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Global Programs and Services (GPS)


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The Office of Global Education at CSUSM offers programs, services, and support for students who come from around the world to study at our diverse and safe Southern California campus.

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Improve your English while earning university credits, upon successful completion of the program receive guaranteed admission to CSUSM

View all bachelor's and master's degree options available to international students

Learn about on-campus and nearby housing options for international students

See yearly tuition rates and fees for bachelor's and master's degrees at CSUSM

Upcoming Events

04/26- 19th Annual International Fair

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CSUSM Location

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is located in North San Diego County – the heart of beautiful Southern California. Just a short distance from the campus you will find California’s most beautiful beaches, mountains and deserts where you can swim, surf, hike, bicycle, golf and ski.

The CSUSM campus is conveniently situated in a small, safe, suburban city 50 kilometers north of the city of San Diego and 150 kilometers south of Los Angeles. You are within easy traveling distance of the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Disneyland and Hollywood.

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American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI)

ALCI offers a variety of programs to help you improve your English, prepare for an American university, experience Southern California and more!

ALCI programs include: 

  • University Access Program: Earn credits toward a bachelor's or select master's degree and receive guaranteed admission to CSUSM.
  • Intensive English Pathway: An intensive English program for students of all English abilities, offers you a pathway to take English courses along with university courses.
  • Study @ CSUSM: Ideal for visiting or free-moving international students who want to enroll in university credit classes for one or two semesters.
  • Short-Term and Professional Programs: Full-service packages for groups of students or professionals to experience North County San Diego.
  • Teacher Training: TESL/TEFL and Educational Administrator programs combine language training and educational administration training.

Study Abroad

Study abroad is for everyone! With destinations in over fifty countries worldwide and programs from as short as two weeks to as long as an academic year, you are certain to find an option that suits your budget, lifestyle and academic pursuits! The best news of all is that our current CSUSM semester exchanges, CSU International Programs, and ISEP Exchange accept all forms of financial aid, including grants, loans and scholarships.

Regardless of program location, CSUSM students will earn CSU resident credit and pay the same tuition as they currently do at CSUSM for these programs! Start planning your study adventures by attending an info session today!

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Agents and Partners

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CSUSM is looking to establish more long-term collaborative relationships with professional educational advisors from across the globe. Learn more about becoming a representative for CSUSM!
CSUSM is always expanding the list of partner institutions we work with and would love to connect. Learn more about becoming a university partner with CSUSM!
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CSUSM has established partnerships with many universities around the world to provide activities including student exchange, faculty research and more. View the list of universities!

"...I still remember and apply all the knowledge I gained while studying at CSUSM into my current career. That not only helps me to be able to be more creative but also assists me in building and maintaining relationships with other colleagues."

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– Anh Trinh

Class of 2020

– Anh Trinh

After graduation, I started working as an English teacher and my students were from kindergarten to high school. At CSUSM, I studied child development (focusing on 0-18 years old), and I also experienced an internship at the preschool. So what I studied at CSUSM was useful for how to interact with my students understanding their thoughts and feelings and I could build good relationships with them.

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– Arisa Kato

Class of 2014

– Arisa Kato

“I chose to come here because of the incredible computer science program. When I arrived here, I felt incredibly welcome by the staff and other students. I feel that this is my new home."

– Bandar Banawas

Computer Science, Saudi Arabia

– Bandar Banawas