Experience San Marcos!

United States West San Marcos

In the San Diego County foothills, San Marcos is a dynamic city a short hop from some of Southern California’s best beaches. Like many of Califronia's cities, San Marcos a social, culturally rich town alive with the great outdoors—beaches, mountains, and deserts—where adventures hover around every corner and the food is fantastic.

Population: 64,000
Native language: English
Climate: Dry
Type of area:
Small town

Where Will You Live

California State University, San Marcos

Founded in 1989, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) opened its doors to students in fall of 1990 and became the 20th campus in California State University’s 23-campus family. Today, more than 14,000 students attend the 304-acre campus in the foothills of northern San Diego County. From here, it is a short distance from some of Southern California’s best beaches and an hour from the US–Mexico border. 

CSUSM is one of 34 public universities in the US recognized by the Carnegie Foundation in the Community Engagement Classification for both Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships.

Learn more at California State University San Marcos' official website.


Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests

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