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USA: California Polytechnic State University

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's Central Coast. It is one of five comprehensive polytechnic universities in the US and has approx. 19,000 students. Cal Poly’s motto is ”Learning by Doing” as all student programs have a technical, professional, and arts component. Student apartments are avaialable on campus but many students prefer private apartments or houses near campus which are readily available.

University in brief  

Language of instruction: English
Academic calendar: September - June. Trimester system. (Fall-Winter-Spring Quarters)
Credit system: Undergraduate: 15 units/quarter (200-400 level), 45 units during a full academic year. Graduate: 8 units/quarter (400-500 level), 24 units during a full academic year. KTH students should take 300-400 level courses.
Website:  Exchange Programs - International Students and Scholars (
Note: KTH only nominates full-year students to Cal Poly due to the trimester system. There are no exceptions to this rule. Orientation is mandatory. College of Business is not available, and it is difficult to get access to courses in computer science and computer engineering. Students have previously not been required to buy insurance through Cal Poly. The insurance Student Out, provided by Kammarkollegiet, has been enough during the previous academic year. This might however change. For the latest information about insurance and fees, visit the university website.

Visa and vaccine in the USA

The processing time for a visa to study in the USA can take a long time, therefore, you should start the application as soon as you have been accepted for exchange studies at a university in the USA. The same goes for arranging the necessary vaccines you need to start your studies in the US.

Exchange opportunities

Number of spots: 2 full-year spots
Grade requirements: none
Previous Nominations: 4,51 (2017/18); 4,82 (2018/19), 4,106 (2019/20), 4,47 (2020/21), 4,17 (2021/22), 4,1833 (2022/23), 4,3415 (2023/24). More Information on Selection

Programme specific information

If your programme or your school is not listed below, contact the international coordinator at your school.