Programs for Students

A system as large and diverse as the California State University can offer a tremendous range of opportunities for our students, from international study and service learning to support for doctoral students and those pursuing a teaching credential.

This program offers classroom fieldwork internships and online classes to students interested in alternative pathways to earning a multiple subject teaching credential.

Center for Community Engagement
The CSU is committed to serving the economic, public policy and social needs of our state. CCE supports that goal by working with the campuses to promote community engagement, including community service opportunities, service learning, community-based research, and other community-based activities. 

International Programs
Year-long study abroad opportunities are available at more than 50 universities in 19 different countries.

Summer Arts
Hosted at Fresno State every July, this program offers undergraduates and graduate students multidisciplinary two-week creative arts courses, culminating in a collaborative festival open to the public.

The Sciences

CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)
CSUPERB fosters research collaboration between CSU students and faculty; provides grants, an annual symposium and curriculum; and serves as a liaison to the biotechnology industry.

Doctoral Program Support

California Pre-Doctoral Program
This program encourages CSU students, especially those who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages, to enter doctoral programs in the CSU and UC systems.

Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP)
CDIP provides forgivable student loans to doctoral students with the skill and abilities needed to teach the CSU's diverse student population. Loans are forgiven based on service in a CSU teaching position.

Systemwide Organizations

Alumni Council
This group designates a representative to advocate for CSU alumni interests to the Board of Trustees, the systemwide Academic Senate and other committees.

California State Student Association (CSSA)
This group advocates on behalf of the CSU's 482,000 students to maintain access to a high-quality, affordable education.

For Prospective Students

Cal State Apply​
Prospective students can learn about each of the 23 CSU campuses, explore degree programs and apply for admission.

Early Assessment Program
This program tests 11th-graders' proficiency in college-level English and mathematics and readies them for the standardized tests required for college acceptance.

Financial Aid
The CSU awards approximately $2 billion in financial aid, grants, loans and work study to more than half its students.

How to Get to Cal State​
This site ensures that middle school and high school students know how to prepare for and apply to college and provides their families with tools to help them.