California State University System

California State University System Overview

The California State University is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education. With 23 campuses, almost 447,000 students and 45,000 faculty and staff, it is the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the United States of America.

Swansea University currently has a University-wide agreement in place with California State University System.

Subject Suitability

This destination is an option for students studying Geography, American Studies, Classics, English Language, English Literature, History, Media Studies and Political and Cultural Studies.

Please note that places and availability can change annually so specific destinations can’t be guaranteed.

Key Information


Semester 1 Semester 2
 17th August 2017 - 15th December 2017  22nd January 2018 - 25th May 2018

Application Deadline varies depending on the campus chosen: 

  • 06/02/2018 for  Channel Islands, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Maritime Academy, San Diego, San Jose and San Luis Obispo*.  Late applications for these campuses will not be considered.
  • 20/02/2018 for Bakersfield, Chico, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Fresno, Fullerton, Humboldt, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino*, San Francisco, San Marcos, Sonoma and Stanislaus.

*San Bernardino and San Luis Obispo campuses operate on the quarter system. 


You will pay no tuition fees to your host university.

For the 2018/19 Academic year in order to satisfy US Visa regulations you will need the financial proof requirements as stated below. This is the amount that the host institution believes that it will cost you to live there for the duration of your studies. 

Financial proof required by CSU CAMPUS CAMPUS
Under $8000 per term Bakersfield ($6,700), Chico ($7,700), Dominguez Hills ($7,300), Fresno ($6,500), San Bernardino ($6,300)*, San Luis Obispo ($5,500)*, Stanislaus ($6,500)
$8000-$9900 per term East Bay ($9,600), Humboldt ($8,500), Long Beach ($8,500), Maritime Academy ($9,500), Monterey Bay ($9,200), Pomona ($8,500), Sacramento ($8,700), San Diego ($9,700), San Jose ($9,700)
Over $9900 per term Channel Islands ($10,000), Fullerton ($10,500), Los Angeles ($11,000), Northridge ($10,000), San Francisco ($11,000), San Marcos ($9,500), Sonoma ($12,000)

*These campuses are on the quarter system. Three quarters (Fall, Winter, Spring) are equivalent to one academic year.  

Detailed budgets for each campus can be found on the web at Student Academic Services but these are subject to change for the upcoming academic year.  Due to exchange rate fluctuations and cost of living increases in California, it is advisable to provide more funding than the required amounts listed above.

 IMPORTANT: While the CSU systemwide state fees are waived for exchange students, you will be required to pay campus-based fees, if applicable, which cover campus activities and services which can range up to $3500 (or more depending on the campus) for the year.

Exchange students are required to purchase and maintain health insurance that meets or exceeds the limits required by the host CSU campus. Costs vary per campus and can be up to $2000 for the academic year. Most campuses require that exchange students purchase their insurance. Exact costs for 2018-19 are not yet available. Refer to University website for more information.


On-campus housing options are available but may be limited at some campuses. Dormitories typically house first-year university students, ages 18-20, and are co-ed, with half the floor reserved for female students and half the floor reserved for male students. Students normally share a bedroom with another student. There is a bathroom in the hall with 3 or 4 showers, sinks and toilets, which is shared by 10-12 students. Some campuses have recently built apartment-style housing facilities on campus, but space is very limited. Most international students decide to live in off-campus apartments near the university. This usually entails arriving a couple of weeks before classes start to allow time to find housing. More detailed information about housing will be provided by your host CSU campus prior to your arrival and is available on campus housing websites.

Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000

The Global Opportunities Bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).

The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.

Please note

The prospect of studying at a university abroad is exciting, but there is also a lot of information you need to consider when choosing the right place for you. Above you will find summarised information which should help you with your decision. Please note that this information was accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Be sure to confirm all information on the host university's website.