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Study Abroad

CSUSM in Peru

CSUSM students are fortunate to be able to learn and live in Southern California, with the mountains, deserts, and beaches all within reach. But that doesn't mean there's not a whole world out there waiting to be discovered! Study abroad can be one of the most personally enriching and academically rewarding experiences of your undergraduate years. CSU San Marcos offers all students the opportunity to study in another country for a January, summer, semester, or academic year through a wide range of programs.

The Office of Global Education maintains an up-to-date information center on the wide variety of Study Abroad opportunities that are open to all CSUSM students. You can find program options that suit your needs, get information about financial aid, learn about credit transfer, and make direct contact with the school or center you want to attend all in one place. The Study Abroad Advisors there provide an invaluable resource, and can help you find the program that's right for you.

If you're considering spending time learning overseas, take some time to orient yourself by thinking through these questions:

  • Why do you want to study abroad? Is your main purpose to learn about language and culture, or do you primarily want to pursue your major/minor?
  • How long do you want to study abroad? Do you want to travel for the summer or for an intersession program, or would you rather stay a semester or a full academic year?
  • What type of academic experience would work for you? Would you rather enroll directly in a foreign university, or would a center for international students be a better fit?
  • Would you be comfortable living abroad on your own, or would you prefer a more structured environment?
  • How will financial aid support your study abroad? Are there other resources such as scholarships you could find to fund your travel?
  • And of course… where do you want to go? 

Thinking about these questions can help you narrow down the array of options, letting you focus on programs that are the best fit for you. Want to see the best study abroad locations for your academic interests? Check out our Study Abroad by Location and Major Grid. If you'd like to see an overview of all Study Abroad Opportunities at CSUSM, explore this site or check out our Study Abroad PowerPoint presentation. And before you start packing—don't forget that prior to enrolling in any program, you should go through the Study Abroad credit approval process to ensure that overseas classes will meet your degree requirements here.  If you're stuck, please make plans to attend a Study Abroad Info Session and after research, an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor.