Extended Education and International Programs

Education Abroad

Go Abroad as a non-CSUMB student

Congratulations on starting your study abroad journey!

Applying for Education Abroad is not difficult, but it does take time and careful planning. It is important that you follow all steps carefully and in order, and that you start planning with plenty of time to complete the process!

NOTE: Non-CSUMB students may only apply for summer programs and are not eligible for tuition fee waivers.

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Shake up your summer/winter routine. Explore an exotic location, meet people from different cultures, and have the experience of a lifetime!

Horizons Application

Have you completed steps 1-6 below? Are you ready to embark on an adventure guaranteed to change your life? Start your application today!

Pre-acceptance Phase

Step 1: Research your options - 6 months in advance

  1. Research your options and pick your top 3 countries/programs.
  2. Look up possible courses, application requirements and deadlines.
  3. Research your scholarship options.

Step 2: Attend Education Abroad 101 - 6 months in advance

  1. Education Abroad 101 sessions are held Mondays 12-1PM in Gavilan Hall (Building 201) Annex.

Step 3: Research potential courses - 6 months in advance

  1. Research courses at host university/program that could potentially fulfill your GE, GE electives, major, major electives, minor, and/or minor elective requirements.

Step 4: Talk to CSUMB's Education Abroad Coordinator – 4 months in advance

  1. Complete a pre-advising form before meeting with the Education Abroad Coordinator.
  2. Attend any of the walk-in advising hours with the Education Abroad Coordinator (Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:30am-12:00pm or Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00pm-4:00pm) or set up a virtual advising appointment.
    1. Location: Gavilan Hall (Bldg 201) Suite 207 (2nd floor), Corner of 6th Ave & Inter-Garrison Rd.
    2. You may set up an appointment by emailing educationabroad@csumb.edu
  3. Talk to the Education Abroad Coordinator about any concerns, health issues or disabilities that may require support while abroad.

Step 5: Talk to your Academic Advisor – 4 months in advance

  1. Talk to your Academic Advisor about your top 3 university/program options, academic requirements that could be completed abroad, your graduation plan, etc.

Step 6: Complete pre-acceptance phase – 3 months in advance

  1. Complete and submit the pre-acceptance section of the Education Abroad Application through the Horizons application system.
  2. Make sure your financial aid is in order, apply for scholarships, and budget for your time abroad.
  3. Research flight options (don't buy until you are fully admitted to the program).
  4. Apply or renew your passport (must be valid at least 6 months past your return to the U.S.).

Post-acceptance Phase

Step 7: Apply to host university/program - 2-3 months in advance

  1. Complete and submit application to Exchange Partner University or CSUMB Affiliate program.
    1. The sooner you complete your application, the sooner it can be processed and then you will receive the necessary documents for your visa application (if applicable), housing, etc.

Step 8: Complete post-acceptance application - 1-2 months in advance

Submit the following information within the "post-acceptance" section of the Education Abroad Application (Horizons):

  1. Upload CSUMB Health Clearance Form.
  2. Upload your flight itinerary.
  3. Confirm participation in Education Abroad program.

Step 9: Attend pre-departure orientation

  1. Attend the mandatory pre-departure orientation.
    1. Summer/Fall orientation is typically held in April.
    2. Winter/Spring orientation is typically held in December.

Step 10: Travel to host university/program

  • Pass your classes.
  • If needed, check in with the Education Abroad Team.
  • Have a great time and share your experience with us through social media! Follow @csumbinternational on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #StudyAbrOtter