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January 2021 Intake

The January intake is open to partner institutions by invitation and to exchange applicants who withdrew from the Fall 2020 term as a result of COVID-19. 

To Fall 2020 applicants who are deferring to our January 2021 intake (Winter/Spring term): To defer to the same campus in which you were placed in the fall, please complete the CSU Systemwide Student Exchange Deferral Form found here. Submit the signed form to your Exchange Coordinator at your home university by July 30, 2020. We can offer more flexibility for students deferring to campuses with later application deadline dates (see table below). (Note that to be considered a deferral, the campus must have received your application in which you were admitted or your admittance was pending. Pending and admitted students should have received emails from their host campus.)

The application and application instructions below is for:
- new applicants who did not apply to our Fall 2020 intake, and
- Fall 2020 applicants who wish to be considered for a different campus than the one in which they were previously placed. 

To get familiar with our campuses, go to our webpage, "CSU Campuses at a Glance". In one place, this page provides links to all campuses plus it has other information that will help partners and students with selecting campuses for exchange. 

CSU Systemwide Student Exchange Application. New applicants must complete this application using a PC computer. Prior versions of this application will not be accepted. Students with questions about their application should contact their exchange coordinator. 

Application Instructions for Students. This document will assist students with completing the application form.

CSU Campus and Course Selection Guidelines.  Please read this document carefully as it provides information on how to select campuses and courses (subjects). Brief course descriptions are available on all campus websites. 

CSU Subject/Course Information. This webpage contains information on courses, the credit system used at the CSU, course levels and other information. Brief course descriptions are available on all campus websites. Course syllabi (outlines) are provided on the first day of class although some campus departments provide their syllabi online. Refer to the webpage for more information.

English Language Proficiency Requirements.  This document explains the English language proficiency requirements for exchange applicants. Test scores should be submitted with the application. CSU campuses may request for original test results to be sent to them directly. 
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Declaration of Financial Support.  Applicants are required to complete and submit this form with their application. Applicants should be prepared to submit actual proof of finances (such as bank statements) upon request, after being placed at a campus.  This is necessary to show that applicants have liquid funds available to support them while on exchange. The host CSU campus will contact the applicant to confirm the amount of funds needed, explain what are acceptable forms of proof of financial support and advise if other forms are required in order to be admitted to the campus. Documents must be mailed directly to the host campus. 
  • CSU Campus Costs and Requirements for 2020-21. This is a guide to help students select campuses that fit within their budget. It includes information on the financial amounts that campuses require as well as minimum grade and TOELT/IELTS requirements for each campus.
Student Health: Health/Immunization Requirements. Students attending CSU campuses are subject to immunization requirements. For further information, click on the above link for the Student Health website for the campus (or campuses) you wish to list on your application. It is important to look at the immunization requirements at the time you are applying to the CSU or at least six months prior to your scheduled arrival to your host CSU campus in order to schedule any immunization shots necessary.


Application Deadline Date and Submission. Below are the application deadline dates for the campuses below. Applications must be submitted electronically through our secure portal found here. (Note that this applies to new applicants from all partners except for those from Germany and France. Germany partners must forward their applications to our staff in Tuebingen and Paris partners must forward their applications to the MICEFA office.)

Deadline Date     CSU Campuses
24 July 20
Pomona, Maritime Academy, San Luis Obispo*, and Sonoma
7 August 20 

Long Beach, Los Angeles, and San Diego

21 August 20

Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Chico, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Fresno, Fullerton, Humboldt, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Jose, San Marcos, and Stanislaus.

*The San Luis Obispo campus is the only campus that operates on the quarter system where three quarters equal to one academic year.

Note: Late applications may be considered on a case by case basis.