California State University

California
United States of America

Language of instruction

English

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

* Applications accepted for UQ Semester 2 (fall semester) exchange or for full year (fall to spring) only. UQ Semester 1 exchange only is not available.

** 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

Campuses

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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

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 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. 

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

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Advertising
Aerospace engineering
Agriculture
Animal studies
Anthropology
Archaeology
Art history
Biological sciences
Biomedical engineering
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Business information systems
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Chinese
Civil and structural engineering
Classical languages
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer engineering
Computer science
Criminology
Development
Drama
Earth sciences
Economics
Electrical engineering
English
English literature
Environmental engineering
Environmental studies
Event, hospitality, hotel and tourism management
Exercise science
Film, TV and media
Finance
Food science
French
Geotechnical engineering
German
History and ancient history
Human resources
Information technology
International business
International relations
Italian
Japanese
Journalism
Korean
Linguistics
Marketing
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Mechatronic engineering
Microbiology
Music
Peace and conflict studies
Philosophy
Physics
Political science
Psychology
Public policy
Regional and town planning
Religion
Russian
Social work
Sociology
Software engineering
Spanish
Writing

Course restrictions

All course descriptions are available on the CSU website. Host campuses do not provide full course profiles. Do not contact CSU for course profiles.

For more information on program restrictions, view the CSU campus profiles, select your desired campus, and see 'Impacted/Closed and Restricted Subject Areas'.

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

CSU English Language Proficiency Requirements: Students who have not attended an education institution at the secondary level or beyond where English is the principal language of instruction for at least three years are required to take an English Proficiency Test and supply their results when they apply for CSU.  For more information please see CSU's English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Additional academic information

CSU course numbering differs across campuses.

CSU has online resources to help you understand their academic policies:

Students are able to list their preferred campuses, however preferences are not guaranteed.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

On-campus housing options are available at most campuses, but may be limited. 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.  

Insurance

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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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 UQ Abroad 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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.