University Semester Abroad / Dates & Costs

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Dates & Costs

The USA program offers flexible fall, spring and summer options, which allow you to study at Cal State Fullerton for anywhere from 5 weeks to a full academic year.

Have questions about studying at Cal State Fullerton? Send the USA office a message and a staff member will get back to you as soon as possible.


Fall/Spring Semesters

USA students can study at Cal State Fullerton for a single semester or a full academic year

Term Weeks Dates Tuition Fees Total
Spring 2018 16

January 19 – May 18, 2018

Deadline to apply: October 15

$4,392 $1,230 $5,622
Fall 2018 16

August 24 – December 21, 2018

Deadline to apply: June 1

$4,392 $1,230 $5,622

Fall/Spring: Students on F-1 visas must enroll in twelve units

Graduate USA Program: Please note that you can only apply to the Graduate (Master Level) USA program, if you are currently attending a graduate program at your home university. Students on F-1 visa must enroll in nine or six units, depending on graduate program.

Grad applications for Spring accepted July 1 – October 15

Grad applications for Fall accepted January 1 – April 15

Summer Semester

USA students can study at Cal State Fullerton for a single 5-week Summer Session (and earn 3 units) or stay for both sessions.

Term Weeks Dates Tuition Fees Total
Summer 2018
Session A (3 Units) +
Session B (3 Units)
10 May 29 – August 3, 2018
$2,196 $802 $2,998
Summer 2018
Session A only (3 Units)
5 May 29 – June 29, 2018 $1,098 $802 $1,900
Summer 2018
Session B only (3 Units)
5 July 2 – August 3, 2018 $1,098 $802 $1,900

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

Refund Policy

  • If a student withdraws before the the program start date, a full tuition refund less a $255 administrative fee will be issued.
  • If a student withdraws on the first day or within 25% of the program start date, 65% of the session tuition will be refunded.
  • If a student withdraws after 25% of the program has elapsed, no refund will be issued.
  • The following fees are non-refundable: Application fees, Health Center fee and the Non-Curricular fee.

Note: The refund policy is subject to change at any time.

If you need to withdraw from USA, please fill out and follow the instructions on our Request for Withdrawal form.

Requests for refunds are processed through the University Extended Education office. This process takes approximately six weeks. Allow up to six weeks for refunds via check. If you paid with a credit card, allow 7-10 days for your refund to be credited back to your credit card. Students who are dismissed from the program because of insufficient attendance or serious misconduct are not eligible to receive a refund.


Additional Costs

Additional costs will include housing and health insurance. Cal State Fullerton’s International Students & Scholars Office can assist you in both of these areas:

  • There are many housing options on and around campus; campus dormitories and nearby apartments are popular options for international students. Visit the IPGE Housing website for more information on types of housing, application process and fees.
  • Purchasing health insurance is a requirement for all international students. Your policy will help cover doctor, hospital and/or urgent care visits, unexpected illness and medicine. Visit the Health Insurance page for information on coverage, costs and purchasing insurance. ​Health Insurance for the Spring 2017 semester will cost $690.85.

Ready to get started?

Visit How to Apply for program requirements, application instructions or to get started: your application can be entirely completed and submitted online.

We are also happy to answer any questions. Send us a note and a staff member will get back to you as soon as possible.

Language Requirement

If you have met the TOEFL requirement or have received high scores on placement tests, you can apply for the USA program. If you have not met these requirements, visit the American Language Program for more information on completing a semester or more of intensive English courses before enrolling in USA.

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