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CSU Overview

Academic Information

The California State University (CSU) offers more than 1,800 bachelor's and master's degree programs in some 240 subject areas. Most subjects are available to exchange students from partner institutions although a few programs are impacted at some campuses. This means access can be limited or unavailable. Course descriptions can be found on campus websites.

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Academic Calendars

Exchange students can study at the CSU for up to one academic year. Check with your home institution exchange coordinator for details. Some CSU campuses operate on quarters, others operate on semesters. See table below for approximate calendar dates for 2018-19.

Quarter System Campuses

Semester System Campuses

San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo.

Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Chico, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Fresno, Fullerton, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Maritime Academy, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Marcos, Sonoma and Stanislaus.

Dates are approximate and vary by campus.

Fall Quarter: Mid-September - Mid-December
Fall Break: Mid-December - Early January
Winter Quarter: Early January - Mid-March
Winter Break: Late March - Early April
Spring Quarter: Late March - Mid-June

Dates are approximate and vary by campus.

Fall Semester: Late August - Late December
Fall Break: Late December - Late January
Spring Semester: Late January - Mid-May
Spring Break: Mid-March - Early April


On-campus housing options are available but may be limited at some campuses. Dormitories typically house first-year university students, ages 18-20, and are co-ed, with half the floor reserved for female students and half the floor reserved for male students. Students normally share a bedroom with another student. There is a bathroom in the hall with 3 or 4 showers, sinks and toilets, which is shared by 10-12 students. Some campuses have recently built apartment-style housing facilities on campus, but space is very limited. Most international students decide to live in off-campus apartments near the university. This usually entails arriving a couple of weeks before classes start to allow time to find housing. More detailed information about housing will be provided by your host CSU campus prior to your arrival and is available on campus housing websites.

How Much Does it Cost to Study at the CSU?

Many students assume that studying abroad will cost much more than they can afford. While studying abroad will cost money, the surprising reality is that the cost is within the financial reach of most students. Keep in mind that the CSU system includes 23 universities located throughout the state of California. Some campuses are in big cities and others are in smaller, more rural areas. All around the world, the cost of living in a big metropolitan city, such as London, Paris, Los Angeles or San Francisco, is higher than the cost of living in smaller cities. If cost is a deciding factor, we suggest that students consider one of the CSU campuses located outside the large metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Furthermore, remember that living near the ocean costs more than living inland. All of these factors will play a role in determining your costs.

Exchange students pay normal tuition fees directly to their home universities and avoid paying costly international fees which are normally incurred by international students who study in the CSU. Some CSU campuses will require exchange students to pay miscellaneous campus-based fees which is not covered by the exchange agreement. Most CSU campuses required that exchange students purchase their health insurance plans. Estimated costs to attend our campuses are found here

Fun Facts about California

  • California's economy consistently ranks in size among the top eight economies in the world.

  • California is bigger than eighty-five of the smallest nations in the world.

  • California is the largest producer of goods of all the 50 U.S. states and the largest agricultural state in America.

  • One out of every eight United States residents lives in California.

  • The highest and lowest points in the continental United States are within 100 miles of one another. Mount Whitney rises to 14,495 feet and Bad Water in Death Valley is 282 feet below sea level.

Last modified 07/11/2018