California State University, Channel Islands

About the institution

CSU Channel Islands (CI) is a student-centered, four-year, public university known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural, and international perspectives and its emphasis on experiential and service learning.

CI’s strong academic programs focus on liberal studies, sciences, business, economics, mathematics, teaching credentials and innovative master’s degrees such as the M.S. in Biotechnology.

Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by stellar faculty research. The University promotes partnerships with the community a nd works to build pathways to college for Ventura County residents. Channel Islands is a responsible citizen of the region and actively pursues sustainable and energy efficient practices.

Student Demographics

As of Fall 2012 CI had a total of 4,920 students and our international student population represented 12 different countries. 65% of our student population is female while 35% is male. The median age is 21, but ranges from 16 to 73.

ESL program and/or support services

We do not currently have an ELS program on campus. The Center for International Affairs is here to support the international student community at CSUCI.

Student Housing options

International students have three options for housing at CSU Channel Islands: on campus housing in either Anacapa Village or Santa Cruz Village, on campus housing through University Glen which is a private apartment complex, or off campus housing at the Marriott Residence Inn. All housing information for international students can be found here.

Admission requirements for first year and transfer students

Freshmen applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and either an ibt TOEFL score of 61, or an IELTS score of 6.0.
Transfer applicants need a minimum of 60 transferrable units and they must have a 2.0 GPA in their community college coursework and they must have received a grade of C or better in the following courses:

  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning

International Student visas issued

We issue certificate of eligibilities for F-1 and J-1 visas.

Cost of attendance and financial assistance

We do not offer any type of financial assistance for international students.

  • Undergraduate: $32,639
  • MS Bio: $27,030 – 27,825
  • MBA: $18,150 – 26,950
  • Dual Degree: $27,030 – 27,825
  • MSCS: $15,200
  • MS Math: $15,200

Tuition varies for some of our graduate programs as it all depends on how many courses students are required to take.

Internship opportunities

The MS in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Program is currently the only one with an internship available to students with a scholarship component. It is for students who apply for the Stem Cell emphasis area and include a yearlong internship as a research assistant in Southern California laboratories.

Student activities and campus life

Students can join any of the 52 clubs on campus in the following categories: academic, ASI Entities/CI Affiliated, Cultural, Faith-Based, Honorary, Political, Service and Special Interest. Our Multicultural Programs Office sponsors events all year on various topics such as Native American Heritage Celebration, Civility Campaign, History Bee and a Women’s Recognition Luncheon. Students can also participate in sports offered by our Campus Recreation office. We also have a Boating Center which has Sailing, Windsurfing, and Kayaking programs.