CSUB Golden Three


CSUB Golden Three

The CSUB Golden Three program allows you to complete up to three university courses (10 units/credits) from anywhere in the world. These courses can also be applied toward your bachelor's degree at CSUB – or transferred to another university in the U.S.

  • Online Learning with edgox Career Support
  • 10 Units
  • 16 Weeks

Start Date: Fall 2020 Semester (Aug 26 - Dec. 19, 2020)

About the Program

The Golden Three Online program allows you to complete up to three of The California State University (CSU) system required “Golden Four” courses prior to arriving in the U.S. Why are we offering these particular courses? Students that attend any of the 23 CSU campuses – including CSU Bakersfield – must complete the “Golden Four” as part of any bachelor’s degree program (Oral Communication, Written Communication, Critical Thinking, Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning).

Our program places international students in the same courses alongside CSUB students – and taught by CSUB faculty. Upon successful completion of the courses, international students can apply these credits toward a California State University degree after they are accepted into the university – or, transfer the credits to other U.S. universities.

Required Courses (3) Units
COMM 1008 – Strategies of Public Communication 3
ENGL 1109 – Writing and Research 3
MATH 2200 – Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods 4
PHIL 1019 – Critical Thinking 3

Self-paced Study

Hands-on projects

Writing Assignments


Program Learnings and Insights

  • Introduction to public speaking and communications.
  • Expository writing with a focus on college research papers.
  • Further studies on Statistics and its methods.
  • Critical-thinking skills related to the analysis and evaluation of arguments.


The CSUB Golden Three program is open to all international students not previously admitted to CSUB, regardless of whether they plan to eventually attend CSUB.

Admission requirements

English (One of the three tests)

  • Duolingo English Test 95 points + writing test on Zoom
  • IELTS 5.5 all four bands or 6.0 average
  • TOEFL iBT 61

English proficiency test must have been completed within the last two years.


  • Short interview by the department chair and the transcript (if any) review.

About CSU Bakersfield

Centrally located on a 375-acre site in the southern San Joaquin Valley, California State University, Bakersfield is a continuously growing comprehensive regional university that is committed to transforming the lives of its students and community through its established excellence in academia, diversity, service, and community engagement since its founding in 1965.

CSUB offers high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs that advance the intellectual and personal development of its students. The university is committed to scholarship and life-long learning, and currently offers more than 50 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs.

ucsb accolades and rankings

ranked #6 public university in usa

has 6 nobel prize winning faculty.

#20 on “america’s top colleges” (forbes, 2019)

#34 in ‘best national universities’ (us news, 2020)

#57 university in the world (the, 2020)

Contact Information

30 BDC 9001 Stockdale Highway Bakersfield, California 93311-1022

661-654-CSUB (2782)


Program Fee

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