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California State University, East Bay

Hayward, CA

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About This Campus

In 2017, CSU East Bay was named the Chronicle of Higher Education's Most Diverse Public Institution in the Continental U.S. Cal State 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, Biology, Sociology, Computer Science, Pre-Nursing, Human Development.

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 | 8/19-12/12
Spring | 1/19-05/14

Campus Diversity

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


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • With seniors
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 delivered in an online format.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Ethnic Studies - Our comparative and interdisciplinary program covers five core areas: African American Studies; American Indian Studies; Asian American Studies; Latino/a and Latin American Studies; and Gender/Sexualities in Communities of Color.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Asian American Studies
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Communication
  • 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


Quick Links 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 N/A 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 Plan A/B

Tuition / Fees

-- 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
  • Figures are current as of 08/21/20.
  • 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
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 08/21/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $500 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $195.00 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Housing Application Fee $40 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
SIRF Fee $2 Semester Plan A & B 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 (see https://www.csueastbay.edu/student-financial-services/sirf.html).

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

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

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

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 08/21/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 8% living on campus
  • Suite: $7244 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living is limited
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 Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
Notes About Meal Plans
Meal plans are mandatory for students living on-campus. See the following websites for details: https://www.csueastbay.edu/housing/files/docs/housing-rates/20-21-rates/covid-rates/3rd-year-rates.pdf. Housing arrangements for Fall 2020 are single occupancy, but could change as COVID-19 conditions allow.

Health Ins.

Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 08/21/20.

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

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