International Programs and Global Engagement

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Thank you for your interest in California State University, Sacramento. Sacramento State is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University System, the largest senior public system of higher education in the United States. Our University seeks to maintain a balanced program with students from countries around the world while assisting sponsored students from developing countries to enroll in appropriate programs. Currently, international students from over 100 countries attend the University. Sacramento State University enrolls approximately 500 international students in a total student population of approximately 28,000

The University offers a wide range of academic programs leading to bachelor's and master's degrees in the liberal arts, sciences and professional level disciplines. There are no doctoral programs. Sacramento State also offers a comprehensive teacher preparation program and the pre-professional undergraduate preparation necessary for post-baccalaureate enrollment in health science and law schools. Sacramento State is fully accredited by the Western Association of School-Colleges Association. Two-thirds of the faculty, which numbers more than 1,000, hold doctorate degrees.

Sacramento State is on the early semester plan with fall classes beginning in early September and ending in mid-December and spring classes beginning in late January and ending in mid-May. A comprehensive summer session, on and off-campus courses, and various institute, workshop and travel-study courses complement the regular academic year programs.

Located 90 miles from San Francisco, Sacramento has warm summers and mild winters. Most major airlines serve the Sacramento International Airport. Interstate bus lines also serve the area. Inter-city transportation is provided by Regional Transit buses and a Light Rail system.


Fall Semesters: Applications open October 1

Spring Semesters: Applications open August 1

Contact International Admissions for specific deadlines.
Email: Phone: (916) 278-7772

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application before the deadline date to ensure consideration. Be aware that dates are subject to change without notice.

Undergraduate international students are not eligible to apply for Interior Design, Graphic Design and the Nursing Programs.

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TOEFL: (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required if your native language is not English**.
Undergraduate score of 510 (paper based test) / 64 (internet based)
Graduate score of 550 (paper based test)**/ 80** (internet based)

PTE Academic:
Undergraduate score of 50
Graduate score of 65**

IELTS (Academic):
Undergradute over band score of 6.5
Graduate overall band score of 7.0**

Effective Spring 2011--Undergraduate International Upper Division Transfer students from accredited California Community Colleges or California State Universities will be exempt from the TOEFL (or other accepted substitutes) upon presentation of evidence of earning a grade of B or better in ALL three of the following: General Education Area A1, Oral Communication; Area A2, Written Communication and A3; Critical Thinking. Please contact the International Admissions office if you have questions (916) 278-7772.

**Please note: Some graduate departments require a higher score. (For example, English and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages requires 600/250/100). You must contact the Department for score.

Note: California State University Sacramento interprets "where English was the principal language of instruction" to mean that a school is located in a country where English is the native language (the daily medium of communication of the majority of residents is English), and that the students receive academic instruction in all subjects (except foreign language courses) at all levels of education in English.

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A confidential statement is required providing documented evidence that you possess sufficient funds (approximately $29,528 to $33,686 for a full year) to cover expenses without financial assistance from the University. The money must be guaranteed and not anticipated. Verification of bank accounts by bank authorities are acceptable.Financial Aid and scholarships are not available to international students.

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Sacramento State requires new undergraduate students to be tested in English (English Placement Test - EPT) and mathematics (Entry Level Mathematics Test - ELM) prior to enrollment. These are not admission tests but determine eligibility to enroll in specific courses. Students may be exempt from EPT and ELM based on prior coursework or standardized test results. The International Admissions Office will notify you if you are required to take the tests.

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The admission decision is made when all documents are received. About one month after the required documents have been received, applicants who have been admitted will be sent a letter of admission and an SEVIS I-20 form or SEVIS DS-2019 form as appropriate (to obtain F-1 or J-1 visa). Applicants who are not admitted will be notified.

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It is essential that applicants comply with the government regulations of their home country as well as with those of the United Sates. International students are required to register each semester for a full-time program of studies (minimum 12 semester units for undergraduates and 9 semester units for graduate students).

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The Housing Office can provide information regarding available off-campus housing. The University also has six residence halls which accommodate 1,300 students. The residence halls are frequently filled to capacity and early application is strongly advised. For information about cost, meal plans, and dates of occupancy, please visit the Housing Residential Life web site at or call (916) 278-6655.

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Test for tuberculosis is required. A health insurance policy, or evidence of equivalent medical protection valid in the United States is also required. Beginning Fall 1986, all new and readmitted students born after January 1, 1957 are required to show proof of immunity to Measles and Rubella.

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A description of the academic programs, with details on each course offered, is contained in the University Catalog. The University Catalog is available by going to the following website

The International Programs and Global Engagement office, located in Lassen Hall, Room 2304, assists international students after their admission. Orientation/Registration, immigration liaison, community relations and assistance in curricular and co-curricular activities also are provided.

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California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) web-site: will give information on the following selected topics:

Academic Information
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For further International Admissions information please contact:
Office of Global Education
International Admissions
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6012

International Students currently attending college in another country who wish to come to Sacramento State for 1-2 semesters on the J1 visa International Student Program, please contact Tracey Culbertson at Freshman or those not currently enrolled at a University outside the United States are not eligible to apply to Sacramento State as Non-degree applicants.  *American students interested in Non-Degree options should contact CCE Open University at

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