California State University, Monterey Bay

California State University, Monterey Bay

City: Monterey Bay, CA
Country: USA
Length of study: 1 or 2 semesters
Language of instruction: English
About: California State University, Monterey Bay is a residential campus with 7000 students and average classes of just 20-30. Located within walking distance to some of the most beautiful beaches on earth, it is perfectly situated for learning and leisure. The university offers 23 undergraduate degrees, 6 master's degrees, and multiple certificate and credential programs. CSUMB is a campus of the California State University, the largest 4-year public university system in the U.S. This means that students receive the educational resources of a large public institution, reasonable tuition afforded by a large public system, along with the comforts of a small, supportive campus environment.

Useful info:


  • Accommodation:
    • CSUMB Housing is guaranteed for exchange students.
    • International students have the same eligibility requirements as domestic students. The International Programs Office reserves spaces each semester for students who apply on time. The earlier a student applies, the more likely he/she is to receive a spot, and to receive the first choice assignment. We recommend that international students pay special attention to the realities of choosing East Campus. Although the monthly price is less expensive than the alternatives, these apartments are much less furnished and will require that students buy a large amount of supplies in their first few days on campus. Also, these apartments are farther away from campus and students without a car may become frustrated at the time it takes to get back and forth. There is a free bus, and the distance is easy to cover by bike, but we urge students to consider these issues when weighing housing options.
    • Estimated cost of living per semester is $9,000.00 USD.
    • All students are required to purchase health insurance at $400.00.


  • Courses suitable for exchange:
    • Majors include:
      • Biology
      • Business Administration
      • Cinematic Arts & Technology
      • Collaborative Health &
      • Human Services
      • Communication Design
      • Computer Science &
      • Information Technology
      • Environmental Science, Technology & Policy
      • Environmental Studies
      • Global Studies
      • Human Communication
      • Human Development & Family Studies
      • Integrated Studies
      • Japanese Language & Culture
      • Kinesiology
      • Liberal Studies
      • Marine Science
      • Mathematics
      • Music
      • Nursing Degree Completion
      • Psychology
      • Social & Behavioral Sciences
      • Sustainable Hospitality Management
      • Visual & Public Art
      • World Languages & Cultures
    • All courses can be found by visiting CSUMB Course Descriptions
  • CSUMB Course Catalog
  • Credit load:
    • One contact hour is equivalent to one credit.
    • Courses are typically 3-4 credits, although this varies occasionally. Student may take a minimum of 12 credits or a maximum of 18 credits.
    • A typical course-load is 15 credits

Subject restrictions:

  • Students cannot register for courses in graduate programs.
  • Almost all undergraduate courses (courses numbered <500) are available as long as there is space in the class and students meet any prerequisite requirements. Each major has a Capstone course required of graduating students; visiting students are not allowed to take the capstone courses.