International Admissions / Transfer Student

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Transfer Student


If you want to transfer your credit to California State University, Fullerton and complete your bachelor’s degree here, you are considered an undergraduate transfer student.

The transfer process is different if you are coming from a school in the United States or outside the country. Please select the correct option below for details on how to transfer to Cal State Fullerton.

There are three majors that have additional requirements to what is listed below: Dance, Music and Nursing

The University does not accept applicants seeking a second bachelor’s degree (with the exception of Nursing)

 

Undergraduate Transfer from a U.S. College

If you have been attending a college or university in the United States and want to transfer to Cal State Fullerton, please use the information below to complete your application.

  • At least 60 transferable semester college units (90 quarter units)
  • A minimum of 30 semester units (45 quarter units) in CSU-approved general education course work; grades must be C or higher
  • The 30 units must include the “Golden Four” requirements with grades of C- or higher: Oral Communication (speech course); Written Communication (English composition); Critical Thinking (logic); Mathematics (beyond intermediate algebra)
  • Above average academic standing

If you are applying for Cal State Fullerton’s Fall term, you must complete the Golden Four courses by the end of the Spring term; if you are applying for the Spring term, you must complete the Golden Four by the end of the Summer term.

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 the 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, 61 TOEFL iBT, 5.5 IELTS or 43 PTE. Your score must be valid within the last two years. Please send your official score to Cal State Fullerton using Institutional Code 4589.

After applying to the University, you will be asked to send transcripts showing proof of your previous education. Only approved institutions can send electronic transcripts.

  • Official transcripts are required from each school listed on the CSU 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.

Cal State Fullerton does not offer financial aid or assistance to international students. International applicants must submit:

An I-20 can not be issued until these items have been received and approved. If admitted, you will need to transfer your SEVIS record. The school SEVIS code is LOS214F00210000.

To learn more about the cost of attending Cal State Fullerton, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Undergraduate Transfer from a Foreign University

If you have been attending a foreign college or university and want to transfer to Cal State Fullerton, please use the information below to complete your application.

  • 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)
  • Proof of English proficiency (see “English Proficiency Requirement” below)
  • Above average academic standing
Regardless of citizenship, all applicants whose native language is not English must submit proof of English proficiency. An admissions decision can not be made without this proof. The English Proficiency Exam score must be valid within the past two years. The minimum English Proficiency Exam scores are 500 TOEFL pBT, 61 TOEFL iBT, 5.5 IELTS or 43 PTE.

Acceptable Tests

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language Requirement (TOEFL): If taking TOEFL, please send your score to Cal State Fullerton using Institutional Code 4589.
  • 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

If you qualify for a TOEFL Waiver, you will not need to take any of the English proficiency tests. To qualify, you must have 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 countries are: Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada (except Québec), Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, South Africa, Trinidad, the United Kingdom, the United States, Virgin Islands and Wales.

Case-by-case assessments are made for Norway and Singapore. Cal State Fullerton 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.

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 might be called by another name, such as mark sheets, leaving certificates or maturity certificates.

  • Official Transcripts are required from each school listed on your CSU application
  • Emailed, faxed or open transcripts are not considered official
  • All academic records received become official records of the University and can not 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.

Cal State Fullerton does not offer financial aid or assistance to international students. International applicants must submit:

An I-20 can not be issued until these items have been received and approved. If admitted, you will need to transfer your SEVIS record. The school SEVIS code is LOS214F00210000.

To learn more about the cost of attending Cal State Fullerton, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Fall 2017 Community College Visits

 

Representatives from Cal State Fullerton make frequent visits to community colleges. At these visits, our team provides information sessions and one-on-one advising to discuss your plans to transfer to the University.

October 10, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Santa Monica College (Fountain Quad)

October 17, 2 - 4 p.m.: Fullerton College (Location TBA)

October 18, 2 - 4 p.m.: Fullerton College (Location TBA)

October 23, 2 - 4 p.m.: Green River College, WA (Green River Student Union)

October 25, 10 a.m. - Noon.: Highline College, WA (Highline Student Union Cafeteria, Building 8, 1st Floor)

October 25, 2 - 4: p.m.: Shoreline College, WA (Location TBA)

November 7, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Cypress College (Location TBA)

November 8, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Orange Coast College (Location TBA)

 

If you are a community college staff member and would like a Cal State Fullerton representative to visit your campus, please email International Admissions directly.

Meet With a University Admissions Advisor

Our International Admissions Advisor can meet with you in person or online to discuss any questions you have about applying to the University. Please use our online scheduler to make your appointment.


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