California State University, Bakersfield

Welcome Prospective Student!

We welcome applications from international students and scholars!

California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) is one of 23 campuses of the California State University (CSU) system. The vision for CSUB is that we will be the leading campus in the CSU System in terms of faculty and academic excellence and diversity, quality of the student experience, and community engagement by 2014-15. We invite you to be part of that vision.

As an international student, you may be interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree, a graduate degree, conducting research, or enrolling in an English as a Second Language (ESL) program. You will find faculty and staff here dedicated to providing you with personal attention, challenging you to reach a higher level of achievement, and helping you realize your goals. What you will gain most is an experience that will allow you to complete successfully on a global level.

Your future starts from here. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss.

Horace Mitchell
California State University, Bakersfield

Student demographics

The Intensive English Language Center hosts an average of 40 – 50 students each quarter. Students attending the IELC program in 2012-2013 were from Brazil, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Egypt, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Mali, Mexico, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Vietnam, Venezuela and Yemen.

There were 98 international students attending degree programs at CSUB in the spring 2013 quarter, and they were from Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Croatia, India, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sri Lanka South Africa, Sweden, UK, Vietnam and Venezuela.

ESL program and/or support services

The Intensive English Language Center (IELC), located on the campus of California State University, Bakersfield, offers a full-time intensive American language program designed to prepare students for successful academic study in the United States. Three 11-week sessions are offered in the fall, winter and spring, with beginning dates in January, March and September. A 10-week summer session is offered in the summer, with a beginning date in June.

Founded in 1994, IELC hosts an average of 40-50 students each session. The non-credit program meets 23 hours per week and offers courses in seven skill levels to improve the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills (including pronunciation) of students for academic and everyday living purposes. In addition, afternoon classes are offered in American Culture, study skills, TOEFL preparation, along with a wide variety of other interesting subjects.

The faculty of CSUB strongly recommends that international students study in the Intensive English Language Center (IELC) program before beginning their university course work. Graduates of the IELC program have no difficultly in maintaining average to above average grades in their university courses.

Student Housing options

The IELC Homestay program allows the language center students the opportunity to live with an American family, providing a great chance for students to learn about American traditions and customs. We believe students who live with an American family benefit considerably in their development and understanding of English. Many aspects of language can be taught in the classroom, but personal contact with American culture in the context of common everyday situations is an invaluable experience for the student and the host family.

Dormitory housing is available to IELC students on a limited basis. Living on campus provides students with opportunities to develop a variety of social relationships and to have the convenience of university facilities. Resident students have the unique opportunity of experiencing a small collegiate community where social interaction with other students and faulty members is encouraged. More information on university housing can be found at

Many IELC students enjoy apartment living while attending school in Bakersfield. The university is surrounded by many moderately priced apartments, which are within walking distance of the campus and shopping.

Application deadlines

IELC Application Deadline
CSUB Degree Program Application Deadlines

Admission requirements for first year and transfer students

IELC Admission Requirements
CSUB Admission Requirements

International Student visas issued

Both IELC and CSUB issues the appropriate paperwork, including I-20s, needed when applying for an F-1 student visa only.

Cost of attendance and financial assistance

IELC Costs
CSUB Costs

Internship opportunities (if available)

Contact the International Students and Programs office for more information.

Student activities and campus life

CSUB International Students Club
International Students Mentor Program
Office of Student Involvement and Leadership