Each year, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the top-producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. California State University, Northridge is on the list for the 2019-2020 academic year.
“We are delighted to see that the colleges and universities we are honoring as 2019-2020 Fulbright top-producing institutions reflect the geographic and institutional diversity of higher education in the United States,” said Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Out of the nine CSUN applicants, three alumni received Fulbright awards to expand their knowledge base or research into international dimensions.
“We want to congratulate the three Fulbright Grant recipients, who helped make CSUN a 2019-2020 Fulbright Program top-producing institution,” said Rebeca Spector, study abroad and National Student Exchange advisor. “Fulbrighters foster mutual understanding, share knowledge across communities and improve lives around the world. We are proud that our alumni are representing CSUN and the United States as cultural ambassadors.”
The Fulbright U.S. Student Grant is processed through the CSUN International and Exchange Student Center (IESC). Fulbright provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. As part of their grant, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country. The program allows the grantee to gain an appreciation of other viewpoints and beliefs through direct interaction in the classroom, field, home and in routine tasks.
“Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding,” Spector said.
Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has given over 390,000 students, teachers, schools, artists and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to international problems.
For more on the Fulbright program, visit https://us.fulbrightonline.org/#&panel1-2.