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International Applicant:
Freshman
Requirements
Transfer
Requirements
Graduate
Requirements
Additional
Requirements for Applicants to the College of Business and Economics
Transcript
Requirements
TOEFL
Requirements
Housing
Financial
Requirements
Majors

International Student Admission Requirements

Freshman Requirements

For graduates of:
  • U.S. High Schools
  • Accredited International High Schools
  • High Schools with an American format over seas

Submission of a score on either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (CEEB-SAT) is required. High school grade point averages and test scores are used to determine eligibility. Completion of a comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study with grades of ‘C’ or better in all subjects is required.

 
   

For graduates of other foreign high schools where the language of instruction was not exclusively English:

  • ACT or SAT scores are not required
  • High school grade point average-equivalencies are determined by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment
  • A minimum English Proficiency Exam score as follows:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):  61 ibt or higher
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:  44 or higher
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):  Band 5.5 or higher

 
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Undergraduate Transfer Requirements

Any acceptable baccalaureate level course work must be completed with a grade point average of at least 2.4 (A=4.0). Applicants who have completed fewer than 90 transferable quarter (60 semester) units must also qualify for admission based on their high school record. All transcripts are examined for evidence of frequent transfers between colleges, gaps in attendance, downward trends in grades, and a pattern of withdrawals or program changes. All undergraduate applicants who have not completed at least three years of course work at the secondary level or above where English is the principal language of instruction are required to achieve a minimum English Proficiency Exam score as follows:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):  61 ibt or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:  44 or higher
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):  Band 5.5 or higher
 
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Graduate Requirements

Applicants for conditionally classified graduate or postbaccalaureate unclassified standing must possess a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent in U.S. terms), with adequate preparation, from a recognized institution of higher education. Applicants must have attained a minimum 2.5 grade point average (A=4.0) in the last 90 quarter units (60 semester units) attempted. All degree equivalencies and grade point average calculations are determined by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. All applicants with a bachelor's degree from a college or university where the language of instruction was not English are required to achieve a minimum English Proficiency Exam score as follows:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):  80 ibt or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:  53 or higher
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):  Band 6.0 or higher
  • TESOL program applicants:  TOEFL (100 ibt); IELTS (Band 7.5)
 
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College of Business and Economics Applicants

International graduate applicants seeking MBA, MSBA, MS Accountancy and MS Information Systems degrees are required to submit all supporting documents (including degree verification) by the final day of the application filing period. The College of Business and Economics admits University-eligible graduates to its graduate programs based on additional criteria. For more information, contact the Graduate Business Programs Office at (323) 343-5156 or visit http://cbe.calstatela.edu/GradProg/admiss.php.  
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Transcripts

Applicants must arrange to have official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment from your secondary school (for freshman and applicants who have completed fewer than 90 transferable quarter units) and/or from each college attended (for undergraduate/graduate admission). Transcripts from overseas applicants must be received the document deadline date for the term to which you apply to insure timely notification.
Documents should be mailed to:

CSULA Admissions
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Faxed/emailed documents are not accepted.

Original foreign transcripts submitted by an applicant for admission are not considered official transcripts. These records may be used for evaluation purposes, but you also must request that official transcripts from each school, college and university you have attended be sent directly to the Admissions Office. Certified English translations must be submitted for transcripts received in the original language.
 
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Housing

On-campus student housing is available for more than 1,000 students. Opportunities also exist for living in apartments and rooms in private homes and for sharing houses with other students close to the campus. If you are interested in living on campus or need assistance in finding off-campus housing, please visit http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/housing/.  
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Finances

International (visa) students are subject to nonresident tuition and are required to certify that sufficient funds will be available to them during their stay in the United States for schooling. Please review the CSULA Affidavit of Financial Support for minimum funds needed to study at the University.

Cal State L.A. is unable to offer financial assistance to international students. Assistantships, scholarships, and fellowships usually are not available to California nonresidents. Current Immigration and Naturalization Service policy does not permit international students to obtain work permits and be employed in the United States. Information about possible sources of financial aid may be obtained from the nearest office of the Institute of International Education or an American consulate.
 
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Majors

All international students requiring an I-20 upon admission must declare a specific major and degree objective. Please review our list of Undergraduate Degree Programs and Graduate Degree Programs.  
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