Surfing, shopping, sunset kayaking: a semester abroad at California State University Channel Islands allows you to do all of this. And don’t worry, you don’t need a ferry to get to campus. Because, despite its name, the youngest university in theCSU group is not on one of the eight islands of the same name off the southern Californian coast, but in the picturesque small town of Camarillo, between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Check growtheology for more universities.
For all of you who like it small but nice, the CSU Channel Islands is ideal. From day one you will be integrated into the family community of the university and you can easily establish personal contact with your fellow students and professors through small seminar sizes.
You also benefit from the small size of the CSUCI when choosing a course. Your chance of success in your desired courses is significantly higher than at many larger universities and you will usually get a place in popular courses. Due to its proximity to the economic metropolis of Los Angeles, the university is well networked with international corporations and offers you seminars with a particularly high level of practical relevance.
We will place you in Camarillo for a semester abroad or an academic gap year. If you would like to spend even more time in California, you can also complete your entire master’s degree at the CSU Channel Islands – we will help you with that!
- California State University Channel Islands website
Year of foundation: 2002
Type of university: State university
Number of Students: Total 4900, 4700 Undergraduate, 200 Postgraduate, International 50
- WSCUC (WASC Senior College and University Commission)
The academic year at California State University Channel Islands is divided into two semesters.
- Academic gap year
- semester abroad
- bachelor’s degree
- Master’s degree
International students can spend one or two semesters at the CSU Channel Islands as part of “Semester at CI” and during this time take interdisciplinary and semester -spanning courses from the entire undergraduate range of the university, for example in business, liberal studies or English. This experience not only enriches your CV, but also broadens your own horizon and discovers a whole new perspective.
As a rule, the achievements made during this time at the home university can be credited for further studies. However, this should definitely be discussed in advance.
- Semester program of the CSU Channel Islands
- Fall semester 2022
The tuition includes the allocation of 12 units. This usually corresponds to 4 courses.
- Tuition at the CSU Channel Islands
To finance a semester stay at the CSUCI, students can apply for foreign BAföG , among other things. Eligible students not only receive a subsidy for health insurance, living and travel expenses, but also a reimbursement of part of the tuition fee waiver (up to EUR 4600).
Applicants for the CSUCI semester program must have a high school diploma.
Sufficient knowledge of English is also a prerequisite for admission. These can be proven with the help of standardized language tests such as the IELTS or TOEFL as well as with the DAAD language certificate.
The language skills can be proven by one of the following test results or documents:
|DAAD language test||B2 level in all areas|
|TOEFL (internet based)||61|
The language certificate cannot be submitted later.
- CSU Channel Island application requirements
Degrees/Courses in English – Undergraduate
- Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
- Bachelor of Arts in Art: Art History
- Bachelor of Arts in Art: Art Studio
- Bachelor of Arts in Biology
- Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
- Bachelor of Arts in Chicana/Chicano Studies
- Bachelor of Arts in Communication: Business & Nonprofit Communication
- BA in Communication: Environmental Communication
- Bachelor of Arts in Communication: Health Communication
- Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies
- Bachelor of Arts in Economics
- Bachelor of Arts in Economics: International Economics
- Bachelor of Arts in Economics: Managerial Economics
- Bachelor of Arts in English: Creative Writing
- Bachelor of Arts in English: English Education
- Bachelor of Arts in English: Multicultural Literature
- Bachelor of Arts in History
- Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology
- Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies: Concentrated Studies
- Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies: Teaching and Learning
- Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts: Dance
- Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts: Music
- Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts: Theater
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
- Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
- Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
- Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics: Physical Sciences
- Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics: Technology
- Bachelors of Science in Biology
- Bachelor of Science in Business
- Bachelor of Science in Business: Entrepreneurship
- Bachelor of Science in Business: Finance
- Bachelor of Science in Business: Global Business
- Bachelor of Science in Business: Management
- Bachelor of Science in Business: Marketing
- Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
- Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: Biochemistry
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Resource Management: Environmental Science
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Resource Management: Resource Management
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics: Actuarial Sciences / Economics
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics: Applied Mathematics
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics: Biomathematics
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics: Business Management
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics: Cognitive Science
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics: Computer Science
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics: Digital Design
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics: Education
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics: Foundational Mathematics
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics: Physics
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics: Pure Mathematics
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Generic
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing: RN to BSN
- Minor in Anthropology
- Minor in Applied Physics
- Minor in Art
- Minor in Asian-Pacific Studies
- Minor in Biology
- Minor in Business Management
- Minor in Business: Social Business
- Minor in Chemistry
- Minor in Chicana/Chicano Studies
- Minor in Communication
- Minor in Computer Game Design and Development
- Minor in Computer Science
- Minor in Computer Science, Robotics Engineering
- Minor in Economics
- Minor in English
- Minor in Environmental Science and Resource Management
- Minor in Global Studies
- Minor in History
- Minor in Information Technology
- Mathematics minor
- Minor in Performing Arts
- Major in Political Science
- Minor in Psychology
- Minor in Psychology: Developmental Psychology
- Minor in Sociology
- Minors in Spanish
From the lecture hall straight to the surfboard: The CSUCI offers you this unique opportunity thanks to its fantastic location not far from the most beautiful beaches in California. Only a short distance separates the campus from the city center of Camarillo, where you will find a gigantic outlet center.
While the Mediterranean architecture of the university ensures a relaxed atmosphere on campus, the best-equipped university buildings enable particularly effective learning. The John Spoor Broom Library, for example, is home to several thousand books, online journals and e-books and has a workstation with a PC available for every student.
The wide range of leisure activities offered by the CSUCI offers you an optimal change from your studies. You have the choice between adventurous hikes in spectacular national parks, exciting surfing and water skiing courses in the Pacific Ocean or team sports such as volleyball or basketball in the most modern sports halls.
- California State University Channel Islands campus maps
International students can live both on campus and off campus for the duration of their stay.
The following accommodation options are available:
- student residence
- Apartments on campus
- Private apartments / hotels
The college town of Camarillo
The city of Camarillo in sunny California has a population of over 60,000 and is located in Ventura County. Its name dates back to the mid-18th century, when the landowner Adolfo Camarillo was able to preserve the city’s material, cultural and spiritual heritage despite the Anglo-American arrivals. Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, both major metropolitan areas, are 40 and 60 minutes’ drive away, respectively, and are therefore home to many commuters. A special characteristic of Camarillo is that the city does not expand blindly, but that there is still agricultural land even within the city limits.
The climate is pleasant and can almost be called Mediterranean, as there are more than 300 days of sunshine a year and warm temperatures with a mild breeze. Another benefit is that the crime rate is far lower than other parts of the United States. With the Ventura Freeway, Camarillo is well connected to other areas in terms of transport technology, and public transport such as buses and trains also contribute to mobility.
Many shopping malls are located in Camarillo, including one of the largest in California, and everything you need can be found here. There is also no lack of cinemas, restaurants, cultural institutions and a lively nightlife. The so-called “Old Town”, the original center, which was laid out in this form in 1910, is also particularly worth seeing. For athletes there are many opportunities to be occupied with the good weather in nature, such as cycling, swimming, walking, sailing and other activities. Especially among the wealthier people, Camarillo is known for its “Spanish Hills Golf & Country Club”.