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International Undergraduate Admission Requirements

A. Freshmen International Admission Requirements

B. Lower Division Transfer International Admission Requirements

C. Upper Division Transfer International Admission Requirements

A. Freshman Admission Requirements

You will be eligible to be reviewed for admission by SJSU if you meet the following criteria:

  • Earn a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or an average of "B" grades. If required, SJSU will convert your international GPA prior to application evaluation. Please note that some majors require higher GPAs than others.
  • Successfully complete three years of college preparatory mathematics with a minimum grade of "C-" or better.
  • Submit official test scores from an approved English language proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE). Scores must be sent directly to SJSU from the testing institution.
  • Submit official secondary school (high school) transcripts, which must include the completion/graduation date.
  • Take SAT or ACT (highly recommended for admission and for SJSU placement exam exemptions; visit sjsu.edu/testing).

International Institutions

  • If you attended a high school with American accreditation, you must meet the "Freshman Admission Requirements"; find additional information at http://info.sjsu.edu/static/admission/undergrad-admission.html as SJSU will evaluate your application based on the academic requirements outlined on this page.
  • If you have taken "O" level examinations, SJSU requires that five subjects are passed in one sitting, including Math and English (English as an ESL is not acceptable); if these requirements regarding "O" level examinations are met, the English Language proficiency test will be waived. Certified copies of "O" level examinations must be sent directly to SJSU from the testing service or attested by your school; scores sent by the applicant are not acceptable.
  • If you have taken "A" level and/or "AS" level examinations, SJSU may award college credit if you pass these exams with a "C-" or higher. SJSU must receive "A" and "AS" level examination scores directly from the Board of Examinations. Scores sent by you or certified statements of exam results are not acceptable.
  • If your studies were in the International Baccalaureate (IB curriculum) program, please submit your school transcripts for evaluation. You will be required to complete four years of English and three years of mathematics and earn a passing score of "C-" or higher. For those earning scores of 4 or higher on the IB Higher Level exams, SJSU may award college credit.

Freshman Housing Requirement

Freshmen, including international students, who graduate from a high school outside of a 30-mile radius of SJSU are required to live in university housing their first year.

B. Lower Division Transfer Admission Requirements

(applicants who have earned less than 60 semester/90 quarter transferable units)

You will be eligible to be reviewed for admission by SJSU if you meet the following criteria:

  • Must have earned less than 60 semester/90 quarter transferable units.
  • Meet all Freshman Admission Requirements.
  • Earn a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or greater in all U.S. college/university work and an "above average GPA" in any foreign coursework. Please note that some majors require higher GPAs than others.
  • Submit official test scores from an approved English language proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE) unless exempt.
  • Take SAT or ACT (highly recommended for admission and for SJSU placement exam exemptions; visit sjsu.edu/testing).
  • Be in good standing at the last institution you attended.

C. Upper Division Transfer Admission Requirements

(applicants who have earned a minimum of 60 semester/90 quarter transferable units)

You will be eligible to be reviewed for admission by SJSU if you meet the following criteria:

  • Successfully complete the equivalent of 60 semester/ 90 quarter transferable units (i.e., minimum requirement). SJSU does not accept applications from individuals seeking a second bachelor's degree; consider applying to a graduate level program.
  • Pass the four basic skills courses equivalent to those taken at a U.S. college or university with a grade of "C-" or better (see list below). The four basic skills courses and minimum of 60 semester /90 quarter transferable units must be completed by the end of the spring term prior to fall admission. Summer coursework will not be considered to meet these requirements.

A1 - Oral Communication (Course must have been taught in English; online courses are not accepted.)

A2 - Written Composition (English)

A3 - Critical Thinking (Logic)

B4 - Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (Intermediate Algebra as prerequisite)

  • Earn a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or greater in all U.S. college/university work and an "above average GPA" in any foreign coursework. Please note that some majors require higher GPAs than others.
  • Be in good academic standing at the last institution you attended (i.e., not disqualified).
  • Submit official test scores from an approved English language proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE) unless exempt.

Junior and Senior Transfer Admission and Credit

Transfer applicants must provide work from all post-secondary institutions attended. In most cases, an original or certified true copy from the issuing institution must be submitted at the time of admission. See specific country requirements - http://www.sjsu.edu/gape/prospective_students/international_documents/

Final determination of transfer credit is subject to SJSU admission policy.