2018-2019 Catalog

International (Foreign) Student Admission Requirements

The CSU must assess the academic preparation of foreign students. For this purpose, “foreign students” include those who hold U.S. temporary visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other non-immigrant classifications. 

The CSU uses separate requirements and application filing dates in the admission of “foreign students”. Verification of English proficiency (see the section on the English Language Requirement for undergraduate applicants), financial resources, and academic performance are each important considerations for admission. Academic records from foreign institutions must be on file at least eight weeks before the first term and, if not in English, must be accompanied by certified English translations. 

International visa applicants are required to comply with the following requirements and instructions:
  1. International applicants are encouraged to consult with an advisor in the International Outreach Office before applying for admission to the University. Because the evaluation of international credentials may take considerable time, separate filing deadlines are in effect for applications from foreign students.
  2. Applicants must file the application for admission accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee. An application is for a specific term and is not transferable to any other term.
  3. Applicants must show evidence of competence in the language. The results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 500 (or 173 on the computerized TOEFL) are required to show evidence of English competence. Applicants taking the Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL must present a score of 61 or above.
  4. Applicants must submit an affidavit of financial support. The form is available from the Office of Admissions and Records.
  5. Freshmen applicants must be determined by the University to have academic preparation equivalent to U.S. high school graduates.
  6. All official documents submitted become the property of the University and will not be returned of forwarded. The acceptability of any international work will be determined by the University. For more information visit the International Students website: http://csudh.edu/international. Admission of students who have not attended US institutions is based upon demonstration of preparation equivalent to that required of California residents. The Office of Admissions and Records has the final authority for assessing the transferability of credit.
  7. Applicants who are transfer students must have completed 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter) with a grade point average of 2.0 at an accredited US institution. Official transcripts from each institution attended are required.
Priority in admission is given to residents of California. There is little likelihood of nonresident applicants, including international students, being admitted either to impacted majors or to those with limited openings.