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California State University, Monterey Bay

California State University, Monterey Bay

Check whether California State University, Monterey Bay is right for you as an international student.

Uni facts

Seaside, USA
  • Type
    Public
  • Rank
    2552
  • International students
    400
  • Nationalities
    50
  • Total programs
    79
  • Acceptance rate
    53%

Study abroad at California State University, Monterey Bay

California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is an award-winning division of the wider California State University system. CSUMB offers students a top-quality education in an unforgettable location.

Not only is CSUMB nestled amongst the immaculate breaches and redwood forests of the Californian coast, but it’s also based on the site of a historic US army base. With affordable residence halls, great athletic venues and numerous student-run societies to join, CSUMB has everything you need for the total university experience.

25 undergraduate degrees and seven graduate programs are offered in the sciences, arts, humanities, and liberal studies. The University combines small class sizes with passionate faculty to create an empowering learning environment for every student.

California State University, Monterey Bay logo

Why study at CSUMB?

  • Financial support

    Over 70% of students receive financial support to help them reach their educational ambitions

  • Heart of the community

    CSUMB is the only university to have twice been awarded the President’s Award for Higher Education Community Service

  • Affordability

    CSUMB has the lowest tuition fees in the entire California State University system

  • Beautiful location

    The shores of Monterey Bay are just a stone’s throw from campus, providing the perfect spot for outdoor study, relaxation and recreation

Life as an international student

CSUMB is committed to building multicultural understanding and international awareness. To help create this inclusive and diverse learning environment, the University has plenty of support structures in place for international students.

You’ll arrive and move into your residence halls earlier than domestic students. This gives you plenty of time to settle into campus life and enjoy the international student orientation activities.

As part of your orientation, you’ll meet the staff at the international center. They’re always happy to help with immigration concerns, health insurance questions, or anything else related to your student experience. They also organize several trips throughout the year to some of California’s most famous attractions.

All incoming international students are matched with an existing CSUMB buddy. Your buddy can help you navigate campus, introduce you to fellow students, and go to social events with you.

Student life & facilities

Group of students planning a presentation in a living room
  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • Praying Rooms
    • Workshops
    • Chaplaincy
    • Language Center
    • Group Praying Rooms
  • IT Support
    • Loan Laptops
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Transport
    • Campus Bus Service
    • Bike Rental
    • Car Rental
    • Campus parking
    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • On-Campus Shuttle
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Restaurants 3
    • Cafe’s 2
  • Fitness Centre
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
    • Swimming Pool
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Campus Pharmacy
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 105
  • Sports Facilities
    • Sport facilities
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program

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Fees and funding

Undergraduate tuition: US$16,647 per year Graduate tuition: US$15,600 per year

Location

California State University, Monterey Bay

100 Campus Center, Seaside, CA 93955, United States

Monterey Bay is on the central coast of California, just two hours south of San Francisco. The bay itself is one of the largest marine protected areas in the world and home to whales, deep-sea anglerfish, and of course our mascot, sea otters.