Transfer Students


international transfer students at California State University Fullerton

International students who are completing coursework at a college or university and wish to transfer credit to Cal State Fullerton and complete a Bachelor's degree are considered undergraduate transfer students.

Discover how to transfer to California State University Fullerton if you are currently studying in the United States or in another country from the menu below.

Admission Requirements

If you have been attending a U.S. college or university and wish to transfer you are required to complete the following:

  • 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. For Fall 2014, the grade point average for new transfer students was 3.25.

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

Majors with additional requirements: Nursing, Computer Engineering BS/MS, Psychology, Kinesiology, Biology & Biochemistry, Music and Dance.

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 assist.org 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)

Transfer applicants applying to:

  • Fall term must complete the Golden Four courses no later than the end of the Spring term.
  • Spring term must complete the Golden Four courses no later than the end of the Summer term.

English Proficiency Requirement

If all transfer criteria (60 units and "Golden Four") have been completed at a U.S. school, then the 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 at a foreign university, then submit a minimum English Proficiency Exam score of 500 TOEFL pBT, 61TOEFL iBT, 5.5 IELTS, or 43 PTE. Request official score (must be valid within the last two years) to be sent to Cal State Fullerton, Institutional Code: 4589.

Transcripts

After applying to the university, you will be asked to send transcripts showing proof of your previous education.

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.

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. If admitted, you will need to transfer your SEVIS record.

The school SEVIS code is LOS214F00210000.

The average cost of one year of study, including housing and food, is approximately $35,581.

Admission Requirements

If you have been attending a foreign college or university and wish to transfer you are required to complete the following:

  • At least 2 years or 60 units from an accredited university or college.
  • Must complete 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 academic standing. For Fall 2014, the grade point average for new transfer students was 3.25.

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

Majors with additional requirements: Nursing, Computer Engineering BS/MS, Psychology, Kinesiology, Biology and Biochemistry, Music and Dance.

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. The English Proficiency Exam score must be valid within the past two years.

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.

TOEFL Waiver

You may qualify for a waiver (and will not need to take any of the English proficiency tests) if you attended full-time an institution at the secondary level or above for at least three years, where English is the native language of the country. Those are: Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada-except Quebec, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Trinidad, UK, U.S, Virgin Islands and Wales. Case-by-case assessment for Norway and Singapore. CSUF no longer waives on the basis of: "Medium of Instruction in English." If you meet the waiver criteria, complete the TOEFL Waiver Form and send it with your documents.

Transcripts

After applying 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.

Note: The number of transferrable credits will not be determined until you are enrolled in your first semester at Cal State Fullerton.

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 $35,581.

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