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ONCAMPUS Cal State Monterey Bay is partnered with California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and provides an extraordinary opportunity for international students to experience life in America's #1 study abroad destination - California.

Why choose ONCAMPUS Cal State Monterey Bay

California is the #1 study abroad destination in America


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Guaranteed transfer to California State University in a range of subject areas

  • Live and study in California: The #1 U.S. destination for international students.
  • Guaranteed transfer: Progress on to year 2 at California State University, Monterey Bay after successful completion of the university transfer program.
  • Part of the University from Day 1: Students will study and live alongside university students from day one and have full access to all facilities and resources.
  • Ideal first-year university experience: Equivalent to a freshman year at a university; 31-33 credits upon completion.
  • Safe and supportive ‘soft landing’: A beautiful, diverse campus with welcoming faculty and staff providing unparalleled support and guidance.
  • Accessible entry requirements: SAT scores, personal statements, and letters of recommendation are not required.

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How ONCAMPUS Cal State Monterey Bay supports your success:

University Transfer Program

  • ONCAMPUS Cal State Monterey Bay helps international students succeed – academically, socially, and professionally – with a one-year support program delivered at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB).

  • You will earn a full year of college credits, living and learning in California, and become prepared to complete your chosen degree at California State University, Monterey Bay

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University Experience

  • Ranked #47 (U.S. News & World Report) in Regional Universities (West)

  • California State University, Monterey Bay is one of 23 campuses in the California State System, the largest 4-year public university System in the U.S.

  • More than 80 student clubs and organizations representing a wide range of interests from anime to men's volleyball.
  • With more than 1,380 acres (5.2 km2), the campus has everything you'd expect from a great university: state-of-the-art library, new dorms and academic buildings, dining halls to accommodate all lifestyles, comprehensive athletic facilities and a buzzing student center.
  • Located at the center of the Golden State coastline, Monterey Bay is just hours from San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Los Angeles; making it the perfect starting point for exploring the region.

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  • In addition to English instruction, covering all areas of writing, speaking, and understanding, you will also take the same classes as other CSUMB students, learn from the same faculty, and earn the same amount of college credit over the course of the year (30 credits).

  • After successfully completing ONCAMPUS Cal State Monterey Bay’s first year experience, you will have earned a full year’s worth of credits, putting you on track to earn the 120 credits most schools require to receive a Bachelor’s degree.

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  • Like other freshmen, you will live in a residence hall, with other students, right on campus. This is a mandatory part of ONCAMPUS Cal State Monterey Bay’s program, and provides you with more opportunity to make friends, socialize, and acclimate to college life in America.
  • Live alongside other American and international students, in the same dormitories as other CSUMB students.
  • Your floor will have a resident assistant / RA (also a CSUMB student) who organizes social activities and is there to answer questions. There is also a Resident Director/RD, a professional who is responsible for creating a safe and happy environment for everyone in the building.
  • A meal plan is included, and you'll find the various cafes and dining facilities around campus ideal places to socialize and fuel your body as well as your mind.

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