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Status of Inbound Exchange at the CSU

Dear Exchange Partners and Applicants,

Out of concern for the health, safety and welfare of students, staff and faculty, California State University (CSU) campuses delivered courses primarily virtually in the winter/spring term that began in January 2021, and had reduced populations in campus housing.  Consequently, CSU International Programs made the difficult decision to suspend our inbound exchange program both in person and virtual for Winter/Spring 2021.

Regarding Fall 2021: Although we remain optimistic that we will be able to welcome exchange students to the CSU this fall, we are still uncertain about what the fall term at our campuses will look like. Our campuses are currently making decisions about the mode of instruction for courses that will be offered and the delivery of various campus services to students.

While we anticipate that most of our campuses will be hosting incoming exchange students, exchange applicants will need to be aware that they should remain open to attending other campuses for their exchange (if their campus choice(s) or the campus in which they were placed become unavailable) and be extremely flexible in their selection of courses. This fall, campuses plan to offer face-to-face instruction, virtual instruction and a combination of both. Exchange students who participate in on-campus exchange will be required to enroll in some courses which have face-to-face instruction in order to comply with visa regulations. Therefore, students should be prepared to have many back-up electives approved by their home university advisors. More information will be provided by the host campuses after students are admitted.

Exchange applicants should also be made aware that housing may be very limited at some campuses due to COVID-19 protocols. For this reason, applicants are urged to apply for on-campus housing as early as possible and/or seek off-campus housing options.

Please check this webpage periodically for updates.

For more information about COVID-19 in California, please click on the links below.
COVID-19 in California
California Department of Public Health
California Travel Alerts

Prospective students may discover California virtually by going to the "Visit California" website. 
  • Click here to watch Visit California's "Dream with Us" video. 

(Updated 2/23/21)