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International Admission FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

"Original" and "official" documents are not the same. An "official" document is one that has been issued by, authenticated by or attested to be a true copy of the original document by the awarding university in a closed/sealed envelope.

If your school issued only one original transcript, graduation certificate and/or Bachelor's degree certificate, you should follow your university's policy to request that they attest or verify the copies to be true copies of the original. Ask your university to place these attested copies in a sealed envelope with a school stamp across the envelope flap.

If your academic records are from a foreign country, the International Admissions Office can evaluate your admission application documents using the scanned copies (unofficial), but you will be required to submit official academic records if admitted.

Academic documents from a U.S. high school, college or university, will not be accepted by the International Admissions Office via email. An official set of academic documents must be provided.

Your degree must be equivalent to a 4-year U.S. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An official determination of eligibility will be made during the application process.

3-year bachelor’s degrees may be considered when applying to the following programs:

  • College of Business: M.S. Accountancy, M.B.A. (all concentrations), M.S. Business Analytics (students will need to show additional proof of experience as well), M.S. Economics
  • College of Science:  M.S. Chemistry, M.S. Construction Management
  • College of Education and Allied Studies:  M.S Counseling (School Counseling concentration), M.S. Education (Online Teaching and Learning concentration), M.S Kinesiology
  • College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences: M.A. Communication, M.S. Health Care Administration, M.A. History, M.A. Multimedia, M.A. Music,
For all other graduate programs, 3-year degrees from India are not considered equivalent to a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree, but :
  • If you have a 3-year bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree you may be eligible to apply for a graduate program at Cal State East Bay. You should email for pre-admission counseling to determine which programs you are eligible to apply for.
  • For those applicant’s that are not eligible for a graduate program, we invite you to apply for undergraduate admissions.

The International Admissions Office does not require applicants to submit third party evaluations. In addition, we will not accept evaluations in lieu of official academic records.

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer this service. All documents received will be treated as University property and will not be returned. Instead, please email your unofficial academic records to

If your former institution does not issue transcripts in English, we will require an English translation to be submitted along with your official academic record. We accept English translations from the issuing university, an Embassy or Consulate or a certified translator. English translations should be literal word for word translations and mirror the original document.

We are unable to defer applications to a future term. A new application for the most current term will need to be submitted. Cal State East Bay will then notify you upon receipt of your updated application. Previously submitted documents may be used for the new application, but you must request this by email at

Unfortunately, you can only apply to one academic program per semester.

If you have previously applied to Cal State East Bay and have already submitted your admission documents (transcripts, certificates, diplomas, mark sheets, and test scores) to the International Admissions Office, you will not be required to resubmit them again. Please note: in order for the International Admissions Office to reuse previously submitted documents, applicants will be required to send an email to

Applicants who plan to study at CSUEB under F-1 student status are classified as International Students. These applicants will be required to submit F-1 student financial documents (discussed under item 4 on the How To Apply tab)

Applicants who are US citizens, US permanent residents, or in another immigration status, and have transcripts from an international institution located outside the United States are classified as International Applicants. These applicants will be required to submit a Residence Questionnaire form (discussed under item 5 on the How To Apply tab)

Some departments may require students to submit supplemental documents such as test results (GRE or GMAT), letters of recommendation or have an entirely separate application that needs to be turned in. These documents should be mailed directly to the departments. Some departments may also have an earlier deadline for these documents. Students are strongly advised to contact their department to research these additional requirements.

As a state institution we are unable to offer financial aid to international students.

International students may be eligible for some merit-based scholarships available to admitted and continuing students. For more information, please see Pioneer Scholarships.

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