International Steps to Admission

For purposes of admission to SJSU, please apply to the following category based on your current citizenship or visa status:

International Application 

  • F1 Visa (applying from home country)
  • F1 Visa (already in U.S. on F1 visa) 
  • J1 Visa seeking
  • B Visa holders


*Please note: If you are currently on an H4 or F2 visa and want to convert to an F1 student visa, please apply as a Domestic applicant. If admitted, you will need to work with the International Student Advising (ISA) Office by attending their Change of Status Workshop (see the available workshop days on the calendar on the ISA website). ISA staff will assist you in applying for a change of status.

Important International Application Information:

The California State University system has a new application system (Cal State Apply). International applicants will need to pay close attention to the Step 3 instructions listed below.

Needful Notes

  • International Applicants must inform Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations of their current visa status by indicating the status at the time of application. Please note that International applicants do not qualify for resident tuition and will be subject to non-resident tuition.
  • International Applicants must provide evidence of adequate funds to meet the financial obligations of enrollment at a U.S. university. Please note that International Applicants must submit the declaration of finance and supporting bank statements by the posted document deadline as part of the applicaiton process in order to process the application. 
  • International applicants who have been awarded a 4-year bachelor’s degree from an institution of higher education in a country outside of the U.S., U.S. Territories, or Canada will need to have a WES (World Education Services) evaluation done, regardless of additional degrees earned in the U.S.
  • Please take special note that Bologna Accord degrees or 3-year bachelor’s degrees from India are not deemed as comparable to a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree at SJSU (see “Notes” Step 4 in the instructions below).
  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees, H4, H1, F2, and all other visa holders should use the Domestic Steps to Admission.

Apply to San Jose State University

Step 1: Meet All Requirements

Check the SJSU admission requirements and your intended degree program requirements.  Your degree program may require a separate department application, letters of recommendation, graduate tests, or have specific department procedures.

Once you decide to apply, follow the International Application Process flowchart which illustrates the steps involved in the graduate admission process for students from the U.S. and Canada.

The Steps to Graduate Admission publication includes step-by-step instructions for completing the graduate admission process.


Step 2: Meet All Deadlines

Review our deadlines to know when you have to submit your Cal State Apply application and document requirements. It is important to take special note of the document deadline in order to ensure timely submission of required documents.

Due to the lengthy visa process for students, our international deadlines are much shorter than our domestic deadlines. Please plan accordingly when applying to SJSU.

Step 3: Apply Online

Apply online to San José State University. This step must be done regardless of any extra steps you have to do with your specific graduate program. Our online application is done through Cal State Apply. You may only apply to one program per application term.

IMPORTANT: In order to successfully apply for an international student visa, you will need to correctly designate yourself as an international applicant planning to study on an F-1 or J-1 visa at the beginning of your Cal State Apply application during the “Complete Your Profile” section.

Select 'Yes' to the question:  "Do you have or will you require a student visa (F1-J1) to study at a California State University (CSU)?" If you have already started your application and need to change your U.S. Citizenship status, simply go to your extended profile within your Cal State Apply application and it will take you directly to this page again. This step is needful and should be done before you select a graduate program.

If you do not follow the steps to designate yourself as an international applicant, your application may get withdrawn. If you mistakenly apply as a domestic applicant and intend to study on an international student visa for a program that is NOT being offered to international students, your application will be withdrawn.

Please note that the name on your passport MUST be the exam name used on your application and all required documents and test scores.

You may only apply to one program per application term. Your application will be processed for only the primary major listed on your application.

Submit $55.00 Application Processing Fee: A credit card or paypal payment is accepted only during the time you submit the online application through Cal State Apply. The payment must be made in order to successfully submit the application.

  • The fee is non-refundable, even if your application is withdrawn or denied.
  • The fee is only used for the admission term indicated on the submitted application.
  • Fee waivers are not available for graduate applicants at this time.

Step 4: Submit WES evaluation OR official U.S./Canadian Transcripts to SJSU

International School Work and Degrees: GAPE requires that all international applicants provide a WES (World Education Services) evaluation for any educational work taken outside of the U.S. and Territories and Canada.

Mark sheets/transcripts/degree certificates must be sent directly to WES for evaluation. SJSU must receive the academic record and the evaluation directly from WES. A complete WES evaluation is required. GAPE will also review applications of those in their final year of study. For these applicants, the WES Evaluation must contain a minimum of 7 semesters of graded work.

SJSU prefers the WES document-by-document evaluations (Basic or ICAP) but will also accept course-by-course evaluations (Basic or ICAP). The ICAP service offered by WES is for applicants applying to multiple schools that require WES evaluations. You can decide which service from WES you prefer. For more information on ICAP, visit the World Education Services Evaluation Report page View detailed illustrated instructions [pdf] on how to send documents through WES.

After you submit your documents to WES, please DO NOT send a copy of your documents to our office as we will receive the completed evaluation directly from WES electronically. Documents sent directly to SJSU will not be accommodated.

International Evaluators use WES to validate the authenticity of degrees and transcripts submitted by applicants. International Evaluators determine degree equivalency and extract an equivalent GPA from the university transcripts and do not use the GPA calculations provided by WES. Applications will be referred or denied in accordance with CSU eligibility standards currently in practice.

Applicants who are admitted but reviewed with only 7 semesters of evaluated work will be required to submit final semester mark sheets/transcripts and the degree certificate to WES for a revised evaluation. The final documents must be sent to SJSU by the deadline posted in the applicant’s MySJSU account. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in a “document hold” that will prevent future registration into classes. Document holds are removed when documents are received and verified as meeting all requirements.

NOTE: Those earning degrees in the Bologna system must submit a completed evaluation which includes ALL academic work and proof of degree conferral. Bologna degrees are carefully reviewed and therefore must be complete. Applicants earning a Bologna degree will not be considered if a partial WES evaluation is submitted.

NOTE: SJSU does NOT deem the 3-year bachelor’s degree from India as comparable to a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree and therefore will not meet the CSU eligibility requirements. For options click here.

U.S./Canadian Transcripts

All mailed transcripts must be sealed and unopened to be accepted as official documents. If your university offers official electronic transcripts, we will also accept this method of delivery. If you are currently an undergraduate student at SJSU, you do not have to submit SJSU transcripts with your Graduate School application. Transcripts sent by mail, should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0017

If your University requires an email to send an official, electronic transcript, please send to:

NOTE: As a reminder, the application process is a two-step process and official transcripts are required by Graduate Admissions to be sent to the address listed above. Your department may also request transcripts to be sent directly to the department. If additional transcripts are required by the department, please check with the department for the departmental address. 

Re-applying to SJSU

                        Official transcripts are held for one year. If you apply the                                    following year, you must re-submit transcripts. You can check                              your "To Do List" at MySJSU to confirm any outstanding                                      documents needed after you apply.


Step 5: Submit Test Scores

An English Language Proficiency Exam (TOEFL, Academic IELTS, or Academic PTE) is required by the university for applicants who do not have a degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or from a college or university outside the U.S. where English is the principal language of instruction. 

SJSU’s interprets “where English is the principal language of instruction” to mean that the higher education institution is located in a country in which English is the official language (the daily medium of communication of the majority of residents) and that the students receive academic instruction in all subjects (except foreign language courses) at all levels of education in English.  Therefore, letters attesting to English as the principal medium of instruction from institutions in countries where English is not the official language, will not be accepted. 

SJSU does not accept an “English-medium of instruction” as a substitute for an English-language proficiency exam such as TOEFL, IELTS, or the Pearson’s Test of English. Letters from applicants or institutions will NOT be accepted. Requests to waive this requirement will only be considered under the following circumstances.

Countries currently meeting the above requirement are: the U.S., U.S. Territories, Canada – excluding Quebec, Commonwealth Caribbean (Antigua, Bahamas, Belize Barbados,                          Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago), U.K.                                      (England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales), Australia, New Zealand                          and the Philippines.

                        TOEFL/IELTS/PTE will only be waived once the official U.S.                                  transcripts or a WES evaluation has been received proving that                          one of the criteria below has been met.

  • Received a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a regionally accredited                                 institution within the U.S.
  • Completed 3 years of full-time coursework in a regionally accredited institution within the U.S.
  • Completed a Bachelor's or Master's degree from one of the countries outside of the US meet the requirement (see full list above).  

                       NOTE: For proper identification, be sure to register for tests                               using the name you provided on your application. Test scores                             received with slightly different names will cause a delay in                                 processing and may prevent your application from being                                     reviewed.

                           Other Test Scores

                        Please review our Test Requirements page to see if your                                    program of interest requires the GRE or GMAT.

                        Test scores must be fewer than two years old and sent directly                            from the testing agency to San José State University.

                        Our ETS code for the TOEFL and GRE is 4687.

                        Request your IELTS scores be mailed to:

                        Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations
                        San José State University 
                        One Washington Square 
                        San José, CA 95192-0017


Step 6: Submit Declaration of Finance Form

All international applicants MUST submit a completed, signed, and dated Declaration of Finance [pdf] form by the posted document deadline. This form is required in order to process your application. Students must use the SJSU Declaration of Finance form; no other forms will be accepted.

Please upload your completed SJSU Declaration of Finance form in pdf format to the SJSU Admissions Document Upload

Step 7: Submit Bank Letter or Bank Statement

In addition to the Declaration of Finance, all international applicants MUST submit financial support documents by the posted document deadline. Bank documents are required in order to process your application. Document requirements are specified on the Declaration of Finance form.

Please upload your bank letter or statement in pdf format to the SJSU Admissions Document Upload

Federal immigration regulations require that all international students provide evidence of adequate funds to meet the financial obligations of enrollment at a U.S. university.

  • The combined U.S. dollar amount from you or your sponsor(s) must equal or exceed the minimum listed for the application term (see Declaration of Finance for amounts). 
  • Please add $5,000 for each requested dependent.
  • The College of Business and Special Session programs may have different amounts. Please check program websites for fee information.
  • Returning applicants that have previously applied must submit a new declaration of finance form with new bank statements.

Requirements for all financial support documents:

  • Current date [note: new forms must be submitted each application term].
  • Account holder’s name,
  • Type of account specified, with the overall monetary amount.
  • Documents on official letterhead with signature and stamp of an administrative official.

The types of funds that are accepted include:

Bank Letter or Statement

A letter from your bank, or a copy of your bank statement, that shows the amount of money in your account is required.

  • If you have multiple types of accounts with a bank (i.e. Fixed Deposits, Savings, and Checking), please note that the bank statement must clearly separate the amount for each account.
  • The letter/statement must have been issued within the previous six months and must be reported in U.S. dollars.
  • If you have a sponsor, the name listed on the bank letter or statement must match your sponsor’s name.

Acceptable accounts include:

  • Checking or savings account
  • Fixed/time/term deposits with a statement that funds may be withdrawn at any time without penalty
  • Letter of solvency
  • Approved educational loan
  • Funds from the government or private agencies - Student must attach a verification letter on letterhead from the government or agency stating the specific amount that will be received. This includes scholarships.


Step 8: Submit Copy of Current Passport

The name entered on your SJSU application will be the same name that will be used on your I-20 (if you are offered admission). There are no exceptions to this policy at this time. Please take precaution in entering your Passport Name into the SJSU application to ensure that your first name and family name are recorded correctly.

Please upload a copy of your current passport in the correct pdf format to the SJSU Admissions Document Upload

Step 9: Submit Copy of Current Visa

All international applicants that currently reside in the U.S. on a visa must upload a copy of your current visa in the correct pdf format to the SJSU Admissions Document Upload The visa copy must be received by the posted document deadline.

Tip: International students must show documentation to Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations of their current visa. This is the status at the time of the application and will assist in issuing the correct paperwork at the time of admission.