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On Campus:45%
  • Fall 08/26-12/20
  • Spring 01/23-05/22

Tuition & Payments
You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
UNEVEN - Host campus accepts a few more students than it sends out.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
EVEN - Host campus accepts no more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:

Additional Information
Receive From Canada

Campus Diversity
0%Native/First Nation
4%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
19%Two or more races

Campus Links
Home Page
Outgoing Students
Incoming Students

NSE Links
Policies & Procedures
Campus Detail Info
Member Campus Links

How to Apply
Applications are submitted through your home campus coordinator.
Find Your NSE Office

Located one mile from the beaches of Monterey Bay, the largest marine sanctuary on the West Coast, CSUMB boasts an expansive 1365-acre campus on the former Fort Ord Military Base. The campus is four miles from the cities of Marina (to the north) and Seaside (to the south), which offer shopping, restaurants, golf courses, and much more. A ten-minute drive brings you to Monterey, known around the world as the home of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The golf courses of Pebble Beach, white sand beaches and shopping in Carmel, and the rugged Big Sur coastline are just a hop, skip and jump away as well. Fifteen minutes to the east, you'll find great restaurants, mall shopping, and the Steinbeck Center in Salinas. And just 45 minutes to the north, just past the wildlife of the Elkhorn Slough, you'll find the wild life of Santa Cruz along with its busy Boardwalk.

Campus Location - CSUMB rests of sand dunes, landscaped with native plants, including acres of scrub oaks and open space. Great for biking, hiking, and getting away from it all. The climate is temperate - foggy, cool.

Helpful Information - Science classes can be difficult to secure because of the strict requirements and rigorous courses. Come with a flexible academic needs and please do not "require" a specific class in order to do the exchange. We'll do everything we can to help you get your classes but at times, it's simply not possible to get every class needed. Our faculty are very friendly, love what they do and very student-focused. Most are on a first name basis with their students and happy to help when asked.

Closed Programs

Business, Psychology, and Kinesiology classes are limited.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Agriculture: Agricultural Business

Anthropology: Archaeology, Ethnic Studies

Area Studies: Afro-American Studies, American Multicultural Studies, Art Studies, Chicano/Mexican American Studies, Cinema and Cultural Studies, Comparative American Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, International Studies, Japanese Studies, Japanse Studies (minor), Popular Culture

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Computer Graphics, Design Technology, Digital Arts, Graphic Design, Media Arts, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art, Visual Arts

Athletics: Fitness and Sports Science, Movement Studies, Physical Education, Sports Medicine

Biological Sciences: Applied Biology, Aquatic Biology, Biology/Life Science, Botany/Plant Sciences, Evolutionary Biology, Human Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology

Business: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Business Education, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Public Administration

Chemistry: Chemistry

Communications: American Sign Language, Broadcasting, Communication, Communication Technology Management, Electronic Media, Film, Graphic Communication, Journalism, Journalism and Contemporary Media, Mass Communication, Print Media, Radio and Television Studies, Telecommunications, Visual Communication Technology, Visual Design/Web Media, Writing/Editing

Computer Science: Computer Game Design, System Administration

Earth Sciences: Earth Science, Geology, Science

Economics: International Economics

Education: Child Care, Child Development, Communications, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, Health Education, Human Development, Junior High/Middle School, Junior High/Middle School Mathematics, Mathematics, Music, Preschool Education, Science, Social Science Education, Spanish, Special Education

English: Business Writing, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Poetry, Rhetoric, Writing

Environmental Studies: Coastal Environmental Studies, Economic Policy, Energy/Environmental Policy, Environmental Biology, Environmental Education, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Sustainability Studies, Wildlife Biology/Science, Wildlife Ecology

Food Science: Nutrition

Foreign Language: American Sign Language, Japanese, Language and Culture, Spanish

General Studies: Arts and Science, Humanities, Liberal Studies, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Spanish Literature

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Community Health, Health Science, Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management, Kinesiology, Mental Retardation, Public Health, Wellness

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management

Information Studies: Computer Programming, Computer Science, Computer Technology, Information Science, Information Systems, Information Technology, Systems Programming

International Studies: International Relations, International Studies

Marine Sciences: Marine Biology, Marine Sciences, Marine Studies

Mathematics: Mathematics, Pure Math, Statistics

Museum Studies: Museum Studies

Performing Arts: Acting, Dance, Directing, Ethnomusicology, Jazz Composition, Music, Music/Jazz Studies, Performance, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Design Technology, Theater Production

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Ethics, Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Physics

Political Science: American Political Science, International Affairs/Relations, International Studies, Peace Studies, Political Economy, Political Science

Psychology: Behavioral Science, Child Psychology, Counseling, Human Development, Psychology

Recreation: Non-Profit Programs Management, Outdoor Education, Outdoor Recreation Management, Sports Management

Sociology/Social Work: Applied Sociology, Community Services, Social Science, Social Service, Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Womens Studies

Technology: Computer Technology, Graphic Communications Technology, Information Technology, Technology Studies

Theater: Performance and Directing

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.75 GPA
  • None.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
  • Prefer students who will live on campus
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500 paper, N/A computer or 61 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6
Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students
  • No graduate or post-baccalaureate students
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students
  • Figures are current as of 11/11/2015.
  • Estimated cost: $3,010.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan A students.
Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan B students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Plan A: 17
  • Plan B: 17
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 11/11/2015.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee: $275 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit: $250 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Health Insurance: $400 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee: $54 Semester Plan A & B Optional

Important Notes: Some classes,such as photography, surfing, and kayaking, have activities fees attached to the class. Usually, these fees are under $75, sometimes as low as $5. The health insurance is required of incoming international students only.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $650 per semester.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 032603

Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
  • Figures are current as of 11/11/2015.
  • Expect 5% or more increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on the average room and meal plan selected by NSE students. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your selected room type and meals.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • Double: $4,600 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
  • Maximum housing reserved for women: 20
  • Maximum housing reserved for men: 20
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $675
  • Proximity to campus: 4
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
NSE students may live on campus. Students must complete their housing application in a timely manner or risk the cancelation of on-campus housing. Married students over 20 may live in East Campus, if space allows. The application for housing is required for all living communities on campus.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1525 per semester for 6 meals per week.
  • $1725 per semester for 9 meals per week.
  • $1800 per semester for 12 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
Please check the website for up to date costs an a sample menu. All students who live on campus, except those in the Strawberry Apartments and Promontory must purchase the meal plan. There are no exceptions.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.