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.
Fields of study
Popular study areas include Marine Science, Kinesiology, Communication, Business and Psychology.
CSUMB is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). CSUMB is also part of the 23-campus California State University system, one of the largest higher education organizations in the U.S.
Students can participate in more than 50 different clubs and groups, or participate in several team sports. CSUMB’s clubs include rugby, dancing, media arts, sailing, lacrosse, culture clubs, martial arts, and many more. Students can also take part in theme dinners, talent shows and group trips to famous California attractions.
The Aquatic Center has a 25 meter pool, and students are able to take classes such water aerobics and scuba diving. There is also the Otter Sports Center, which contains a gymnasium, locker rooms, racquetball court, weight training area, and a cardio fitness area. The Outdoor Rec Center provides student with gear they can rent for camping, surfing, and rock climbing.
On-Campus housing is guaranteed for international students who apply before the deadline. Student can live in CSUMB’s residence halls, suites and apartments. There are several dining venues on campus and meal plans are available for campus residents and commuters. International students usually live in the North Quad. Students may also find private accommodation.
Apply to CSUMB
If you are interested in applying to CSUMB, please contact our study advisors. They will help you with all your questions, and give you practical information throughout the application process.
GPA requirements vary depending on program and degree level. For Study Abroad and Bachelor's degrees, CSUMB can consider English grades from the applicant's Upper Secondary School leaving certificate. If the applicant has not achieved the required English results on the certificate, s/he will be required to take an IELTS or TOEFL test.