The American Language and Culture Institue at CSUSM offers semester- and year-long study-abroad programs for international university students. Semester at CSU San Marcos students may take credit-bearing university classes without applying to the university.
The standard tuition rate includes 12 units for full-time undergraduate status. Undergraduates may take up to 17 units, but students will be charged $225 per additional unit over 12. For graduate-level courses, full-time status is 9 units. Students will be charged $225 per additional unit over 9. Masters of Business Administration-level courses are available at a higher tuition for 9 graduate units. (Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice). Please visit ALCI Programs and Costs for current tuition fees.
Semester at CSU San Marcos students must pay for their own textbooks, lab fees, parking permits, gym or club memberships, and any fees associated with campus activities not sponsored by ALCI.
Proof of high-level English-language skills is required to participate in university courses. ALCI accepts the following as proof of academic English ability*:
Plan to arrive in San Marcos at least 5 days before the orientation start date. You must meet the ALCI Semester at CSU San Marcos Academic Coordinator during orientation to learn important details about obtaining university courses. You will enroll in courses through instructor approval on a space-available basis during the first week of university courses.
You should make arrangements to stay in San Marcos though the end of CSU San Marcos final exams to ensure completion of your courses.
As a Semester at CSU San Marcos student, you are part of California State University San Marcos campus life. You have a student identification card and full access to:
Use Application Checklist to make sure everything is complete.
Send your application to:
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org OR
Fax: 760-750-3779 OR
Mail: American Language and Culture Institute
California State University San Marcos
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92069-0001
Incomplete applications will not be processed. Check your application carefully.