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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Is it possible to study abroad through programs not offered by CSUSB?

If you are not able to identify a CSUSB study abroad program that fits your plan of studies, you may want to consider participating


Non-CSUSB Programs: We strongly recommend you consider CSUSB-approved programs only.  We have carefully selected the programs we offer because of their comparable academics and professional levels of instruction to our campus courses.

How do I apply for a passport? Where can I get a passport photo taken?

Please visit the U.S. State Department website for detailed instructions.

The local San Bernardino postal office has passport services and passport photo services. Businesses that have in-store photo processing may also have passport photo services. Note: The cost and number of pictures that you receive may vary by store.

Will I know what courses I am taking before I go abroad on a Summer Goglobal program?

Sometimes, but not always. For some programs, you may not register until you get there.  Regardless of whether you can officially pre-register, you must meet with the Registrar’s office before you leave to discuss the classes you will take while abroad, to ensure they will transfer, and to confirm you understand how they will count for credit at CSUSB.  You will need to have some flexibility with courses as we cannot guarantee you can take a specific course while you are abroad. This process will take place once you are approved by CSUSB to study abroad.

When should I start planning to study abroad?

Now! Early planning is essential to studying abroad. 

Can I take a study abroad class pass/fail? Can I audit a study abroad class?

No. You cannot take a study abroad class pass/fail, nor audit a study abroad class.

Can I take a class on campus during summer Term, and still be able to study abroad during the Summer term?

The opportunity to take a Summer Term class at CSUSB before a summer study abroad program varies from program to program depending on the summer program calendar and study abroad dates. 

Can I study abroad multiple times?

Yes. As long as you plan early, it’s usually possible.

Do I need a visa?

Some programs do require a visa. The cost of the visa as well as the application process may vary by country and type of program. Feel free to check in with the Center or speak with your embassy about visa needs abroad.

Can first-year students study abroad?

First-year students are eligible for Winter Quarter programs during their first year and for Summer programs the summer after their first year at CSUSB.

Is it possible to participate in an internship on a study abroad program?

Yes. If you would like to do an internship during a specific study-abroad program, contact the Center for Global Management to ask if there are internship possibilities.

Why should I study abroad?

  • Study abroad is an excellent addition to any academic program, regardless of your major.
  • Study abroad is a unique opportunity to learn about the world and broaden your horizons while continuing your academic education. 
  • Study abroad gives you the chance to look at life through a different perspective, to learn more about colorful individuals and the idiosyncracies of cultures. You'll be surprised how much you learn about yourself, too.
  • Study abroad is a valuable experience that will enhance your resume. Many employers are looking for individuals who have practical experience living in a different culture. Studying abroad affirms to employers you are an independent and resourceful risk-taker who is able to deal with the stresses of uncertainty and unexpected challenges. 

Is it possible to apply for more than one program at a time?

Yes, you may apply to more than one program (per term) at a time.

Where is the Center for Global Management (CGM) office?

The Center for Global Management (CGM)  is located in the Jack Brown Hall room JB 404.  Feel free to call us at 909-537-4362.

Are scholarships or financial aid available?

Yes, there are opportunities for financial aid through CSUSB and through other means. If you are concerned about the costs of study abroad, make sure to meet with a staff member from the Office of Financial Aid who can provide you with financial planning and financial aid information.

To learn more on scholarship and grant opportunities, visit our Scholarships webpage.

You can also follow our social media accounts with #itspossible for more advice on how to save or earn money for study abroad.  

I don’t speak another language. Will this be a problem?

Not at all. All programs offered by CGM are programs that are presently taught 100% in English. However, if you want to learn the language of the country you will be in, there are several free and fun ways to learn languages that you can look up online and on your smartphone. 

Is financial aid available?

Yes, there are opportunities for financial aid through CSUSB and through other means. If you are concerned about the costs of study abroad, make sure to meet with a staff member from the Office of Financial Aid who can provide you with financial planning and financial aid information.

Where can I get information about study abroad programs and locations?

For information on all the current available programs listed by location, visit

For programs specifically designed for business and public administration, visit the Center for Global Management in JB404. All updated program information can be found at 


How much does it cost to study abroad?

The cost of studying abroad varies by program and term. See the individual program webpages for specific program costs-- financial information can be found on a program's budget sheets. Some programs may be less expensive than a term at CSUSB, while others may be more expensive. This is due to what the program cost covers as well as exchange rates and the cost of living in and traveling to the program location. 

How do I apply? When do I apply?

Please visit  for applications. 

Application deadlines for summer programs is Feb. 1. 

One of my family members/friends wants to go but doesn’t need to take the course. Can they still participate?

All community members must register for a 2 unit course, pay an additional community member fee of $200, and have the professor agree to have you on their trip.

They will need to attend the Mandatory Orientation, attend all the academic portions of the trip, and stay with the group.

In addition, none of the scholarships/discounts will apply to them and will have to pay the whole program cost.

For more information, please contact the Center for Global Management at 909-537-4384 or visit JB404.

Do I need to know a foreign language?

All programs offered through Center for Global Management do not have a foreign language requirement.

Where will I live? With whom will I live?

Living arrangements vary by program and location and may include homestays, dormitories, and apartments/flats. Additionally, the type of students you live with may include other CSUSB students, American students from other universities, and students from the host country or other visiting students. Please check program webpages for more information about housing options. 

My girlfriend/boyfriend wants to go on the trip with me. Can we be in the same room?

Only married couples with proof of a marriage certificate can stay in the same room.

What GPA do I need to study abroad?

All study abroad programs require a minimum GPA of 2.3 and good academic standing.  Our graduate faculty-led program to South Korea requires a minimum GPA of 3.0. Non-faculty-led programs may have specific requirements of which you should check with the sponsoring department or organizations for details.

Do I get grades for my courses? Will my grades count in my GPA?

For all CSUSB programs (programs listed on the website), grades will be transferred from abroad (with approval of the registrar) and will factor into your CSUSB GPA. 

What is a Global Enhancement Contract?

For some of the faculty-led study abroad programs, you may request any faculty with whom you are taking a Winter (for Spring break programs) or Summer (for summer programs) course to allow you to work on a Global Enhancement Contract.   A global enhancement contract is an agreement you sign with the faculty allowing you to enhance your course experience by integrating a global experience into any of the course assignments.   This contract allows you to join the faculty-led study abroad program, without enrolling for a study abroad only course.  You will need to secure and notify CGM's coordinator of the Global Enhancement Contract prior to the application deadline unless you are joining a study abroad specific course associated with that program.