Admissions ~ 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. visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other nonimmigrant classifications.

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

If you have foreign academic work, you must submit official copies of academic records directly from your school, college, or university along with a certified English translation.

Your academic records should include all of the following:

  1. Secondary school records
  2. Yearly records from each college or university attended, indicating the number of hours per semester or per year devoted to each course and the grades received
  3. Official documents that confirm awarding of a degree or diploma, with the title and date, if a postbaccalaureate applicant

All official documents submitted become the property of CSUMB. The university will determine the acceptability of any foreign work.

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 majors or programs with limited openings.

Health Insurance Requirement

Effective August 1, 1995, all F-1 and J-1 visa applicants must agree to obtain and maintain health insurance as a condition of registration and continued enrollment in the CSU. Such insurance must be in amounts as specified by the United States Information Agency (USIA) and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Financial Verification

Evidence of sufficient financial support to complete a degree program is required for admission. The amount required is approximately $23,000 per academic year. Fees are subject to change. 

Foreign Credential Evaluation

All transcripts from schools outside the United States must be sent, at the applicant’s expense, to a foreign credential evaluation service. CSUMB requires a detailed course-by-course report.

Academic Major

To be eligible for an F-1 Student Visa, you must pursue a specific degree objective. Please refer to the descriptions of our majors and select a major that fits your educational objectives.

English Proficiency

As an international student applicant, you must demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in English. If you have attended a school where English was the primary language of instruction for at least three years immediately preceding admission to CSUMB, you meet this proficiency requirement. Otherwise, undergraduates must submit a minimum score of 500 on the paper exam or 173 on the computer-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and graduates must submit a minimum score of 550 on the paper exam or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL. CSUMB's TOEFL code is 1945. 

For more information, please visit the international admissions page on our CSUMB.EDU/admissions website.


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