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Application Process for Outgoing Exchange Students

Step 1:

Before Starting Application

  • Attend an information meeting
  • Make an appointment with a Education Abroad Advisor

Step 2:

  • Complete CSUSB Education Abroad Application online
  • Complete Host University Application documents
  • Complete Permission Study at Host University form
  1. Summer
  2. Semester/ Year
  • Document requirement: Please submit the following information
  1. Official Transcript*: it takes ~7 business days to be processed by CSUSB registrar’s  office

*unofficial transcripts accepted for summer exchange programs

  1. Copy of Passport Page (To apply for a passport, please go
  2. Submit 3 Passport-Sized Photos (2 inch x 2 inch)**
  3. Health Certificate**
  4. Medical History and Insurance Form**

** semester/year applicant only

  • Release Forms
  1. Student Agreements
  2. Release of Liability Waiver Agreements
  3. Medical Emergency Contact Information
  4. Withdrawal and Refund Fee Procedure Form
  5. Photo Release Form

Step 3

After application & documents are processed, the Education Abroad Office will provide you with the application (hardcopy or online portal) to the host university. Hardcopies are submitted directly to the host university.

Step 4

Acceptance Letter: The host institution mails to the Education Abroad Advisor. The Advisor will contact the student.

Step 5

Per CSUSB policy requirement, all participants traveling internationally are mandate to purchase the CSU Travel Insurance. Rates vary by duration. The Education Abroad Office will provide you with a quote and payment instructions.

Step 6

Apply for Visa*

*If applicable. Visa requirements vary by country and length of study.

Step 7

Before traveling, please view the Travel Alerts & Warnings on


All participants are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program -


Step 8

Attend Mandatory Pre-Departure and On-site Orientation

To-Do List PDF

At the completion of your exchange program

  • Complete the Education Abroad Evaluation
  • Report any change of classes while abroad to Registrars’ Office
  • You will receive a copy of your transcripts approximately 8 weeks after the termination of the school term
  • The Education Abroad Office will send your transcript to the Registers’ office to input your units and grades from abroad
  • Go online and view your unofficial transcript to see that your grades have been posted (approximately 10-12 weeks). If your grades have not been posted, notify the Education Abroad staff immediately.
  • Join C.A.S.A (CSUSB Association of Study Abroad) ! You'll have the opportunity to be a member and share with other students about your education abroad experience.
  • Include your education abroad experience on your resume!