Developing intercultural communication skills and international understanding among its students is a vital mission of The California State University (CSU). Since its inception in 1963, CSU International Programs has contributed to this effort by providing qualified students an affordable opportunity to continue their studies abroad for a full academic year. More than 20,000 CSU students have taken advantage of this unique study option.
Participants earn resident academic credit at their CSU campuses while pursuing full‑time study at a host university or special study center abroad. International Programs serves the needs of students in over 100 designated academic majors. The program is affiliated with more than 50 recognized universities and institutions of higher education in 18 countries and offers a wide selection of study abroad destinations and learning environments.
Information on academic course offerings available at these locations is in the International Programs Catalog which may be obtained from the Study Abroad Office in the Center for International Education (BH 201) or by writing to The California State University International Programs, 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802‑4210 (562) 951-4790.
International Programs pays tuition and administrative costs abroad for participating California resident students to a similar extent that such funds would be expended to support similar costs in California. Participants are responsible for all CSU tuition and program fees, personal costs, such as transportation, room and board, and living expenses. Financial aid, with the exception of Federal Work-Study, is available to qualified students.
To qualify for admission to the International Programs, in most programs students must have upper division or graduate standing at a CSU campus by the time of departure. Students at the sophomore level may, however, participate in the intensive language acquisition programs in Canada, China, France, Germany, Korea, Mexico, Sweden and Taiwan. California Community Colleges transfer students are eligible to apply directly from their community colleges. Students must also possess a current cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or 3.0, depending on the program for which they apply, and must fulfill all coursework prerequisites.
Additional information and application materials may be obtained from the CSULB Center for International Education by calling (562) 985-8429 or by writing to The California State University International Programs, 401 Golden Shore, Sixth Floor, Long Beach, California 90802-4210. Visit us on the World Wide Web at: www.gateway.calstate.edu/csuienet/.
Applications for the 2009-2010 academic year overseas must be submitted by February 1, 2009 (May 1 for Australia and New Zealand).