Course: Visiting Student Program


Program Description

Education and learning comes in various forms. Through the Visiting Student Program at California State University, East Bay, you can experience the California lifestyle, U.S. culture, diverse people, and academics in one of the most exciting and unique locations in the world, the San Francisco Bay Area. Stay for a summer, a semester, or longer. Regardless of the time, you’ll embark on an experience of a lifetime.

The San Francisco Bay Area

The beautiful, scenic, multicultural San Francisco Bay Area offers all the amenities of a major metropolitan setting and serves as a great base from which to explore all of Northern California. The campus is just 30 to 40 minutes away from San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, and Silicon Valley. Cal State East Bay’s spectacular hilltop Hayward campus is surrounded by residential neighborhoods, giving the comfort and security of a family community.


Program Overview

The Visiting Student Program is designed to allow international students who meet the required standards in English proficiency to experience one or two semesters of university study at California State University, East Bay. Students gain invaluable exposure to the university culture and academic study of the United States and its Northern California San Francisco Bay area region. Students meet regularly admitted California State University, East Bay students in all their classes and can use the facilities of the university as regularly admitted students.

Ideal students:

  • Students in their "gap" year between high school and university
  • Students who want to take a break from their studies at a university in their home country
  • Students who want to take university courses for the cultural experience and the practice in using English
  • Students who want to improve their GPA

Admission Requirements

  • A TOEFL score of 71 or IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent is required. Consult with the ALP Visiting Student Advisor if you are in doubt as to whether your English level is sufficient
  • A complete transcript of college/university coursework in English

Create Your Own Program

Students in the program may work with their advisor by e-mail before they arrive and in person in the first weeks of the semester to pick courses that interest them or are required for further study with a view to counting that credit at a university back in their home country or applying it to a degree in the United States. Visiting students usually register for 12 units of regular undergraduate classes or 9 units of graduate classes per semester. They will attend classes with regularly admitted undergraduate or graduate students and have access to all university facilities. Each student chooses a subject area specialty to focus their studies at Cal State East Bay. The subject area can be any taught within our wide range of undergraduate majors listed below.

• Anthropology, B.A.

• Art, B.A., B.F.A.

• Biochemistry, B.A., B.S.

• Biological Science, B.A., B.S.

• Business Administration, B.S.

• Chemistry, B.A., B.S.

• Communication. B.A.

• Computer Engineering, B.S.

• Computer Science, B.S.

• Construction Management, B.S.

• Criminal Justice, B.S.

• Economics, B.S.

• English, B.A.

• Environmental Science, B.S.

• Environmental Studies, B.A.

• Ethnic Studies, B.A.

• French, B.A.

• Geology, B.A., B.S.

• Geography, B.S.

• Health Sciences, B.S

• History, B.A.

• Hospitality and Tourism, B.S.

• Human Development, B.A.

• Industrial Engineering, B.S.

• International Studies, B.A.

• Kinesiology, B.S.

• Liberal Studies, B.A.

• Mathematics, B.S.

• Music, B.A.

• Philosophy, B.A.

• Physics, B.A., B.S.

• Political Science, B.A.

• Psychology, B.A., B.S.

• Recreation, B.S.

• Sociology, B.A.

• Spanish, B.A.

• Speech Pathology & Audiology, B.S.

• Statistics, B.S.

• Theatre Arts, B.A.

(Course offerings subject to change. Class registration is based on a class-availability basis and student’s qualifications. We cannot guarantee that any specific course will be available)



Students live in California State University, East Bay on-campus apartments and suites. University Village is just a short walk from classes and provides spacious, fully-furnished apartments that feature a kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave oven. Equipped with a computer lab and study, exercise, laundry, and recreation rooms, it is a true living-learning community designed to help you thrive academically, personally, and socially. High-speed internet access is provided and phone and cable television service are available. Partial or full meal plans are included in the price quoted. Free shuttle buses run from campus to nearby BART train stations which offer access to the entire Bay Area.

Application Checklist

Online Application Form and required attachments:

• Official transcript from home university

• Official TOEFL or IELTS score

• Verification of financial declarations (bank statements, letter or seal)

• Copy of passport name page

• Non-refundable $150 application fee (paid by credit card online)

Program Fees

Visiting Student Program (VSP)

Application Fee (Non-Refundable) $150 one-time application fee & each time deferring or changing program
Registration Fee / Semester(Non-Refundable) $300
Student Health Services Fee / Semester $187.5
Course Fees

Undergraduate level courses $350/unit

Graduate level courses $400/unit

Total Fees / Semester

$4,687.5 (12 units undergraduate level courses)

$4,087.5 (9 units graduate level courses)

*Fees are subject to change without notice

* VSP students are required to take a minimum of 12 units/semester of undergraduate courses or 9 units/semester of graduate-level courses to maintain their full-time student status. 12 units must be taken if taking both undergraduate and graduate courses during the same semester.

* Tuition is determined by course level and amount of units enrolled in. If the student is enrolled in more than 12 units, additional fees will be charged.

* Credit Transfer: A maximum of 24 Open University semester units can be transferred to an undergraduate degree program or 8.67 maximum units towards a graduate degree program, subject to approval by the academic department that runs the program.

* Students who drop a class or who are dropped for non-payment during the DROP period are entitled to a 100% refund of tuition paid for that class. Students who withdraw after the DROP date but on or before the twenty-first instructional day in an academic term are entitled to a 65% refund of tuition. No refund will be given for withdrawals after the twenty-first instructional day.



Students in the program choose a subject area to focus their studies at California State University, East Bay. Students work with their home university advisor before they arrive and in the first weeks of the semester to choose courses that interest them, or are required to fulfill credits toward their home country university, or are applying to a degree in the United States.

Visiting students usually register for four regular undergraduate classes (4 x 3 units) per semester through the Open University system. In this system, they can take any class they are academically qualified to take and that are open during the online registration period. These courses are offered on a space available basis, and we cannot guarantee that any specific course will be available as priority will be given to degree-seeking matriculated students.

Detailed Open University class registration procedures and timelines are given at the New Student Orientation at the beginning of every semester.


Last updated Jan 2020

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For more than 60 years, California State University, East Bay (Cal State East Bay or CSUEB for short) has served the San Francisco Bay Area as part of the California State University system (the large ... Read More

For more than 60 years, California State University, East Bay (Cal State East Bay or CSUEB for short) has served the San Francisco Bay Area as part of the California State University system (the largest system of public education in the U.S.), Cal State East Bay is known for award-winning programs, expert instruction, small classes, and a highly-personalized learning environment. Our beautiful campus overlooking the San Francisco Bay offers a great view of the entire Bay Area and is in an inspiring setting for career exploration, just 30-40 minutes drive from both San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Cal State East Bay offers excellent education in an exciting location at a competitive price. CSUEB offers undergraduate degrees in 49 fields and graduate degrees in 30 areas. In addition to degree programs, the American Language Program offers intensive English language study as preparation for university study. A wide variety of certificate and gateway programs — including conditional admissions for undergraduates, the Pre-Business Analytics program, and International Business diploma— offer excellent opportunities for professional and academic advancement. Read less