Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD celebrate 15 years of partnership with California State University at Fullerton

06.11.2015

The International Exchange Programme between UWTSD and California State University at Fullerton (CSUF) is one of the most established at UWTSD. It was initially a School-based exchange partnership which was created by the School of Performing Arts and has resulted in a number of in-coming and out-going Acting and Theatre Design and Production students. The International Office has played an important role in developing the relationship and supporting students involved in the exchange from both campuses.

Kath Griffiths, Executive International Officer at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) recently visited CSUF to celebrate the 15 years of partnership. Whilst at the institution, Kath had the opportunity to meet with Senior Staff, alumni and current students studying in California.

CSUF is a major regional university in a vital, flourishing area that includes Orange County, metropolitan Los Angeles and the expanding Inland Empire. The beautiful, 236-acre campus is set in Fullerton in north Orange County, about 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles and about 21 miles from nearby beaches.

CSUF has more than 37,000 students and approximately 1,800 full- and part-time faculty members. The University offers 107 degree programs in eight colleges.

The CSUF Theatre Program is among the top sixteen most highly recommended undergraduate programs in the nation, according to the most recent Performing Arts Major’s College Guide published by Macmillan Books. It is ranked with such prestigious schools as Juilliard, New York University, Boston University, and Northwestern University.

UWTSD have recently extended the agreement to exchange students from the School of Sport Health and Outdoor Education. This January the first students from the school will go to study for a semester at CSUF.

 As part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's (UWTSD) commitment to Internationalisation and creating Global Citizens there is a longstanding study abroad programme and a number of reciprocal exchange programmes with partner institutions available to students. The Study Abroad program provides students with sound academic knowledge, and is also structured to enable students to enjoy the rich diversity of cultural and social experiences available in Wales and at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The University has links in the USA, Canada, in Europe through the Erasmus programme and in China through the Chinese Studies programme.

 Student feedback from individuals who have been involved with the exchange programmes confirm what a life changing experience this is for students, both on an academic and personal level:

 Becky Bright, BA Acting styudent: “One of the biggest influences on my decision to come to UWTSD was the study abroad opportunity for the performing arts department. I don't know of any other universities in the UK from my research that offers BA actors to travel during their training. As I am currently studying out here at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, it is the best opportunity I have ever had in my life so far. I have grown and learnt so much during the past two months in America and I am so grateful for the international at UWTSD!”

Claire Johnson, recent graduate said: “The opportunity to study abroad changed my life. It has shown me the possibilities available to me and how much freedom I am capable of achieving. I adored my time at UWTSD, however without the chance to study in California I would not have been so committed to get a place on the course. It's an invaluable contribution to UWTSD and the international team have done a fantastic job in broadening the minds and experiences of their students.”

If you are a student applying to UWTSD or are a current UWTSD students and would like more information on the study abroad opportunities please contact: Kath Griffiths, k.griffiths@uwtsd.ac.uk or look on the website: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/international/study-abroad-and-exchange/international-opportunities/

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014