International Students

The Aging Studies Program accepts students and scholars from around the world. Post-baccalaureate applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, with a strong academic record, and satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS scores from an accredited institution may be considered for admission as graduate students. 

The university has established deadlines to ensure the timely processing of all applications and to enable admitted applicants to make arrangements to reach the U.S. and the campus prior to orientation and registration. All international student applicants must declare a field of study when the application is filed. Early application is strongly advised due to strong demand for programs.

Newly admitted students are required to take an English Placement Examination prior to enrollment in classes (mid-August for fall semester and mid-January for spring semester). 

Applications may be submitted according to the following schedule: 

For Fall Semester 

Apply beginning Oct. 1 of the preceding year. Application must be completed with supporting documents by March . Completion dates may be changed at any time due to enrollment constraints.


For Spring Semester 

Apply beginning Aug. 1 of preceding year. Application must be completed with supporting documents by October . Completion dates may be changed at any time due to enrollment constraints.


TOEFL Requirement 

All applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is other than English are required to present scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) before they can be admitted to the university unless they have attended for at least three years, full-time, an educational institution at the secondary level or above where English is the principal language of instruction. Graduate applicants or second B.A. degree applicants a score of 550 on the paper-based exam or 80 on the internet TOEFL. Adequate performance on the TOEFL is mandatory for admission. We also accept test results from the IELTS exam. The minimum score for graduate applicant programs have minimum requirements ranging between 6.5 and 7.0

Applicants should obtain the TOEFL Bulletin of Information and registration forms well in advance. Copies of this bulletin and registration forms are often available at American embassies and consulates, offices of the United States Information Service, United States educational commissions and foundations abroad, bi-national centers, and several private organizations. Those who cannot obtain locally a TOEFL Bulletin of Information should go to ets.orgOpens in new window  or write to:

Test of English as a Foreign Language,
Educational Testing Services,
P.O. Box 6151,
Princeton, New Jersey, USA, 08541-6151

If you are interested in seeing if your scores have been received, please contact Admissions. Once you have submitted your scores to Admissions, please send confirmation of that submission to



International student applicants must include a statement of financial support accompanied by a bank statement from their sponsor. Students sponsored by an international organization or home government agency must include a letter of scholarship support specifying this university and the student’s proposed degree and program of study. 



Transcripts of all educational documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by translation into English certified by independent agencies. All academic records must be received directly from the issuing institutions and become official records of the university. 


Student Visas 

International student applicants who are admitted by the university will be issued Form I-20 which is used to obtain an F-1 student visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas. Students transferring from a U.S. institution will use Form I-20 to apply for transfer authorization through the Department of Homeland Security. Arrival, orientation and registration information from Extension and International ProgramsOpens in new window  will accompany the admission materials mailed to new students. 


Insurance Requirement 

Effective Aug. 1, 1995, as a condition of receiving an I-20 or DS-2019 Form, all F-1 and J-1 visa applicants must agree to obtain and maintain health insurance as a condition of registration and continued enrollment in the California State University. Such insurance must be in amounts as specified by the Department of State and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The campus president or designee shall determine which insurance policies meet these criteria. Further information may be obtained from Extension and International ProgramsOpens in new window (Titan Hall 1123). 


If you would like more information, please see the following resources:

Office of International AdmissionsOpens in new window

Phone: (657) 278-3100
Mailing Address:
California State University, Fullerton
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 6900  
Fullerton, CA 92834

Office of International Student ServicesOpens in new window

Phone: (657) 278-2787

Office of Graduate StudiesOpens in new window

Phone: (657) 278-2618