Useful Tips for Transfer Students


CSUSM has a third-semester "intermediate" Language Other Than English Requirement (LOTER) for graduation.

You can take three semesters of one language in college, or you can place directly into a second-semester or third-semester class using your previous knowledge from high school. 

Consider taking your third semester before your arrival at CSUSM. This will save you time and money!

Please see our Courses page to decide which class is right for you.

Here is a list of courses that meet the LOTER in the area and online.


If you are already proficient in another language and do not want to take any more classes, you can sit for the Proficiency Exam to meet the LOTER.

We test almost language in the world; please just contact us with advance notice, if yours is a less commonly-tested language.

This option does NOT give units, it costs $91, and it can be done at any time after your arrival. 

Many AP, IB, or TOEFL scores meet the LOTER. Just send CSUSM an official score!