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California State University Monterey Bay

Seaside, CA

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  1. Guaranteed on campus housing for students that apply by priority deadlines.

About This Campus

CSUMB is a residential campus with 7500 students. CSUMB offers a practical, employment-based education with an emphasis on service learning. Through our famous Service Learning Institute, you can make a meaningful impact while establishing industry connections and gaining hands-on real-world experience. Our diverse student body receives personal attention in small classes, while enjoying access to all the amenities of a safe, close-knit residential campus located on the beautiful Monterey Bay.

Location Information

Monterey Bay is a small, friendly area with breathtaking vistas. The pristine beaches are perfect for relaxation, and marine wildlife can be seen during any stroll along the coast. Locals enjoy hiking mountains, biking beside the ocean, or sipping local wine. The town is home to a famous aquarium and dazzling golf courses. Located in the center of the California shoreline, CSUMB students have easy access to great destinations like LA, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Yosemite National Park.

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 priority 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 guaranteed on-campus housing for all exchange students that apply by the priority deadlines.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

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Fast Facts

Location | Seaside
Population | 56,000
Enrollment | 8,000
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/22-12/16
Spring | 01/23-05/19

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 5%
Black | 4%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 49%
Two or more | 5%
White | 24%
Other | 11%
International | 7%
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RegistrationClosed Programs

Masters level programs.

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, Adapted Physical Education, African Studies... ++ 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 500.00 paper, N/A 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 05/04/22

  • 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: $3646.50.
  • 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: 17 ($280 per additional hour)
  • 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 $162 Semester Host & Home 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 ($650 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 05/04/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 60% living on campus
  • Double: $7000 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $900
  • 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 guaranteed and 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.

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/dining/meal-plans.


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/04/22

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $650 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 be required 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 $650 per semester.


    Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
    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.

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