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Inbound Exchange Students

CSULB Exchange Programs

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) bilateral exchange programs and California State University (CSU) Systemwide exchange programs are available to students without U.S. citizenship attending partner universities with established exchange agreements.  If you are uncertain if your university is an exchange partner, please contact your university’s exchange advisor.

If your university does not have an exchange agreement with the CSU or CSULB, you might consider attending CSULB for one or two semesters as a visiting student through the Study Abroad @ the Beach program.

CSU Systemwide Exchange Program Information

The CSU systemwide program is run by the CSU Office of the Chancellor staff, not CSULB staff. Students should contact their Exchange Coordinators for exact deadline dates and instructions.
Application forms and detailed program information are available from your university’s exchange advisor. There is no application fee. See your home campus advisor for a copy of the CSU Systemwide applicaiton.

Students: Please address all questions regarding the exchange program to your home campus advisors until you are offcially accepted (or at least officially nominated).


California State University, Long Beach, offers international exchange students the natural beauty and climate of Southern California in a safe, suburban environment and the rich cultural offerings of the greater Los Angeles region. In 2014–15, more than 3,000 international students from 95 countries chose to take part in the wide range of academic programs at CSULB. CSULB provides an exceptional student experience through nationally recognized academic programs and personalized support services. An emphasis on research, student success, and creative activity provides students the opportunity to work with dedicated and award-winning faculty mentors. 

With more than 325 clubs and organizations, as well as a thriving student government, CSULB offers a wide variety of recreational, social, cultural, and exciting leadership opportunities. The University Student Union, ranked the fourth most amazing student union in the U.S., is the vibrant center of student life on campus. The Student Recreation and Wellness Center is a 125,000-squarefoot, state-of-the-art facility with fitness programs, rock climbing wall, as well as basketball, volleyball, and badminton courts. CSULB offers 17 varsity sports at the NCAA Division I level. Its College of the Arts, the largest in the western United States, offers theater, dance, and music performances enjoyed by students throughout the year. 

The City of Long Beach is located 32 kilometers south of downtown Los Angeles on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The Port of Long Beach, together with the adjacent Port of Los Angeles, forms the largest shipping complex in the United States. In Long Beach, voted as one of America’s “Top 10 Most Walkable Cities,” residents and visitors experience a big-city feel with small-town charm in a unique oceanfront setting.