Application and selection process
The California State University (CSU) International Programs is open to CSU students and to students eligible to transfer from a California community college. The application deadline for most programs is December 15 (May 1 for Australia and South Africa). There is no application fee. Applications are available online but first you should meet with your IP Campus Coordinator who can explain the application procedures.
A complete application consists of an IP Application, 2 faculty recommendations and official university transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. For some programs, students must also submit a Foreign Language Faculty Recommendation. See your IP Campus Coordinator for more instructions.
All applications are reviewed at the home CSU campus by a local selection committee. The local selection committee makes its recommendations to the Student Affairs Committee of the Academic Council on International Programs (ACIP), which takes final action on all candidates. Selection is based on academic, linguistic, and personal qualifications, and on the appropriateness of the students' proposed plan of study to thier degree objective. Applicants will be notified of the final decision in early March (late August for Australia and South Africa).
If a nonselected applicant wishes to make an appeal for reconsideration, the following procedure should be observed. First, the student meets with the local member of the Academic Council on International Programs (ACIP) for further consultation. If the student still wishes to appeal after consulting with the ACIP member, he/she may write a letter of appeal to the chairperson of the Student Affairs Committee of the ACIP. In his/her letter of appeal, the student must provide new information about his/her eligibility, or a clear case of error on the part of the campus selection committee or Student Affairs Committee. Supplementary character references or personal statements expressing unhappiness with the selection outcome do not constitute new information and will not result in a reconsideration of the case. Personal appearances by applicants are not permitted. Appeals should be sent to the Office of International Programs by early April (mid September for Australia and South Africa). The Student Affairs Committee will review all appeals and respond to the students.
Graduate students are eligible for participation in the following International Programs Study Centers:
Graduate students are NOT eligible for participation in the following International Programs Study Centers: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Japan, South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
- Applicants just beginning graduate work should be aware that study abroad at this early stage of their academic career removes them from their home campus department and advisor at a critical juncture in their studies. It is essential that graduate students considering application for the International Programs obtain advance information on how work completed abroad can be applied to their degree program from both their graduate department, as well as the dean of graduate studies on the home campus. At a later point, this will also require that the Academic Advisement Form be signed by both the department chair and the dean of graduate studies. Graduate students may find that only six to nine units will count toward their graduate degree; they must, however, maintain the unit load requirement.
- Students pursuing graduate degrees must obtain classified graduate standing before departure for overseas. They should plan to complete before departure any course or courses which are either required as part of the graduate program and unlikely to be available at the foreign university or are prerequisite to other graduate work.
- Graduate students must be realistic about what they can accomplish in a year of study overseas, both in terms of what can reasonably be expected in the way of course offerings and of what preparation they have to pursue the available offerings. They should not expect, for example, to work in a narrowly defined area of specialization, particularly one in which they have not had previous preparation. Similarly, their competence in the language of instruction might not be sufficiently advanced to permit them to take courses for which they are otherwise intellectually prepared. Acquisition of the foreign language in itself may be a valid reason for a graduate student to study abroad; however, such study is usually credited on the undergraduate, even lower division, level.
Students pursuing credentials or second baccalaureate degrees are admitted as postbaccalaureates, but are treated, academically, as undergraduate students.
Lots of subjects in Lots of Places!
The CSU International Programs can accommodate students in over 100 academic majors and operates study centers in eighteen countries. We are affiliated with over 70 universities and other institutions of higher education around the world. For detailed information on the programs that are available to you and advice on how to choose a program that best meets your needs, please visit IP's IP Campus Coordinators.
ee your campus International Programs Coordinator.
Your IP Coordinator, can give you additional information about specific programs and answer your individual questions about participation. Your IP Coordinator can also help you with the application process. Please feel free to visit your IP Coordinator soon. We like helping students make their dreams a reality! The help and answers are free, and so is the application.