Plan your finances
Financial planning is an integral part of a successful study abroad experience. You’ll want to come to the U.S. with enough U.S. currency to cover initial expenses like meals, transportation fare, etc. but not so much that you feel uncomfortable. We recommend about $200-500, but please be sure to carry it safely.
If you are unable to obtain U.S. currency prior to arrival, you may try to exchange your own country’s currency at the airport or use an ATM (bank withdrawal machine). Be aware that both of these methods are less reliable than to carrying U.S. cash with you.
Prior to leaving, inform your bank that you are traveling for an extensive period and ensure that:
- Your banking activities will not be mistaken as fraudulent
- You will be able to access your funds and use your bank card in the U.S.
- Your daily withdrawal limits are high enough to accommodate your needs
- There are alternate methods of accessing funds available to you (traveler’s checks, etc.)
Many students find it easy and convenient to open a bank account in the U.S.
Cost compare the different programs offered at CSUMB! Depending on the program and duration, costs may vary and are subject to change.
Installment Payment Plans (IPP) are available for tuition and housing payment for degree and National Student Exchange (NSE) students.