CSU Eligibility Requirements

International Freshman

1. Earn the equivalent of a U.S. 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or an average of “B” grades.

SJSU will convert your international grading scale to the equivalent of a U.S. GPA as needed in order to evaluate your application for admission. Please note that due to impaction, some majors require higher GPAs than others for admission.

2. Successfully complete three years of college preparatory mathematics with a minimum grade of “C-” or better.

3. Submit official test scores from an approved English language proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE).

Score reports must be sent directly to SJSU from the testing institution. SJSU will not accept score reports sent by the applicant or agency on behalf of the applicant.


4. Submit partial official secondary school (high school) transcripts and final transcripts.

Final transcripts must include grades earned in each course from Grade 9 through Grade 12 as well as your completion/graduation date. If you attended two institutions to complete Grade 9 through Grade 12, please ensure transcripts from each institution are submitted to SJSU to complete your application.


Additional Information

If you attended a high school with American accreditation, you must meet CSU Eligibility Requirements.  

If you have taken "O" level examinations, SJSU requires that five subjects are passed in one sitting or the same year, 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 will not be accepted.

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 will not be accepted.

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.