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About California State University, Monterey Bay

Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB) provides an extraordinary opportunity for international students to earn a degree at a comprehensive four-year university. 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.

Living in Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay, California is a small, safe, and supportive community with amazing scenery. The campus is a short distance to beautiful beaches, mountains, and redwood forests. The area has great shopping, an excellent aquarium, abundant outdoor activities, and is a major tourist destination. Monterey is located in the center of the California coastline, making trips to famous destinations quick and easy.

Conveniently located near some of the best attractions in the U.S.

  • 2.5 km to Monterey Bay beaches
  • 12 km to downtown Monterey
  • 50 km to Big Sur
  • 105 km to San Jose/Silicon Valley
  • 180 km to San Francisco
  • 500 km to LA/Hollywood/Disneyland

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How to Apply to CSUMB

Follow the steps below to see how to get started on your application to CSUMB. Below are important dates to keep in mind when applying.

  • Submit your information in the form above to receive an email with an application link.
  • Once received, submit the application and the Required Supporting Materials:
  • Official transcripts (and English Translations if applicable)
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Financial Affidavit and bank statements
  • Copy of biographical page of passport
  • Pay the non-refundable $70 application fee

Fall Semester Dates:

  • April 1 - Priority Application Date
  • July 1 - Application Deadline
  • Late August to Mid December - Academic Year

Spring Semester Dates:

  • October 1 - Priority Application Date
  • December 1 - Application Deadline
  • Late January to Mid May - Academic Year

Applying by the priority application date increases your chances for preferred courses and housing. Applications may be accepted after the deadline on a case-by-case basis.

Fast Facts About CSUMB

  • Established: 1994
  • Enrollment: 8,000+
  • International Students: 5%
  • Average class size: 20-30 students
  • Part of the 23-campus California State University (CSU), the largest four-year university system in the U.S.
  • Nationally renowned Service Learning Institute
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • 13 NCAA Division II Athletic teams and dozens of intramural & club sports teams
  • Lowest tuition/fees in the CSU system
  • International students can take summer and winter courses at in-state tuition rates

Program Fees

Estimated Programs Fees

  • Tuition & Fees (calculated at 12 units/semester) $16,647
  • Health Insurance (required) $1,500
  • Campus Housing (required for freshmen & sophomores) $7,200-14,200
  • Meal Plan (required for select housing options) $2,800-4,600
  • Approximate Total $29,875 – $35,047

Costs are approximate, and may vary by number of units taken, housing availability, personal preference, and other circumstances. Prices are subject to change without notice.



Scholarship Information for California State University, Monterey Bay



Admission Requirements

California State University Monterey Bay guarantees 100% admissions for all students. Learn how to apply here!


Service Learning

Learning Through Service

CSUMB is recognized as a national leader in service learning and civic engagement, and has earned the following distinctions:

  • White House President’s Award for Community Service in Higher Education (CSUMB is the only two-time awardee)
  • Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Classification in Community Engagement

Annual Impact:

  • 2,800+ student involved
  • 97,000+ hours of service
  • $2.3 million economic value

Service learning is built into every bachelor’s degree as a graduation requirement.


Guarantee On-Campus Housing

  • Guaranteed placement in on-campus housing for international students who apply by the priority deadlines
  • Live by yourself or have up to 5 roommates (international or American) in rooms, suites, or apartments
  • Choose from a wide array of amenities, floor plans, and prices options
  • Some options have in-unit kitchens, so you can save money by cooking for yourself

Academic Distinction

Academic Distinction

Graduates from CSUMB go off and have amazing career paths. See where some of them end up as well as top programs of study.



American Language and Culture Program

The American Language and Culture Program (ALCP) provides an opportunity to learn and/or enhance English from knowledgeable, friendly (ESL) experts. The program is for students who wish to improve their English skills for professional development or academic preparation.




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