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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: 12 units/quarter (200-400 level). KTH students should take 300-400 level. Graduate: 8 units/quarter (400-500 level)
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. Students must purchase the Cal Poly insurance plan.
When applying for a US visa, you are required to provide financial evidence to show that you can afford your stay in the US. You can, for example, use a bank statement in this matter. More information about the visa requirements can be found on the US embassy website.

Exchange opportunities

Number of spots: 1 full-year spot
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). More Information on Selection

Programme specific information

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