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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.

  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher 
  • Previous institution(s) must meet our accreditation standards
  • Students with less than 60 units must also meet first-time freshman criteria
  • Satisfy English Language Proficiency Requirement 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
      • CSUSM will now require IELTS sub-scores: writing score no lower than 5.5 and no section score below 5.0 for the fall 2017 admission term
    • Completion of the equivalent of CSUSM's A-2 Written Communication course as noted in our catalog with a grade of C or better

Conditional admission available through our University English Pathway program. If interested, please email us at

How to Apply

  1. Submit online application or paper application (application fee of $55 USD)

  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)

  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