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Exchange Programs

California State University, Bakersfield offers various opportunities to study in other states and countries. Currently six programs are offered through the university:


WUE is the Western Undergraduate Exchange, a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Through WUE, students in western states may enroll in many two-year and four-year college programs at a reduced tuition level: 150 percent of the institution's regular resident tuition. WUE tuition is considerably less than nonresident tuition. All of our undergraduate fields (except Nursing) are available to WUE students.


California State Bakersfield is one of over 100 state colleges and universities within the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands that participate in the National Student Exchange program. Students may spend a year or part of a year at one of these institutions and return to CSUB to complete their undergraduate education. This program provides the student with new academic and social experiences through a simplified admissions process and assurance of full academic credit at CSUB during the term of exchange at a minimal cost to the student.

To qualify for participation in the National Student Exchange program the applicant should:

  • be a full-time student at CSUB (at least 12 units),
  • be a sophomore or junior during the term of exchange; and
  • have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Tuition assessed is the instate (resident) tuition at either CSUB or the host campus, depending upon the exchange plan of the member college or university. Participants must also pay for room and board, books, transportation, and personal expenses at the host school. Students are encouraged to consult with the Financial Aids Office early in the National Student Exchange application process to determine financial needs for the exchange period. Catalogs, detailed information, and applications are available from the National Student Exchange Coordinator in the Records Office. Contact the CSUB Registrar at (661)654-3405. Also, visit the official National Student Exchange website at http://www.nse.

The International Students and Programs provides a host of services for our international students from abroad, including:

  • Responses to inquiries from all prospective international students.
  • Close contact with international student applications.
  • Academic and cultural orientation for new international students.
  • Pre-departure orientation for students returning home a the end of their studies.
  • Workshops to provide updated information on immigration matters, academic policy and protocol cultural and social adjustment to life in the US, resume and job interview preparation, etc.
  • General assistance to international students with academic, immigration, and personal concerns.
  • Initial academic advising of lower division international students.
  • Advises/assists the International Student Club to plan campus events and social activities.

All international students should contact this office at 654-2014.


Developing intercultural communication skills and international understanding among its students is a vital mission of The California State University (CSU). Since its inception in 1963, the CSU International Programs has contributed to this effort by providing qualified students an affordable opportunity to continue their studies abroad for a full academic year. More than 12,000 CSU students have taken advantage of this unique study option.

International Programs participants earn resident academic credit at their CSU campuses while they pursue full-time study at a host university or special study center abroad. The International Programs serves the needs of students in over 100 designated academic majors. Affiliated with more than 70 recognized universities and institutions of higher education in 16 countries, the International Programs also offers a wide selection of study locales and learning environments.

For a list of participating countries and schools and more information on The California State University International Programs, visit