Funding Your Study Abroad Experience

Along with the CSU International Programs, sponsored by the Chancellor's Office, students have the option of studying abroad through other organizations and universities for up to 1 year. The staff in the International Student Services Office are located in CE 348.

International Programs (IP)

International Programs (IP) is the system wide study abroad program of the CSU. Developing intercultural communication skills and international understanding among its students is the vital mission of The California State University (CSU). Since its inception in 1963, the CSU International Programs has contributed to this effort by providing qualified students an affordable opportunity to continue their studies abroad for a full academic year. More than 15,000 CSU students have taken advantage of this unique study option.

Some of IP's special features are:

  • No overseas tuition or administrative costs are charged.
  • Students earn resident credit for all overseas course work.
  • All campus financial aid, with the exception of work-study, is applicable overseas.
  • IP assists students in arranging the details of their year abroad, including academic planning, transportation, visas, and housing.
  • Once overseas, students receive assistance from a CSU resident director and/or local staff.

To qualify for admission to the International Programs, students must have upper division or graduate standing at a CSU campus by the time of their departure. Students at the sophomore level may, however, participate in the intensive language acquisition programs in France, Germany, and Mexico. California Community Colleges transfer students are eligible to apply directly from their community college. Students must also have a current cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or 3.0, depending on the program for which they apply. Some programs also have language study and/or other coursework prerequisites.

Additional information and application materials may be obtained from the International Student Services & International Center located on campus at CE-348, by calling (909) 537-3723; or by writing to the California State University International Programs, 401 Golden Shore, Sixth Floor, Long Beach, California 90802-4275. Visit us online at the California State Univeristy International Program website. Applications for the following academic year overseas must be submitted by February 1st of every year.

Financial Planning For Study Abroad

  1. Review the study abroad program offerings you are interested in as costs vary for each program. Costs for your program may include tuition/fees, room and board, travel expenses, passport and visa costs, local transportation, books and supplies, phone/internet and personal expenses.
  2. Meet with study abroad advisor to discuss your program options and visit the website at California State San Bernardino Study Abroad.
  3. Research available scholarships and apply early.
  4. Confirm financial aid, review your aid package and verify with your financial aid advisor what types of financial aid can be applied to your study abroad program.

Cal State San Bernardino students may be eligible for financial aid if enrolled at least half-time (6 units per term for an undergraduate) in a Cal State San Bernardino study abroad program. Financial aid is not available for non CSUSB programs; e.g. independent study abroad programs.

Information/scholarship links:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Study Abroad Scholarships

California State University International Programs