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California State University, East Bay

Hayward, CA

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About This Campus

CSU East Bay welcomes and supports a diverse student body with academically rich, culturally relevant learning experiences which prepare students to apply their education to meaningful lifework, and to be socially responsible contributors to society. The University sits in the Hayward Hills with a spectacular panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay area. From CSU East Bay students can reach San Francisco, Berkeley, or Silicon Valley within 30-45 minutes. While most students commute to campus, approximately 1200 students live in on-campus housing, and many more in nearby apartment complexes. The most popular undergraduate majors are Business Administration, Psychology, Health Science, Kinesiology, Criminal Justice, Biological Sciences, Sociology, Computer Science, Human Development and Communication.

Location Information

Campus is located on a large hill overlooking Hayward and the San Francisco Bay Area. Buses link campus to downtown Hayward where students can use BART to travel to further Bay Area destinations.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Very Good
Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Hayward
Population | 158,937
Enrollment | 14,705
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 8/18-12/12
Spring | 1/19-05/14

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 0%
Asian | 22%
Black | 11%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 34%
Two or more | 5%
White | 15%
Other | 12%
International | 0%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: With seniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Campus instructor or department
Closed Programs
Music, Education, Nursing

Art department restricts courses to CSUEB majors only for the first 1-2 weeks of enrollment - exchange students may only enroll after that, on a space available basis. Graphic Design courses within the Art department are severely limited/Studio Art are limited. Psychology courses may be difficult to access. Hospitality/Tourism/Recreation courses are only delivered in an online format.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Ethnic Studies - Our comparative and interdisciplinary program covers six core areas: American Indian Studies; Asian American Studies; Black Studies; Chicanx and Latinx Studies; Comparative Ethnic Studies (Available online only); and Genders and Sexualities in Communities of Color. In our courses, we teach students to analyze social relations of race, class, gender, and sexuality; develop nuanced understandings of social justice; and act as socially responsible global citizens.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Asian American Studies
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Communication
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Industrial Engineering
  • International Studies
  • Japanese
  • Kinesiology
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 525.00 paper, 197.00 computer or 61.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on either

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/17/21

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $3498.
  • 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 Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 18
  • Home Payment: 18

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment 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 Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 001138

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $500 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $195.00 Semester Host & Home Optional
Housing Application Fee $40 Year Host & Home Mandatory
SIRF Fee $2 Semester Host & Home Mandatory

Important Notes: Housing Deposit and Application fee mandatory for those who wish to apply for on-campus housing. International Student Health Insurance required for students coming from Canada as J-1 exchange students. $2.00 SIRF fee will asses each term. NSE Coordinator cannot waive the fee, but students can choose to opt out themselves.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/17/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 8% living on campus
  • Suite: $7187 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $2200
  • Proximity to campus: walking distance
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Student Housing & Residence Life will set aside a limited number of spaces for NSE students (number of spaces to be determined prior to the March conference).

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
Meal plans are mandatory for students living on-campus. See the following websites for details: https://dineoncampus.com/csueb/resident-meal-plans.


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/17/21

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,410 per semester.


  • Health records due by:
  • Home campus copy acceptable
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

Other Health Related Comments
Immunization requirements outlined at: http://www.csueastbay.edu/medical-services/forms/immunization-requirements.html

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