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CSUF: Global Titans First Year Experience
Baja California Sur, Mexico; Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Toledo, Belize (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Winter Session
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Session 2019 10/05/2018 10/12/2018 01/08/2019 01/14/2019
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CSUF Department/Faculty-Led Housing Options: Hotels
Language Prerequisite: None Class Standing: Freshmen
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College of Arts, College of Communications, College of Education, College of Engineering & Computer Science, College of Health & Human Development, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics
Service Learning Opportunity: Yes
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CSUF: Global Titans First Year Experience
The CSUF Global Titans First-Year Experience Program is open to ALL first year students.  The program provides an opportunity for Titans to participate in study abroad / away during their first year on campus.  Highlights and learning goals associated with this study abroad option in January 2019 are indicated below.

Program highlights and learning goals include:
  • Interdisciplinary service learning and community-based experiences focused on environmental consciousness, economic development, and social impact.
  • International experience and enhancing personal, academic, and professional development outcomes.
  • Interactions with peers and local experts focused on environmental, economic, and social issues in one of two locations.
La Paz City and Ocean Front

Program Logistics 
  • Dates:  January 8 to January 14, 2019
  • Housing: Potentially includes hotel and/or camp-like lodging components. 
  • Locations:
    • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    • Santiago, Dominican Republic
    • La Paz, Mexico
    • Toledo/South Water Caye, Belize
Note: Students will rate their preferred location from 1-4. While student preference to location will be taken into account, final selection of the site will be undertaken by the selection committee

Program Eligibility 
Open to ALL first-year students.


Information Sessions
Tuesday, September 4th
  •  4pm-5pm
  • Location: TBD
Wednesday, September 12th 
  • 4pm-5pm
  • Location: TBD

The Global Titans First Year Experience Program Abroad Winter Session 2019 is a co-curricular, non-credit, optional program. 

Costs & Financial Aid
Program Fee
Program fees are estimated at $1,100 and include transfers, lodging, specified service-learning and community-based experiences, designated meals, and required international health insurance.  

The program fee is based on a minimum student enrollment. If the student enrollment falls below the minimum, CSUF reserves the right to adjust the program fee to accommodate a smaller number of students.  

Additional Costs Not included in the Program Fee
  • International airfare - Varies by program location
  • Designated meals
  • Passport and visa fees as applicable
  • Immunizations
  • Personal expenses (e.g., entertainment, shopping) and excursions not included in the program itinerary
Financial Aid & Scholarships
There are many opportunities for CSUF students to study abroad and continue to receive financial aid. Click here to learn more about financial aid for study abroad.


Passport and Visa Info
You must have a valid passport for at least six (6) months after the date of international departure.  U.S. passport applications can be obtained at any major post office. See here for more information.  This process usually takes about 4-6 weeks, so plan early to apply for a new or renewed passport.

U.S. passport holders do not require a tourist visa to enter the countries of Belize, Mexico, or the Dominican Republic for this program.  Find visa and entry information here.

Non-US passport holders should inquire with the Mexican or Dominican Republic embassies about visa requirements for their country of origin.  

Early application deadline is September 8th, 2018.
Early application decision notifications to be sent by September 8th, 2018.

Payment Schedule
Initial deposit: 
$200, due by October 12, 2018 (Refundable up to October 26th).
First Payment: $300, due by October 26, 2018 (Nonrefundable).
Second Payment: $300due by November 9, 2018 (Nonrefundable).
Third Payment: $300, due by November 30, 2018 (Nonrefundable).

Important Dates
Saturday, September 22, 2018  First Year Student & Family Event
Friday, October 5, 2018  Application Deadline 
Friday, October 12, 2018 
Security Deposit to Study Abroad
($200 refundable up to Oct. 26)
Friday, October 19, 2018  Study Abroad Global Titans Social Mixer 
Tuesday, October 23, 2018  Airfare Workshop
Wednesday, October 24, 2018  Airfare Workshop
Friday, October 26, 2018 
First Payment Due ($300) 
Monday, October 29, 2018  Airfare Workshop
Thursday, November 1, 2018  Airfare Workshop
Friday, November 2, 2018  Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation
Deadline to Purchase Flight
Friday, November 9, 2018 
Payment #2 
Second Payment Due ($300) 
Thursday, November 15, 2018  Makeup Pre-Departure Orientation
Friday, November 16, 2018  Student Bios Due
Friday, November 30, 2018 
Final Payment
Third and Final Payment Due ($300) 
Friday, December 7, 2018 Final Group Meeting Before Departure 

Video Testimonials

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

La Paz, Mexico

For program or course-related questions, please contact Abigail Segura, or click here to schedule a one-on-one advising appointment with her!

For application-related questions and online forms, please contact the Study Abroad Office at 

 La Paz


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