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UNDERGRADUATE

QUESTIONS?
Contact Graduate and International Admissions for the College of Engineering and Computer Science at ecsgrad@fullerton.edu or (657) 278-7786. You may also fax to (657) 278-8086 or visit the office in CS 311 (campus map available at http://www.fullerton.edu/campusmap/ )

HOW TO APPLY

  • Submit an application
  • Pay the $55 application fee online at www.csumentor.edu.
  • If you cannot access the application online you can print out a hard copy. Mail the application and $55 check or money order (in US currency) made out to CSUF to:

Office of Admissions and Records
California State University, Fullerton
P.O. Box 6900
Fullerton, CA 92834-6900

Your application will be received faster and therefore processed more quickly if you apply and pay online. Your application cannot be processed until payment has been received.

WHEN TO APPLY
The College of Engineering and Computer Science will continue to accept applications for all the graduate programs offered by the College. Apply online at www.csumentor.edu for more information, visit http://www.fullerton.edu/ecs/content/gradprogram.html

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
In order to meet the minimum requirements for undergraduate (bachelor's degree) admission, international applicants who are graduates of secondary schools must have preparation equivalent to that required of eligible California high school graduates. You must have completed all requirements of the secondary school and have proof of your degree. Applications from international students who have completed a two-year program in an accredited institution of higher education, in good standing and with a good academic record, will be considered for undergraduate transfer status.
Freshman applicants who graduated from a secondary school outside of the United States are not required to take the SAT I (Scholastic Assessment Test) or ACT (American College Test). International students who have attended or graduated from a United States high school are required to submit SAT or ACT scores.
If your native language is not English you must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores before your application can be processed

  • TOEFL score is a 500 paper-based or 61 internet-based
  • IELTS score is a 5.5

TRANSCRIPTS
For freshman (first year undergraduate) admission, an official transcript with grades for each semester and proof of degree is required from your secondary school. For transfer (third year undergraduate) admission, an official transcript is required for each university or college attended since secondary school (you do not need to send records from your secondary school). Transcripts and degree certificates issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

International Admissions
2600 Nutwood Avenue, Suite 950
Fullerton, CA 92831. USA

TOEFL
If your native language is not English you must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores before your application can be processed. TOEFL scores are not required if you have attended for at least three years, full-time, an educational institution at the secondary level or above in the United States. You must submit TOEFL scores even if you are a US citizen or have been living and working in the United States for many years since you received your degree. The CSUF policy is based on where you attended school, not your citizenship or how long you have been in the United States.

The minimum score for undergraduate applicants is 500 on the paper-based TOEFL exam or 61 on the internet-based TOEFL exam. All applicants required to take the TOEFL must have their official TOEFL score report sent directly to CSUF from Educational Testing Service (ETS). The institution code for CSUF is 4589. For more information about the TOEFL or to register, visit www.ets.org/toefl/. TOEFL bulletins and registration forms are also often available at American embassies and consulates, offices of the United States Information Service, United States educational commissions and foundations abroad, bi-national centers, and several private organizations.

CSUF also accepts IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores. The minimum score for undergraduate applicants is 5.5. For more information about IELTS, visit http://www.ielts.org/.
Students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL or IELTS requirement may be eligible to enroll in the American Language Program (ALP), where academic English instruction is provided to prepare students to become successful in a university degree program. Advanced students may take one or more university courses for credit. Conditional admission to CSUF through ALP is available for all undergraduate and graduate majors in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Please visit http://www.internationaladmissions.fullerton.edu/conditional-admission or email applyinternational@fullerton.edu for more information.

As of the Fall 2015, we are no longer accepting TOEFL waiver forms. Applicants will need to present the results of an acceptable English test assessment like the TOEFL or IELTS to validate their English skills.

Please have all exams sent directly to:
International Admissions
2600 Nutwood Avenue, Suite 950
Fullerton, CA 92831. USA
 
SAT or ACT
Freshman applicants who graduated from a secondary school outside of the United States are not required to take the SAT I (Scholastic Assessment Test) or ACT (American College Test). International students who have attended or graduated from a United States high school are required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Transfer or graduate applicants do not need to take the SAT or ACT. Registration forms and dates for the SAT or ACT are available from high school or college counselors or from a CSU campus testing office. For more information and to register you can also visit www.collegeboard.com (SAT) or www.act.org (ACT).

FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS
International applicants who need a new or transfer I-20 must submit an International Student Financial Statement and Affidavit accompanied by a bank statement and passport copy. Students sponsored by an international organization or home government agency must include a letter of scholarship support specifying CSUF and your proposed degree and program of study. You cannot be issued an I-20 until you are admitted to CSUF and have submitted the required financial documents. If you have questions about the financial documents, please contact the Office of International Admissions at applyinternational@fullerton.edu or (657) 278-8011.

STUDENT VISAS
International applicants who are admitted to CSUF will be issued form I-20, which is used to obtain an F-1 student visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas. Students transferring from another U.S. institution will use form I-20 to apply for transfer authorization through the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The Office of International Student Services will process your I-20 paperwork once you have been admitted. An I-20 cannot be issued if you have not submitted your International Student Financial Statement and other appropriate financial documents.

HEALTH INSURANCE REQUIREMENT
Effective August 1, 1995, as a condition of receiving an I-20 or IAP-66 form, all F-1 and J-1 visa applicants must agree to obtain and maintain health insurance as a condition of registration and continued enrollment in the California State University. Such insurance must be in amounts as specified by the United States Information Agency (USIA) and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The campus president or designee shall determine which insurance policies meet these criteria. Further information may be obtained from the Office of International Student Services.

STATUS
You can check the status of your application to a bachelor's program by logging onto my.fullerton.edu with your CWID (Campus Wide ID) and PIN (Personal Identification Number). Both were provided to you in a letter sent by the Office of Admissions and Records shortly after you applied. You may also present photo identification at the Admissions and Records Service Center in Langsdorf Hall, Room 114 to receive your CWID and PIN. If you are unable to come to the CSUF campus please call the Office of International Admissions at applyinternational@fullerton.edu or (657) 278-8011.

FEES 
Visit the Student Financial Services page for fee information. The link to "Fee Information" on the left will give you information on Registration Fees (required for all students), Non-Resident Tuition (required for students who are not legal residents of California for residency purposes. Students on an F-1 visa must pay Non-Resident Tuition every semester.

Scholarships available to students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science can be found at http://www.fullerton.edu/ecs/scholarships.htm. ECS has a limited number of Non-Resident Tuition waivers available to entering master's students. All international applications will be reviewed for a Non-Resident Fee Waiver; additional paperwork is not required. International students are not eligible for federal loans or grants.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
More information about admissions can be found at Admissions and Records and the Catalog.

QUESTIONS?
Contact International Admissions at applyinternational@fullerton.edu or (657) 278 8011. You may also schedule an appointment to meet with an international admissions counselor in the College Park building, Suite 200 (campus map: http://fullerton.edu/international/_resources/files/campus_map.pdf).

 

GRADUATE

HOW TO APPLY
1) Submit the following documents:

  • A graduate application online at www.csumentor.edu.
  • $55 Application fee
  • Official transcripts from ALL the colleges and universities attended (International: Include degree certificate, & 1-6 mark sheets if pending courses; 1-8 mark sheets required)
    • Transcripts of all educational documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by translation into English certi­fied by independent agencies.
  • If your native language is not English, you must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores before your application can be processed.
  • You may be exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS if you have completed 72 units at an English speaking university.
    • TOEFL score is a 550 paper-based or 80 internet-based
    • IELTS score is a 6.5
  • Applicants holding a European 3 year Bachelor’s Degree, need to submit a diploma supplement in order to have their application reviewed or provide a credential evaluation indicating US equivalency of a 4 year degree. http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-policy/doc1239_en.htm (CSUF doesn’t accept 3 year degrees).
  • Resume (Only for Software Engineering. An I-20, used to obtain an F-1/J-1 visa, cannot be issued for online programs. On-campus Accelerated M.S. in Software Engineering is alternatively offered).
  • International applicants who need a new or transfer I-20 must submit the following:
    •  International Student Financial Statement and Affidavit accompanied by a bank statement from their sponsor showing a minimum of $33,500.
    • Students sponsored by an international organization or home government agency must include a letter of scholarship support specifying CSUF and your proposed degree and program of study.

You cannot be issued an I-20 until you are admitted to CSUF and have submitted the required financial documents. If you have questions about the financial documents, please contact the Office of International Admissions at applyinternational@fullerton.edu or (657) 278 8011

2) Mail your documents to the following address:
ECS Admissions
College of Engineering and Computer Science
California State University, Fullerton
P.O. Box 6870
Fullerton, California USA 92834-6870

ADMISSION DEADLINES
1) A CSUF application and all supporting documents   (official transcripts from all institutions attended, marksheets, degree certificate, and official TOEFL/ IETLS sores) must be received by the ECS Graduate and International Admissions Office by the date below:

Fall Semester (Begin Accepting Applications October 1st) International: April 15
Domestic: June 16

Spring Semester (Begin Accepting Applications August 1st)
*Computer Science & Electrical Engineering are closed for Spring 2015


International & Domestic: November 1


2)  Apply online at www.csumentor.edu . For more information, visit http://www.fullerton.edu/ecs/content/gradprogram.html
3) Academic calendar: http://myweb.fullerton.edu/AcademicCalendar/Default.aspx 

Early application and supporting documents submission is strongly advised, due to strong demand for programs.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
1) In order to meet the minimum requirements for graduate admission:

  • International applicants must have completed a four-year college course of study and hold a baccalaureate degree (equivalent to a US bachelor's degree) from an accredited institution of higher learning. Applicants holding a European 3 year degree Bachelor’s Degree, need to submit a diploma supplement in order to have their application reviewed or provide a credential evaluation indicating US equivalency of a 4 year degree.
  • Good academic standing at the last college or university attended
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.50 (A=4.0) in last 60 semester or 90 quarter units from their undergraduate coursework completed.
  • In order to apply you must have completed all requirements for your bachelor's degree and have proof of your degree.

2)  Graduate exams such as the GRE or GMAT are not required for any master's program in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

3) We do NOT require letters of recommendation, senior school transcripts, or senior school certificates.

4) If your native language is not English you must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores before your application can be processed If you received instruction in English in a school outside of the United States you may be exempt from the TOEFL with a letter from your institution stating that the language of instruction was English or if you have completed 72 units at an English-speaking university.

  • TOEFL score is a 550 paper-based or 80 internet-based
  • IELTS score is a 6.5

4) The Bologna Process is the commitment by 47 countries, all party to the European Cultural Convention, to reform their higher education systems in order to create convergence at the European level.

http://www.ond.vlaanderen.be/hogeronderwijs/bologna/pcao/

  • European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) makes teaching and learning in higher education more transparent across Europe and facilitates the recognition of all studies.
  • The Diploma Supplement is an admission requirement . It promotes transparency in higher education and fair and informed judgments about qualifications. It also accommodates rapid changes in qualifications. The purpose of the supplement is to provide sufficient independent data to improve the international ‘transparency’ and fair academic and professional recognition of qualifications (diplomas, degrees, certificates etc.) or provide a credential evaluation indicating US equivalency of a 4 year degree.

http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-policy/doc1239_en.htm

TRANSCRIPTS
Official transcript from ALL colleges and university attended.

  • Grades for each semester and mark sheets (1-6 mark sheets if pending courses; 1-8 mark sheets required)
  • Proof of bachelor's degree or degree certificate
  •  A transcript is required for all community college coursework even if the transfer credit is reflected on another transcript
  •  Transcripts and degree certificates issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation

Please have all transcripts sent directly to the College of Engineering and Computer Science:
ECS Admissions
College of Engineering and Computer Science
California State University, Fullerton
P.O. Box 6870
Fullerton, California 92834-6870

TOEFL
1) If your native language is not English you must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores before your application can be processed.

  • TOEFL scores are not required if you have attended for at least three years, full-time, an educational institution at the secondary level or above in the United States.
  • You must submit TOEFL scores even if you are a US citizen or have been living and working in the United States for many years since you received your degree.
  • The CSUF policy is based on where you attended school, not your citizenship or how long you have been in the United States.

2) The minimum score for graduate applicants:

  • 550 on the paper-based exam
  • 80 on the internet-based TOEFL exam

3) All applicants required to take the TOEFL must have their official TOEFL score report sent directly to CSUF from Educational Testing Service (ETS). The institution code for CSUF is 4589.

4) For more information about the TOEFL or to register, visit www.ets.org/toefl/. TOEFL bulletins and registration forms are also often available at American embassies and consulates, offices of the United States Information Service, United States educational commissions and foundations abroad, bi-national centers, and several private organizations.

5) CSUF also accepts IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores. The minimum score for graduate applicants is 6.5. For more information about IELTS, visit http://www.ielts.org/.

6) Students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL or IELTS requirement may be eligible to enroll in the American Language Program (ALP), where academic English instruction is provided to prepare students to become successful in a university degree program. Advanced students may take one or more university courses for credit. Conditional admission to CSUF through ALP is available for all undergraduate and graduate majors in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Please visit http://www.internationaladmissions.fullerton.edu/conditional-admission.aspx  http://internationaladmissions.fullerton.edu/conditional-admission or fill out the contact form.

Please have all transcripts sent directly to the College of Engineering and Computer Science:
ECS Admissions
College of Engineering and Computer Science
California State University, Fullerton
P.O. Box 6870
Fullerton, Ca 92834-6870

STUDENT VISAS
International applicants who are admitted to CSUF will be issued form I-20, which is used to obtain an F-1 student visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas. Students transferring from another U.S. institution will use their CSUF admit letter to request the release of their SEVIS record at their I-20-approved school. Once their record is released, the new CSUF I-20 will be issued. An I-20 cannot be issued if you have not submitted your International Student Financial Statement and other appropriate financial documents.

An I-20 cannot be issued for the Software Engineering or Environmental Engineering online programs. Immigration policy (not CSUF policy) prohibits student visas for entirely online programs. If you are already in the US and need to transfer your I-20 to CSUF, you cannot do so for the Software Engineering program, only the Accelerated M.S. in Software Engineering. You can be a student in the Software Engineering program from your home country.

The office of International Student Services will send out your I-20 via regular postal mail to the address listed on your application. Please email ieoffice@fullerton.edu if you:

  1. Wish to pay for express mail service
  2. Listed a US address on your application but are not living in the US and need a new I-20
  3. Want a friend or family member to pick up your I-20 instead of it being mailed


HEALTH INSURANCE REQUIREMENT

Effective August 1, 1995, as a condition of receiving an I-20 or IAP-66 form, all F-1 and J-1 visa applicants must agree to obtain and maintain health insurance as a condition of registration and continued enrollment in the California State University. Such insurance must be in amounts as specified by the United States Information Agency (USIA) and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The campus president or designee shall determine which insurance policies meet these criteria. Further information may be obtained from the Office of International Student Services at http://www.fullerton.edu/international/newstudents/health.aspx .

FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS
International applicants who need a new or transfer I-20 must submit the following:

  • An International Student Financial Statement and Affidavit accompanied by a bank statement from their sponsor showing a minimum of $33,500
  • Students sponsored by an international organization or home government agency must include a letter of scholarship support specifying CSUF and your proposed degree and program of study
  •  You cannot be issued an I-20 until you are admitted to CSUF and have submitted the required financial documents.

If you have questions about the financial documents, please contact the Office of International Admissions at applyinternational@fullerton.edu or (657) 278-8011.

APPLICATION STATUS

  • You can check the status of your application by logging onto www.fullerton.edu/titanonline with your CWID (Campus Wide ID) and PIN (Personal Identification Number). Both were provided to you in an email sent by the Office of Admissions and Records shortly after you applied.
  • If you do not know your CWID you can access that information at https://my.fullerton.edu/csufcwid/ by providing your name and social security number.
  • You may also present photo identification at the Admissions and Records Service Center in Langsdorf Hall, Room 114 to receive your CWID and PIN. If you are unable to come to the CSUF campus please call the Office of Admissions and Records at (657) 278-2300.
  • Email ecsgrad@fullerton.edu, your email must include your first (given) and last (family) name, CWID (Campus Wide ID#), and name of program.
  • Call the ECS Admission Office at (657)-278-7786, please have your CWID (Campus Wide ID#) available.

FEES

  • Visit the Student Financial Services page for fee information.
  • The link to “Fee Info” along the top will give you information on Registration Fees (required for all students)
  • Non-Resident Tuition (required for students who are not legal residents of California for residency purposes)
  • Required Course Fees (Distance Learning Fee required for the MSE program)
  • Students on an F-1 visa must pay Non-Resident Tuition every semester
  • The MSE program is 6 units per semester; all other graduate programs can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis.

Scholarships available to students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science can be found at http://www.fullerton.edu/ecs/resources/ . ECS has a limited number of Non-Resident Tuition waivers available to entering master's students. All international applications will be reviewed for a Non-Resident Fee Waiver; additional paperwork is not required. International students are not eligible for federal loans or grants.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY MASTER'S DEGREE?

  • All master's programs require 30 units to receive your degree
  • There are many factors that affect how long it will take to receive your degree; the most important factors are how many courses you plan to take per semester and if you have any deficiency (prerequisite) courses to complete before beginning the required 30 units.
  • Graduate programs in Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering may take 6 units per semester and be considered a full-time student (and maintain your F-1 visa status).
  • The Software Engineering program consists of two courses per semester for five semesters (22 months), but an I-20, used to obtain an F-1 visa, cannot be issued for this online program.

CAN I BE ADMITTED IF I DON'T HAVE A BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN THE SAME MAJOR?

  • Yes! You can still be admitted if you do not have an academic background in the field you are applying for.
  • You will be assigned deficiency (prerequisite) courses by an advisor in the department.
  •  You can take these courses as a master's student at CSUF before beginning the 30 units required for the master's degree.
  • Prerequisite course information for Computer Science .
  • Prerequisite course information for Civil Engineering .
  • Prerequisite course information for Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are determined on an individual basis.
  • The prerequisite for Software Engineering is CPSC 362. A resume is required to assess your work experience and the equivalence of CPSC 362; please send your resume to ecsgrad@fullerton.edu once you have submitted your application to Software Engineering.

CAN I TRANSFER COURSES I TOOK AT ANOTHER UNIVERSITY INTO THE MASTER'S PROGRAM?
You can request to apply a limited number of transfer courses towards unit requirements for a master's degree. The maximum number of units that can be transferred to a master's program is nine (9).

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
More information about admissions can be found at Admissions and Records, Graduate Studies and the Catalog .

QUESTIONS?
Contact Graduate and International Admissions for the College of Engineering and Computer Science at ecsgrad@fullerton.edu or (657) 278-7786. You may also fax to (657) 278-8086 or visit the office in CS 311 (campus map available at http://www.fullerton.edu/campusmap/ ).

WHY CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FULLERTON?
California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) welcomes international applicants from all over the world who want to study Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Software Engineering (an I-20, used to obtain an F-1/ J1 visa, cannot be issued for the online Software Engineering program).
We have international students studying in all of our bachelor's and master's programs, and our faculty represent countries as diverse as Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, People's Republic of China, Poland, Taiwan, Turkey, and Yugoslavia.

  • CSUF is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a nationally recognized regional accrediting agency. CSUF also holds accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Computer Sciences Accreditation Commission, and the Western Association of Graduate Schools.
  • CSUF is located in a suburban city that is about an hour's drive of Los Angeles, San Diego, and Palm Springs.
  • Orange County's diverse cultural makeup, exceptional educational opportunities, great weather and exciting cultural and entertainment attractions add up to Orange County consistently being ranked as one of the most livable places in the United States.
  • The Mediterranean-type climate, with rainfall averaging 14 inches (36 centimeters) per year, means generally mild days with frequent morning fog during the summer. The average temperature is 70 degrees (21 degrees Celsius).
  • Beautiful beaches create the most lasting image of Southern California. Orange County alone has 42 miles (68 kilometers) of coastline. If you prefer hiking and biking, Orange County has 100,000 acres (40,000 hectares) of preserved wilderness. Local ski resorts are within a one-hour drive.
  • Attractions within easy driving distance include Disneyland Resort, Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knott's Berry Farm and Sea World (discount tickets to these attractions are sold on campus). Many students take weekend trips to San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas or Mexico. There are also more than 100 stage theaters and 300 museums in the Orange County/Los Angeles area.

SERVICES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
The Office of International Student Services (ISS) is dedicated to promoting the exchange of knowledge and experiences within the multicultural campus community and with the world at large. ISS provides information and assistance to (i) international and exchange students attending Cal State Fullerton; (ii) CSUF students planning to study abroad; and (iii) exchange visitors including research scholars and visiting professors.

ISS provides information on arriving at Cal State Fullerton , visas and travel , scholarships , employment , health insurance , and other frequently asked questions for international students. If you need assistance you can meet with an advisor during walk-in hours or you can set up an appointment by calling (657) 278-2787.

As a new student at CSUF, you will attend a two day International Student Orientation at the beginning of the semester, where you will learn about campus and immigration policies, campus resources, and how to get involved in campus activities.

Concerned about making friends at CSUF? There is a weekly "International Coffee Break" during the fall and spring semesters, where you can meet students, staff, and faculty in a relaxed and informal social setting. You can join the American Family Friends program and meet Americans living near campus. You can also join one of the many student clubs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.