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CAMPUS PROFILE 

| San Francisco State University

Exchange Brings Opportunities
Students can choose among 115 study abroad programs
in 28 countries. SF State has 55 bilateral exchanges of its
own and offers 51 more through the California State University international programs office. Exchanges bring
international opportunities to every department, including SF State’s undergraduate cinema major. Since 2010
Weimin Zhang, an associate professor and award-winning
documentary filmmaker, has led the International Documentary Workshop in Shanghai, China, each summer in
partnership with Xiejin Film and Television College at
Shanghai Normal University. She brought the first dozen
SF State students to Shanghai in June 2010 to collaborate
with a dozen Shanghai Normal students over three weeks
to conceive, write, and film four 10-minute documentaries
on unusual aspects of life in China, including the local hip IEEC Adviser Noah Kuchins uses Facebook to connect incoming
hop scene, housing shortages, and migrant workers’ strug- international students with on-campus buddies.
gles. The students overcome language barriers. Zhang, a graduate of visited the first workshop, marveled that students shared “a comthe Beijing Film Academy, said, “Even I was surprised they can make mon language of film.” The Shanghai film school also sends several
a film in a language they don’t even know.” President Corrigan, who students to San Francisco for a semester each term.

LESSONS LEARNED
BREAKING BARRIERS. The SF State experience has “basically

proven” that long-term education abroad need not be a barrier
to participation by nontraditional students, said the OIP’s Marilyn
Jackson. Added Director Hildy Heath, “Don’t (make) assumptions
about what they cannot or will not do. Hold up the vision and
provide the pathway, and they can and will do it.” That message is
brought to life at study abroad information sessions by screening
Breaking Barriers, a short film funded by a grant from the former
NAFSA Co-Op Program in which nontraditional students describe
their life-changing years abroad.

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SHORT AND LONG TERM. While SF State takes pride in sending

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students on semester programs, it doesn’t neglect shorter
opportunities. In a city filled with immigrants, “we’re reconnecting
the world” with short courses to Mexico, Cuba, Vietnam, China,
South Africa, and Belize, said Ethnic Studies Dean Kenneth
Monteiro. Once students go, the obstacles to longer study “no
longer look insurmountable.” David Wick pitches study abroad to
community college students even before they get to SF State.

EXCHANGES INVIGORATE LEARNING . International exchanges
bring vitality and fresh ideas into departments from graphic design
to marketing to journalism. Twenty design and industry students
typically spend a year in such cities as Dublin, London, Milan, and
Sydney. Marketing Professor Sanjit Sengupta regularly teaches at
Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland and lectures
worldwide on e-commerce. His counterparts are eager to send
faculty and students to this university on Silicon Valley’s doorstep.
SOCIAL MEDIA SERVING THE MISSION. SF State has harnessed

social media to better serve international students. A Facebook page
connects international students “during the critical time between
acceptance and arrival on campus,” said Israeli Alilin, outreach adviser.
Noah Kuchins, the IEEC adviser, called Facebook “the most effective
way to get messages out. That’s how students interact today. They’re
on their phones constantly, checking their status updates.”
MAKING THE CASE. In times of austerity, international educators

must become even more persuasive internal advocates for
internationalization. “It’s not that people don’t believe this is the
right thing or a good thing to do,” said Associate Vice President
Yenbo Wu. “But people have different academic and other
priorities, too. It’s always your job to try to mobilize and convince
people that this is a priority.”



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International Educator - May/June 2013
Contents
From the Editors
Front Lines
In Brief
Voices: Kofi Annan
Peace Pathways
Shared Solutions
San Francisco State Shines in Long-Term Study Abroad
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
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