California State University - Monterey Bay

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Study at California State University, Monterey Bay

California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is located close to the shores of beautiful Monterey Bay. Monterey is on the central coast of California, just two hours south of San Francisco. The location conveniently provides students with the opportunity to experience the daily life of a small and diverse community, as well as visit other popular destinations in the region.

Why study at CSUMB?

CSUMB offers a wide range of programs in a friendly and supportive campus environment. Students can participate in many campus clubs and activities, as well as special excursions designed to help international students get to know Monterey and the rest of California.

CSUMB was founded in 1994 on the site of former U.S. Army base Fort Ord.  Additionally, the nearest beach is only 10 minutes away and perfect for watching sunsets or the whales as they pass through the bay!

The climate in Monterey encourages year-round outdoor activities, including golfing, mountain biking, kayaking, diving and horseback riding. Monterey County is the one of the largest wine growing regions in California. Outside classes, students can tour the different wineries, or visit wine tasting rooms on the waterfront of Cannery Row and downtown Monterey.

At CSUMB, international students will become part of a community mostly comprised of American students.

Study Options

CSUMB currently offers a total of 23 undergraduate degrees and 8 graduate degrees. Popular study areas include Marine Science, Kinesiology, Communication, Business and Psychology. International students can also apply for 1-2 semesters of study abroad at CSUMB.

Academic Reputation

  • CSUMB is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • CSUMB is part of the 23-campus California State University system, one of the largest higher education organizations in the U.S.

Quick Facts

  • Total number of students: 6,500
  • Number of international students: 400

Academic calendar

  • Fall semester: August to December
  • Spring semester: January to May

International tuition fees

  • Study Abroad: from $5,200 per semester
  • Bachelor: from $14,900 per academic year
  • Master: from $13,500 per academic year




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