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International Office

Exchange Student Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines:  

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 1

You are considered as an International exchange student applicant if: 

  • You are not a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident (Green Card).
  • You hold or intend to hold non-immigrant J-1 visa status while you are studying at CSU Fresno. 

How to Apply

1.  Received a nomination from your current home institution.

2.  Submit a Cal State Apply online and pay $70 USD (non-refundable) by credit card.  


Submit the Paper Application. To avoid errors, please type your information in the fillable form.  Then, pay $70 USD (non-refundable) at by credit card.  Or, it can be paid by check, money order, or bank draft.  Please make it payable to "California State University, Fresno".   

3.  Official English Proficiency Score Report (Institution Code: 4312)

                          TOEFL - Minimum of 61 iBT (or 500 Paper Based), or 
                          IELTS - Minimum 6.0 Band Score or 5.5 Band Score with 5.5 in each section, or 
                          SAT I - Reading and Writing of 550, or
                          ACT - English 22, or
                          AP English Language and Composition - 3 or higher, or
                          AP English Literature and Composition - 3 or higher, or
                          GTEC (Global Test of English Communication) - 1075, or
                          IB Eng A Language and Literature - HL4, or
                          IB Eng A Literature - HL4, or
                          Fresno State's American English Institute - Advanced Level, or
                          ELS Language Centers - Level 112, or
                          FLS International Language School – Level 16, or       
                          TLC The Language Company – Level 9, or       
                          Duolingo - 100, or       
                          UCLA Extension - Level 6, or 
                          Pearson's Test of English - 45, or
                          ELITE Language Center of South Korea - Level 3


I. Applicants studied (or currently studying) in US high schools for three or more years.

II. Applicants who demonstrate 3 years of full-time academic study in the following countries/regions where the language of instruction was English: Australia; Canada (Quebec needs English Demonstration); Ireland; New Zealand; UK; Antigua; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Botswana; Dominica; Gambia; Ghana; Grand Cayman Is.; Grenada; Guyana; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Mauritius; Nigeria; Scotland; Sierra Leone; South Africa; St. Kitt; St. Lucia; St. Vincent & Grenadines; Trinidad & Tobago; Uganda; Virgin Islands; Wales; Zambia; Zimbawe.

4. Original or certified copies of Academic Credentials with literal English translation.  Any coursework presented after an offer of admission is made will not be considered for credit.

All academic work must be included. See chart below.

Required Academic Work
Applying for Required Transcripts
Undergraduate Secondary School; Any University Work
Graduate All University work, Secondary School not Required
Doctorate All University work; Secondary School not required


5. Financial document (no older than 6 months) & Affidavit of Support from sponsors showing the amount and source of support for a minimum of one semester (or one year) of study. For details please review the estimated yearly cost chart here. 

6. A copy of the biographic information/photo page in your passport.

Please scan the unofficial documents listed above in PDF format and email (including the English language proficiency exam score report) to the International Admissions:  

If you are accepted to the university, please bring or mail your official final documents to:

California State University, Fresno
International Office
Attention:  International Admissions
5150 N. Maple Ave. M/S JA56
Fresno, California 93740 USA