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Location | Seaside
Population | 53,000
Enrollment | 7,504
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host

Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/20
Spring | 01/21-05/16

California State University, Monterey Bay

Seaside, CA


About This Campus

Cal State Monterey Bay provides over 7,500 students an extraordinary opportunity to learn on a residential campus just one mile from the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. Our diverse student body receives personal attention in small classes while pursuing degrees in 25 undergraduate and nine graduate majors. Founded in 1994 on the former site of Fort Ord by educators and community leaders, CSU Monterey Bay faculty and staff build on that legacy as we explore innovative ways to meet the needs of a new generation of students while simultaneously powering the Monterey County economy.

Location Information

Located along the central coast of California, Monterey Bay is a vibrant and dynamic community that offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural attractions. With its stunning coastline, rolling hills, and lush forests, this area provides students with a peaceful and relaxing environment that is perfect for study and recreation.Whether you're looking for a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life or a dynamic and vibrant community in which to pursue your education and career, Monterey Bay has it all.

Helpful Information

Unlike many other California universities, CSUMB allows exchange students to enroll in classes before coming to campus, as long as they have applied by posted deadlines. While we cannot guarantee that you will get into every class you request, this increases the likelihood that you will be happy with your schedule. Our campus also offers a wide variety of on-campus housing for all exchange students that apply by the priority deadlines.
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Waitlist
Campus Availability & Deadlines
2025-2026 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Limited
Understand Chances of Placement


RegistrationClosed Programs
Masters level programs and Nursing.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Marine Science - CSUMB is on the Monterey Bay, a protected Marine Sanctuary and classes may be held on the Bay.
  • Sustainable Hospitality Management - We have a wonderful Sustainable Hospitality Management program that helps students to get hands on experience working for local eco-friendly resorts, spas, recreation locations, etc.
  • Environmental Science Technology and Policy - We offer Environmental Science as well as Environmental Science, Technology and Policy which focuses not only on the science aspects but the policy aspects as well.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, African Studies, Agricultural Business... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500.00 paper 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 - learn more
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/06/24

Finances Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Pay resident-rate tuition to your host campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your home campus
  • Estimated cost: $3718.50.
  • Figures are based on full-time enrollment.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 17
  • Home Payment: 17

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 $150 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $202.50 Semester Host & Home Optional
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

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 (approximately $800 per term). If a student plans to live in on campus housing there is a $50 non-refundable housing application fee.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/06/24

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $2500
  • Proximity to campus: 4-10
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
NSE students may live on campus. Students must complete their housing application before arrival. On campus spaces are available on a first come first served basis. The sooner the student applies for housing the more likely they are to receive one of their top choices. Off campus housing is becoming more common but public transportation from off campus housing is quite limited and requires a great deal of pre-planning. Living in East Campus has a lower monthly cost, however students will need to purchase a modem/router to connect to the internet and the rooms are more sparsely furnished. It is approximately 2 miles to main campus and students should plan to ride a bike, drive or take a bus to get to classes from East Campus. Northquad, Promontory or the Residence Halls are recommended for NSE students wanting to live on campus.

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
Please check the website below for up to date costs and a sample menu. Students living in Northquad (Vineyard and Pinnacles apartments) or residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan. Students living in Northquad (Strawberry Apartments), Promontory and East Campus are not required to purchase a meal plan. The prices stated include whole meals as well as "dining dollars" and are estimates. For more detailed information and additional meal plan options please visit https://csumb.edu/csc/meal-plans/.


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/06/24

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $800 Semester Host & Home Mandatory

Important Notes about Health Insurance
This health insurance is mandatory only for J-1 and F-1 international students enrolled at CSUMB. American students will not be enrolled in the CSUMB health insurance plan and will instead need to purchase their own insurance coverage. However, all students enrolled at CSUMB will have access to the health care facilities regardless of which insurance plan they carry.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $800 per semester.


Other Health Related Comments
American students will not be required to have health insurance coverage or show proof of health insurance coverage though it is highly recommended that they secure their own health insurance coverage. Only International students will have health insurance automatically purchased for them after admission. Charge will be added to their account. Hepatitis B immunization is only required for students who are 18 years old or younger.

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