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International Profile

Columbus State University offers an education of transformation—with your needs in mind. 

Choose your brightest future with CSU!
Nationally recognized for our commitment to internationalization and community service as well as educational impact and outreach efforts, we’re small enough to get to know you yet large enough to offer 65 undergraduate
programs (plus 30 graduate degrees) in areas such as Business, Computer Science, Music, Nursing, and more. CSU features a diverse community of students from many different states, countries, and cultural backgrounds. Here you can be challenged by your peers (45% minority and a growing international population) to try on new ideas. 

CSU’s programs are ranked in reports such as U.S. News & World Report, Affordable Colleges Online, Top Management Degrees, and College Choice, as well as placed in the top 50 among public regional universities in the South and top 100 among all regional universities in the South. CSU’s online graduate programs in Business and Computer Science were recently ranked among the top 35 nationwide (CEO Magazine, 2016).

A safe environment
As the second-largest city in Georgia, Columbus offers a safe small-town feel where CSU is a highly respected part of the community and our students are treated with respect, dignity, and enthusiasm throughout the area. Our growing international population means a ready-made community of students seeking a great education in an exciting new culture. 

Get active
CSU offers more than 100 student organizations, including professional associations, honors societies, social fraternities and sororities, performing arts clubs, and faith-based groups. Stay in shape at the Student Recreation Center with workout equipment, classes, rock-climbing wall, lap pool, and lazy river or bike between campuses on the scenic Fall Line Trace bike trail.

Enjoy your home
Living on campus provides opportunities to form lasting relationships and to stay connected with campus resources that aid students in academic and personal success. Our housing options include shared suites, traditional, and loft-style apartments across both campuses.

Discover for yourself
Can’t make it to the campus? No problem! Our guided virtual tour of both Main and RiverPark campuses features panoramic photos and links to videos of a variety of facilities.

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Prospective International Students


English Language Institute


Academic Degrees & Programs


Student Life




Virtual Campus Tour


Columbus is located 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, Georgia’s capital, home to fortune 500 company Aflac Inc. and the birthplace of the original Coca-Cola. You can take in outdoor concerts, cafés, great shopping, and the beautiful RiverWalk with untouched natural surroundings, all downtown near the world’s longest urban whitewater course: a 2.5-mile stretch along the Chattahoochee River.


Type of SCHOOL: Four-year public state university 


Size of Campus: CSU’s 500-acre main campus boasts the stunning Student Recreation Center (winner of the National Intramural Recreational Sports Administration Facilities Award), the flagship Schuster Student Success Center, and an iconic clock tower. In downtown Columbus, the RiverPark campus mixes renovated historic buildings with contemporary award-winning facilities. 


Number of Students: 8,400+ diverse undergraduate and graduate students


Number of Faculty: 315 full-time faculty, with 70% holding the highest degrees in their fields; 18:1 student-faculty ratio


Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: 95+ programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with both on-campus and online instruction


Geographic Diversity: Students from more than 159 counties in Georgia, 30 states, and 42 countries


International Student Services: The Center for International Education (CIE) strives to provide support and guidance to our many international students. Along with assistance with services such as visas, documents, student advising, tax assistance, and international student service scholarships, the CIE also offers orientation, a mentorship program, field trips, and on-campus cultural enrichment opportunities for students. 


International Student Budget: (2016-2017)
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees $20,000
Undergraduate Estimated Total Expenses$33,700
Graduate Tuition and Fees$19,000
Graduate Estimated Total Expenses$32,700


Financial Aid: The International Student Service Scholarship for qualified international undergraduate and graduate students on an F-1 student visa is an out-of-state tuition waiver available to a limited number of international students who have been accepted or are presently attending CSU.


Test Score Requirements: Minimum required scores:
• TOEFL: 79 (Internet-based) or 213 (computer-based)
• IELTS: 6.5 overall band score
• Pearson (PTE) Academic: 58
• SAT/ACT optional for international students


Application Deadlines:
• Fall semester: June 1
• Spring semester: November 1
• Summer semester: April 1
• Undergraduate: $40 non-refundable application fee
• Graduate: $50 non-refundable application fee