International Programs & Global Engagement

California State University, Fullerton

Transfer Students


International students who have been attending a college or university inside or outside the United States and wish to transfer credit to Cal State Fullerton.

When Can I Apply to Cal State Fullerton?

  Fall
(Classes begin end of August)
Spring*
(Classes begin end of January)
Application Period October 1 - March 31 August 1 - 31
     
*Please note: Some years, the University may not accept new students for the Spring term.

Discover how to transfer to California State University, Fullerton in the menu below.

Admission Requirements for
Students Transferring from the U.S.

If you have been attending a college or university within the United States and wish to transfer to Cal State Fullerton, the requirements are:

  • At least 60 transferable semester college units (90 quarter units)
  • A minimum of 30 semester units (45 quarter units) in CSU-approved general education coursework with grades of C or higher. The 30 units must include the "Golden Four" requirements (see below) with grades of C or higher.
  • Above average academic standing. In 2014, the average transfer grade point average was 3.11.
Note: CSU Fullerton does not accept second bachelor's degree applicants (with the exception of Nursing).

Golden Four, General Education Requirement

All courses need to be completed with a letter grade of "C" or higher. Students attending schools in California can consult the Assist website to learn more about course equivalents. Included in the lower division courses taken at a college or university should be basic skills courses that cover the following areas:

  • Oral Communication (speech course)
  • Written Communication (English composition)
  • Critical Thinking (logic)
  • Mathematics (beyond intermediate algebra)

Admission Requirements for
Students Transferring from Outside the U.S.

If you have been attending a college or university outside of the United States and wish to transfer to Cal State Fullerton, the requirements are:

  • At least 2 years or 60 semester credits from an accredited university or college
  • Must include completion of a Math course with a passing grade of "C" or higher (intermediate algebra or higher)
  • A TOEFL score of at least 500 on the paper test or 61 on the Internet-based test (iBT); 5.5 on the IELTS; or 43 in the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE). 
  • Above-average class standing (the average transfer grade point average in 2014 was 3.11/4.0)

Note: CSU Fullerton does not accept second bachelor's degree applicants (with the exception of Nursing).

English Proficiency Requirement

Regardless of citizenship, all applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency before an admissions decision can be made.

If all transfer criteria (60 units and "Golden Four") have been completed at a U.S. school, then TOEFL/IELTS will be waived. You do not need to submit the waiver form.

If some of the transfer criteria (60 units and "Golden Four") have been completed outside the U.S., then submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

  • Test must be taken within the past two years
  • Request official score be sent to Cal State Fullerton (Institutional Code: 4589)
Type of Test Minimum Requirement
TOEFL, paper test (pBT) 500
TOEFL, internet-based test (iBT) 61
IELTS 5.5
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) 43

Test of English as a Foreign Language Requirement (TOEFL)

To request your score report, visit the TOEFL website. Cal State Fullerton is Institutional Code: 4589

NOTE: If you have taken your TOEFL test through a college or university, rather than an official ETS testing center, your score will not be accepted.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS is accepted in place of TOEFL as a standardized test of English proficiency. Visit the IELTS website to learn more.

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE)

Pearson PTE is accepted in place of TOEFL as a standardized test of English proficiency. Visit the Pearson website to learn more.

Transcripts

After students apply to the university, you will be asked to send transcripts showing proof of your previous education. In the United States, the academic record is called a "transcript." In other countries, these documents may be called by another name, such as mark sheets, leaving certificates or maturity certificates.

Please Note:

  • Official transcripts are required from each school listed on the CSU Mentor application.
  • Emailed, faxed, and opened transcripts are not considered official.
  • All academic records received become official records of the university and cannot be returned or reissued.

International students are required to submit the official original-language transcript or mark sheets, as well as an official English translation if documents are not in English. For more information on which documents are required for each country, please visit our Academic Documents page.

Financial Support

Cal State Fullerton does not offer financial aid or assistance to international students. International student applicants must submit the International Student Financial Affidavit of Support, proof of funding (bank statement or sponsor letter), and a passport copy. An I-20 cannot be issued until these forms have been received and approved.

The average cost of one year of study, including housing and food, is approximately $38,274.

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