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International Undergraduate Applicants

International undergraduate applicants (first-time freshmen and transfers) are accepted for both Fall and Spring semester intakes. The filing periods for each intake are as follows:

  • Fall Intake Application Filing Period: October 1 – June 1
  • Spring Intake Application Filing Period: August 1 – November 1

Applicants must submit the international application online at Cal State Apply. We strongly recommend that applicants review the Cal State Apply International Student Guide before applying. A non-refundable application fee of $70 USD will need to be paid before submitting the application online using a credit/debit card or PayPal account. Checks or money order are not accepted. If you are unable to access the application online, please send us an email us at: intlinfo@csus.edu.

Submitting Documents

Please submit your application documents as clearly scanned PDFs via email directly to intlinfo@csus.edu. Please include your full name and Sacramento State ID when reaching out via email. We recommend that you submit unofficial copies of your test scores with your other supporting documents so that our team may provide an admission decision immediately. Please note that official documents will be requested at the time of enrollment and become property of the university.

First-time Freshmen Applicants

An applicant who has not completed any post-secondary education after high school is considered a first-time freshman applicant. If there is a gap between the time you graduated high school and when you are applying to the University, but have not attempted or completed any college or university coursework, you are still considered a first-time freshman. Please note that an evaluation from an agency is not required or recommended as we do in-house evaluations of all foreign credentials. If you would like to submit an evaluation from an agency, we only accept evaluations from the following agencies: WES, ACEI, and ECE.

Applicant Requirements

Required Document GPA or score requirement
High School Transcript Minimum 3.0 out of 4.0 scale or average 80% marks
High School Diploma Must accompany transcript
English Proficiency Exam (only one is required; MyBest TOEFL score not accepted at this time)

Countries where TOEFL or IELTS not required
TOEFL: 64 iBT (ETS code: 004671)
IELTS: 6.0
DuoLingo: 95
Sacramento State ELI: Level 7
PTE Academic: 50
GTEC: 1125
ELS Language Center: Level 112
FLS Language School: Level 16
TLC: Level 9
UCLA Extension: Level 6
Passport Biographical Page Copy Attach the copy to your application documents
Financial Affidavit Complete the form and attach to your application documents
Financial Statement Minimum $30,300 USD proof of funds required for I-20 to be issued

Transfer Applicants

An applicant who has completed any post-secondary education after high school is considered a transfer applicant. All attempted, completed, and in-progress coursework must be disclosed, including any domestic and all foreign coursework. Any coursework presented after an offer of admission may impact your academic eligibility and result in the withdrawal of your admission offer. Please note that an evaluation from an agency is not required or recommended as we do in-house evaluations of all foreign credentials. If you would like to submit an evaluation from an agency, we only accept evaluations from the following agencies: WES, ACEI, and ECE.

Please note that transfer applicants who have 60 or more units completed at a community college or university do not need to submit a high school transcript and diploma.

Applicant Requirements

*Impacted majors may require a GPA higher than 2.4 to be eligible for admission (Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Health Science, Psychology)

*International transfer applicants are not eligible to apply for Nursing

*International Admissions accepts lower-division transfer applicants (those who possess less than 60 semester credits completed. Upper-division transfer applicants who possess more than 90 semester credit hours are not eligible to apply and may be considered on a case-by-case basis. We encourage upper division applicants who possess more than 90 semester credit hours to contact intlinfo@csus.edu for a pre-evaluation to see if you are eligible to apply. This does not apply to applicants who have completed their 90 semseter credit hours at a California community college.

Applicant Type Required Document GPA or score requirement
Transfer student with less than 60 semester units High School Transcript Minimum 3.0 out of 4.0 scale or average 80% marks
High School Diploma Must accompany high school transcript
All transfer applicants Post-secondary Transcripts (College or University) Minimum 2.4 GPA post-secondary*
English Proficiency Exam (only one of the following is required; MyBest TOEFL score not accepted at this time)

Countries where TOEFL or IELTS not required
Transfer CSU A2 English course with a grade of B or better, or, one of the following:
TOEFL: 64 iBT (ETS code: 004671)
IELTS: 6.0
DuoLingo: 95
Sacramento State ELI: Level 7
PTE Academic: 50
GTEC: 1125
ELS Language Center: Level 112
FLS Language School: Level 16
TLC: Level 9
UCLA Extension: Level 6
Passport Biographical Page Copy Attach the copy to your application documents
Financial Affidavit Complete the form and attach to your application documents
Financial Statement Minimum $30,300 USD proof of funds required for I-20 to be issued