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Frequently Asked Questions

The first step to studying abroad is to attend a Study Abroad Information Session. These meetings are held twice weekly at the same time every week and are given by the Study Abroad Coordinator. This information session will cover the basics of study abroad through CSU, Dominguez Hills including program options, costs, financing options (e.g. financial aid), requirements, and more. After you have attended an information session, you will want to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a study abroad advisor.

Students may also visit our office without a scheduled appointment to pick up brochures, ask general questions and conduct research. Our office, located in the Extended Education Administration Building, is always open when the University is open.

Where can I study with my major?

Almost anywhere! Students can study abroad and do coursework not only in their major of study, but also for their minor, and general education pathways. To find out more about the options for your major, visit the “What can I Study” page.

Will my credits transfer?

Yes they will! Every unit you earn abroad will be reflected onto your CSU, Dominguez Hills transcript. Before you leave for your time abroad, be sure to meet with your major, minor, GE and/or pathway advisors. You will be able to discuss which classes will count toward specific graduation requirements so that your courses will transfer back accordingly. Just make sure to get your program courses approved before you go abroad!

What are the minimum requirements to study abroad?

This varies by program. Some programs have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and others are 2.75 or 3.0 and higher for the minimum requirement. In addition, most programs require at least sophomore or Junior standing or higher. If you are unsure of your GPA or have questions in regards to the requirements, be sure to meet with our study abroad advisor.

Can I study abroad with a GPA lower than what is required?

The flexibility of the GPA requirement varies by program. We have a “special circumstances” appeal packet for students with a GPA lower than the requirement for the program. The final decision, however, is at the discretion of the program or host university abroad. Students should make an appointment to chat with our Study Abroad Advisor to discuss his or her specific situation.

I don’t speak another language; can I still go abroad?

We offer many programs which are located in English-speaking countries or at English-speaking Universities all over the world. In addition to these options, many of our programs in non-English speaking countries offer intensive foreign language courses on the IP or USAC programs.

How much does it cost to go abroad?

Fees vary by program and location of study. For USAC programs, the fees and estimates for cost of living are listed after each location description in the USAC catalog or on the USAC website. For IP programs, students pay the same tuition fees as CSU, Dominguez Hills and the cost of living for those programs will vary by location of study. There are some programs where students will spend roughly the same amount OR LESS than they would have spent at CSU, Dominguez Hills.

Are there scholarships available?

There are many scholarships available to students who study Abroad. We recommend starting to research scholarships early. In addition to the resources on our Money Matters page, never be afraid to conduct a simple Google search on study abroad scholarships!

Can I take online CSU, Dominguez Hills classes while I'm abroad?

Students are not allowed to take online Dominguez Hills classes while they are enrolled in classes abroad. This is because they are placed in the “study abroad placeholder units” during their time abroad which does not allow for students to enroll in addition course units. There may be exceptions made for Direct Exchange students in special circumstances.

Do I need to enroll in Dominguez Hills classes while I am abroad?

You DO NOT enroll in Dominguez Hills classes during the term(s) you are studying abroad, the CSUDH Study Abroad Office will enroll you in “placeholder units” for the term(s) you are abroad so all campus officials at CSUDH know you are studying abroad through one of our programs.

I studied abroad last semester and my grades have not been posted yet….

Depending on the program and location where you studied abroad, transcripts can take several months to arrive and be processed from overseas. We will email you when your official transcripts have arrived and have been sent down to the Records and Registration Office. The Evaluations office will then post your grades onto your MyCSUDH portal. We ask that students are patient during the process as it can often take a month or two once grades are received to be posted.

Can I study abroad through a non-affiliate study abroad program?

While there are many opportunities for students to study abroad, we highly recommend students to study abroad through organizations that have agreements with California State University Dominguez Hills. If students prefer to do a non-affiliate program, please be advised this will require extra work and students are responsible to do the entire planning. Study abroad advising is limited; financial aid may not be available and it does not guarantee your credits will transfer.

Attention Graduate Students:
On all programs except for IP, your minimum full-time unit requirement will be the equivalent of nine units. IP requires that you enroll in 15 units per semester.

The following is a process if you plan on transferring credit to CSUDH at a later date:
To get courses approved for major or other credit, please talk to the appropriate academic advisors (staff and/faculty) in the departments in which you would like to have credit count. You would need to provide the name of the organization/university the course(s) will be taken through and course descriptions. Stop by the study abroad office (EE 1300) to pick up the non-affiliate credit transfer form and have it completed by the faculty or staff who approve that the credits may count towards your degree requirements.