California State University, Long Beach
Center for International Education
1250 Bellflower Boulevard, SS/A 201, Long Beach, California 90840-0109 USA Phone (562) 985-5476 Fax (562) 985-1725
WWW: http://www.csulb.edu/-intladm

1. Complete The International Student Application Form

The enclosed international application form may be used by freshmen, undergraduate transfer or graduate international visa student applicants. Graduate students must complete the enclosed Supplemental Application for Graduate Admission. Each item must be answered unless it is noted as "optional." The Educational History sheet must be filled out completely. Codes needed to complete the application form may be found on the back of this instruction sheet. Application filings dates are listed below. Applications received after these deadlines or after a major has closed for the term will automatically be entered for the next available term.              Application Filing Dates for Spring Semesters (beginning in late January) August 1 - November 15*

             Application Filing Dates for Fall Semesters (beginning in late August) November 1 - June 15*

             *Some majors have earlier deadlines

2. Submit The Application Processing Fee

Please make your non-refundable and non-transferable $55.00 application processing fee payable to "The California State University." If you are outside the U.S.A., please use an international check or money order drawn on a U.S. banking institution. Do not use a Postal Money Order. All checks must have microentry numbers posted on the bottom of the check in order to be accepted. Do not send cash. 3. Order Your Academic Records Please have your official academic transcripts/records, certificates and diplomas sent directly to International Admis- sions from all institutions attended prior to attending California State University, Long Beach. Original transcripts that are not in sealed envelopes from the issuing institution are considered unofficial. Transcripts must list the courses completed, the grades/marks obtained in each course, the hours per week spent in lecture and laboratory (or other unit value), and the grading scale used. You must submit a transcript for each institution attended. Transcripts that are photocopied, notarized, faxed, or sent in unsealed envelopes are considered unofficial.

Freshmen applicants with no college/university level work completed need only their official high school/secondary transcripts and diplomas sent.

Transfer applicants with fewer than three years of college/university level work completed need to have official highschool/secondary AND official college/university records sent.

Transfer applicants with more than three years of college/university level work should send only official college/university transcripts and diplomas/certificates.

Graduate applicants need to have official college/university transcripts and diplomas/certificates sent from each college/university attended.

An official English language translation, certified by an educational official of your country, the Ministry of Education or the U.S. Consulate, or a certified English translation agency in the U.S.A. must accompany all transcripts. Translations must be literal translations (i.e. word-for-word) and should appear in similar format as the original language document. Translators should not interpret grades or titles of certificates/diplomas to match the U.S. system. Translations made by the applicant, friends or relatives are not acceptable.

For transfer students with university level work completed outside the United States, at the same time that you request official transcripts, you should also request official detailed course descriptions/syllabi be sent to CSULB. The detailed course descriptions should include information such as textbooks used and the breadth and depth of the subject matter covered. This will enable California State University, Long Beach faculty to judge what courses you may obtain transfer credit for.

Note: transfer and graduate level applicants from India and Pakistan must submit individual marksheets for each term completed at the university level. Consolidated statements will not be accepted.

4.Order Your Test Results

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - All applicants whose native language is not English, must have an official TOEFL report sent by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The institutional code for CSULB is 4389. Contact information for the TOEFL: TOEFL/TSE Services, P. O. Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151 USA Phone: (609) 771-7100. WWW: http://www/toefl.org. For applicants in the Los Angeles area, please contact the Center for International Education at (562) 985-4106 for assistance with registration for the Institutional TOEFL, which is given in Pasadena, California every two weeks.

TOEFL Requirements:

        Undergraduate students 500

        Exceptions:

                                                  Journalism 600*

                                Film & Electronic Arts 550*

                           Pre-Film & Electronic Arts 500 (New applicants are placed in the pre-major)

Second bachelors and graduate level students 550

Exceptions:
                    Public Policy and Administration 600*

A written request from the applicant for waiver of the TOEFL requirement may be submitted along with the application under the following circumstances:

For majors that require a 500 TOEFL score:

1. The applicant attended an accredited U.S. university/college and completed 56 transferable units and achieved an A, B, or C grade in freshman English composition.

2. The applicant successfully completed the Intensive English Language Program at the American Language Institute at California State University, Long Beach.

3. The applicant was recently (within the last two years) educated for at least three years in a country where English was the medium of academic instruction in all levels of education (primary, secondary and university) and is the daily medium of communication of the majority of residents of that country.

For majors that require a 550 TOEFL score:

1. The applicant obtained a bachelor's degree from an accredited post-secondary institution in a country where English was the medium of academic instruction in all levels of education (primary, secondary and university) and is the daily medium of communication of the majority of residents of that country.

2. The applicant successfully completed the levels 5 and 6 at the American Language Institute at California State University, Long Beach.

*Students requesting these majors must have the appropriate TOEFL score. Waivers are not granted.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American Collegiate Test (ACT) - The SAT or ACT is required only of those international students who have graduated from an accredited U.S. high school and for those students wishing to apply as NCAA athletes. Contact information for the SAT: College Board SAT Program, P. O. Box 6200, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6200 E-mail: sat@ets.org

WWW: http://www.collegeboard.org. Contact information for the ACT: ACT Registration, P. O. Box 414, Iowa City, Iowa 52243-0414 Phone: (319) 337-1270

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) - Please contact the graduate department of the major you are applying for to know if these tests are required for admission. Contact information for the GRE: GRE, ETS, P. O. Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000 Phone: (609)771-7670 E-mail: gre-info@ets.org Fax: (609) 771-7906 WWW: http://www.gre.org Contact information for the GMAT: GMAT, ETS, P. O. Box 6103, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6103 Phone: (609) 771-7330 E-mail: gmat@ets.org Fax: (609) 883-4349 WWW: http:/lwww.gmat.org

 

5. Submit Financial Sponsorship Information

Since California State University, Long Beach cannot provide financial assistance to new international students, all international applicants must show evidence of sufficient private, government, or scholarship support to be considered for admission. Two documents are required: the Affidavit of Financial Support and the Bank Statement/Letter.

Affidavit of Financial Support - The enclosed Affidavit of Financial Support must be completed and signed by the sponsor. The name of the sponsor on the Affidavit of Financial Support must match the name on the Bank Statement/ Letter (see below). If you will be sponsored by a government agency, public corporation or private foundation, this entity may submit a separate form that includes details of the sponsorship.

Bank Letter/Statement - Sponsors must ask their bank to certify in a letter or statement that sufficient funds for educational expenses are available to meet the expenses for the student for one year of study. Statements that do not mention this minimum amount are unacceptable. For example, if a statement says that a sponsor "is a very good, respected client and has suffcient funds to meet the financial obligations of..." it will not be accepted. Amounts must be in liquid (easily converted) assets. Stocks, retirement accounts, houses, property, cars, salaries, etc. are not considered liquid assets. The name of the sponsor on the Affidavit of Financial Support must match the name on the Bank Statement/Letter.

A mature student may be his or her own sponsor, if he or she submits a valid official Bank Statement/Letter as described above. Also, a student may have more than one sponsor. However, each sponsor must submit an Affidavit of Financial Support and a Bank Statement/Letter. The combination of the amounts listed on the Bank Statements must be at least the minimum required amount listed on the Affidavit of Financial Support.

6. Submit Visa and Passport Information

If you are currently in the U.S.A., you must submit:

A. a copy of your passport that shows your full legal name and the expiration date of the passport must be submitted. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months into the future. It is not necessary to copy every page of your passport.

B. a copy of the front and back of your I-94 card in your passport.

C. a copy of your EAD card if you are on practical training.

 

7. Submit Graduate Department Requirements

Graduate applicants must submit the enclosed Supplemental Application for Graduate Applicants. Some departments require tests, auditions, or department applications in addition to this international application. Please contact your graduate program immediately for their specific requirements and deadlines.

 

8. Mail All Required Documents

Please mail all the required official documents well in advance of the deadline. Remember, photocopied, notarized, faxed and other unofficial documents will prevent the processing of your application file. After submitting your application for admission, International Admissions will not be able to continue processing your file until all the required official documents are sent to the following address:

                    International Admissions, Center for International Education,
                          California State University, Long Beach
                          1250 Bellflower Boulevard, SS/A 201
                          Long Beach, California 90840-0109 USA

 

Hints for Making a Successful Application

1. Submit your application and all supporting documents at the beginning of the application cycle for the term you desire.

2. Your name must appear in English on all documents (e.g. the sponsor's bank statement and original language documents).

3. Have official transcripts mailed directly from the institutions you attended to CSULB. This may take time and considerable effort, but you must have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions you attended to CSULB.

4. Do not send photocopies, faxes, or notarized copies.

5. Sign the application form.

6. Make sure the Educational History sheet has each institution you attended recorded on it. You may not leave off any institution for any reason.

 

 


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