International Program Options

CSUMB offers a variety of programs to meet the diverse needs of the international and visiting students. Whether you want to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree, study for a semester or year, or learn English from certified experts, you can find a wide range of possibilities from CSUMB International Programs.

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Earn a degree

Bachelor’s and master’s degrees at CSUMB are challenging, rewarding, professionally oriented, and fully accredited. With small classes, passionate and engaging faculty, and a comprehensive set of majors and programs to choose from, students have an extraordinary opportunity to earn a prestigious university education.

Degree-seeking international students fully integrate with CSUMB students in all classes and may live on campus with American or international students.

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Study at CSUMB for a semester or year

Our semester and year programs are a great way for international students to experience American culture, advance your degree, and improve your English proficiency. International students live and study with Americans and can participate in all campus clubs and activities. The International Programs Office also organizes special excursions designed to help you discover all that California has to offer. Students often travel on their own to places like the Grand Canyon, Los Angeles, San Diego, Lake Tahoe and more!

The National Student Student Exchange (NSE) program is a an extraordinary opportunity for American and Canadian students to experience the culture of California, make new friends, and learn about life outside of your home state.

International Students - Semester/Year NSE Students - Semester/Year

American Language and Culture Program (ALCP)/Conditional Admission

Visiting students can study English at CSUMB through our American Language and Culture Program (ALCP) for 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 1 semester, or 1 year.

Conditional Admission is an ideal program for students who are interested in pursuing a degree at CSUMB and meet the academic requirements for admission, but require further instruction in English Language. These students will study as part of our ALCP program until ready for matriculating to the university as a degree student.

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Program comparison

International Exchange/ National Student Exchange/ CSU International Programs Semester @CSUMB Degree
Eligibility Nominated for an exchange fee waiver by a CSUMB Exchange Partner or CSU IP Exchange Partner. Any interested student who meets admission requirements Any interested student who meets admission requirements
Length of Stay Semester or Year Semester or Year Typically 4 years for first time freshmen or 2 years for transfer or graduate students
Units per semester Min 12; Max 17 Min 12; Max 17 Min 12; Max 18 for bachelor's, Min 9; Max 18 for master's
Tuition Paid to home university, not CSUMB Paid directly to CSUMB* Paid directly CSUMB*
Housing & Meal Plans Paid directly to CSUMB** Paid directly to CSUMB** Paid directly to CSUMB*
Campus-Specific Fees Included in tuition Included in tuition Paid directly to CSUMB*

*Government, public and private scholarships and loans may be used to fund your studies for these programs.

**Most students will pay fees to CSUMB; please verify with your home university or advisor about exceptions.

Program comparison (English learners)

ALCP Conditional Admission
Eligibility Any interested student Any student who has met English proficiency requirement by passing the highest level of ALCP or achieving adequate test scores
Length of Stay 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 1 semester, or 1 year Varies depending on credits earned at point of entry
Units per semester Varies Varies; min 12, max 18 once fully enrolled in degree program
Tuition Paid directly CSUMB* Paid directly CSUMB*
Housing & Meal Plans Paid directly CSUMB* Paid directly CSUMB*
Campus-Specific Fees Paid directly to CSUMB* Paid directly to CSUMB*

*Government, public and private scholarships and loans may be used to fund your studies for these programs. Most students will pay fees to CSUMB; please verify with your home university or advisor about exceptions.

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