California State University - Long Beach

Location: Long Beach, CA

Institution: Public International Student Body: 5 percent
Year Founded: 1949 Student/Faculty Ratio: 20:1
Academic Calendar: Semester Campus Setting: Urban
Undergrad Student Body: 27,500 Requirements: View Current
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The American Language Institute offers a special study abroad program for international students with advanced English skills called University Study at the Beach (USB)! This program is a simple way for students who want to study at CSULB for one or two semesters without going through the formal admission process. If your home university doesn't have an exchange student agreement with CSULB and you still want to take courses at CSULB, USB is for you! Courses taken at CSULB through the USB program may be put on to an official transcript and transferred to your home university for official credit!

Each semester CSULB offers courses in more than 300 different programs and options. Many of these courses have additional spaces available after CSULB students have registered. The University Study at the Beach program allows international students to take advantage of these extra spaces.

All course instruction, requirements and faculty are available to full-time CSULB degree seeking students are also available to USB students. USB students are able to use the Students Health Care Center, Student Recreation and Wellness Center, receive a student ID card, ride the Long Beach transit bus and attend all CSULB athletic events for free! On and off-campus housing assistance is available.

  • Accountancy
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  • Asian American Studies
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  • Chinese
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  • Classics
  • College of the Arts
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  • Communicative Disorders
  • Comparative World Literature
  • Computer Engineering & Computer Science
  • Construction Engineering Management
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Design
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  • English
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  • Fashion Merchandising & Design
  • Film and Electronic Arts
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  • French
  • Geography
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  • German
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  • Italian
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  • Supplemental Instruction
  • Theatre Arts
  • University
  • Vietnamese
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  • Women's Gender Sexuality Stds
All course instruction, requirements and faculty are identical to full-time CSULB degree seeking students. USB students are able to use the Students Health Care Center, Student Recreation and Wellness Center, receive a student ID card, ride the Long Beach transit bus and attend all CSULB athletic events for free! On and off-campus housing assistance is available.

All courses under the College of Business Administration and Nursing Program are NOT available to USB students at this time. This includes, Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, International Business, Human Resources, and Information Systems.

The USB program is not for students who wish to apply to a CSULB degree program in the future.

USB students must be flexible with their course choices as students will not know their final class schedule until the first week of class. Courses in impacted majors are subject to availability.

The CSU designates major programs as impacted when more applications are received in the initial filing period from CSU eligible applicants than can be accommodated by the campus. Impacted majors are authorized to use supplementary admission criteria and/or higher admission standards than the CSU minimum requirements in considering applicants to the program.

The American Language Institute at CSULB and GEMS can assist you with:

On-Campus and Off-Campus Residence Halls
Off-Campus Apartments
Temporary Housing

The ALI and GEMS can help students with some of these arrangements before arrival. The ALI can also help find temporary housing for students when they first arrive.

Carefully read the information about each type of housing before deciding which one will be best for you. Think about your lifestyle and transportation needs to help you choose the most suitable living accommodation.

On-Campus and Off-Campus Residence Halls

Students interested in the on and off-campus dormitories may apply through the American Language Institute.

The CSULB residence halls are recommended as a first choice for those joining an ALI summer program because of their convenience and reasonable price.

How to Apply

Submit the Housing Request Form (contact GEMS for the form) with your American Language Institute application. You will receive an e-mail from the American Language Institute verifying your application when it is received. (The Request form is intended to be printed and filled out by hand. If you need assistance completing the form please contact GEMS.)

After the ALI sends you a housing lease, sign and return the lease to the ALI. Include a cashier's check or money order for the full amount. Make checks payable to CSULB Residence Halls. Contact GEMS with any questions.


Living in a homestay provides a unique opportunity for a student to experience an American lifestyle and practice English regularly. Homestay hosts are carefully chosen for the best quality. A student can begin living in a homestay in any term and continue year-round.

How to Apply

Submit the Homestay Request Form (contact GEMS for the form) and fee with American Language Institute application. The ALI office will contact you with result of placement.
(The request form is intended to be printed and filled out by hand. If you need assistance completing the form please contact GEMS.)

Off-Campus Apartments

There are many apartments in the area in a range of prices. Monthly rent depends on the size of the apartment, the number of people sharing it, whether the apartment is furnished or not, how long the lease (rental agreement) is, and whether the cost of utilities is included. The ALI staff can offer you assistance in finding an apartment after you arrive.

Before your arrival, American Language Insitute can secure a reservation for students at the Oakwood Long Beach Marina Apartments, a nearby off-campus community that provides fully furnished apartment homes with all utilities included. All you need to bring are your personal belongings, everything else is provided! The property is convenient to the CSULB campus and is accessible by public transportation. Come home to Oakwood!

How to Apply

Submit the Housing Request Form (contact GEMS for the form) with your American Language Institute application. The ALI will contact you when your housing application has been processed.
(The request form is intended to be printed and filled out by hand. If you need assistance completing the form please contact GEMS.)

Temporary Housing

If a student needs a place to stay for a few days while looking for an apartment the ALI can make a reservation at one of the nearby hotels and motels if needed. The most economical start at $70-$85/night.

How to apply:

Submit the Housing Request Form (contact GEMS for the form) with the American Language Institute application form.
Write down the dates you want to stay at a motel.
Fill in your credit card information to reserve the room.
*(If you do not cancel in advance, you may be charged for all the nights you reserved. The ALI/GEMS is not responsible for cancellation fees)

Please contact GEMS for assistance.
The hilltop portion on the 322-acre campus overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Eighty permanent buildings house the various colleges, 63 academic departments and programs, 24 centers, four institutes and four clinics.

The student-operated University Student Union is located at the crossroads of the campus, providing a focal point for the total campus community. Brotman Hall, near the Union, houses many centralized campus services and administrative offices. There are also specialized facilities for Engineering Technology, Art, Industrial and Interior Design, Music, Molecular and Life Sciences, and Nursing as well as the International House student residence hall and meeting complex.

A state of the art building for the College of Business Administration, complete with decision support laboratories, multi media capability, and modern lecture halls, opened in 1991. The Department of Dance occupies quarters in the largest and best equipped instructional dance facility in the nation.

The striking beauty of the campus owes much to the planting of 3,200 Helen Borcher flowering peach trees that were donated by the citizens of Long Beach. Secluded landscape areas and buildings of appropriate scale help maintain a learning environment that encourages small group identification and personal privacy in the midst of 37,000 individuals sharing the same site, on what is essentially a large urban campus.

In 1965, the International Sculpture Symposium contributed 9 monumental pieces and designs to the University. These works received credits in 21 national and international publications, and in 1972 additional community funds in the form of a trust provided for the completion of the Carlson Memorial Tower, designed by French sculptor Andre Bloc.

The campus sculpture collection has continued to expand, with the addition of works by artists such as Guy Dill, Michael Davis, Robert Irwin, Bryan Hunt, and Woods Davy. These acquisitions were made possible by private donations and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to the University Art Museum.

A notarized, current bank statement verifying that the student has a minimum of $9,400 U.S. Dollars in a cash account available for his or her use. If the bank account is not in the student's name, then a notarized letter of support should accompany the notarized bank statement from the holder of the account. Most consulates around the world require the applicant to prove that he or she is able to pay for his or her entire program of study.  

The bank statement provided to demonstrate finances must be less than 6 months old.

University Study at the Beach

Tuition $4,700 (May be paid upon arrival if applying through GEMS)
Insurance $264 (Insurance costs are $264 in the fall and $225 in the spring. Students may also purchase their own health insurance to waive this fee as long as the insurance meets all of CSULB's health insurance requirements).

Additional Costs
1.Textbooks are not included.
2.$50 late fee.
3.$150 application fee.

*Students can be greeted at the airport by our ALI staff and assisted with transportation. The Meet & Greet request form will be sent with the I-20 and acceptance letter via express mail. The airport Meet & Greet service is free.

*Prices subject to change

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