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Fall 2020 Exchange Student Applicants

Dear Fall 2020 Exchange Student Applicant,

Out of concern for the health, safety and welfare of students, staff and faculty, California State University (CSU) campuses will offer their courses primarily through virtual instruction in the upcoming fall term. This means that unfortunately, we will not be able to host exchange students to our campuses this fall nor can we offer an online study option. Exchange students who have applied for Fall 2020 to the CSU Systemwide Student Exchange Program through their home university have the option to either:
- Defer* to our Winter/Spring 2021 term, or
- Reapply to Fall 2021.

*A deferral is when the campus has already received an application and the student was either accepted or pending acceptance to the campus. Pending and admitted students should have received emails from their host campus.

For students who wish to defer to our January 2021 intake (Winter/Spring term): Deferring is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3.  No new application is needed. To defer to the same campus in which you were placed in the fall, follow the steps below.

1. Complete "The CSU Systemwide Student Exchange Deferral Form" and provide the form to your exchange coordinator at your home university before July 30, 2020. To complete the course list section, refer to our webpage on CSU Subject/Course Information. With permission of your host university, you may study for two semesters (winter/spring and fall) but be aware that:
 - you may need to show additional proof of finances to cover your living expenses for the year, and
 -  if you live on-campus, you may be asked to leave your accommodation during the summer months. 
After completing and signing the form, provide the form to your exchange coordinator at your home university who will forward the form to our office. 
2. Prepare to submit updated documents to your host CSU campus. Most campuses will ask you to submit one or more of the following updated documents: transcript, Declaration of Financial Support Form, and proof of finances (bank letter, letters from sponsors, scholarship letters, etc.). Refer to the CSU Campus Costs and Requirements worksheet for cost information. The following campuses have indicated that no updated documents will be needed (although all campuses reserve the right to request additional information for admission purposes): Fresno, Northridge, San Luis Obispo. 

3. Check your emails regularly for messages from your host CSU campus and reply promptly. Read emails carefully and follow instructions and deadlines given. If you have any questions about your exchange, ask your host campus. 

To view the academic calendar for Winter/Spring 2021, click here.

We look forward to welcoming you in 2021 where you can fully participate in exchange and experience what California has to offer. Please click here to access the "Visit California" website where you can begin to discover California before you arrive to our "Golden State". 
(Updated 7/1/20)