Coursework Outside the U.S.

Freshman Applicants with two or more years of coursework taken outside U.S. will be reviewed on the admission requirements listed below:


  • Earn a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or an average of "B" grades. If required, SJSU will convert your GPA of coursework outside the U.S. 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. For 2020, passing grades are considered if taken during the Winter 2020, Spring 2020 or the Summer 2020 term.
  • 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. You can view the minimum score requirements by visiting our International Applicant page and clicking on English Language Proficiency Exam Requirements.
  • Submit official secondary school (high school) transcripts, which must include the completion/graduation date.
  • Submit official SAT/ACT exam scoress by the date posted on your MySJSU "To Do List". Including the SAT/ACT exam score on Cal State Apply does not satisfy this admission requirement, and official scores must be received by the date posted on your MySJSU “To Do List.”
  • Submit official transcript(s) from school(s) outside the U.S.
  • Review information on Impaction to learn about the SJSU selection process


If you took coursework outside the U.S. for less than two years, you must meet CSU Eligibility Requirements.

If you are required to have an F-1 or J-1 Visa to study in the U.S., please refer to the International Undergraduate Admission Requirements on our International Applicant page.

If you attended a school with U.S. Accreditation, you must meet CSU Eligibility Requirements.