Columbus State University Print Logo

International Students Banner - Student holding pictures of international locations.

International Programs

 International Student Service Scholarship

DEADLINE : May 31st for Fall semester, November 1st for Spring semester

Columbus State University and the Center for International Education are pleased to offer the International Student Service Scholarship to qualified undergraduate and graduate international students on an F-1 student visa. The International Student Service Scholarship is an out-of-state tuition waiver available to a limited number of international students who have been accepted to CSU, or are presently attending CSU. Download the documents below for complete information about the scholarship.

Candidates for the ISSS scholarship may be asked to do an in person interview or web interview before being offered a scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship are representatives of the Center for International Education and may be asked to speak in classrooms or do presentations and need to comfortable speaking in public and in front of groups. Recipients will also assist other students during international orientation.

E-mail: crane_janet@columbusstate.edu for more information

Current Scholarship Recipients


Picture of Bao Do

Name: Bao Do

CSU Email: do_bao@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: Mathematics

Year/Classification: Senior

Countries visited (including non-study abroad):  

Home Country: Vietnam

Favorite memory during time in US: The most memorable event was the snow last year. It was the first time in my life I saw snow. I had always wished to see snow and that wish was fulfilled.

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: "All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware."

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: If you have an opportunity to study abroad, go for it. It is not just the knowledge that you will learn, but it is also a chance for you to grow up through changes and challenges.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: I love science and mathematics. I am currently a vice president of the Math Club. I hope I can do my best to improve the club and make mathematics accessible to all who wish to learn it. I am a member of the International Relations Club, Philosophy Club, and the Engineering Society


Picture of Renata C de Paiva

Name: Renata C de Paiva

CSU Email: paiva_renata@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: BS in Biology (2014). Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Year/Classification: Degree - Undergrad PostBac

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): US, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Chile.

Home Country: Brazil

Favorite memory during time in US: I have had many amazing moments in the US. I have wonderful memories of my undergrad years playing tennis for Columbus State. I am very thankful for all the opportunities and people I met here. However, I think my favorite memory during my time here was when my family came to my graduation in 2014. It was amazing to have them here for such a special moment.

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: "Not all those who wander are lost" – J.R.R. Tolkien

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: In my opinion study abroad is extremely beneficial for students and if you have a chance to do it, I recommend it. You will have a chance to have a better understanding and appreciation of different cultures, traditions and languages. It is an amazing experience that helps you grow a lot. If you decide to go for it, be open minded, respectful of the different culture and, enjoy every moment.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: ISSS


Picture of Steven Castillo

Name: Steven Castillo

CSU Email: castillo_steven@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: Communication

Year/Classification: Junio

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): Colombia, United States, Spain, Egypt.

Home Country: Colombia

Favorite memory during time in US: When I arrived here.

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: "Let's do it"

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Best experience of your life.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Student Services 


Picture of Raj Kotak

Name: Raj Kotak

CSU Email: kotak_raj@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: Computer Science

Year/Classification: Senior

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): United States of America, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia.

Home Country: India

Favorite memory during time in US: Visiting Disney Land and Hollywood Studios in Florida.

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page" By- Saint Augustine

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Studying abroad is an experience one should never miss. You get to meet and know different people and their cultures.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Student Services.


Picture of Satoko Fujishima

Name: Satoko Fujishima

CSU Email: fujishima_satoko@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: Business

Year/Classification: Undergrad PostBac

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): More than 30 countries

Home Country: Japan

Favorite memory during time in US: Rode a bicycle and crossed the Golden Gate Bridge by myself and back on Ferry in San Francisco

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: "You only live once. Seize the moment! "

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Go for it ! We will recognize how amazing the world is and how different we are. Then we will go to the next stage that we did not expect.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Student Services


Photo of Helene Vivien

Name: Helene Vivien

CSU Email: vivien_helene@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: B.A Communication – Public Relations Track

Year/Classification: Freshman

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): USA, Honduras, Greece, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia, and Tunisia.

Home Country: France

Favorite memory during time in US: My favorite memory was the time I spent at the English Language Institute where I met wonderful people such as my teachers.

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: "Le vrai voyage ce n'est pas de chercher des nouveaux paysages, mais d'avoir de nouveaux yeux." ("The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.") – Marcel Proust

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Sharing our differences make us more alike. We have so many things to learn from others! Being here is a great opportunity to open our minds.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Student Services


Photo of Silvia Beltran

Name: Silvia De Los Angeles Beltran Lancia

CSU Email: beltran_silvia@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: Nursing

Year/Classification: Freshman

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): Venezuela, Italy, Korea, United States.

Home Country: Venezuela.

Favorite memory during time in US: I graduated from High School here, so I would say my High School graduation is my favorite memory.

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: I loved when I visited Korea.

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Best experience of your life.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Experiences.


Photo of Ariatna Rivera

Name: Ariatna Frynee Perez Rivera

CSU Email: perezrivera_ariatna@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: Sociology-Public Administration.

Year/Classification: Post Bacc.

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): South Korea, Cuba and The United States.

Home Country: Nicaragua

Favorite memory during time in US: Traveling to the Grand Canyon. It's the most majestic place that I have ever seen in my life.

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: Happiness only real when shared.

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Don't be afraid of being yourself with new people. Enjoy meeting people and sharing your ideas based on your own experience. Don't let fear stop you from new cultural experiences or branching out of your comfort zone.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Student Services, Active8 Camp.


  Photo of Diliora Anayondu

Name: Diliora Anayondu

CSU Email: diliora_anayondu@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: Biology Pre-Med

Year/Classification: Freshman

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): London, Ghana, and USA.

Home Country: Nigeria

Favorite memory during time in US: My favorite memory is my first at CSU. 

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Always ask for help don't die in silence and make good friends.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Student Services


Photo of Silvia Manzo 

Name: Silvia Manzo

CSU Email: manzo_silvia@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: International Business

Year/Classification: Freshman

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): United States of America, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala.

Home Country: Guatemala

Favorite memory during time in US: My first time at Disneyland when I was child.

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if we only seek them with our eyes open

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: The best education I have ever received was through travel - Lisa Ling

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Student Services


Photo of Vishwa Patel

Name: Vishwa Patel

CSU Email: patel_vishwaben@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: Nursing

Year/Classification: Sophomore

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): Singapore, China, Bangkok, Pataya, Thailand, Dubai, United States, and yet many more to explore.

Home Country: India

Favorite memory during time in US: The day I landed in United States was the best day of my life, it made me feel "now life starts." The first snow I ever experienced, in my home country especially where I lived, we haven't witnessed it, so it was a beautiful start. Also, when I came in United States, I started my freshman year at New York Institute of Technology in New York, New York itself is a beautiful memory.

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: "Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport."

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Just go for it! Life doesn't give you a second chance. If we were to stay at one place, then God would have given us roots rather than feet. The other thing that I believe is you never know what's going to happen next moment, so try to explore and learn as much as you can in the present moment. You will explore different cultures and people and that will help you to choose what's the best thing for you.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Student Services


Picture of Elena Jiguliova

Name: Elena Jiguliova

CSU Email: jiguliova_elena@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: Criminal Justice

Year/Classification: Junior

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Turkey

Home Country: Moldova

Favorite memory during time in US: Going to the milk farm in Wisconsin.

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: Whenever you go, you take yourself with you.

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: You represent your country. Act like it.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Student Services


Photo of Adauniabasi Ruth Udo

Name: Adaimoabasi Ruth Udo

CSU Email: udo_adaimoabasi@columbusstate.edu

Area of Study: Engineering

Year/Classification: Freshman

Countries visited (including non-study abroad): United States, UK, South Africa, and Paris

Home Country: Nigeria

Favorite memory during time in US: The time I went to six flags for my birthday

Favorite travel or internationally themed quote: Happiness is a way of travel, not a destination. – Roy Goodman

Best advice to classmates who want to study abroad: Go for it! Be open-minded and don't be afraid to try new things. Research on your country of choice to inform yourself about the cultural differences in the new environment you would be in. Be yourself, know what you stand for and keep friends that support you and your vision. Create new experiences. Try to find a balance so that you're not left out and lastly don't let the pressure get to you.

What activities are you involved with at CSU: International Student Services


Photo of Giovanna

Name: Giovanna Lara Poveda

E-mail: larapoveda_giovanna@columbusstate.edu

Area of study: General Business

Year of classification: Freshman

Countries visited: Argentina, Chile, Brasil, Dominican Republic, and the United States.

Home country: Colombia

Favorite memory during time in the US: it was when snowed in Columbus last year, and I've never been that close to snow. It was amazing!

Study abroad: it is an opportunity to know more about about American culture and also about yourself. It is very fun experience!

Activities: international student activities