Other Information

Please carefully review the admission and enrollment deadlines for the upcoming academic quarters. The International Office has also provided information and resources below to help you submit the documentation needed for the application process. 

Admissions/Enrollment Deadlines 

Proof of Financial Support Deadline

To ensure timely processing of your student visa application at the US Embassy, international applicants coming from overseas should submit the required Affidavit of Financial Support form and proof of financial support by the deadlines listed below. Documents received after these deadlines may delay the issuance of the I-20 needed for your visa application.

If you are interested in attending Cal State LA, please do not wait for your admission decision before submitting these documents. The I-20 will be issued upon the receipt of these requested financial documents and your admission to the University.

Fall Quarter 
Applicants who are outside the U.S.:  May 15 
Applicants who are inside the U.S.:  July 15

Winter Quarter 
Applicants who are outside the U.S.:  September 1 
Applicants who are inside the U.S.:  November 1

Spring Quarter 
Applicants who are outside the U.S.:  December 1 
Applicants who are inside the U.S.:  February 1

Official Transcripts

In the U.S., official transcripts must be issued by the academic institution and provided to CSU Los Angeles in a sealed envelope. The sealed transcripts cannot be opened prior to submitting them to the University. If the sealed transcripts are opened, they will become unofficial and Cal State LA will not accept them.

Please note that submitting an original transcripts is not the same as submitting an official transcript, and is not sufficient.

If you are from a country where you are issued only one original transcript that cannot be replaced, do not submit the original as it will not be returned to you, regardless of your final admission status. Once you submit a document to CSU Los Angeles, that document becomes the property of the University and it will not be returned. Additionally, admission documents are destroyed after a prescribed period of time. In instances where you have only one original transcript, you may submit a copy of the transcript for admission evaluation and, if admitted, present the original document in person to the Admissions Office when you arrive on campus to start your studies.

If your academic institution does not provide an English language transcript, you must request two official transcripts from the institution (one for submitting to CSU Los Angeles, and one to take for English translation). The English translation must be a mirror image of the transcript. You will then submit the official transcript and the English translation to CSU Los Angeles for evaluation. Both documents should be sealed by the issuing institution and agency, and submitted unopened to the University.

If you are applying for a graduate program, you may also need to request an additional set of transcript(s) to be submitted to the academic department in which you are interested in studying. To see if your graduate program requires a separate departmental admissions application and documents, please visit http://www.calstatela.edu/graduateadmissions/admission-deadlines

Mailing Services for International Students and Scholars

For express delivery of your immigration documents to you in the U.S. or overseas, you can use the services of University Express Mail Services . This company is a go-between for students, universities and courier companies. To use this service, you must first create an account. When you need our office to send something to you via courier, you will go into your account and choose Cal State LA- International Office as the sender. The International Office will receive an auto-generated pre-paid airway bill. This will allow us to send the package to you via courier. You will not need to ask a friend to come to the office and pick up the package for mailing. We believe this will provide more efficient service to you. 

Name Integrity

Data systems used by U.S. government, including Department of Homeland Security depend on the consistent spelling of names, accurate dates, country of birth, and country of citizenship. Name submissions must be consistent on all official travel documents (passport, Form I-20 or DS-2019, and Form I-94). The earliest official document sets the standard. This is typically the passport issued by your country of citizenship.

If you only have one name, the name should be entered in the field for First and Last Name.

Spacing is as important as spelling and must be consistent. Hyphens and capitalization must also be consistent.

Please note that, if you have a number of records where spelling of the name is inconsistent, government officials are more likely to interpret this as a deliberate attempt at misrepresentation.

The date of birth is an especially critical data element. The U.S. standard for dates is mm/dd/yyyy. It is your responsibility to check your travel and admission forms when they are issued to ensure accuracy. Correcting mistakes on the spot is quicker and cheaper than delaying, and it prevents confusion.

As an example, Social Security Administration identifies Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, discrepancies as the primary reason for delays issuing Social Security numbers to nonimmigrants.

CONSISTENCY is the key.