Center for International Programs

About HSU's International Students

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On behalf of Humboldt State University (HSU), the Center for International Programs would like to welcome students from all over the world.  Some of our international students are here seeking their bachelors, masters, or are participating in many of the exciting programs we have to offer! In addition, HSU also welcomes students on exchange from our partner programs and exchange partners.

If a student identifies themselves as an international student, please join us in welcoming them to our friendly, safe, and beautiful community!


To see why our international students choose HSU as their “home away from home”, please browse our e-Brochure. You can also view the latest updates, pictures, and connect with us by following us on Facebook!

Programs Offered by HSU

International English Language Institute (IELI)
As an intensive language program, the International English Language Institute (IELI) helps non-native English learners develop the knowledge and language skills necessary to achieve their academic goals.  IELI serves as a bridge, helping each student make the transition from an English language learner to a successful student at an American university.  IELI offers instruction in English for Academic Purposes in all core skill areas: grammar, writing, reading, listening and speaking.  In addition, students take courses focusing on particular skill areas and a variety of topics designed to help them become familiar with American culture and the higher education system.

International English Language Institute (IELI) Bridge Program

Advanced ESL students can participate in the IELI Bridge Program.  Students in the Bridge Program take one college course while enrolled in the IELI program. Participation in the IELI Bridge program allows students to gain experience navigating a university level academic class, strengthen their English, learn study skills, and much more before they become full-time university students.

HSU Study California
Students seeking to gain the “American College Experience” can participate in the HSU Study California program. Non-degree seeking students from around the world can choose to study at HSU for one semester or one year without going through the formal admissions process. Students are enrolled through Open University through the College of eLearning and Extended Education. 

Bilateral Exchange
International students currently studying at a college or university that has an approved bilateral exchange agreement with Humboldt State University (HSU) and who are interested in attending HSU can participate in the Bilateral Exchange Program (BEP). HSU students can enjoy a year or semester at these partner institutions while only paying HSU fees. 

Semester at Humboldt
If there is not an equal number of students participating in exchange, the students from out of balance exchange partners can apply to the Semester at Humboldt program. Students are enrolled through Open University through the College of eLearning and Extended Education.

Partner Programs

Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE)
The Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP)* is a one-year, non-degree program for Brazilian students to study abroad in the United States. BSMP is part of the Brazilian government's larger initiative to grant 100,000 Brazilian university students the opportunity to study abroad at the world's best colleges and universities.  HSU has welcomed BSMP students into our International English Language Institute (IELI) to study English, as well as into classes through Open University.  For more information, visit the Institute of International Education (IIE)'s website about the BSMP program.

Global UGRAD Pakistan
 The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan (Global UGRAD-Pakistan) is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. State Department. Students/fellows sent by the Global UGRAD Program Pakistan are here for a one-semester non-degree study. Fellows are required to attend classes full-time, registered in a American Institutions course, engage in 20 hours of community service, participate in cultural and skills building activities and live in the dorms with an American roommate. For more information, visit the IREX website.

NESA Center for Strategic Studies

The Near East South Asia (NESA) is a one-year non-degree program for students in regions that extends from North Africa, across the Arabian Peninsula and into South Asia. NESA is overseen by the Department of Defense and Department of State. Humboldt State University must apply and follow specific program criteria to host these students. Program criteria include placement in the dorms, academic advising, availability of American Institutions courses and exposure to the American culture. For more information, visit NESA Center for Strategic Studies website to learn about the NESA program.

Global UGRAD Program managed by World Learning
World Learning is an international nonprofit organization with focuses on international development, education, and exchange programs. Students on the Global UGRAD program are sponsored by the U.S. State Department to study at Humboldt State University for one-year, non-degree study.  Students on the Global UGRAD program sometimes enroll in the IELI program during the summer to strengthen their English before continuing onto Open University in the fall semester. Previous World Learning students have come from countries such as Costa Rica, Honduras, Cambodia, and Myanmar.  For more information, visit the World Learning website.  

Partner Universities

J.F. Oberlin University managed by the Obirin Gakuen Foundation of America (OGFA)
J.F. Oberlin University located in Tokyo Japan, sends 2 cohorts during the fall semester (August-December) and spring/summer (mid-March to mid-July) for study in our IELI program. While here, students are required to attend class full time and participate in community service activities. Students are also placed locally with host families during their stay to encourage cultural sharing and language immersion. To see the most recent press coverage regarding J.F. Oberlin, please visit the Humboldt Now website.

Jiangxi Institute of International Education
Jiangxi Institute of International Education is part of Nanchang University, one of the top 100 universities in China. HSU will welcome students studying at Nanchang University for a short-term summer English program in July 2015.


Center for International Programs
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street.
Arcata, CA, 95521-8299 U.S.A.

Telephone: +1 (707) 826-4142
Fax: +1 (707) 826-3939
Email: international@humboldt.edu