Exchange Students

Only students from our designated Exchange Partners are accepted into our international exchange program. Before applying, please verify that your university is a Cal State LA Exchange Partner. If your university is not listed, you are not eligible to study as an exchange student. However, you may come as a matriculated F-1 international student by applying directly to Cal State LA. Another option for short-term studies is Study in LA. This program allows international students to study at Cal State LA for one-to-two terms only. For more information about both options, please visit the Incoming Students information page.


Applications will NOT be accepted directly from students. All exchange applications must be submitted to your home campus coordinator. 

Exchange student application packet includes:

  • Completed Exchange Student Application
  • Proof of financial support
  • Proof of English language proficiency:
    • UG: TOEFL 61 (ibt); IELTS 5.5
    • G: TOEFL 80 (ibt); IELTS 6
  • Transcripts (English translation if needed)

Upon receipt of the Exchange Student Application, the International Office will notify the exchange student with additional steps. The DS-2019 (immigration document for J-1 Visa) will be issued and sent to the exchange student's home university study abroad coordinator for distribution.

Questions regarding the status of your application MUST be directed to your university’s coordinator.  


As exchange students, you are waived from paying Cal State LA tuition fees. However, you are required to pay the campus fees for student services provided by the University. The estimated amount per semester is approximately $500.00. A full list of the services and their associated costs is available at the Cashier’s Office.  

Health Insurance

J-1 Visa exchange students are required to be enrolled in a health insurance policy that meets the requirements of the Exchange Visitor Program. Exchange students must present proof of enrollment in the approved policy to the International Office prior to enrolling in classes. All international students and scholars must maintain insurance coverage during their stay in the U.S.  Information on adequate coverage can be found here

As a J-1 Visa exchange student, you are required to purchase the Cal State LA approved insurance policy regardless of any other health insurance you may already have. Confirmation of enrollment may be sent to