Studying at National University in the US
The renowned National University in California offers students a highly innovative and academically outstanding range of studies with a broad variety of specializations at the fantastic main campus in San Diego.
Study abroad for one semester or obtain a full Bachelor’s or full Master’s degree in more than 120 fields of study
excellent WASC accreditation and attractive tuition fees
innovative “one-course-per-month-concept” – start studying at National University all-year round
small class sizes
effective and practice-oriented studying
ideal study conditions under the Californian sun
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Learn about your study opportunities and all programs at National University. Let your dream of studying in California come true! We are happy to assist and look forward to hearing from you:
National University: Academic calendar
At National University students can embark flexibly every month of the year during their semester abroad.
Most European students start their courses in February or September. Depending on how many ECTS you would like to have credited from your semester abroad at your home university the study duration varies. Students receive 7.5 ECTS per course at National University, which means that they need to complete four courses (=four months) of study in the US to receive 30 ECTS.
Some full degree programs have fixed start dates throughout the year. Bachelor programs take four years, the duration of the Master programs varies according to the study program.
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San Diego is the second largest city in California and frequently called “America’s Finest City”. The proximity to several stunning beaches allows for great pastimes, such as surfing, diving and sailing, but also yoga on the beach, biking on the promenade and many more. Pacific Beach is the perfect spot for a variety of activities, with contemporary restaurants and bars, and chic clubs. The surrounding area is ideal for road trips and Los Angeles is just a few hours’ drive away! Find out more about San Diego and the surrounding area.
A study abroad semester in the US is not exactly cheap. The International Student Office is the direct European office of the National University in San Diego and awards several partial scholarships to students from Europe each year. Our scholarships are awarded every six months and are combined with authentic reports from our scholarship winners. Click here to find out more about our scholarships and terms and conditions.
In addition to our scholarships, there are other ways to finance studying abroad in the United States, such as student grants (BaföG) or student loans by KfW. Students at the National University are also allowed to work on campus with their F-1 visa. However, the few campus jobs are mainly given to students who complete a full Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program.
Unlike in many European countries, studying in the US, even for native students, is not free of charge. At the National University, international and local students pay the same amount of tuition fees. Depending on whether you take courses in the Bachelor’s or Master’s program, you pay different tuition fees per course (= per month).
Living in San Diego
Most European students live in shared flats or private student residences within walking distance to great beaches. Pacific Beach is a very popular place for students from various universities and invites you to shop, stroll around and try all the different types of food offered nearby. Other students are drawn to Downtown San Diego near the historic Old Town and the Gaslamp Quarters. Living in an American host family can also be organized by the National University upon request. Feel free to contact us about the different accommodation possibilities at National University.
Do you have any questions which you would like to ask a National University student? Our National University Ambassadors have spent time studying abroad at our university in the US and know National University like the back of their hand. The Ambassadors will be happy to answer all your questions and give you first-hand tips on living and studying in San Diego. Get in touch with our National University Ambassadors here.
Studying in San Diego was a great experience. I have improved my academic and English skills and through the study format of the National University got to know culture, country and people.Steffen B. - Study Abroad National University
Do you want to be part of National University? Our team from the International Student Office is happy to assist you during the entire application process, completely free of charge. It is best to contact us directly to inform yourself about the process of the application and the documents needed. You would like to get started with the application right away? Take the first step towards studying abroad USA.