Skip to content

California State University, Sacramento

Campus Profile

California State University, Sacramento (CSUS, or Sacramento State), is located in high-tech Northern California, in California’s capital city. The campus is close to friendly neighborhoods, shops, parks and public transportation, and international students have access to the most sophisticated smart-classrooms, computer labs, software and interactive media facilities in California. Business Administration, Social Sciences, Communication/Journalism, English, Humanities, and Sciences are popular courses of study for exchange students. International students can live on or off-campus, become involved in campus life through more than 250 student clubs and organizations, or get practical work experience through a variety of internship programs. At Sacramento State, international students enjoy a uniquely American university experience.

CSU SacramentoLocated ninety miles east of San Francisco, Sacramento is livable and affordable. The Mediterranean climate is sunny in the summer and mild in the winter. The intellectual community is vibrant and the student body is diverse. The university is safe, people are friendly and classes are small. Quality teaching and cutting-edge research are top priorities for our internationally-known faculty members. Everyone at Sacramento State is committed to teaching and learning, dedicated to excellence and takes pride in a high graduation rate with students moving on to successful professional careers and meaningful lives.

Academic Calendar

Sacramento State 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 major city (population 300,000 or more)
  • Campus enrollment: Over 28,000 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 may be possible in some disciplines (excluding business) and are based on reciprocity only.
  • Length of exchange: Students may study for one or two semesters. 
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) to apply: 2.70 (based on 4.0 scale) or equivalent.
  • Campus health insurance charged to student:  Yes. Estimate cost is $650 per semester. Cost is subject to change.
  • Other campus-based fees charged to student:  Yes, approximately $100 per semester is charged. Fees for some courses depending on the course may also 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): 64
  • IELTS: 6.0

Graduate Applicant scores may vary. Consult with your home university exchange coordinator.

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): Construction Management (CM); Education (EDU); Graphic Design (GPHD); Health Science (HLSC); Interior Design (INTD); Nursing (NURS); Photography (PHOT).

  • Restricted/Limited Subject Areas (limited places are available and are highly competitive): Biological Sciences (BIO); Criminal Justice (CRJ); Kinesiology (KINS); Psychology (PSYC).

Impacted and restricted subject areas are subject to change at any time.

Last modified 11/14/2018