Office of Admissions

Apply as an International Freshman

Requirements will vary depending on where you attend high school, either inside the U.S. or outside of the U.S.  Please select the correct option for details. Undergraduate international applicants (freshmen and transfers) are encouraged to review the International Application Guide when completing the Cal State Apply application.

Requirements for Freshmen who are from U.S. high schools (If you have attended or are currently attending a high school inside the U.S.)

Grades of “C-“ or better in the following subjects:

Subject Years Courses
History/Social Science 2 years 1 year of U.S. History; or 1 semester of U.S. History and 1 semester of Civics or American Government and 1 year of Social Science
English 4 years N/A
Mathematics 3 years Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
Science 2 years 1 year of Biology and 1 year of Chemistry or Physics
Visual & Performing Arts 1 year N/A
Elective 1 year N/A

Applicants who apply to non-impacted majors and are from local area high schools who meet the minimum CSU eligibility requirements will be admitted. Impacted majors will be held to a higher admission eligibility.

Undergraduate Graduate
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 71 ibt 80 ibt
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 6.5
Duolingo 95 105 (MS English is 120)
English Proficiency Waivers:
  • If you have studied at least 3 years of full-time enrollment at a school where the principle language of instruction is English
  • Countries where English is the national language include: Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada (except Québec), Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, South Africa, Trinidad, the United Kingdom, the United States, Virgin Islands and Wales

After you submit your Cal State Apply application, you may be asked to provide CPP Office of Admission with your high school transcripts. If requested, you must provide:

  • All high school transcripts/marksheets since grade 9
  • English translation (if marksheets are not in English)
  • If admitted to the university, you will need to provide OFFICIAL transcripts along with certified translations

Requirements for Freshmen who are from non-U.S. high schools (If you have attended or are currently attending a high school outside of the U.S.)

U.S. equivalent “C-“ grade or better in the following subjects:

Years Subject/Courses
2 years required; 3 years preferred History, Civics, Social Studies, Social Sciences, Humanities, Government, Geography
3 years required; 4 years preferred Mathematics
2 years required; 4 years preferred Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, or Physics)

Students with IGCSE/"O" Levels: You must provide scores for at least five subjects with a score of “C” or higher. Students in the new grading system are required to obtain a score of 4 or higher. Subjects must include English, Mathematics, Social Science, one Biology and one Physical Science (Chemistry or Physics). IGCSE/”O” Levels can be replaced by “A” Level or “AS” Level subjects.

Students in the IB System: You are required to complete at least six subjects with grades of 4 or higher. Subjects should include Math and Laboratory Sciences (Biology and Chemistry or Physics).

Undergraduate Graduate
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 71 ibt 80 ibt
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 6.5
Duolingo 95 105 (MS English is 120)
English Proficiency Waivers:
  • If you have studied at least 3 years of full-time enrollment at a school where the principle language of instruction is English
  • Countries where English is the national language include: Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada (except Québec), Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, South Africa, Trinidad, the United Kingdom, the United States, Virgin Islands and Wales

After you submit your Cal State Apply application, you will be asked to provide CPP Office of Admission with your high school transcripts.  The Office of Admissions will convert your international grades to the equivalent U.S. 4.0 grade scale in order to ascertain your academic profile.  When requested, you must provide:

  • All high school transcripts/marksheets since grade 9
  • English translation (if marksheets are not in English)
  • If admitted to the university, you will need to provide OFFICIAL transcripts along with certified translations

Requirements for Domestic student, or U.S. Citizens, from non-U.S. high schools (Domestic students, or US citizens, who have or are currently attending high school outside of the US, do not need a student visa, F1 or J1)

U.S. equivalent “C-“ grade or better in the following subjects:

Subject Years Courses
History/Social Science 2 years History, Civics, Social Studies or Government
Mathematics 3 years Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
Science 2 years Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, or Physics

Undergraduate Graduate
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 71 ibt 80 ibt
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 6.5
Duolingo 95 105 (MS English is 120)
English Proficiency Waivers:
  • If you have studied at least 3 years of full-time enrollment at a school where the principle language of instruction is English
  • Countries where English is the national language include: Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada (except Québec), Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, South Africa, Trinidad, the United Kingdom, the United States, Virgin Islands and Wales

After you submit your Cal State Apply application, you will be asked to provide CPP Office of Admission with your high school transcripts. The Office of Admissions will convert your international grades to the equivalent U.S. 4.0 grade scale in order to ascertain your academic profile. When requested, you must provide:

  • All high school transcripts/marksheets since grade 9
  • English translation (if marksheets are not in English)
  • If admitted to the university, you will need to provide OFFICIAL transcripts along with certified translations