 250 "World Historical Geography"
Meets Core Requirement Area IV / Group 3 (World History & Geography)
In this survey of early world history, students shall be introduced to the major cultural, economic, social and political characteristics of the early civilizations of the world. Chronological focus shall be on the Ancient (3500 BCE to 500 BCE) and Classical (500 BCE to 500 CE) periods, encompassing the content and chronology of the 6th Grade California Social Science Curriculum. Our focus will be to construct a historical geography framework and to do so with a global perspective that emphasizes interaction between civilizations and major cultures in the early world. Special attention shall be given to the Mediterranean region, with focus on its increasing intensity of cross-cultural contact and exchange between cultures and civilizations over time. Students shall examine the importance of trade, the spread of world religions, and the role of nomadic pastoralism in the diffusion of culture and technology across the periods of study. Through study in Rome, the heart of the Western Roman Empire in the Classical Age, students will examine and analyze evidence of not only the Roman Empire, but also of broader civilizational developments, the rise of global empires, and the spread of cross-cultural trade.
For further information and/or to express interest, contact Professor Hollie.Schillig@csulb.edu.
The Semester-Abroad Experience
Liberal Studies students who want to take a full load of classes (four or five traditionally) during the Spring or Fall term(s) essentially "build their own journey." Students are encouraged to do their own research on opportunities and places abroad beforehand, and afterward will meet with an Advisor to discuss possible major course substitutions and credits, sign contracts, and then continue to meet with the Study Abroad office to finalize documentation and payments.
First: Research Study Abroad Opportunities & Contact a Study Abroad Advisor
We recommend students to start on the CSULB Study Abroad Website. The Study Abroad / International Studies Office provides information sessions, searchable databases with options around the world, and scheduling options with a Study Abroad Advisor.
Here are some recommended and historically-popular Study Abroad Semester sites to discuss with a Study Abroad Advisor for our Liberal Studies students, based on the breadth of course offerings that align with program requirements:
We recommend that students explore the website for possible places and/or institutions of interest around the world. And touch base with a Study Abroad Advisor, either through information sessions and follow-up Q&A and/or scheduling a meeting through your Single-Sign-On under 'Beach Connect'. The Study Abroad Advisors will review eligibility, application documents and processes, finances and deadlines, etc..
Second: Schedule an Advising Appointment for Approval
After meeting with a Study Abroad Advisor and determining a university abroad you would like to study at, the next step is to meet with a Liberal Studies Advisor to discuss substitutions and/or equivalencies. The Liberal Studies curriculum is fairly specific and student's won't generally find "automatic" equivalencies to know what credit they are getting for their classes abroad. It's important and required to meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss which class credits at CSULB will be met with Study Abroad coursework. The Liberal Studies Advisor will also sign with approval on the Study Abroad contract, which will designate which course/major classes are being met abroad.
Currently matriculated students may schedule Zoom/Phone Advising Appointments through Single-Sign-On under 'Beach Connect'.
For a step-by-step guide on how to schedule appointments, refer to our Appointment Scheduling Tutorial PDF.
If you let us know which courses and locations of the world you are most interested in, we'll take a look at your academic plan and see what works best in course equivalencies toward graduation.