Admission FAQs for International Students

International Students

Can I make an appointment to have my international records evaluated?

We do not offer pre-admission advisement for students with international records. To be considered for admission, you must apply to our university, and submit academic records as requested.

(NOTE: International graduate applicants are required to submit their International documents to IERF. If you have studied at an institution outside of the US, you will need to have your foreign academic work evaluated by International Education Research Foundation (IERF) for initial evaluation. Visit  to create an online application requesting the "Detailed Report”. The foreign evaluation fee is $165 (USD))

What is needed to be considered for admission to Cal State LA?

  1. Submit the online CSU Mentor International Admission application (and application fee) by the Cal State LA International Admission Application deadline for the term to which you are applying.
  2. Take the English Proficiency Exams (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE), if required.
  3. Submit official copies of your record of grades and any degree or diploma received.
  4. Submit the Cal State LA Affidavit of Financial Support and related documents to the International Office, as soon as possible, but no later than a term’s stated deadline.
  5. If you are a graduate applicant, check with your Cal State LA academic program department for any additional requirements, which may include a supplemental program application.

GRADUATE Applicants - please also visit the International Graduate Admissions webpage.

When will I hear if I have been admitted?

Once the University receives copies of all requested academic documents, please allow 6-8 weeks for evaluation and processing. Once a decision is made, you will be notified via email. Please also regularly check your GET Self Service Student Center To Do list, and submit additional information as requested in a timely manner. Missing documents will delay the admission process.

What record of grades are required?

If you have attended institutions outside the U.S., you must submit copies of original academic documents in English and the original language. Certified English translations must be submitted in addition to the documents in the original language. Translations must be literal word-for word translations and should appear in a format similar to the original language document.

  • If you have attended any U.S. institution(s), you must make arrangements to have official transcripts sent directly to Cal State LA.
  • A freshman applicant (never attended any academic institution after completion of high school or upper secondary school) must submit copies of all secondary coursework.
  • If you are a transferring undergraduate and have attended post-secondary institutions, all post-secondary record of grades must be sent as well as copies of your secondary coursework. Please send copies of any diplomas received.
  • Graduate applicants must submit official academic records of post-secondary coursework completed and copies of all diplomas or degree certificates awarded to IERF. For more information, visit the International Graduate Admissions webpage.

Copies of original international records submitted by an applicant are not considered as official documents.

Learn how to submit these academic records.

When should I send all my academic records/documents?

It is always best to send them as early as possible so that your evaluator can notify you if anything more is required. Early submission of your application and all documents required will ensure that you have enough time to be evaluated, and if admitted, processed through immigration. If you are an overseas student, please send all documents by the stated document deadline for the term to which you are applying to ensure adequate time for all processing. These documents may include academic records, English Proficiency exam scores, affidavit of financial support, etc.

Can students with three year undergraduate degrees from India or Pakistan apply to a graduate program at Cal State L.A.?

As a general guideline, a three year degree from a recognized University in India or Pakistan is not considered equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate. Graduates from these institutions may be admitted in undergraduate standing if coursework is determined to be acceptable and meets undergraduate admission requirements. Completion of a three year degree and a Post-Graduate Diploma from a recognized institution may possibly be considered for graduate admission.

Who is required to take exams to fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirement for admissions?

For more information about the English Language Proficiency exam requirement.

Does Cal State LA accept an Institutional TOEFL score?

Cal State LA will only accepts institutional TOEFL exams taken at the University from participants in the College of Professional and Global Education’s English Language Program. All other applicants must take the regular TOEFL administered by ETS.

Do I need to take an English Proficiency Exam if I have completed an English Composition at my college or university?

If you are an undergraduate applicant, yes, the completion of a transferable college-level English Composition course from a United States post-secondary institution, with a grade of 'C' or better, will exempt you from these exams.

If you are a graduate/post-baccalaureate applicant with a bachelor’s degree from a college or university where the language of instruction is not English, you must take an English Language Proficiency Exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE).  Three years of education in an English speaking institution, or the completion of a transferable English Composition course, will not exempt you from this requirement.

How do I send English Language Proficiency exam scores sent to Cal State LA?

TOEFL Test - Cal State LA Code 4399
Tests must be taken within the last two years. After two years, TOEFL scores are no longer valid.

Send scores to California State University, Los Angeles. Test Report Forms are valid for a recommended period of two years.

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
Send scores to California State University, Los Angeles. Your score report is valid and will be available online for two years.

How do I get my I-20 to study at Cal State LA?

Applicants holding or applying for an F-1 or J-1 visa must complete and submit the New Student I-20 Verification with signatures and appropriate documentation to show proof of funding. If you are interested in attending Cal State LA, please do not wait for your admission decision before submitting these documents. The advance submission of the verification form, and financial documentation, will help expedite the issuance of the I-20; if your I-20 paperwork is complete, the International Office can issue the I-20 immediately after your admission to the University.

If you are currently studying in the US, and please request to transfer your SEVIS to Cal State LA. Please do not transfer the SEVIS until you receive the offer of admission and you know that you plan to attend the University for the admit term. For the Cal State LA transfer form.

Other important information, including the deadline for the I-20/SEVIS transfer process. If you have any questions, please contact the International Office at (323) 343-3170,, or visit the International Office webpage.