How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in applying to CSUMB as an international or NSE student! To ensure that you follow the correct application procedure, please select the appropriate program below.

  • Bachelor's Degree: For students interested in pursuing their undergraduate degree at CSUMB. Typically takes four years for a first time freshman and two years for an upper division transfer student.
  • Master's Degree, Credential, or Certificate: For students who possess a bachelor's degree and want to pursue a master's, credential, or certificate program at CSUMB. Time required to complete varies by program.
  • Semester or Year: For visiting international exchange, fee-paying, or National Student Exchange (NSE) students. Students can join CSUMB for one or two semesters.
  • American Language & Culture Program (ALCP): For students wishing to improve their English for admission to CSUMB or for personal gain. Time to complete the program may be anywhere from four weeks to one year depending on the student's goals.
Important dates Admissions requirements Program fees

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International Student Interest Form

Bachelor's Degree

Step 1: Review & prepare

Step 2: Complete online application form

Complete the Cal State Apply application. For assistance, download the application guide.

Step 3: Submit required documents

  • Email required documents listed below to internationaladmissions@csumb.edu
    • Official Transcripts and English Proficiency Proof can be emailed as unofficial documents for an initial admissions decision, but official documents MUST be submitted for final admissions.

Scanned copy of your passport photo page

A copy of the biographical (photo) page of your passport is required at the time of application. Make sure your passport is valid and will not expire soon.

If you do not yet have a passport or your passport is currently expired, a copy of your passport application receipt can be provided as proof that you are in the process of obtaining or renewing your passport.

Passport bio page

Official Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts can be emailed to internationaladmissions@csumb.edu for an initial admissions decision. Before admission can be finalized, we must receive all official transcripts.

Final official transcripts must be received by July 1 (Fall start) or November 1 (Spring start).

Applicant type Official transcripts to submit
Freshman High school/secondary school transcripts
Lower-division transfer (fewer than 60 transferable university-level semester units) High school/secondary school transcripts AND college/university transcripts
Upper-division transfer (more than 60 transferable university-level semester units)  College/university transcripts
Graduate, credential, and certificate College/university transcripts

VERY IMPORTANT: review the following resources before submitting your transcripts

High school/secondary school transcripts College/university transcripts
  • Send transcripts as soon as possible so that you can be admitted more quickly
  • Submit official transcripts from each high school, college, or university attended (as applicable), even if you did not graduate
  • If your transcripts reflect in-progress coursework, submit a final transcript as soon as that coursework is complete
  • Graduate students and athletes: An additional set of official transcripts may be required by the program to which you are applying; please review their requirements to verify
  • Transcripts submitted to the Office of Admissions become property of the University and will not be released back to the student or a third party at any time

If you are not able to submit official transcript(s) in a sealed envelope from your previous institution(s), visit our Special Circumstances page for more information.

Proof of English proficiency

International student applicants are required to demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in English. Proof of English proficiency can be emailed to internationaladmissions@csumb.edu for an initial admissions decision. Before admission can be finalized, we must receive official proof.

The English proficiency requirement can be met several ways.

Proving English Proficiency

Financial affidavit & related documents

Federal regulations require that all international students provide evidence of adequate funds to meet the financial obligations of enrollment at a U.S. university.

The combined U.S. dollar amount must equal or exceed the minimum amount listed on the Financial Affidavit for your program:

Please contact international@csumb.edu if you are interested in applying for the Nursing program or the Teaching Credential Program.

Documents should be:

Types of funds that are accepted and how they should be declared:

  • Funds from individual sponsor or self-sponsor
    • Student must sign the affidavit of financial support. If the student has a sponsor, the sponsor must also sign the affidavit of financial support. Bank verification (example: a bank statement or letter with the seal of the bank and the signature of a bank employee) must be provided showing the available funds and dated within 6 months of the student's application.
  • Funds from government or private agencies (loans and scholarships)
    • Student must sign the affidavit of financial support. Student must attach verification letter on letterhead from government or agency stating amount that will be received.

I-20 Transfer form for students already in the U.S. (current F-1 visa holders)

If you are currently attending high school, community college, or university in the United States and will graduate or transfer at the end of the current term, you must complete an I-20 Transfer In Form.

Complete the top portion with your personal information as directed and then give it to the International Student Counselor (DSO) at your school. He/she will fill out the bottom portion and fax it to us so that we can transfer your existing I-20 in the online SEVIS system.

Master's Degree, Credential, or Certificate

Applying to our Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate programs is a dual admission process, and the procedures and deadlines will vary slightly by program.

Step 1: Review & Prepare

Step 2: Complete online application form

Complete the Cal State Apply application. For assistance, download the application guide.

Step 3: Submit required documents

  • Email required documents listed to internationaladmissions@csumb.edu
    • Official Transcripts and English Proficiency Proof can be emailed as unofficial documents for an initial admissions decision, but official documents MUST be submitted for final admissions.

Scanned copy of your passport photo page

A copy of the biographical (photo) page of your passport is required at the time of application. Make sure your passport is valid and will not expire soon.

If you do not yet have a passport or your passport is currently expired, a copy of your passport application receipt can be provided as proof that you are in the process of obtaining or renewing your passport.

Passport bio page

Official Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts can be emailed to internationaladmissions@csumb.edu for an initial admissions decision. Before admission can be finalized, we must receive all official transcripts.

Final official transcripts must be received by July 1 (Fall start) or November 1 (Spring start).

Applicant type Official transcripts to submit
Freshman High school/secondary school transcripts
Lower-division transfer (fewer than 60 transferable university-level semester units) High school/secondary school transcripts AND college/university transcripts
Upper-division transfer (more than 60 transferable university-level semester units)  College/university transcripts
Graduate, credential, and certificate College/university transcripts

VERY IMPORTANT: review the following resources before submitting your transcripts

High school/secondary school transcripts College/university transcripts
  • Send transcripts as soon as possible so that you can be admitted more quickly
  • Submit official transcripts from each high school, college, or university attended (as applicable), even if you did not graduate
  • If your transcripts reflect in-progress coursework, submit a final transcript as soon as that coursework is complete
  • Graduate students and athletes: An additional set of official transcripts may be required by the program to which you are applying; please review their requirements to verify
  • Transcripts submitted to the Office of Admissions become property of the University and will not be released back to the student or a third party at any time

If you are not able to submit official transcript(s) in a sealed envelope from your previous institution(s), visit our Special Circumstances page for more information.

Proof of English proficiency

International student applicants are required to demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in English. Proof of English proficiency can be emailed to internationaladmissions@csumb.edu for an initial admissions decision. Before admission can be finalized, we must receive official proof.

The English proficiency requirement can be met several ways.

Proving English Proficiency

Financial affidavit & related documents

Federal regulations require that all international students provide evidence of adequate funds to meet the financial obligations of enrollment at a U.S. university.

The combined U.S. dollar amount must equal or exceed the minimum amount listed on the Financial Affidavit for your program:

Please contact international@csumb.edu if you are interested in applying for the Nursing program or the Teaching Credential Program.

Documents should be:

Types of funds that are accepted and how they should be declared:

  • Funds from individual sponsor or self-sponsor
    • Student must sign the affidavit of financial support. If the student has a sponsor, the sponsor must also sign the affidavit of financial support. Bank verification (example: a bank statement or letter with the seal of the bank and the signature of a bank employee) must be provided showing the available funds and dated within 6 months of the student's application.
  • Funds from government or private agencies (loans and scholarships)
    • Student must sign the affidavit of financial support. Student must attach verification letter on letterhead from government or agency stating amount that will be received.

I-20 Transfer form for students already in the U.S. (current F-1 visa holders)

If you are currently attending high school, community college, or university in the United States and will graduate or transfer at the end of the current term, you must complete an I-20 Transfer In Form.

Complete the top portion with your personal information as directed and then give it to the International Student Counselor (DSO) at your school. He/she will fill out the bottom portion and fax it to us so that we can transfer your existing I-20 in the online SEVIS system.

The program may then require the submission of additional documentation including:

  • Secondary application information
  • Resume/ work experience
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose

Step 4: Complete program-specific application procedures

Be sure to check with your graduate program for specific admission requirements, deadlines, and application procedures. Links to each program's webpage are below:

Master of Arts in Education

Teaching Credentials

Master of Business Administration

Master of Science in Applied Marine and Watershed Science

Master of Science in Marine Science

Master of Science in Instructional Science and Technology

Master of Social Work

Science Illustration Graduate Certificate

Semester or Year

To apply for any of the following programs, you must complete an application through the Horizons online application system:

  • Exchange
  • Semester@ CSUMB
  • National Student Exchange (NSE)
  • Sponsored Student
  • Cal State System Wide International Programs (CSUIP)
  • Summer@ CSUMB

Exchange, NSE or sponsored student programs require a nomination by your home university or sponsor organization. Please check with your coordinator or sponsor for more information about the nomination process before completing this application.

Semester@ CSUMB is open to all interested students. While you may be nominated by a coordinator or agency, no nomination is necessary to apply.

Step 1: Review and Prepare

Scanned copy of your passport photo page

A copy of the biographical (photo) page of your passport is required at the time of application. Make sure your passport is valid and will not expire soon.

If you do not yet have a passport or your passport is currently expired, a copy of your passport application receipt can be provided as proof that you are in the process of obtaining or renewing your passport.

Bio Passport Page

Financial affidavit & related documents

Federal regulations require that all international students provide evidence of adequate funds to meet the financial obligations of enrollment at a U.S. university.

The combined U.S. dollar amount must equal or exceed the minimum amount listed on the Financial Affidavit for your program:

Documents should be:

  • In English or translated to English
  • Dated within 6 months of the intended date of enrollment
  • Scanned and uploaded to Horizons

Types of funds that are accepted and how they should be declared:

  • Funds from individual sponsor or self-sponsor
    • Student must sign the affidavit of financial support. If the student has a sponsor, the sponsor must also sign the affidavit of financial support. Bank verification (example: a bank statement or letter with the seal of the bank and the signature of a bank employee) must be provided showing the available funds and dated within 6 months of the student's application.
  • Funds from government or private agencies (loans and scholarships)
    • Student must sign the affidavit of financial support. Student must attach verification letter on letterhead from government or agency stating amount that will be received.

Proof of English proficiency

If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate proficiency in English, which can be demonstrated in any of the following ways:

  • TOEFL internet-based score of 61 or paper-based score of 500
  • IELTS score of 6.0
  • PTE score of 45
  • If you attended a school full-time where English was the primary language of instruction for at least three years immediately preceding admission to CSUMB
  • There may be alternate options for proving English proficiency. Contact international@csumb.edu to discuss your situation

Unofficial transcript

Semester or year-long visiting students should provide a copy of your unofficial academic transcript in English. This is required to verify that you are in good standing with your current university and will assist in course enrollment.

I-20 Transfer form for students already in the U.S. (current F-1 visa holders)

If you are currently attending high school, community college, or university in the United States and will graduate or transfer at the end of the current term, you must complete an I-20 Transfer In Form.

Complete the top portion with your personal information as directed and then give it to the International Student Counselor (DSO) at your school. He/she will fill out the bottom portion and fax it to us so that we can transfer your existing I-20 in the online SEVIS system.

Special billing or invoice request (optional)

Complete the International Student Billing Request Form if your school will be paying for your housing, meal plan, health insurance or any other fees.

Step 2: Register for a CSUMB Horizons account

  • Go to the CSUMB Horizons Application System
  • Select "Register Now"
  • Complete your personal information and create a password
  • Click "Submit Registration" to return to the login screen

Step 3: Complete Program Application

  • Log in using the email & password you created during the registration process
  • From the "Search Programs" page, scroll to "CSUMB Incoming Programs" and select "Apply for" to choose the term
    • Students from Affiliated Exchange Programs: If you are participating in an Exchange program with IREX, ISEP, World Learning or NSE, make sure that you have selected the program name that corresponds to your program.
    • Students coming from Partner Universities: If you are an Exchange (non fee paying) or Semester@ CSUMB (fee paying) student coming from one of the schools listed, select Exchange (non-fee paying) or Semester@ CSUMB Program (fee paying student) and then the name of your University as your program.
    • Students Not Affiliated with a Partner University or Exchange Program: If you are not affiliated with any of the schools listed or an affiliate Exchange program and are attending CSUMB as a fee paying semester or year long student, make sure you have selected Semester@ CSUMB Program (fee paying student).
  • Complete the application, Review & Save, and click "Submit your application"
  • You will receive a confirmation of your application submission via email

You will receive regular communication from our office regarding your application as well as important next steps, so pay attention to your email throughout the application process.

American Language and Culture Program (ALCP)

Step 1: Prepare necessary documents

Prepare Required Supporting Materials (you will upload these to Horizons):

Scanned copy of your passport photo page

A copy of the biographical (photo) page of your passport is required at the time of application. Make sure your passport is valid and will not expire soon.

If you do not yet have a passport or your passport is currently expired, a copy of your passport application receipt can be provided as proof that you are in the process of obtaining or renewing your passport.

Passport bio page

Financial affidavit & related documents

Federal regulations require that all international students provide evidence of adequate funds to meet the financial obligations of enrollment at a U.S. university.

The combined U.S. dollar amount must equal or exceed the minimum amount listed on the Financial Affidavit for your program:

Documents should be:

  • In English or translated to English
  • Dated within 6 months of the intended date of enrollment
  • Scanned and uploaded to Horizons

Types of funds that are accepted and how they should be declared:

  • Funds from individual sponsor or self-sponsor
    • Student must sign the affidavit of financial support. If the student has a sponsor, the sponsor must also sign the affidavit of financial support. Bank verification (example: a bank statement or letter with the seal of the bank and the signature of a bank employee) must be provided showing the available funds and dated within 6 months of the student's application.
  • Funds from government or private agencies (loans and scholarships)
    • Student must sign the affidavit of financial support. Student must attach verification letter on letterhead from government or agency stating amount that will be received.

Step 2: Register for a CSUMB Horizons account

  • Go to the CSUMB Horizons Application System
  • Select "Register Now"
  • Complete your personal information and create a password
  • Click "Submit Registration" to return to the login screen

Step 3: Complete program application

  • Log in using the email & password you created during the registration process
  • From the "Search Programs" page, scroll to "ALCP - ESL Program (Study English)" and select "Apply for" to choose the term
  • Complete the application, Review & Save, and click "Submit your application"
  • You will receive a confirmation of your application submission via email

Questions?

Bachelor's or master's degree applicants: internationaladmissions@csumb.edu

Semester/year applicants: international@csumb.edu

ALCP applicants: studyenglish@csumb.edu

Or call +1 831-582-4778

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm Pacific Standard Time

ASR and FSR Notices of Availability

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the 2017 Annual Security Report (ASR) is now available for viewing at csumb.edu/cleryreport. The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for CSU Monterey Bay for 2014, 2015, and 2016. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Officer located at Ocean Hall, Bldg #86, B101, by sending an e-mail to clerycompliance@csumb.edu, or by calling (831) 582-3154.

The Annual Fire Safety Report (FSR) is also available through Student Housing & Residential Life (SHRL) and is available for viewing at csumb.edu/firesafetyreport. The report contains information regarding fire safety, how to report a fire, community response to a fire incident, and fire statistics for on-campus student residential facilities for 2014, 2015, and 2016. If you would like to receive hard copies of this information, you can stop by the SHRL front desk in the Student Center, Bldg #12, send an e-mail to student_housing@csumb.edu, or call (831) 582-3378.