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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Please see the requirements for all international students who wish to attend Chicago State University.

Application Requirements

 

Dual Enrollment

 

Freshman Undergraduate International Students

A freshman international applicant is an applicant who is currently in high school or has earned a high school diploma and never attended college.

To apply as a freshman undergraduate international student, you must submit:

  • An application via the common app at (www.common app.org).

  • A downloadable international application packet.

  • Their 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 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Foreign Credential Evaluation – Only accepted by Education Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) or World Education Services (www.wes.org).

  • Official ACT or SAT scores – You must meet a minimum ACT composite of 18 or SAT composite of 960.

  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (not required if English is your country’s first language).

  • A personal essay.

  • A letter of recommendation.

  • The $100 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee.

  • Certification of sponsorship along with documentation in support of the sponsorship, such as an official letter from the bank or a bank account statement.  This is required to demonstrate financial support for the duration of the time required to reach planned academic objectives.

 

Transfer Undergraduate International Students

A transfer applicant is an individual who has earned an associate’s degree or has more than 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours of earned college-level coursework from an accredited U.S. college or university.

To apply as a transfer undergraduate international student, you must:

  • Submit a downloadable international application packet.

  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Submit their official college transcript(s).  Foreign Credential Evaluation – Only accepted by Education Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) or World Education Service (www.wes.org) (Only required if the college transcript is from a foreign institution.)

  • Submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores (Not required if you completed 24 semester credit hours or 36 quarter hours of earned credit from an accredited U.S. college or university.)

  • Submit the $100 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee.


Provide certification of sponsorship along with documentation in support of the sponsorship, such as an official letter from the bank or a bank account statement. This is required to demonstrate financial support for the duration of the time required to reach planned academic objectives.

 

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 a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum acceptable scores are listed below.

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

  • You completed secondary education in a country where English is the official language; or

  • You completed secondary education at an institution where English was the medium of instruction; or

  • You have completed a minimum of 24 semester credit hours or 36 quarter hours of earned credit from an accredited U.S. college or university.

For more information on TOEFL and/or IELTS, please visit:

  • TOEFL

  • IELTS


Note: Additional documents may be required to complete the admissions application or before an I-20/F-1 can be issued. Transfer applicants who 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 required to comply with both freshman and transfer requirements.

 
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Contact the Office of Admissions at 773/995-2513 or via email at ug-admissions@csu.edu with any questions.

Chicago State University welcomes all students, regardless of citizenship or residency. We value the diversity our students bring, and we strive to provide a supportive and inclusive environment for all students. Undocumented students of all ethnicities and nationalities have a safe space at CSU. As a student, you have the right to privacy that is protected by law (FERPA).

Before starting the application process, be sure to:

 

  • Request that your official high school transcript and official transcripts of any college coursework be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
     

  • Request that your official ACT or SAT scores be sent directly to Chicago State University from the College Board and/or ACT.

  • Have a valid credit or debit card or your bank information available for the application fee.

  • Check dates and deadlines so you stay on track with the application process.

  • Check to see whether your AP, IB, or college credits will transfer to Chicago State University.

To be eligible for admissions to Chicago State University, you must:

  • Complete the online application via the Common Application or the CSU Online Application.

  • Submit the $25 non-refundable application fee or a CSU Undergraduate Fee Waiver Request Form.  (Applicants who meet low-income guidelines may submit a CSU Undergraduate Fee Waiver Request Form and submit it electronically to  ug-admissions@csu.edu.)

  • Complete the CSU Affidavit. Have the affidavit signed and notarized by a notary public and then return it to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  

If you are a high school student, you must submit:

  • Official high school transcripts from all high schools attended, official SAT or ACT scores, and a personal statement if applicable.

If you are a transfer student, you must submit:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended and any additional documents that may be required by your selected major.

IB/AP Credits: Undocumented students can transfer IB or AP credits if they meet specific criteria as listed in the Credit Policy Guide.

 

Tuition and Fees for Undocumented Students

 

Students who are not U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, or do not possess a green card, visa, or other legal documentation, can apply for admission to Chicago State University and pay in-state tuition. Illinois General Assembly Public Act 093-0738 provides that undocumented students be classified as Illinois residents for tuition purposes if they meet all of the following conditions:

 

  • Student resided with her/his parent or guardian while attending a public or private Illinois high school.

  • Student graduated from an Illinois high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in Illinois.

  • Student attended an Illinois high school for at least 3 years as of the date of graduation from high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in Illinois.

  • Student provides the university with an affidavit stating her/his intent to file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States.

Contact the Office of Admissions at 773/995-2513 or via email at ug-admissions@csu.edu with any questions related to admissions.

You may also contact the Latino Resource Center at 773/995-2526 with any questions.