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.
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.
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
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.
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)
Visiting Student Program (VSP)
Application Fee (Non-Refundable)
$150 one-time application fee & each time deferring or changing program
Registration Fee / Semester(Non-Refundable)
Student Health Services Fee / Semester
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.