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Who is an international applicant?

An international student is a student who plans to study at CI on a non-immigrant visa. Most international students admitted to CI obtain F-1 visas. H4 students must submit a domestic application online. If an H4 student wants to apply for a change of status from H4 to F1, he or she can contact the International Programs office at international@csuci.edu.

What programs are offered to international students at CI?

CI offers international students graduate, undergraduate, Semester at CI, and incoming exchange opportunities. Please visit the Admissions page for more information regarding each of the programs listed.

What English Placement Exam options do I have, and what score must I receive?

Undergraduate: An official TOEFL score report with a minimum score of 500 on the Paper-Based test, 173 on the Compute-Based test, and 61 on the Internet-Based test or an official IELTS score report with a minimum of 6.0. Certain programs may require a higher TOEFL/IELTS score.

Graduate: An official TOEFL score report with a minimum score of 550 on the Paper-Based test or 80 on the Internet-Based test or an official IELTS score report with a minimum of 6.5. Certain programs may require a higher TOEFL/IELTS score.

How can the English Placement Exam requirement be waived?

Undergraduate applicants: The English proficiency exam requirement may be waived for freshmen applicants who have completed three years at a high school where English was the principal language of instruction, in a country where English is the daily medium of communication for the majority of residents. Transfer students who have completed an approved course to meet area A2 Written Communication (English Composition) at an accredited institution also qualify for a waiver.

Graduate applicants: The English proficiency exam requirement may be waived for graduate applicants who have completed three years at a high school or college/university where English was the principal language of instruction in a country where English is the daily medium of communication for the majority of residents. Graduate applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution are not required to take an English proficiency exam.

What are the application deadlines?

Please submit all application materials by the following deadlines:

Undergraduate applicants

  • To study in the Fall: June 1
  • To study in the Spring: November 1

Graduate applicants

  • To study in the Fall: June 1
  • To study in the Spring: November 1

Why do I need to fill out a financial affidavit form?

For students who plan to enter the U.S. on an F-1 student visa, certificates of eligibility (Form I-20) for obtaining the visa cannot be issued until students have proven their ability to provide full financial support for their entire stay at CI. A financial statement must show that the student has the cost of living and studying at CI for two semesters in deposit at a financial institution in the U.S. or foreign country. The date on the financial affidavit and bank statement must be no more than six months prior to the date received by the International Programs office. The cost of living and studying at CI for two semesters is listed on the financial affidavit form which is included on the Admissions page of each program.

When will I find out if I am admitted?

After you have submitted your application, the CI Admissions office will review your application and supplemental documents. Our International Programs office will contact you if any application items or documents are missing. Upon confirming that your application is complete, the CI Admissions office and/or the graduate program to which you are applying will determine your admissibility. You should receive an admissions decision via e-mail within 1-2 weeks after your completed application has been received. The International Programs office will mail you a formal admission letter and admission packet.

Do you require any immunizations?

Yes, immunizations are required. Please visit Student Health Services for more information and make sure to bring proof of immunization with you.

Who do I contact for more information about international admissions?

For further information, questions or concerns, please contact the International Programs office at 805-437-3107 or by email at international@csuci.edu. The office is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

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