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CSU International Programs (CSU IP)

CSU international Programs are reciprocal partnerships between the California State University (CSU) system and foreign universities allowing CSU students to study at a partner university for a full academic year only.

Participants generally enroll in regular classes (taught in English or host language) and integrate into mainstream campus life. However, "learn language" programs are also available for those primarily interested in language and culture.

SDSU students will pay average CSU fees and earn resident credits. Letter grades earned will be factored into GPA upon return. Financial Aid is applicable and operates as normal.

Students must submit both the preliminary application in Aztecs Abroad and the main application through the CSU Office of International Programs. All applicants will have a campus interview to discuss their application and goals for participation.

CSU international Programs are a great match for many students because:

You can take courses taught in English or develop your advanced foreign language skills
You live abroad for a whole academic year and gain a deeper understanding
You can enroll in courses abroad that will count towards your major, minor or other degree requirements.
You can afford it! Exchange students pay average CSU tuition plus the cost of living abroad.
You can gain genuine cultural immersion and experience life of locals.

Transfer students may participate in the program their first year at SDSU as transfer student from a California community college.

Aztecs Abroad priority deadline is January 15 (applications for Australia and South Africa by September 15)  The Aztecs Abroad priority deadline is set by the SDSU Study Abroad office; application may be accepted later up to the CSU-IP deadline.

Eligibility requirements

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 is required (certain programs may have higher GPA requirements). Meeting the minimum GPA does not mean automatic nomination by the CSU.

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