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International Research & Study Program


Gain hands-on research at California State University, Fullerton

Program Overview

students researching at CSUF

The International Research & Study Program (IRSP) provides research opportunities at California State University, Fullerton for undergraduate and graduate international students. In this program, selected applicants will:

  • Enroll in credits/units under the supervision of Cal State Fullerton faculty
  • Pick a 3-unit research project
  • Study and conduct research on campus with Cal State Fullerton faculty and students
  • Gain skills needed to succeed as professionals in increasingly diverse and international workplaces
  • Apply enhanced intercultural communication skills in lab and community-based contexts
  • Enroll in courses aligned with your academic interests and professional goals

Note: Program applicants should have recently scored above 500 on the paper-based TOEFL (iBT-61) or 5.5 on IELTS.

Faculty Research Projects

The following projects have been selected for applicants to the International Research and Study Program. More projects may be added; you can join our IRSP email list to receive program and application updates.

Civil Engineering

Accurate Prediction of Service Life of Concrete Bridge Decks and Pavements Due to Chloride Induced Corrosion

Length: 16 weeks

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Reducing Impact of Earthquake Ground Shaking on Infrastructure

Length: 16 weeks

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Effect of Post-earthquake Rainfall on Triggering Landslides

Length: 16 weeks

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Computer Science

Situation Assessment of Cognitive Autonomous Systems

Length: 16 weeks

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Using Test-driven Development to Enhance Computer Programming Exercises

Length: 16 weeks

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Reinforcement Learning for Coordinated Sampling in Sensor Networks

Length: 16 weeks

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Mechanical Engineering

Fabrication of Smart Devices using 4D Printing Technology

Length: 16 weeks

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Faculty Research Projects

The following projects have been selected for applicants to the International Research and Study Program. More projects may be added; you can join our IRSP email list to receive program and application updates.

 Genetics of Immune Defense Against Fungal Infection
Length: 8 weeks
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 Algal conversion of Brewery Waste to Biofuel
Length: 8 weeks
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 Are the Long-term Contracts Procured Correctly?
Length: 8 weeks
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 Effect of Post-earthquake Rainfall on Triggering Landslides
Length: 8 weeks
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 GIS-Based Landslide Hazard Mapping for Pre- and Post-Earthquake Rainfall in Nepal
Length: 8 weeks
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 Harnessing Natural Energies
Length: 8 weeks
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 Influence of Greenroof Microclimate on Solar Panel Efficiency
Length: 8 weeks
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 Investigation of Strength and Mechanical Properties of Natural Zeolite Based High Performance Concrete (HPC)
Length: 8 weeks
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 Reducing Impact of Earthquake Ground Shaking on Infrastructure
Length: 8 weeks
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 Reliable Prediction of Service Life Model of High Performance Concrete (HPC) Bridge Decks
Length: 8 weeks
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 Use of Recycled Materials in Civil Engineering Infrastructures
Length: 8 weeks
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 Improvement of Speech Intelligibility of Mobile Devices in Noisy Environments
Length: 8 weeks
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 Real-Time Noise Monitoring and Analysis for Abatement of Noise Pollution
Length: 8 weeks
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 Situation Assessment of Cognitive Autonomous Systems
Length: 8 weeks
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 Exoskeleton-Based Stroke Rehabilitation with Augmented Reality
Length: 8 weeks
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 Fabrication of Smart Devices using 4D Printing Technology
Length: 8 weeks
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 Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study of Vibration-assisted Nanocutting Process
Length: 8 weeks
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 Robotic Rehabilitation through Observational Learning and Mixed Reality
Length: 8 weeks
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Requirements

If you recently scored at least a TOEFL 61 (500pBT) or IELTS 5.5 or PTE 43 or other comparable result in a test of English, you may take up to 12 units* of undergraduate courses.

To take up to 6 or 9* graduate courses (Master Level) you need to have a bachelor’s degree, currently attend a graduate program at your home university, and must obtain a minimum TOEFL of 80 (550pBT) or IELTS 6.5 or PTE 58.

*Spring and Fall only

Application Steps

It's easy to apply, just submit an online application and upload the following items:

  • Bank document or scholarship for at least $15,000. Bank document must show names and amounts in English.
  • Application processing fee of $100 to be paid online via credit card
  • Passport copy (information page and photo)
  • High school or university transcript
  • English proficiency test score
  • Qualifying health insurance is mandatory for all F-1 and J-1 visa students. For more information, visit Health Insurance.

Dates

Term Length Dates
Summer 2019
Session A (3 Units) +
Session B (3 Units)
10 weeks May 28 – August 2, 2019
 
Summer 2019
Session A only (3 Units)
5 weeks May 28 – June 28, 2019
Summer 2019
Session B only (3 Units)
5 weeks July 1 – August 2, 2019
Fall 2019 12 weeks August 23 – December 20, 2019

Note: Students on F-1 visas must enroll in 6 units

Cost

Semester Length Units Course Cost
Summer 5-8 weeks 3 Research project $1,900
Summer 8 weeks 6 Research project + academic course $2,998
Fall / Spring 16 weeks 12 1 Research project (3 units) + 3 academic course (9 units) $5,622

Refunds: Please see our Refund Policy page for more information.

CSUF students walking at University Village

Housing

The International Programs Housing office can help program participants find short-term housing during their stay in or around Fullerton.

If you have any questions about the International Research and Study Program, please send us a note and a staff member will get back to you soon.

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