Study California is a membership-driven non-profit public benefit corporation of the State of California formed for the purpose of bringing talented international students to diverse educational programs offered by California’s institutions of higher education and English language programs.

Because the demand is so high for education in the United States, and because California offers such a diversity of quality programs, Study California was formed to offer students and advisors one place where individuals could search for programs.

Study California strives to increase the number of international students enrolling in California’s schools and universities, as well as to facilitate partnerships between California’s schools and schools abroad. It is an important mission of the organization to embrace other culture and further cross-cultural understanding globally. We hope to make the state of California a top study destination worldwide! If you are looking for a school in California, or if you would like to help us facilitate Study California’s goals, please contact us. We would love to hear from you!


Board of Directors

Jing Luan, Ph.D.
Study California Chair
Vice Chancellor, Educational Services and Planning
San Mateo CCCD
Cañada College, College of San Mateo, & Skyline College
Email: luan@smccd.edu


Study California Chair Elect – Vacant


Bryce Benton
Study California Treasurer
Assistant Director, International Admissions
University of California, Santa Cruz
E-mail: mbbenton@ucsc.edu


Rebecca Smith
Study California Secretary
Director, International Operations
Office of International Affairs
National University
Email: rsmith@nu.edu


Emily Kirsch
Study California Communications Manager
International Marketing & Recruitment Coordinator
Center for International Programs
Humboldt State University
Email: emily@humboldt.edu


Alexander Chang
Study California CSU Liason
Associate Director/Chief Program Officer
International Recruitment and Partnerships
San Jose State University
Email: alexander.chang@sjsu.edu


George Beers
Study California CCC Liason
Dean, International Education
Foothill De Anza College
Email: beersgeorge@fhda.edu


Zaid Ghori
Study California UC Liason
Non-Resident Recruitment Coordinator
UC Office of the President
Email: zaid.ghori@ucop.edu


Carol Johnson
Study California Private School Liason
Enrollment Manager, Translation and Interpretation and Language Teaching Programs
Monterey Institute of International Studies
Email: cgjohnson@miis.edu


Patrice Mulholland
Study California Member at Large
Assistant Director
Office of International Programs
San Francisco State University
Email: pmulholl@sfsu.edu


Daniel Tamayo
Study California Member at Large
Director of International Students Program
West Hills Community College District
Email: danieltamayo@whccd.edu


Members at Large – 2 vacancies