Study Abroad

Study Abroad FAQ's



Q: I'm interested in Studying Abroad. What should I do to learn more?

A: If you are interested in the CSU IP program (where you receive 15 units of RESIDENCE credit towards your CSUN degree), You can come to the International and Exchange Student Center in the University Student Union to pick up a brochure on the country that you are interested in, or for a list of the countries offered - see http://www.calstate.edu/ip/.

You can email then Juliet for an appointment at Juliet.aylmer@csun.edu (remember to include your cell phone, so she can call you to make an appointment).

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Q: Can I study abroad for only one semester?

A: No. The CSU study abroad program is only available for TWO semesters. For most countries the program runs from the Fall to the Spring.

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Q: Is there a minimum GPA requirement?

A: Yes, the minimum requirement for the Study Abroad program varies by country and is either 2.75 or 3.0 GPA; the minimum requirement for the National Student Exchange program is 2.5 GPA.

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Q: Are these competitive programs?

A: The CSU IP Study Abroad program is competitive for some countries.

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Q: Do I have to speak the language of the country I will be applying to?

A: Not necessarily. Some countries require fluency in their native language, others offer programs taught entirely in English. Ask Juliet for details regarding the countries you are interested in.

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Q: How do I apply to Study Abroad?

A: If you want to study abroad for an academic year in Fall 2011 and Spring 2012, Please see the information on how to apply at this link http://www.csun.edu/international/abroad/deadline.htm.

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Q: How much will it cost?

A: Through the CSU IP program you pay CSUN tuition fees while abroad, not the host campus' tuition fees.

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Q: Will I still receive financial aid while on exchange?

A: Yes. Whatever financial aid you receive here at CSUN you will receive while studying abroad.

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Q: Are there any scholarships available to help with the costs?

A: There are some scholarships for studying overseas. Please see the scholarship link for more information on scholarship opportunities.

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Q: Can I participate in these programs as a graduate student?

A: The CSU IP Study Abroad program is usually recommended for undergraduate students. However, graduate students are eligible to apply. If you are a graduate student who is interested in studying abroad, please check first with an academic advisor in your department to verify that they will grant you credit for any classes you take abroad.

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Q: Will the classes I take abroad/while on exchange count toward my degree?

A: You will need to check with an academic advisor in your department.

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Q: How much does it cost to apply?

A: There is no application fee for the CSU Study Abroad program.

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Q: What are my chances of being accepted into the CSU IP program?

A: Some countries are more competitive than others, so make sure that you meet the minimum requirements. Please see the eligibility tab for the country you are interested in by going to www.calstate.edu/ip, then select Prospective Students, then Programs. Click on the country you are interested in and check all the tabs at the top of the page (eligibility, cost, academic programs etc).

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