Semester at CSUDH

American Language & Culture Program

Study Abroad America: Semester at CSUDH

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International students who want to study in America for a semester or two have a once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy an incredible cultural and academic experience with Study Abroad America. This program allows students to experience American culture, study an array of classes, enjoy the rich Southern Californian society and make lifelong friends.

Applying to the Program

The American Language and Culture Program will assist prospective international students in the processing of required documents for admission. These requirements include but are not limited to:

  • English Requirements: Students with the following results may take up to 12 units of undergraduate courses, or a combination of undergraduate classes and intensive English classes.

    61 (iBT)
    500 (pBT)
    4 in
    VG or MVG
    in English
    A, B, or C
  • Open University classes are subject to a placement test and other conditions.
  • Students who have not yet achieved the University's  English Language requirement, may still apply for admission to the Study Abroad America program.

Application Steps

  • A J-1 or F-1 visa is required to attend the University's Study Abroad America Program.
  • It is easy to apply, simply follow these steps to receive a DS-2019:
  1. Complete an online application form.
  2. Send original bank statement in your name, an original bank statement and a signed affidavit support form if someone else is sponsoring your studies or proof of scholarship. These statements must show a minimum balance of $11,750 U.S. dollars for one semester or $25,000 U.S. dollars for an academic year.
  3. Send application processing fee of $100 (non-refundable) in the form of a check or international money order payable to CSUDH.
  4. Send a photocopy of your passport information page.
  5. Send an unofficial copy of your current transcript.

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Study Abroad America - ALCP
College of Extended & International Education
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria Street SAC 2126
Carson, CA 90747


Calendar for Study Abroad America

TermWeeksApplication DeadlineOrientationClassesFinal ExamTuition & Fees*
Spring 202116Oct 1Jan 19 - 20Jan 25 - May 14May 15 - 21$5,750
Fall 2020116May 1TBATBATBA$5,750
*Subject to change without notice | Last updated: 07/20/20

Applications are due at least 6 weeks before each start date to allow enough time for processing, preparing the DS-2019 and mailing it in time for you to obtain a student visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate.


Health insurance is required for all students. Qualifying Health Insurance is mandatory for all J-1 visa students.


If a student withdraws from the session before the session start date, a full tuition refund, less a $355 administrative fee, will be issued upon approval of a written petition to the Program Director.

After receipt of all required materials by the ALCP office, students can expect the processing of documents to take at least 14 days. Students who receive the admission to this program will receive an DS-2019 from ALCP which indicates their program admission. Upon achieving the required TOEFL/IELTS score or by approval of ALCP, students may begin their university classes in the following semester.

*** EXPRESS MAIL ($100): Due to the variance between the mail systems of each country, delivery of DS-2019's by ground mail can be problematic. DS-2019's not shipped by express mail may not be re-issued if lost, damaged or stolen. Re-issued DS-2019's may require a new application and new application fee as well as the requirement of express shipping.

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