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Frequently Asked Questions - International Students

How do international students apply for admission to a CSU campus?

Since each CSU campus may have different admission requirements and deadline dates for international students, these students must contact the CSU campus that they wish to attend for application procedures. Usually, these procedures include submitting an electronic international student application form, a $55 application processing fee, proof of financial support, proof of English proficiency (TOEFL), official transcripts, and diplomas/certificates sent directly from institutions the student attended to the CSU campus in sealed envelopes (accompanied by exact literal English translations), and possibly additional application forms for the department to which the student is applying, letters of recommendation, portfolios, auditions, and other tests (e.g., GMAT, GRE, MAT, etc.). Graduate applicants should check with their graduate departments on each CSU campus for additional requirements.

When should international applicants turn in applications for admission and other required documents?

International applicants should check with each CSU campus for application deadlines. On each campus, some major departments may have earlier application deadlines than others. Applicants should apply at the beginning of the application cycle to allow ample time for processing.

When can an international applicant expect to know his/her admission decision?

An international applicant may know his/her admission decision usually within a few weeks after all the required documents have been received at the appropriate office on a CSU campus. It is important to have official documents mailed directly to the appropriate CSU campus office or significant delays may result.

How much should an international student expect to pay at a CSU campus for one year?

The costs to attend a CSU campus for one year vary somewhat at each campus. Generally, an international student should expect to pay at least $31,000 for two semesters. The cost includes tuition, fees, housing, food, books, health insurance, living expenses, and incidental costs. An international student should check with the campus he/she plans to attend for more specific information on costs for that campus. (Click here for a directory of CSU financial aid offices.)

Are international students eligible for financial loans or scholarships?

International students are not eligible for financial loans. Scholarships may or may not be available at campuses of the CSU. Interested students should contact their major departments for information on the availability of scholarships and application deadlines.

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