California State University, Dominguez Hills

About the institution

CSU Dominguez Hills welcomes international students to a thriving community of learners and educators collaborating to change lives and communities for the better. Through our strong and relevant academic programs, dedicated faculty mentors, supportive staff, state of the art SMART classrooms, student amenities and serene, park-like campus, CSUDH is committed to connecting our students to an affordable, high-quality and transformative education while providing our communities with a vital resource for talent, knowledge, skills and leadership needed to thrive today and tomorrow.

Student demographics

Female: 64.3%
Male: 35.7%

African-American: 18.3%
Asian: 9.9%
Hispanic: 58.1%
Pacific Islander: 0.4%
Native-Indian: 0.2%
White: 9.9%
Two or More Races: 3.0%

ESL program and/or support services

American Language and Culture Program (ALCP)

As a part of The College of Extended and International Education, at CSU Dominguez Hills, the American Language and Culture Program (ALCP) offers a variety of custom training opportunities throughout the year such as eight week intensive English language sessions (including TOEFL preparation), as well as free one-on-one tutoring for those who qualify. Advanced ALCP students who qualify may also take university classes for credit via the Study Abroad America program.

Intensive English Program (IEP)
The IEP is an eight-week Intensive English Program offered six times a year for ESL students with academic or professional goals, including passing the TOEFL. The 21-26 hours per week IEP offers a coordinated program of conversation, grammar, writing, reading/vocabulary, pronunciation and listening. Students from all over the world enroll in this multi-level program and can continue to improve their skills by advancing from session to session. Qualified students from outside the U.S. are eligible for a student visa. Individual courses may also be taken by part-time students. A Certificate of Achievement is awarded after successful completion of at least one eight-week session.

Learn more about the ALCP and the IEP at

International Student Services

The International Student Services (ISS) office provides services to international students on F-1 visas to help them make the transition to university life and the United States. ISS staff assist students with:

  •  Navigating the immigration process and paperwork
  •  Making travel arrangements
  •  Accessing campus services
  •  Adapting to life in the United States
  •  Completing your Social Security Application
  •  DMV guidance
  •  Maintaining student records including passport and immigration paperwork

The ISS also coordinates cultural and social events that allow our students to share their national heritage and get involved with the campus educational community.

Student Housing

Just steps from your classroom, CSUDH’s University Housing offers a safe, attractive, and affordable apartment community. On-campus housing offers a unique opportunity to fully experience our vibrant campus life and meet neighbors from LA and around the world. Living on campus also puts you steps away from faculty and staff, campus resources, and student services. Students who live on campus spend less time commuting, and more time preparing for success.

Application deadlines

Applications for Fall 2015 open October 1. Complete your application and pay the $55 fee online at CSUMentor. Priority filing date for applications is May 1, 2015.

Admissions Criteria for International Students

Freshman Applicants

Students applying to a bachelor’s degree program with no previous coursework at a college or university are considered first–time university students or “freshman.”

Freshman applicants must have completed the secondary education/high school in their own country or the equivalent in another country. Good academic standing with a 3.0 grade point average or better for all the courses taken at the secondary school, including math and science, is required.

Transfer Applicants
Students applying to a bachelor’s degree program with completed secondary education and some coursework at a college or university are considered “transfer” applicants.

Good academic standing with a 2.0 grade point average or better for all undergraduate courses, including math, is required.

Applicants with fewer than 60 transferable semester units must also meet freshman admissions requirements.

Graduate Applicants
Students who have earned a degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree may apply for a master’s degree. These applicants are considered “graduate” applicants.

Good academic standing with a 2.5 grade point average or better for all the undergraduate courses is required.

Please follow our international student application checklist for the steps you need to take in order to be considered for admission to CSU Dominguez Hills.

International Student visas issued

Upon being admitted to CSUDH, you will be sent an I-20 form by the university. The I-20 form verifies your eligibility for an F-1 Student Visa.

Cost of attendance and financial assistance

Here you’ll find a breakdown of educational fees and estimated expenses for the academic year for undergraduate students:

2014-2015 Annual Undergraduate University Fees for a Full-Time Student taking 12 units each semester

  • Tuition fees, Student Activity Fee, Student Center Fee, Health Facilities Fee, etc.: $6,593
  • Non Resident Tuition Fee ($372.00 per unit): $8,928
  • Total: $15,521 per academic year

2014-2015 Annual Graduate University Fees for a full-time Student taking 8 units each semester

  • Tuition fees, Student Activity Fee, Student Center Fee, Health Facilities Fee, etc.: $7,929
  • Non Resident Tuition Fee ($372.00 per unit): $5,952
  • Total: $13,931 per academic year

Internship opportunities

Our career center provides a range of professional counseling for personal growth as well as career-orientated services and internship opportunities.

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Student activities and campus life

Welcome Week
Each fall, campus clubs, organizations, academic departments and athletics welcome students and their families to explore the myriad of ways to get involved in Student Life.

CSUDH has one of the nation’s most diverse campus communities. Unity Fest in April is our annual celebration of this diversity, featuring live cultural performances and showcases, community organizations, children’s activities, and flavors from around the world.

Clubs and Organizations
Getting involved in a student club or organization is effortless and can definitely enhance your overall experience here at CSUDH. Student clubs and organizations address a wide range of issues, plan a countless number of events and work to improve the overall campus environment. Students who are involved in clubs and organizations create a campus support network, develop leadership skills, and provide a unique setting where students can learn from each other.