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The CSU Systemwide Student Exchange Program
The California State University (CSU) International Programs Office administers the CSU Systemwide Student Exchange Program and has student exchange agreements with over 60 institutions worldwide. Our office is located at the CSU Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach, California, which is the headquarters office for the CSU system. As the largest four-year public university system in the nation, the CSU has 23 campuses and over 480,000 enrolled students throughout California. This program gives qualified degree-seeking students from our exchange partners the opportunity to attend one of our 23 CSU campuses as an exchange student as part of the "Exchange Visitor Program" which is administered by the U.S. Department of State.
The Exchange Visitor Program was developed as part the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (also known as the Fulbright-Hays Act) which was enacted into law by John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. The purpose of this program is to promote cultural exchange and understanding between people from the United States and those from other countries. Not only do exchange participants learn about the cultures of others, they also serve as ambassadors for their home institution while studying at their host institution. It is through this interaction with local students that the exchange of students can continue in the years to come. Watch this video from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, for more information about the Exchange Visitor Program.
The pages of this site are specifically designed for our exchange partners and their students who are interested in attending one of our CSU campuses in California for up to one academic year as exchange students. To get familiar with the CSU Systemwide Student Exchange Program, refer to the following webpages (also found on the left navigational bar):
- CSU Campuses at a Glance (A resource page with links to CSU campuses for exchange students and partners)
- How to Apply
- CSU Subject/Course Information
- CSU Campus Costs and Requirements (View comparative campus costs and other requirements.)
- CSU Exchange Promotional Flyer (ready-to-print on A4 sized paper)
Students must be undergraduate students, or graduate students who are willing to accept an undergraduate placement. Typically, exchanges begin in our fall term which starts in August or September. We also administer a January intake which is open to partners by invitation or mutual agreement.
Below are quick links that provides information about the CSU and our campuses:.
- Facts about the CSU
- CSU Map and Campus Website Links
- CSU Campus Profiles
- Search for CSU Degrees (Search which campuses offer specific study areas.)
- CSU Campus Catalogs (Access campus information including short descriptions for courses/subjects.)
- Health and Safety for our Inbound Exchange Students
Participation in this exchange program depends on various factors, including eligibility requirements as determined by each CSU campus and the number of exchange places available at CSU. If places are available, then the exchange coordinator at the partner institution facilitates the selection process and nominates students for this program. If you already have been nominated by your home university to apply to the CSU as an exchange student, refer to the webpage:
- January 2021 Intake (Winter/Spring 2021)
- Fall 2020 Exchange Applicants (Deferring to our January 2021 Intake)
If you are a student pursuing a degree at one of our partner institutions, please contact the exchange coordinator at your home university for details about this program.
If your home university is not on the list of exchange partners, then you are not eligible for this exchange program but you can apply to the CSU as an international student.