The California State University International Programs offer eligible students the opportunity to study abroad in one of 18 countries for one academic year. The countries are Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
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Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 to apply for most countries. However, some countries may require a GPA of 3.0.
Typically, students are in their junior year when they study abroad. However, some of the programs are open to sophomore students. For more information, attend an information session offered in the fall semester. Check back to this page and you will be able to sign up online. If you are unable to attend an information session, you can email the California State University International Program Study Abroad advisor Eleanor Wolgast at Eleanor.firstname.lastname@example.org (remember to include your cell phone number in your email so she can give you a call to make an appointment).
For some countries, there is a minimum language requirement. Please attend an information session to find out more, or see the FAQs section.
Application Fee and deadlines
It is free to apply to the California State University International Study Abroad program.
The application deadline for California State University International Programs (CSU IP) is February 1 each year for all countries except Australia and South Africa. Applications for Australia and South Africa will open online for eligible students at www.calstate.edu/ip in April 2016. The final deadline is September 1, 2016.
The best way to find out more information about CSU IP is to attend a FREE information session. Information sessions are held twice a week during the Fall semester. To obtain dates for fall information sessions, please contact Eleanor Wolgast, Study Abroad and NSE Advisor via email in the Fall semester, or visit the International & Exchange Student Center, USU (opposite the Computer Lab) in the Fall.
Credit Towards Degree
You will receive 15 units per semester of residence credit towards your California State University, Northridge degree.
Information sessions are only offered in the fall semester. Please see dates of information sessions and sign-up online HERE. Information sessions are held in the lobby of the International & Exchange Student Center, USU (opposite the computer lab), unless informed otherwise. Information sessions are FREE and last for approximately an hour.
If you are unable to attend an information session, contact Eleanor Wolgast via email - email@example.com to arrange a one-on-one appointment. Please provide your CSUN ID, your study level, your GPA (if known) and your cell phone number so we can arrange an appointment.
Where to Study
Your major may dictate which countries to which you can apply. To learn what your options are, please attend an information session.
Length of Studying Abroad
The California State University International Program (IP) is for one academic year. Students cannot apply for only one semester. For all countries other than Australia and South Africa, students go abroad in the fall. For Australia and South Africa, students depart in early February.
Cost, Financial Aid and Scholarships
You pay CSUN tuition fees, not overseas university tuition fees. The total amount of money that students spend varies from country to country. An estimate of the costs for each country can be found on the California State University International Programs website. On the website, select your major or country. You can find full information on the program brochure. You can attend an information session to help you in the research process.
Furthermore, if you currently receive financial aid, you will continue to receive it for uses related to your continuing education abroad.
Financial aid information and scholarships
To help students reach their goals in participating in an international study abroad program, we have comprised this list of scholarship searches and financial aid information available online. Please find the one that best fits for your experience.
Study Abroad Fair
Study Abroad Fair
The Study Abroad Fair will be held in October - Date TBA
Students – Your journey starts here...the Study Abroad Fair will be FREE and provide you with an opportunity to learn about a variety of study abroad options.
Come along to find out where you could be studying next summer or next year – don't get left behind.
There will be FREE food (on a first-come, first-served basis), so come early if you can! Vote for your favorite photo taken by a past participant in the program – it could be your photo that wins next year!
Q: I'm interested in Studying Abroad. What should I do to learn more?
A: If you are interested in the California State University International Program (where you receive 15 units of residence credit towards your CSUN degree) or if you want to view the full list of the countries offered, visit the California State University International Program (IP) website.
If you have a minimum GPA of 2.75 or above, please visit www.calstate.edu/ip to see which majors are offered in which countries. If you meet the eligibility requirements, please contact Eleanor Wolgast, CSU IP Study Abroad Advisor - firstname.lastname@example.org. The final deadline for eligible students applying for the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 academic year is February 1, 2017.
Q: Can I study abroad for only one semester?
A: No, the California State University study abroad program is only available for two semesters – a whole academic year. For most countries, the program runs from the fall to the spring.
Q: Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
A: Yes, the minimum requirement for the Study Abroad program varies by country and requires either a 2.75 or 3.0 GPA; the minimum requirement for the National Student Exchange program is a 2.5 GPA. For more details, visit the Apply page.
Q: Are these competitive programs?
A: The California State University International Study Abroad program is competitive for some countries.
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 Eleanor Wolgast for details regarding the countries you are interested in.
Q: How do I apply to Study Abroad?
A: If you're interested in applying and you have a minimum GPA of 2.75 or above, please visit http://www.calstate.edu/ip to see which majors are offered in which countries. If you meet the eligibility requirements, please contact Eleanor Wolgast, CSU IP Study Abroad Advisor - email@example.com. The final deadline for eligible students applying for the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 academic year is February 1, 2017.
Q: How much does it cost to apply?
A: There is no application fee for the California State University Study Abroad program.
Q: How much will the program cost?
A: Through the California Sate University International Program (IP), you pay CSUN tuition fees while abroad, not the host campus' tuition fees. Please attend an information session offered in the fall semester for specific information. Check back to this page and you will be able to sign up online.
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. For more details, attend an information session offered in the fall semester. Check back to this page in the fall, and you will be able to sign up online.
Q: Are there any scholarships available to help with the costs?
A: There are some scholarships for studying overseas. Please visit the Apply page for more information on scholarship opportunities.
Q: Can I participate in these programs as a graduate student?
A: The California State University International 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.
Q: Will the classes I take abroad or on exchange count toward my degree?
A: You will need to check with an academic advisor in your department.
Q: What are my chances of being accepted into the California State University International Programs?
A: Some countries are more competitive than others, so make sure that you meet the minimum requirements. Please see the eligibility requirements for the country you are interested in by going to the California State University International Programs website, then select Programs. Click on the country and program you are interested in to view the program brochure. For more details, please attend a free information session.
Credits for Non-CSUN Affiliated Study Abroad Program
Please note, if you study abroad through an external organization and not a California State University International Program (IP), you will do so as an independent student since external study abroad organizations are not affiliated with California State University, Northridge (CSUN).
If you study abroad through an external study abroad organization, you will need to inform Admissions and Records that you are taking a leave of absence if the program is during the regular CSUN semester period.
Non-affiliated study abroad programs have no formal agreement with the CSU or CSUN, so you'll need to do some additional planning. Please review “External Study Abroad Programs” below.
External Study Abroad Programs
If you plan to study abroad in an external study abroad or exchange program that is not university affiliated, you should take the following steps before you depart:
- You will be considered "on leave" from CSUN during the time that you study abroad and until you re-enroll at CSUN. Be sure you understand the university policy on academic leave of absence.
- Confirm in advance that CSUN will accept credit not only from the overseas institution you plan to attend but also for the courses you plan to take. To do so, contact a CSUN International Admissions advisor.
- General Education Credit - Work with the CSUN International Admissions advisor to determine in advance whether or not General Education (GE) credit can be transferred from the overseas school to CSUN. If possible, provide the advisor with a course description or syllabus for the overseas GE course(s) you plan to take.
- Major Credit - Contact your CSUN academic advisor in the department of your major to determine in advance whether or not the overseas courses you plan to take can be used to satisfy a requirement in your major. You'll need to submit a course description or syllabus for the overseas course(s) you plan to take so that it can be considered for course substitution.
- Ask the overseas institution how long it will take to have your official transcripts sent to CSUN. Even when credits are transferable, it may take time for the overseas classes to appear on your CSUN transcript. For example, it will take time to determine course equivalencies if you'd like an overseas class to count as a CSUN prerequisite to satisfy a major requirement on your return. If you have applied for graduation, such delays can postpone your graduation date.
When You Return
Upon your return to CSUN, request credit for your non-affiliated overseas course work by submitting an official foreign transcript to the CSUN Office of International Admissions. Please note the additional requirement to request major credit.
- For General Education Credit - An International Admissions advisor will review your foreign transcript and, where possible, place the GE courses into your Degree Progress Report (DPR). Any transferable overseas courses will be added to your DPR even if they do not advance you toward graduation.
- For Major Credit - An International Admissions advisor will review your transcript and, where possible, place the courses into your DPR. Then contact your CSUN major advisor to request that the overseas course be substituted for a CSUN course in your major.