California State University, Monterey Bay

California State University, 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.

Welcome to California State University, Monterey Bay! 

California State University, 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.

Fast Facts

  • Established: 1984
  • 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 United States
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • 13 NCAA Division II Athletic teams and dozens of intramural & club sports teams
  • Lowest tuitions/fees in the CSU system

Our Programs

CSUMB offers a variety of programs to meet the diverse needs of our international students. Whether you want to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree, study for a semester or year, or learn English from certified experts, you can find a wide range of possibilities from CSUMB International Programs.

Our Faculty

At CSUMB, we're not about huge lecture halls. We're about learning, connecting, problem-solving and working together. The faculty at CSUMB want to help students do just that. In fact, many of them gave up the lecture-hall lifestyle to teach at this university. Our professors have won prestigious awards, traveled the world, and conducted ground-breaking research. But what drives them is working with students.

In the beginning, our First Year Seminar faculty help students launch their college careers. They prepare students to succeed by providing personal attention and mentoring. Throughout their education, students get hands-on experience along with theory. Faculty take them into the community and onto the water. By the time students graduate, our Capstone professors have pushed them to deliver their best work.

American Language and Culture Program (ALCP)

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

Why choose ALCP at CSUMB?

  • CSUMB's International Programs Office is staffed with dedicated people, passionate about helping international students.
  • You'll be part of a friendly, residential campus and have many opportunities to make friends while improving your English.
  • You'll receive assistance and advice should you choose to apply for full admission to CSUMB.
  • Students can enroll in ALCP without taking the TOEFL or other English proficiency test. In addition, students who wish to study English in an academic program at CSUMB, but do not meet the language requirements may apply for both the ALCP and conditional admission to a degree program. Once students meet the English language requirements they may apply to CSUMB and begin their studies.
  • The friendly staff of the ALCP will help you to adjust to life in America and American culture. We offer ample opportunities on how to succeed in the U.S. and at CSUMB.
  • ALCP students have multiple possible options for housing. Housing may be either in a supportive home stay family environment, or on-campus, within easy access to classrooms, dining facilities, sports facilities and much more. Housing is dependent on the selected program, start date and availability.

Housing

Students can live on campus in our residence halls, suites, and apartments. There are several dining venues on campus and meal plans are available for campus residents and commuters.

Fitness & recreation

Students, staff, and faculty can stay active and fit through our recreational programs and facilities. We have a challenge course, gym and pool, plus organized group activities such as surfing, kayaking, mountain biking, and intramural sports.

Activities & organizations

Student activities fall into several categories including academic, community service, cultural, political/social action, recreations, religious, and sports. CSUMB organizations are diverse and very active, so our campus offers countless ways to be involved!

Rankings

  • Ranked Among Sierra Magazine's 2018 Cool Schools
  • Ranked 46th on U.S. News & World Report Regional Universities West Best Value School
  • Ranked 34th on U.S. News & World Report Top Regional Universities West
  • Ranked 27th on BestColleges.com Top 50 College for Hispanic Students
  • Ranked 17th on U.S. News & World Report Best Undergraduate Teaching Programs

Contact California State University, Monterey Bay Now

Tuition

$25,000—$30,000 Year

Fast facts

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Affiliation

Public

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Top Programs

Business, Computer Science, Film Studies

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Type of School

University

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  • School Size

    Medium
  • Student Body Gender

    Co-ed
  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

    Yes
  • Conditional Admission Available

    Yes
  • Setting

    Suburban, Rural
  • Accreditation and Certification

    WASC
  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment, Dormitory
  • Test Scores

    IELTS: Band 6+, TOEFL: 61+, PTE Academic: 45+, Duolingo: 90+

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