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California State University, East Bay

Hayward, CA

California State University, East Bay
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  1. Location, Location, Location! Access to San Francisco, Silicon Valley and more
  2. Regularly recognized as one the most diverse regional universities in the west

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, Public Health, Kinesiology, Criminal Justice, Biological Sciences, Sociology, Computer Science, Human Development, and Art

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.

Helpful Information

We we look forward to welcoming you to CSU East Bay on exchange, but please be prepared for the high cost of living here. On-campus housing is convenient and available to incoming exchange students, but may be more expensive than at your home campus. Please review current housing rates (https://www.csueastbay.edu/housing/prospective-residents/types-rates.html).

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Hayward
Population | 159,827
Enrollment | 13,693
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 8/22-12/16
Spring | 1/16-05/10

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 0%
Asian | 23%
Black | 9%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 40%
Two or more | 6%
White | 16%
Other | 5%
International | 7%


RegistrationClosed Programs
Music, Education, Nursing

Currently the course modality (online vs in-person classes) varies by department. Please check most recent class schedule to review course modality within the department(s) you're interested in. (Especially if you will be enrolling as an international student and have regulatory requirements to take in-person courses.) Hospitality/Tourism/Recreation courses are only delivered in an online format. Human Development, Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies are primarily online. The ART Department (which includes Graphic Design, Illustration, Studio Art, etc.) restricts courses to CSUEB majors only for the first few weeks of enrollment - exchange students may only enroll after that, on a space available basis. Business Administration students will need to submit transcripts to the College of Business Advising office to confirm prerequisites and request permission numbers for certain upper division courses.

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... ++ show all


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
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 Home/Host Pay
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/18/23

  • 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: $3503.
  • 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 for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $250 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. $2.00 SIRF fee will asses each term. NSE Coordinator cannot waive the fee, but students can choose to opt out themselves. International Student Health Insurance required for students coming from Canada as J-1 exchange students. (See https://www.csueastbay.edu/cie/f-1-students/new-students/insurance.html for details.)

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/18/23

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 8% living on campus
  • Suite: $8506 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
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 number of spaces for NSE students prior to March placement. For Direct Placements (after March), please talk with the NSE Coordinator to confirm if on-campus housing is still available.

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 05/18/23

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $2,550 per year.


Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
Hepatitis B (Hep B) – Ages 18 and younger as per California law (HSC sections 120390-120390-7), enrollees who are 18 years of age or younger are required to provide proof of full immunization against the hepatitis B virus prior to enrollment.
See website above for list of Recommended Vaccinations

Other Health Related Comments
As of March 13, 2023, students are no longer required to submit of proof of COVID vaccines or boosters.

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