All international students new to CSUB are required to attend the International Student Orientation. Every quarter, the orientation takes place on Friday before classes start. Specific information regarding the orientation will be sent to you upon your admittance. At this time you will 1) meet with a faculty advisor to choose your courses, 2) learn information about important university policies and 3) register for your classes. We encourage you also to download the Orientation Booklet: http://www.csub.edu/isp/documents/Orientation.pdf for more information.
A CSU requirement is that all new undergraduate students must satisfy the requirements of the English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry Level Math (ELM) test prior to enrollment, or have their admission cancelled. It is important that you take these tests as soon as possible in order to have the results for your advising sessions. Otherwise, you won't know which English and Math courses are appropriate for your level of preparation. The EPT and ELM are given numerous times each year and advance registration is required. In most cases transfer students and graduate students are not required to take the tests.
For more information visit: http://www.csub.edu/testing/
While academic advisors are available for assistance, CSUB students are ultimately responsible for meeting the university requirements.
Most of you come to CSU, Bakersfield as a first time freshmen or lower division transfer student. Based on your entrance exams, you may be required to take certain remediation classes during the first academic year. Understanding, that it would be difficult to secure
12 units (full time enrollment), just before the beginning of the quarter, our academic advisors helped to define and enroll you in courses required by your respective programs. Upper division and transfer students are requested to contact their faculty or academic advisors directly.
To check your class schedule, please, visit MYCSUB for reference.
To find out who is your academic advisor, review information below:
- Those of you that are planning to pursue Natural Sciences & Mathematics majors; you will need to check with the website below. Your academic advisor will be listed under your major.
If you have a problem with identifying your advisor, please, contact Mrs. Dodie Hyatt. Her email address is: email@example.com
- Those of you that are planning to pursue a Business Administration major, please contact Ms. Karen Ziegler at your first convenience. She will help you with enrollment and advising to this school, but you have to contact her first!!! Her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Those of you planning to pursue a School of Arts and Humanities majors, please contact Ms. Melanie Butler at: email@example.com.
- Those of you planning to pursue a School of Social Sciences and Education majors, please contact Ms. Yvette Morones at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Those of you that remain with undeclared majors, please contact Mrs. Adriana Sixtos at your first convenience. Her email address is: email@example.com
Transfer and Graduate Students:
You will need to check with website below. Your academic advisor will be listed under your major.
Most courses at CSUB are 5 quarter units of credit, and full-time undergraduate students normally take between 12-17 credits. A five quarter-unit course usually meets two or three times per week and is just slightly more credit than a three semester-unit course (3 semester units equal 4.5 quarter units or a ratio where 1 semester equals 1.5 quarter units). Thus full-time undergraduate students will take approximately 46 quarter units per year to meet the 186 quarter unit total graduation requirement. Undergraduate international students are required to take 12 units per quarter. Graduate international students must take 8 units per quarter.
Freshmen and Sophomores will take courses in a variety of areas to meet "General Education" requirements and to meet any prerequisites for their major field's) of study. "General Education" requirements are required of students because they were deemed essential by the university to ensure that each individual has a well rounded education.
Juniors and Seniors usually start taking requirements and electives in their major and minor fields, plus any prerequisites and general education requirements they may be missing. You may want to review the General Education and major/minor requirements as outlined in the University Catalog, which is available through the Bookstore. Graduation requirements vary depending upon the major.
Many people and offices on campus can assist you with this concern-you aren't alone as many students aren't sure of their goals. The Academic Advising and Resource Center can assist you in making your decision and also has information on opportunities and trends in various career areas; faculty advisors can assist you with details about a particular major. Many freshmen and sophomores are "Undeclared" majors while they complete General Education requirements. They try a variety of courses in different fields in order to see what they like; then they formally declare a "major" in their junior year.
If you want to add/change your major or minor, simply fill out this form:
and have it signed by the Department Chairperson of your intended major or minor. Then, bring it to the Admissions and Records Office and allow couple business days to process.
If you plan to travel within the United States, you need no special permission. Traveling outside the US requires that you do a little planning. A week before your trip you should have your I-20 or DS-2019 forms signed by one advisor in the office of ISP. You must also make sure that you have your passport and any other documents that are necessary for you to legally leave or re-enter the country.
Yes, you are allowed to work as long as you are maintaining your immigration status. During the school year you are allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week on campus. During holidays and school breaks you are allowed to work 40 hours per week. You are not allowed to work off campus without authorization from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Illegal employment can result in deportation. For any questions regarding immigration contact the office of ISP. For more information regarding working off campus, please visit Current Students site.
The primary reason is because it is University policy. It is also necessary for your protection. In the event that you are in an accident or injured, the company you are insured by will pay for either all of the costs or most of the costs of your medical treatment. In the United States, medical treatment is very expensive. It is not paid for by the government. This is why it is necessary to have insurance.
If you have further questions, please contact the International Students & Programs office at:
(661) 654-6113 or firstname.lastname@example.org