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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, and 5.0 on all other sections)
  • 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):

  • A completed fillable Study @ CSU San Marcos Application form (download the application to your computer before filling it out).
  • An original bank statement dated within the past six months or a scholarship or sponsor letter (check here for minimum balance requirements)
  • A scanned photocopy of your passport
  • A $150 application fee (non-refundable) payable by credit card or check to "CSUSM." This includes the express mail fee.
  • Transcripts in English and list of courses you are currently taking (recommended minimum GPA of 2.0)
  • Unofficial TOEFL, IELTS, or DAAD score
  • Complete the Study@CSUSM Course Pre-Planning Form

Send your application to:

 Email:

Please scan all documents and send as attachments (photos cannot be accepted) via e-mail to  alci@csusm.eduOR
Mail:

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.