Study Abroad @ The Beach (SA@B) is a non-degree program for visiting (fee-paying) international students who want to study abroad at California State University, Long Beach for one or two semesters.
- Study abroad at CSULB for 1 or 2 semesters
- Earn course credits that can be transferred back to your home university
- Study alongside American students
- Get to know another culture first-hand
Phone: +1 562-985-5441 (international students only)
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
Dominic Anliker Zhaw School of Management & Law, Switzerland Study Abroad @ The Beach
“I made many new friends from around the world and had time to explore California and its beauty. I’m looking forward to coming back, as this feels like a home away from home.”
Katja Crusius Georg-August-Universitat Goettingen, Germany Study Abroad @ The Beach
“Participating in Study Abroad @ The Beach changed my life. Not only was I able to profit from taking a bunch of interesting classes with inspiring professors; I also gained so much to further my academic career. I met so many amazing people and really got to experience the American way of life. I would 100% recommend it!”
How to Apply
- Spring 2024: October 13, 2023
- Fall 2024: April 1, 2024
Please submit each of the following items:
Students must show proof of funds for education and living expenses for the duration of their studies at CSULB. The estimated expenses per term are as follows:
|Summer Session 1 or 3||$7,500|
|Summer Session 1 and 3||$14,000|
To show proof of funds, please submit one or more of the following items:
- Personal bank statement
- Sponsor's bank statement
- Government financial guarantee
- Scholarship, loan or grant letter
Equivalent convertible currency is acceptable. Financial documents must be less than six months old. Please add an additional $4,700 if bringing a spouse and/or $3,900 per child.
Please provide copies of the pages of your passport in which your name and date of birth appear.
Submit a copy of university transcripts in English with overall grade average.
If you have never attended a university, submit a copy of translated high school/upper secondary school transcripts.
Download and complete the Preliminary Course Wish List. Please include 10 classes you are interested in taking during your desired CSULB semester.
Click on the links below to learn more about your class options:
View the chart below for various English proficiency score requirements. Applicant scores must be less than two years old.
|Bachelor's degree||Master's degree|
|TOEFL||iBT 61||iBT 80|
|IELTS||6.0 (overall)||6.5 (overall)|
|Cambridge (C1 Advanced)||162||170|
|Norwegian Vitnemål||4 in English||4 in English|
|Swedish Secondary Edu||English Grade C, B or A in English 5 or English 6||English Grade C, B or A in English 5 or English 6|
If you do not meet the above requirements, you may be eligible for Conditional Admission.
Please note: The English language requirement is waived for applicants educated in the following countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada (no Quebec), Dominica, England, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland & Northern Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, Sierra Leone, St. Christopher-Nevis, St. Kitt, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, Virgin Islands, Wales, Zambia, Zimbabwe
To ensure that the Study Abroad @ The Beach program is a good match with your academic and professional objectives, please submit a minimum 250-word essay explaining your academic and career goals, and how studying at CSULB can help you achieve those goals.
Below is the list of subjects that Study Abroad @ The Beach students have the opportunity to enroll in. Course registration is based on space availability, instructor approval, department approval, and prerequisite verification on the first day of class. Please note that Study Abroad @ The Beach students are considered "visiting students," while degree-seeking students at CSULB receive priority registration. If you need a detailed course description for approval from your home university, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: Not all classes are offered every term. A maximum of 4 business courses can be taken each semester.
Please check the Schedule of Classes for Spring or Fall semester offerings.
- Bachelor's courses (B): Lower (100-299), Upper (300-499)
- Master's courses (M) Graduate (500-799)
- Africana Studies (AFRS) B
- American Indian Studies (AIS) B
- American Language Institute (ALI) B
- American Sign Lang/Deaf Cultr (ASLD) B
- American Studies (AMST) B
- Arabic (ARAB) B
- Asian American Studies (ASAM) B
- Asian Studies (A/ST) B
- Anthropology (ANTH) B M
- Cambodian (KHMR) B
- Chicano & Latino Studies (CHLS) B
- Chinese (CHIN) B
- Classics (CLSC) B
- Communication Studies (COMM) B
- Comparative World Literature (CWL) B
- Economics (ECON) B M
- English (ENGL) B M
- French (FREN) B
- German (GERM) B
- Geography (GEOG) B M
- Greek (GK) B
- Hebrew (HEBW) B
- History (HIST) B
- Human Development (HDEV) B
- International Studies (I/ST) B
- Italian (ITAL) B
- Japanese (JAPN) B
- Korean (KOR) B
- Latin (LAT) B
- Linguistics (LING) B M
- Philosophy (PHIL) B
- Political Science (POLS) B
- Religious Studies (R/ST) B
- Romance Lang & Literatures (RGR) B
- Russian (RUSS) B
- Sociology (SOC) B
- Spanish (SPAN) B M
- Women's Gender & Sexuality (WGSS) B
- All Athletic (ATHL)
- All Accounting (ACCT)
- All Physical Therapy (DPT)
- All Education (EDLD, EDCI, EDEC, EDEL, EDRG, EDSE, EDDS, EDSP, EDAD, EOP, ED P, ETEC)
- All Nursing (NURS)
- All directed studies and internship courses
- COMM courses 500+
- GWAR Courses: COTA 300, ENGL 100A, ENGL 301B, ENGR 310, FMD 450, HIST 301, IS 301, IS 301L, LING 301
- Business Courses: BLAW 320, CBA 401A, CBA 494, CBA 493, FIN 499A, HRM 446, HRM 458, IS 301, MGMT 425, MGMT 454, SCM 414, SCM 411
|EDUCATION LEVEL||MINIMUM ENROLLMENT|
- Make sure you have met the prerequisites to enroll in the course. This is needed to make sure you are well prepared and will do well in the course. Some instructors and/or departments require our office to review your transcripts for prerequisite verification.
- Check seat availability and if the class is being offered your term via the schedule of classes.
- Plan ahead and be flexible! Since you will not know which exact courses will have seats available until the first day of school, have back-up or alternative courses in mind.
- If you need detailed CSULB course descriptions to have approved for your home university, please email us at email@example.com
Dates and Fees
- Summer Session 1: March 22, 2024
- Summer Session 3: April 26, 2024
- Fall 2024: April 1, 2024
- Spring 2025: October 25, 2024
- Summer Session 1: May 28 - July 5, 2024
- Summer Session 3: July 8 - August 16, 2024
- Fall 2024: August 20 - December 18, 2024
- Spring 2025: January 14 - May 16, 2025
All programs have an application fee of $200.
- Summer Session 1: $3,400
- Summer Session 3: $3,400
- Fall 2023: $6,800
- Spring 2024: $6,800
- Summer Session 1: $270
- Summer Session 3: $270
- Fall 2024: $700
- Spring 2025: $700
Please note: these are estimated costs.
- Summer Session 1: $2,400
- Summer Session 3: $2,400
- Fall 2024: $7,200
- Spring 2025: $7,200
Please note: these are estimated costs.
- Prices subject to change.
- Tuition fee pays for 12 units (full-time). Each additional unit costs $315.
- Application fee is non-refundable.
- Textbooks and mandatory health insurance are not included in the tuition price.
Tuition Refund Policy
Tuition fee is due one week before orientation and may be paid online by credit card, wire transfer, or check. Prior to arrival, refund requests may be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and ID number. If in the U.S., please make refund requests in person in the Study Abroad @ The Beach office. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.
|Cancellation Date||Tuition Refund|
|Before the 1st day of school||Full refund minus $15|
|Week 1||Full refund minus $15|
|Week 2||Full refund minus $15|
|Week 3||minus 50%|
|Week 4||minus 75%|
|Week 5||No refund|
Please email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Alaa Mohammed Cairo University, Egypt Study Abroad @ The Beach
“I will never forget how I felt on the first day on campus! I was so happy that finally I reached my goal! Studying at CSULB was challenging for me, but I found that all of my friends and professors were helping me. They were part of my success at the beach and I want to thank each and every one of them! If I didn't travel and come to The Beach, I would regret all my life of losing such a great experience."
Please note: the following sections contain links to various third-party websites. CSULB is not responsible for any inaccuracies that may be found on those sites.
Students are welcome to apply for Fall, Spring, or Summer on-campus housing. To be admitted, students must first apply using CSULB's Housing Portal on the University Housing & Residential Life website. On-campus housing is extremely competitive, and placement is considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students should apply in early April for Summer or Fall housing and early November for Spring semester housing. For specific dates, please visit the Calendar & Important Dates page.
CSULB's University Housing has three residential colleges: Beachside, Hillside, and Parkside. When applying for on-campus housing, you get to choose your preferred community to live in.
All rooms are approximately 15 x 11 feet and furnished with a bed, dresser, desk, chair, wastebasket, closet and mirror, and a microfridge. Residents must provide their own bed sets (blankets, sheets [twin extra long], pillowcases, bedspreads, towels, and study lamps).
For more information about on-campus housing (fees, meals, amenities, communities) and to apply, visit the CSULB Housing and Residential Life website.
Please note: You can order bed sets and have them delivered to CSULB!
Visit the OCM website to view bedding options and make purchases.
You can have your purchase sent directly to Amazon@theBeach, which is on the CSULB campus. Packages received are held for 15 days. After 15 days the package will be returned.
Moving out of the dorms and need to ship your bed sets home?
Visit the Campus Copy Center inside of the University Bookstore for a full range of shipping services through UPS or U.S. Mail. Whether you need next day or standard shipping, we’ve got you covered. Shipping boxes and custom packages available.
Please visit the CSULB Off-Campus Housing website for additional resources.
The following options are NOT affiliated with CSULB.
Below are some popular apartment complexes students choose to stay.
Students that are participating in Education Abroad can also use this convenient Facebook page to get in touch with exchange students who are leaving our university and offering a place in their apartment.
Another type of off-campus housing is Homestay. With this option, you may stay in a room of a family's home. Click on the links to find the best homestay for yourself. (CSULB does not assume any responsibility for homestay providers, their business partners, or the Homestay Provider's clients. CSULB does not inspect homes, prepare contracts, nor place students with host families. Homestay agreements are between the tenant and the homestay provider. CSULB is not affiliated with any of the providers listed below.)
Below are some options for temporary stay before you move into your permanent housing (on-campus residence halls, apartment, homestay, etc.).
OTHER HOUSING OPTIONS
Admitted international students need to obtain an F-1 student visa in order to study full-time in the United States. Once accepted into the Study Abroad @ the Beach program, an I-20 form and acceptance letter will be issued to apply for an F-1 student visa at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Locate the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate here. You will need to pay the $350 Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) fee online at www.fmjfee.com and bring the following documents with you to your visa appointment in your home country:
- Valid passport (valid for at least 6 months after your entry date)
Form I-20 or DS-2019 from California State University, Long Beach
Printout of SEVIS Fee Payment Receipt
Financial Documents (bank statements, affidavit of support, scholarship letters)
- Get accepted into a school
- Pay Sevis fee and receive your I-20 form
- Complete F-1 Visa application form
- Schedule & attend F-1 Visa interview
- F-1 Visa approval
All students are required to attend orientation week (1 week before classes start). If you cannot be present for the entire week, we ask you to apply for the following semester. During orientation week you will
- Meet fellow students, staff and faculty
- Receive your CSULB ID and bus card
- Learn about academic expectations at CSULB
- Review the course registration process
- Take a campus tour and trip to downtown Long Beach
- Activate your SEVIS I-20 record (F-1 visa)
Pre-Arrival orientation is usually held online approximately 6 weeks before orientation day. This online orientation is meant to remind students of what to do and gather before they leave, what to expect when going through immigration and customs, housing, and academics. Once accepted into the program, your official CSULB student ID number will be emailed to gain access to your MyCSULB account, Beachboard account and other important pre-arrival information.
All Study Abroad @ the Beach students on an F-1 visa must purchase health insurance from http://jcbins.com/. No other private health insurance policies are accepted under any circumstances. Due to the high cost of health care in the United States, going without health insurance can be detrimental to a student if he/she falls ill or if he/she is injured in an accident. Students will pay an average of $600-$700 for the Spring/Fall semesters and between $150-$250 for six-week Summer Sessions. Course registration is not allowed until health insurance purchase is confirmed.
- Go to http://jcbins.com/
- Click on 'Search by school name'
- Type in 'CSU Long Beach'
- Select the 'Study Abroad at the Beach' policy
- Follow instructions to enroll
By direction of the California State University Chancellor, new students must submit proof (copies or written proof of immunization from a doctor, clinic, military record or school record) of the following vaccinations.
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis B (students 18 and younger)
- Meningococcal Conjugate - All incoming students through 21 years of age
- All incoming students must complete a Tuberculosis (TB) risk questionnaire. Incoming students who are at higher risk for TB infection should undergo either skin or blood testing for TB infection within 1 year of entry into CSULB.
For questions regarding vaccinations, please email the CSULB Student Health Center at SHS-Vaccine@csulb.edu.
Students must enroll, attend, and complete at least 12 units (undergraduate) or 8 units (graduates) to maintain status while at CSULB. It is the student's responsibility to report any academic issues, medical conditions or emergencies to a Study Abroad @ the Beach advisor that could affect academic performance or attendance within a timely manner for assistance, not at the end of the semester.
Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA (C average) for all coursework taken while enrolled in the program. If your GPA is below 2.0, you may not be eligible to continue or enroll in future semesters.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Osama Ashraf Atwa Cairo University, Egypt Study Abroad @ The Beach
“Spring 2020 was amazing. I made new friends, and I got a good experience to deal with a new challenge like this, to be in a completely different community. I hope to be in this wonderful community once again.”
Katrine Dong Aarhus University, Denmark
“My study abroad semester has been beyond great, filled with lots of experiences and sweet people from all over the world. I’ve learned so much about American culture, and got a whole different view on California than when I was here on vacation. I will for sure come back.”
Congratulations on your admission to the Study Abroad @ the Beach program at California State University, Long Beach!
IMPORTANT FALL 2023 SEMESTER DATES
|March 20||Fall 2023 Schedule of Classes online|
|April 5||On-Campus Housing application opens at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific)|
|May 26||Receive your tuition invoice & health insurance payment information|
|June 16||Submit immunization records via your CSULB Patient Portal at Student Health Services|
|July 7||Attend the Study Abroad online pre-arrival orientation via Zoom at 8:00 a.m. (Pacific)|
|August 10||Tuition and Health Insurance payment due|
|August 17||Check-in documents due|
|August 17-21||Orientation Week (mandatory)|
|August 22||First day of school|
|September 4||Labor Day (no school)|
|November 10||Veterans Day (no school)|
|November 18-26||Fall Break (no school)|
|December 11||Last day of school|
|December 12-18||Final exams|
Fall 2023 course registration begins on the first day of class, August 22, 2023. Instructions on how to register for classes will be explained during Orientation Week. These classes must have seats available, and you must meet their prerequisite requirements.
Please visit our Housing page for more information.
You will receive your student email and ID number approximately 2 months prior to the beginning of the term. Once received, please activate your Beach ID number here. You will be asked to answer security questions and create a password. You will use this ID number and password to log into your MyCSULB student account, Beachboard page and access campus wi-fi.
CSULB is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus. For more information, please see the Breathe Campaign website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing. An email will be sent to you within 1 week if anything is missing. If you are admitted, an acceptance letter will be emailed to you along with the mail tracking number of your I-20 form.
Students are evaluated on their academic fit with the Study Abroad @ the Beach program. We also ask that students have at least a minimum 2.0 GPA (70% average) to be considered. Please see the WES GPA calculator for help.
Yes, everyone except Canadians. Students in the program are enrolled full-time and will need to apply for a F-1 visa.
You can apply for Fall housing in early March and Spring housing in early November. Fall students, please email us for an early ID number to apply. Spring students, your ID number will be automatically emailed to you in November. Please see the Housing page for more information.
If they are one of our 'reserved courses', you meet all prerequisites and there are no time conflicts, then Study Abroad staff will register you in the class. All other courses are not guaranteed for registration. Enrollment is based on space availability, instructor approval, department approval and prerequisite verification.
Sarah Ojujwu Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany Study Abroad @ The Beach
“Studying abroad in Long Beach was one of the best experiences of my life. I met so many beautiful people during my journey and made great friendships all over the world. The professors on campus, people on the streets or at the grocery store were so friendly. I enjoyed the beaches, and the palm trees on the streets gave me a constant holiday feeling.”
Maria Johannsen Denmark Study Abroad @ The Beach
“My Study Abroad semester at CSULB was the best four months of my life. I met so many inspiring and hard-working people, and made friends from all over the world. I was so lucky to live on campus, it also helped me to learn more about American culture.”
- Apply to the American Language Institute and pay the $150 application fee
- Apply to Study Abroad @ The Beach and pay the $200 application fee
- Prepare to also submit additional documents to Study Abroad @ The Beach. You may find the list of required documents on our How to Apply page.