A non-refundable application fee of $100.00 U.S. dollars (certified check or money
order) made payable to 'Chicago State University' must accompany the International
Admissions Application. Applications received after the deadline will automatically
be processed for the following semester. Click here for a paper copy of the application.
Costs: International students wishing to study at Chicago State University must have
a minimum of $35,338.00 available to them for all tuition and living expenses for
each academic year. The tuition for all students on a student visa (F-1) is assessed
at the non-resident rate. If you are married and plan to bring your spouse and/or
children, a proportionately larger amount must be certified: an additional $2,500.00
per year for your spouse and $3,500.00 for each child.
|Estimated itemized costs for 30 semester hours and one academic year (nine months)*
|Tuition and Fees:
|Books and Supplies:
|Housing and Food (Double Occupancy):
Cost of attendance is subject to change*
Application Requirements: All international students must meet all admissions criteria in addition to the following.
Financial Assistance: Each international student must accept full responsibility for expenses incurred while
studying in the United States. The university does not provide any loans, grants,
fellowships or scholarships to international students for their initial academic year.
Employment: Immigration requirements prohibit international students from off-campus employment.
Off-campus employment is authorized only in cases of severe economic hardship occurring
subsequent to a student’s enrollment in an academic program or in emergent circumstances
as defined by Department of Homeland Security. However, subsequent years, part-time employment may be granted in cases of financial
hardship. Part-time work cannot provide enough funds to meet expenses. There are other
criterium required for employment, you should check with the Office of International Programs.
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Admissions Criteria for FRESHMEN and TRANSFER students.
A. Documents Required:
- Original certified true copies of credentials from all secondary and post-secondary
schools attended in the United States and abroad. (Records must list the subjects
studied and grades/ marks earned for each subject). Signed and stamped by a school
official. Credentials in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified
translation from a nationally known credentials translator. Credentials from all secondary
schools attended abroad must be accompanied by a certified and detailed evaluation
from a nationally known credentials evaluator:
Contact www.ece.org or www.wes.org for further credential evaluation information.
In the United States, the academic record is called a transcript. It may be called
by another name, such as leaving certificate, maturity certificate, bachillerato or
baccalauréat in your country.
B. English Language Proficiency
- 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). The TOEFL code for CSU is 1118.
- Submit an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score report. A minimum
score of 525 Paper-based, 195 Computer-based or 69 Internet-based is required.
- You may also submit scores from International English Language Testing System. The IELTS minimum score is 7 (seven).
- International applicants are not subject to the CSU TOEFL/IELTS requirements if any
of the following factors apply:
a. The applicant completed secondary education in a country where the native or official
language is English; OR
b. The applicant completed secondary education at a institution where English was
the medium of instruction; OR
c. The applicant has completed a minimum of 24 semester hours or 36-quarter hours
at an accredited U.S. College or university.
Check with the U.S. Consulate nearest you or visit the TOEFL website at www.toefl.org. NOTE: TOEFL information may be obtained by writing to or visiting their website:
TOEFL Educational Testing Services
Princeton, New Jersey USA 08541-6151
- Chicago State University's school code: 0992
- For information about registering for ACT Test, CSU's School Code: 0992
- For information about registering for SAT Test, CSU's School Code: 1118
C. Evidence of Financial Support Forms:
The forms below are a part of the application, if you need extra forms please download.
- Financial documents must be in English and issued within nine months prior to date
of receipt at the Office of Admissions. These documents become property of Chicago
State University and they will not be returned. Students should keep copies for their
own records. Please note that U.S. consulates and embassies require current original
documents at the time of F1 visa application. Funds must be accessible prior to the
first day of classes.
Examples of documents that ARE acceptable: ORIGINAL bank letters signed by a bank
official; original bank statements issued directly from the bank; loan or award letters
stamped or certified by a lending institution.
Examples of documents that ARE NOT acceptable: photocopies of bank letters; Internet
bank statements; bank documents without account holder name in English; checking accounts.
- A completed International Data Sheet
- If you need an additional Financial Certificate of Sponsorship for International Students formfor separate sponsorships click here.
Options to pay the application fee:
- Please submit online payment via credit card through our secure online payment website. Note, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
- By calling the Cashiers 773-995-2029 to pay by phone.
- If you cannot pay your fee via credit/debit card mail check or money order to:
Chicago State University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
9501 S King Dr. ADM 200
Chicago, IL 60628
Be cautious and do not make payment more than once, as no refund will be issued.
Once we receive your online payment, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with a fee payment code. Please note it
on your application.
Please note, applications will not be processed without payment.
Application Deadlines: International applications are accepted and processed for two semesters according
to the following deadlines:
Fall semester - MAY 1, Classes begin late August
Spring semester - SEPTEMBER 1, Classes begin mid January
Please mail all supporting documentation to:
Chicago State University
Office of Admissions / ADM 200
9501 S King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628
Note: An admission decision will be made once all of the application requirements have been
met. Provisional or probationary admission will not be granted.
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