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Study @ CSU San Marcos

Study @ CSU San Marcos is a non-degree program for visiting/fee-paying international students who want to enroll in university classes for credit for one or two semesters at California State University San Marcos. 

  • Study in the heart of Southern California, surrounded by breathtaking beaches, mountains and deserts 
  • Earn university course credits that transfer to your home university
  • Study and experience campus life with American students
  • Choose to join one of more than 100 recognized student organizations
  • Participate in CSUSM Recreation Activities such as Intramural Sports and Outdoor Adventures

As a Study @ 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:

  • Computer and language labs
  • The library and media center
  • Student Health and Counseling Services
  • Student Organizations
  • Intramural sports teams
  • Clarke Field House
  • Campus cultural activities
  • Student services assistance (academic advising, housing, banking, immigration, and health care)
  • Trips and events

Proof of high-level English-language skills is required to participate in university courses. ALCI accepts the following as proof of academic English ability*:

  • TOEFL score of 61 (minimum score of 19 in writing, and 14 on all other sections)
  • IELTS score of 5.5 (with a 5.5 in writing)
  • DAAD level B
  • Other (depending on country)

Please visit ALCI Programs and Costs for current tuition fees.

How to apply for Study @ CSU San Marcos

Please submit the following application package (scanned photocopies, no photos please):

Send your application to:

E-mail: OR

The American Language and Culture Institute
California State University San Marcos
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001 USA

Incomplete applications will not be processed. Check your application carefully.