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What if I can’t afford to study abroad?

The President offers a $500 fund to every CSUSB student who goes to study abroad. Look and ask for financial aid options and scholarship opportunities at our University. 

Where can I find a detailed explanation of the different programs and countries available?

For this, you would have to access the system at or visit the study abroad office .

Which countries does my university offer to study abroad?

CSUSB offers a variety of study abroad programs to its students. For specific programs and/or countries visit

Can I apply my financial aid towards these programs?

For more information about financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office.Location: UH-150Phone: 909.537.5227

What if I haven’t declared my major/minor?

Students are welcome to participate in short-term programs.

Will I fall behind with graduation if I study abroad?

All units taken on the study abroad program can be transfer back to CSUSB for credit. These units can be applied towards your major, double major, minor, GE requirements or elective course you are in. Because you will earn credit on the courses taken while studying abroad, you will not fall behind your academic program.

For CSU International Programs, do I have to fill out both the CSUSB Horizons applications & the CSU Mentor application?

Yes. The CSUSB application collects information needed to better assist you on your application for study abroad. Please note that the CSU Mentor application is the actual application.

Can I study abroad on a program not affiliated with CSUSB?

Yes, please visit the study abroad office to find out more infomration about participating on outside/independent programs.

What if I want to go to a location not offered on CSU IP or CSUSB?

You can definitely look for a program that you feel it best fits your interests. 

How will I get credit while study abroad?

You will be a CSUSB student and all of the grades and units you earn while studying abroad will transfer back for credit.

Do I have to speak a foreign language to study abroad?

Most of the countries in which we offer programs to go and study abroad will also speak English. Nevertheless there are some countries which requires a certain level of proficiency.

How many types of study abroad programs exist?

There are three main types of programs that CSUSB offers to its students.

Type of Program Short-term Student Exchange IP Programs
Length 1-3 months Semester or academic year

Academic year

Units to credit 2-12 12 units per quarter 12 units per quarter
Financial Aid Availability Specific on each case Applicable depending on the program Yes
Scholarships Available Available Available
GPA Requirement 2.3 and above 2.5 and above 2.75 and above
Class Level Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior & Alumni Sophomore, Junior & Senior Sophomore, Junior & Senior
Deadline to Apply Variable - April 15
- October 15
- December 15
- May 1 (Australia & South Africa)
GPA Requirement 2.3 and above 2.5 and above 2.75 and above


How can I know what courses taken abroad will count towards my major/minor?

During the application process, you will need to work closely with your major and/or minor academic advisor to plan your course of study. One of your main resources will be the host university’s website from which you will be able to download the syllabus of the potential courses.

Work along with your Department Chair, as it will be required for you to have his/her signature for classes approval. Download the ¨Permission to Study at Host University

Why should I study abroad?

It will provide you with a complete new perspective on your own culture and environment. It will enhance you to make new friends, have connections worldwide and expand your horizons. This experience will live with you forever.

What will the housing be during my program?

Housing varies between programs. Some programs offer dorms, homestay, hotels, and hostels.

Do the grades I earn on this program count on my transcript and towards my GPA?

The grades and units earned on study abroad will count towards your CSUSB transcript.

I am a freshman. Can you give me some tips for preparing myself to study abroad?

Planning will help you prepare financially for your study abroad program. Please revise the countries in which we offer study abroad options and research about the scholarship opportunities for you.

Feel free to drop by our office during walk-in hours.