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An international transfer applicant is a student who wishes to study at our university on an F-1 (student) visa, who has completed post-secondary course work at a college or university located outside the United States or a regionally accredited community college or university within the United States and has not yet earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree. 

Admission Requirements

CSUSM accepts both lower and upper division transfer students. 

All transfer student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher

  • Lower division transfer students with less than 60 units (90 quarter) must also meet first-time freshman criteria
  • Upper division transfer students with 60 units (90 quarter) requirements:
    •  Applicants  who have attended US colleges or universities should have completed the following courses with a letter grade of "C" or better:
      ◦A2 Written Communication
      ◦B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning college level course (above Intermediate Algebra)
    • Applicants applying from schools outside the US should have completed a B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning college level course (above Intermediate Algebra)
  • Good standing at last institution attended
  • Satisfy English Language Proficiency Requirement for admission purposes with one of the following:
    • TOEFL score of 61 iBT with writing score no lower than 19 and no section score below 14
    • IELTS overall band score of 5.5, writing score no lower than 5.5 and no section score below 5.0 
    • Completion of the equivalent of CSUSM's A2 Written Communication as noted in our catalog with a grade of C or better
    • Attended an approved institution where English was the principal language of instruction for 3 years (confirm with International Admission Office to see if your school is eligible)

Conditional admission available through our language program. Please view the: paper application (print out and return to International Admissions Office)

*Appeal process for special consideration due to extenuating circumstances/demonstrable hardship may be considered, submit appeal to:

To apply, submit the following:

  1. Apply online at:

  2. Submit all official post-secondary school records including certificates, examination grades, degrees or diplomas in the original language of issue through the postal mail in a school-sealed envelope

    • Lower-division transfers must also send secondary school records
    • Applicants who have studied in the U.S. are required to have the U.S. institution(s) send official transcript(s) directly to CSUSM. If you are attending a California community college, you may be able to send your transcripts electronically. Confirm with your school to check if this option is available.
  3. Submit official English translations of all academic records including certificates, degrees or diplomas

  4. Submit the Affidavit of Financial Support or scholarship letter

  5. Submit official TOEFL or IELTS score report, if needed (must be sent directly from testing agency) The TOEFL or IELTS is NOT required for conditional admission.

  6. Submit a copy of your Passport

Send all OFFICIAL transcripts and translations directly to the address below.

To expedite processing, upload your documents here for preliminary review.

Copies of all the documents needed above can be submitted online! By submitting these documents online, this allows us to give you an early admission decision. Official transcripts and test scores must be received before issuance of I-20 for student visa.

Contact Information:
California State University San Marcos - International Admissions
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001 USA
P: (760) 750-4844  F: (760) 750-3138