California State University

United States of America

Language of instruction


The California State University system is made up of 23 campuses, each with their own identity. It is renowned for the quality of its teaching and the excellence of its graduates. CSU is the most affordable public university in the US, and also among the most diverse.

CSU’s campuses dot the entire length of California, from Humboldt in the North to San Diego near the border with Mexico.

Semester dates

Semester system campuses:

Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Chico, Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Fullerton, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Marcos, Sonoma and Stanislaus

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester January–April
Semester 2 Fall Semester August–December
Quarter system campuses:

East Bay, Pomona, San Bernardino and San Luis Obispo

UQ Semester Host Quarter Dates
Semester 1 Winter & Spring Quarters

Early January–Mid-March
& Late March–Mid-June

Semester 2 Fall Quarter Mid-September–Mid-December

** All students who apply for a full year exchange to a Quarter campus must complete all three quarters (Fall, Winter & Spring).

For an Academic Calendar, please refer to the campus link below.

Guides and additional information

CSU has online resources available to help get the most out of your exchange:


CSU's 23 campuses span the entire length of California. CSU exchange programs are available at:

  • Bakersfield
  • Channel Islands
  • Chico
  • Dominguez Hills
  • East Bay
  • Fresno
  • Fullerton
  • Humboldt
  • Long Beach
  • Los Angeles
  • Monterey Bay
  • Northridge
  • Pomona
  • Sacramento
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San José
  • San Luis Obispo
  • San Marcos
  • Sonoma
  • Stanislaus

CSU Maritime Academy is not available for exchange.

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Full-time study load

Semester campuses:

  • 12 units at CSU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Quarter campuses:

  • 15 units in CSU's fall quarters is equivalent to 8 UQ units.
  • 24 units across CSU's winter and spring quarters is equivalent to 8 UQ units

Minimum academic requirements

CSU requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5.

You must have a full study load of UQ general electives if you wish to study at CSU.

Exchange at CSU is not available to US citizens (including dual citizens).

Find courses

Search the CSU course catalogues if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Aerospace engineering
Animal studies
Art history
Biological sciences
Biomedical engineering
Biomedical science
Business information systems
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil and structural engineering
Classical languages
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer engineering
Computer science
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Electrical engineering
English literature
Environmental engineering
Environmental studies
Event, hospitality, hotel and tourism management
Exercise science
Film, TV and media
Food science
Geotechnical engineering
History and ancient history
Human resources
Information technology
International business
International relations
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Mechatronic engineering
Peace and conflict studies
Political science
Public policy
Regional and town planning
Social work
Software engineering

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


On-campus housing options are available at most campuses, but may be limited. Due to the application process at CSU, you will not be allocated a CSU campus until May (for Semester 2 applicants) or November (for Semester 1 applicants). The allocation date will impact your ability to plan, apply for and secure accommodation. Please keep this in mind when selecting your first preference host university as the campus allocation date is beyond the control of the Global Experiences Team.  ​Most international students live off-campus. General information on CSU's on-campus housing is available on the CSU overview webpage.

More detailed information about housing can be viewed on the individual campus websites.

Cost of living

The cost of living varies across CSU campuses, with some located in big cities and others in smaller, more rural areas. If cost is a deciding factor, recommended campuses are ones located outside the large metropolitan areas of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Proximity to the ocean is a considerable factor impacting the cost of living. CSU provides an average cost of living and attendance for each of their campuses.

Additional Mandatory Fees

Each CSU campus also has additional mandatory fees which are outlined on the CSU Estimated Campus Costs page. These fees cannot not be waived.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Each CSU campus has their own health insurance requirements and health insurance plan. Information regarding the CSU's student health insurance plan, including costs and benefits, can vary from campus to campus. At most campuses, exchange students are required to purchase the mandatory health insurance. Exchange students are not eligible to waive this requirement.

Exchange students may be eligible to waive the Health Insurance Plan at only five of the CSU campuses if they have additional cover that meets minimum waiver requirements. See the CSU Estimated Campus Costs and the website of the relevant campus for more details.

Before purchasing an additional policy, students should confirm that the policy meets the CSU campus minimum waiver requirements. Please note that the waiver of the Health Insurance Plan is not guaranteed and subject to approval from California State University.

A waiver is not automatic. Do not assume that a waiver will be approved or that you will receive a waiver based on the experience of a friend from UQ who studied at the same institution on exchange.

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the US Embassy and Consulates for visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.