International Admissions

Office of International Programs and Global Engagement

www.csus.edu/ipge

International (Foreign) Student Admission Requirements

International students requiring F-1 visas seeking entry to the United States on the basis of acceptance by Sacramento State must file the CSU Mentor International Application.  Applications received during the initial filing period of each admission cycle receive highest consideration for admission. Undergraduate international and non-California resident students are not admitted to some impacted programs.

Both undergraduates and graduates must have adequate financial resources and provide evidence of health insurance.

Students with foreign academic work are required to submit official copies of academic records from their school, college, or university in officially sealed envelopes, along with a certified English translation. Academic records should include:

  1. secondary school records (if applying as a first time freshman with no college university coursework completed);
  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; and
  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 the University. The University will determine the acceptability of any foreign work. The U.S. Immigration Service requires F-1 foreign visa students to enroll full-time, defined as follows:

• a minimum of 12 semester units for credit for undergraduates
• a minimum of 9 semester units for graduate students.

International students must comply with all University and U.S. Immigration Service regulations.

The CSU must assess the academic preparation of foreign students. For this purpose, “foreign students” include those who hold U.S. temporary visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other non-immigrant classifications. The CSU uses separate requirements and application filing dates in the admission of “foreign students”. Verification of English proficiency (see the section on the English Language Requirement for undergraduate applicants), financial resources, and academic performance are each important considerations for admission. Academic records from foreign institutions must be on file at least for the first term and, if not in English, must be accompanied by certified English translations.

Foreign visa students graduating from U.S. high schools after three years of attendance will be admitted as freshmen under the same requirements as graduates of California high schools by use of the eligibility index. Those graduating from foreign high schools (or from California high schools after less than three years of attendance) may be admitted if their achievement is equivalent to that of eligible California high school graduates. They also may need to submit an English language proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson's) if English is not the native language of the country where they attended high school.

Priority in admission is given to residents of California. There is often little likelihood of nonresident applicants, including international students, being admitted either to impacted majors or to those majors or programs with limited openings.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

All undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English and who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full-time where English is the principal language of instruction must demonstrate English language proficiency through one of the following acceptable tests.

Test Undergraduate Graduate
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required if your native language is not English1 Score of 510 (paper based test) Score of 5501 (paper based test)
TOEFL Score of 64 (internet based test) Score of 801 (internet based)
PTE Academic Score of 50 Score of 651
IELTS (Academic) Overall band score of 6.5 Overall band score of 7.01

Each campus will post the tests it accepts on its website and will notify students after they apply about the tests it accepts and when to submit scores. Those who have graduated from an accredited four-year U.S. college or university or who come from countries where English is the primary language need not submit an English language proficiency test.1

At the graduate level, a TOEFL score of 550 (or 80 internet based test) is required for admission for all students, with the following exceptions:

  • Communication Studies,
  • English,
  • International Affairs,
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology,
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) require higher scores.
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Note: Sacramento State 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.

International Transfer Students

The CSU must assess the academic preparation of foreign students. For this purpose, "foreign students" include those who hold or will require F-1 visas as students, or J-1 visas for exchange visitors.  

The CSU uses separate requirements and application filing dates in the admission of "foreign students." Verification of English proficiency1 for undergraduate applicants, financial resources, and academic performance are each important considerations for admission. Academic records from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted by the published document deadline and if not in English, must be accompanied by certified English translations.

Priority in admission is given to residents of California. Undergraduate international and non-California resident students are not admitted to some impacted programs Generally, International transfer applicants will qualify for consideration for upper-division transfer admission if they meet all of the following requirements:

Complete 60 transferable semester or 90 quarter units of college level coursework with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher that includes 30 units completed in CSU General Education requirements and grades of C or higher in the following:

  • A1. oral communication
  • A2. written communication
  • A3. critical thinking, and
  • B4. math (above intermediate algebra)
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See TOEFL Requirement.

Graduate International Foreign Visa and International Non-Visa Students

Graduation from a recognized college or university with a degree requiring at least 16 years of prior education is required for graduate standing.