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California State University Maritime Academy

Campus Profile

Cal MaritimeCalifornia State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) is located in Vallejo, on the San Francisco Bay.  Maritime Academy is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast, and is a small, structured and focused campus providing a high-quality practical education. Focusing on marine transportation, engineering, global business and international policy;  Maritime students study one of six majors, and students are generally very focused on their chosen fields. As an example, students in the Maritime Policy and Management Department develop: 1) the written and oral communication and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed; 2) a practical balance of theoretical knowledge, experiential learning, strong ethical values and global leadership skills and 3) the ability to apply the knowledge, values and skills to the needs of international business, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

With an average class size of 23 students, excellent faculty, a supportive small school atmosphere and a high post-graduation rate of immediate employment, Maritime Academy is recognized as one to the top choices in U.S. higher education.

This campus is open to a select number of exchange students with demonstrated interest in maritime affairs in the fields of engineering, international business and global studies. Exchange students may also take subjects from other areas in which prerequisites have been met, subject to availability. Exchange applicants may be subject to an interview via Skype as part of the selection process.

Academic Calendar

Cal Maritime operates on a semester system. One semester is equivalent to .50 of an academic year. Two semesters are equal to one academic year. To view academic calendar dates, refer to the campus website or the CSU Campus Calendar found on the CSU Overview webpage located here.

Information for Exchange Students

  • Location description: Located in Northern California in or near a small/medium city (population 75,000-300,000)
  • Campus enrollment: Approximately 1,000 students.
  • Students who can apply: Degree-seeking students nominated by exchange partners. Students must be undergraduate students or graduate students who are willing to accept an undergraduate placement. Graduate student placements are not available at this campus. Applicants should have demonstrated interest in maritime affairs.
  • Length of exchange: Students may study for one or two semesters. 
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) to apply: 2.50 (based on 4.0 scale) or equivalent.
  • Campus health insurance charged to student:  Yes. Cost provided upon request.
  • Other campus-based fees charged to student:  Fees for some courses depending on the course.may be charged (e.g. lab fees). Fee amounts and fees charged are subject to change.

Minimum English Proficiency Score Requirements

  • ETS TOEFL (Internet-based scores): 61
  • IELTS: Currently the university does not accept IELTS scores

To determine if a test score is required, refer to the document, “English Language Proficiency Requirements.”

Impacted/Closed and Restricted Subject Areas

  • Impacted/Closed Subject Areas (which are not available to exchange students): Cruise (CRU); Deck Labds (DL); Firefighting (FF); Naval Science (NSC).

  • Restricted/Limited Subject Areas (limited places are available and are highly competitive): This campus is restricted to students who wish to study Engineering, Global Studies and International Business with demonstrated interest in maritime affairs. Applicants may be subject to an interview on Skype.
Impacted and restricted subject areas are subject to change at any time.
Last modified 11/14/2018