Chicago State University International Student Admission

Undergraduate International Applicants

International applicants are individuals who are a citizen or permanent resident of a country outside the United States. Chicago State University is authorized under federal law to sponsor nonimmigrant alien students studying on an F-1 visa. To be granted admissions to Chicago State University, applicants are required to submit academic documentation and proof of financial support before being considered for admission. To complete an application and before an I-20 can be issued, international applicants must complete the steps listed below by category.

International Applicants (Non-US Citizens)

In general, international students must meet the same academic standards for admission as those required of native students. All applicants must provide evidence of their former academic work, English proficiency, and adequate financial resources.

International students must submit the following:

  • Original or true copies of all secondary and post-secondary educational records (All documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation from a nationally known credentials translator.
  • Official TOEFL scores (Not required if applicant completed 24 semester credit hours from an accredited US college or university.);
  • Evidence of financial support for the duration of the time required to reach planned academic objectives; Certification of sponsorship supported by sponsor’s bank and/or employment letter;
  • A photocopy of I-94 form with the application for admission (if in the US on a visa);
  • Completed application for admission and preliminary data form; and
  • The $100 non-refundable application fee or Fee Waiver

Request Form*** Deadline dates: fall semester, May 1; spring semester, September 1; summer semester, February 1. Applications received after the deadline will be processed for the following semester.

NOTE: An I-20 will not be issued until all required documents have been received and the applicant has been formally admitted to the university.

 

English Language Proficiency Policy for International Applicants

International applicants whose native language is not English must present evidence of proficiency in oral and written English by obtaining a satisfactory score on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and secure the minimum score of:

Exam Paper-Based Computer-Based Internet
TOEFL 525 195 69
Exam Academic
IELTS 7

International applicants that meet and can provide evidence of one of the factors below will not be subject to TOEFL or IELTS requirement.

  • The applicant completed secondary education in a country where English is the official language; OR
  • The applicants completed secondary education at an institution where English was the medium of instruction; OR
  • The applicant has completed a minimum of completed 24 semester credit hours or 36 quarter hours of earned credit from an accredited U.S. college or university

 

Freshmen Applicants

Prospective freshman undergraduate international students must submit an application via the common app at (www.commonapp.org) AND submit a downloadable international application packet via the school website at (www.csu.edu). Applicants who are currently in high school or have earned a high school diploma and never attended college must submit the following requirements to complete the admission application:

  • Official High School transcript – Foreign transcripts not written in English must be translated into English by a nationally known credential translator. Applicants must meet a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale
  • Foreign Credential Evaluation – Only accepted by Education Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) or World Education Services (wes.org)
  • The official ACT or SAT scores – Must meet a minimum ACT composite of 18 or SAT composite of 870
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (Not required if English is the applicant’s country first language)
  • Personal essay * Letter of Recommendation **
  • The $100 non-refundable application fee or Fee Waiver Request Form***fee

 

To demonstrate financial support for the duration of the time required to reach planned academic objectives, applicants must submit the following:

  • Certification of sponsorship along with documentation in support of the sponsorship such as; an official letter from the bank or a bank account statement

 

Transfer Applicants

Prospective transfer undergraduate international students must submit a downloadable international application packet via the school website at (www.csu.edu). A transfer applicant is an individual who has earned an Associate degree or have more than 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours of earned college-level coursework from an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and submit the following requirements to complete the admission application:

  • Official College transcript
  • Foreign Credential Evaluation – (Only accepted by Education Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) or World Education Services (www.wes.org) or call (800)-278-3011
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (Not required if applicant completed 24 semester credit hours or 36 quarter hours of earned credit from an accredited U.S. college or university)
  • The $100 non-refundable application fee or Fee Waiver Request Form

To demonstrate financial support for the duration of the time required to reach planned academic objectives, applicants must submit the following:

  • Certification of sponsorship along with documentation in support of the sponsorship such as; an official letter from the bank or a bank account statement NOTE: Additional documents may be required to complete the admissions application or before an I-20 can be issued. Transfer applicants that do not meet the minimum of 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours of earned college-level coursework from an accredited U.S. college or university will be processed as a Transfer Freshman and must comply with those requirements.

 

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