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Application Instructions and Enrollment Requirements


Required TOEFL Scores

Full Admission 500 173 61 5.5 3.5

Application Instructions

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You have chosen to apply to California University of Pennsylvania. There are two actions for you to take to complete the application process.

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Submit all additional required items

Your application will not be considered for acceptance until you have fully completed and submitted the online application and fulfilled all additional required items. An I-20 for study at California University of Pennsylvania will not be issued unless acceptance to the university has been granted by the Office of Admissions.

Online Application

To complete the online international student application, proceed as follows:

  • Select the Undergraduate International application. Select the term you plan to begin studies. Enter your name exactly as it appears on your passport.

CHECKLIST ITEM 1 of 9 - Legal Name

  • Enter your name exactly as it appears on your passport. Your I-20 will list your name in the order of first, middle and last (family) name as entered by you on this page.

CHECKLIST ITEM 2 of 9 - Personal Information

  • Select your birth date. Enter your e-mail address. Select your gender. Religion and marital status are not required but you may select a choice. Enter the following information with regard to each dependent who will accompany you to the U.S. as you begin your studies. If any dependent plans to join you in the U.S. at a later date, you are required to inform the Office of International Programming at least 30 days prior to their arrival. ü Last/Family Name ü First Name ü Middle Name ü Suffix (if applicable: First, Second, Third, Fourth, Junior, Senior) ü Date of Birth (MM/DD/YYYY) ü Country of Birth ü Country of Citizenship ü Gender (male, female) ü Relationship to You If you have access to Skype, it may prove useful if we need to communicate with you.

CHECKLIST ITEM 3 of 9 - Address and Phone

  • Enter your permanent non-U.S. address including a street address, city and nation. You are required to enter a zip code if your country uses zip codes. Enter your phone number including your international access number.

CHECKLIST ITEM 4 of 9 - International Information

  • Enter you country of citizenship, your country of birth and your native language. CHECKLIST ITEM 5 of 9 - Planned Course of Study 6. Select your academic major. Select another major or minor if you plan to undertake an additional major or minor. You may also select a concentration within your major. Your I-20 will list all you have selected as closely as possible in accordance with the majors that are available for select on the SEVIS system.

CHECKLIST ITEM 6 of 9 - Activities

  • Note that the essential purpose of the information you provide for this checklist item is to determine if you are requesting on-campus housing. Select Female Housing if you are a female requesting on-campus housing. Select Male Housing if you are a male requesting on-campus housing. Enter Commuter if you intend to live off-campus in non-university housing. You may enter any activities you may be interested in the boxes provided for Other Activity.

CHECKLIST ITEM 7 of 9 - High School

  • Do not enter a High School Code. Enter all information pertaining to the high school or secondary school you attended. If you attended more than one high school or secondary school, choose to enter information pertaining to an additional high school or secondary school.

CHECKLIST ITEM 8 of 9 - Previous College

  • Enter a College Code only if you have attended a college located in the U.S. Enter all information pertaining to the college you attended. If you attended more than one college, choose to enter information pertaining to an additional college. Note that you may be required to complete an International Student Transfer Form with the assistance of the SEVIS DSO at your former institution if you have attended another school in the U.S. You are required to contact Mr. Ryan James (contact information below) for further information if you have attended another school in the U.S.

CHECKLIST ITEM 9 of 9 - Parental Information

  • Enter all information with respect to each of your parents.

Please contact Mr. James with questions you have regarding international student admission: E-mail: james@calu.edu Phone: 1.724.938.4404

Submission of Additional Required Items

  • AFFIDAVIT OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT Confirm that you possess total funding that equals or exceeds your total cost for one academic year. Print and complete the online affidavit document for submission.
  • OFFICIAL/NOTARIZED DOCUMENTATION VERIFYING FINANCIAL SUPPORT Official documentation verifying that you possess sufficient funding can be provided in the form of: - Bank statement from checking, savings, and/or certificate of deposit - Letter from bank on letterhead, stating the date the account opened, average balance, and current balance - Scholarship or sponsorship letter or memorandum verifying amount, source, and dates of award
  • OFFICIAL ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS Official academic transcripts are to be submitted directly to California University of Pennsylvania by all of the secondary/ high schools you have attended and, if applicable, by all of the post-secondary/college/ university you have attended.
  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST SCORE If you are a native of a non-English native speaking country, either your TOEFL or ILETS score is to be submitted directly to California University of Pennsylvania by the testing agency.
  • COPY OF THE BIOGRAPHICAL PAGE OF YOUR PASSPORT Submit a clearly scanned copy of the biographical page of your passport (the page displaying your photo, name, birthdate, etc.).
  • SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST (SAT) Your scores on the SAT are to be submitted by The College Board testing agency directly to California University of Pennsylvania. You may take the SAT test multiple times. The highest score scored on any section on any test attempt is considered. Contact Mr. James if you have difficulty with access to the SAT.

Note that your:

  • APPLICATION FEE (if money order payment is used)

must be submitted directly to:

Mr. Ryan James
Associate Director of Admissions
Campus Box 94
250 University Avenue
California, PA 15419 U.S.A.

Please contact Mr. James with questions you have regarding international student admission:


Required TOEFL Scores

Full Admission 550 213 76 6 4

Application Instructions

This application and the requirements are only for admission to face-to-face (on-ground) programs.

California University welcomes applications from students from countries other than the United States.  Individuals who desire to study on campus must obtain F-1 non-immigrant status prior to enrollment or possess other legal status that enables them to pursue studies and maintain their status through the entirety of their studies.  If granted, applicants can expect to receive their I-20 no more than sixty (60) days prior to their start of term.  All international students who apply for graduate studies must meet the same entrance requirements as all other students.

For admission, the following documents must be submitted in addition to any specific program requirements (Please view program admission requirements at www.calu.edu):

  1. APPLICATION:  A completed International Application
  2. APPLICATION FEE:  Non-refundable $50 application fee paid through Peer Transfer at paycalu.peertransfer.com or by visiting your application Self Service Center. See how our Peer Transfer works by visiting this link.
  3. AFFIDAVIT OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Complete this form.
  4. TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION:  A document by document evaluation including a request of Grade Point Average of official transcripts must be completed for non-English transcripts by an acceptable evaluation service agency, such as WES or Silney, to certify an equivalent degree in the U.S. on a 4.0 scale.  For international applicants whose primary method of instruction was not English, TOEFL, IELTS, or ITEP test scores that exceed the university or program minimums must be met and submitted.  Agency transcript evaluations and language test scores may be waived if the primary language of instruction is English and on a 4.0 scale. Upon receipt of an official English transcript not on a 4.0 scale, admissions will calculate to determine equivalency. One of the following organizations may be used to provide the required service. Contact the organization, request or download an application, complete the application listing "California University of Pennsylvania, School of Graduate Studies & Research" as the recipient, and return it to the organization with the required fees and credentials. Transcript evaluations can take up to four weeks or more to complete after all documents are received. Check with the service(s) for their timelines and specific fee structure(s.)
    • Josef Silney & Associates Inc.
      International Education Consultants
      7101 SW 102 Ave.
      Miami, FL 33173
      FAX 305-273-1338
      World Education Services Inc.
      P.O. Box 745
      Old Chelsea Station
      New York, NY 10113
      FAX 212-966-6395

English Language Test Exemptions

The following applicants may be considered for admission to graduate study without submitting English language test scores (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL).

  • Those who hold a degree in which the language of instruction was English, provided English is the official language of the country in which the university is located OR the institution is accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency.

  • Citizens of the following countries:

    • Anguilla

    • Antigua & Barbuda

    • Australia

    • Bahamas

    • Barbados

    • Belize

    • Bermuda

    • Botswana

    • British Virgin Islands

    • Cameroon*

    • Canada*

    • Cayman Islands

    • Dominica

    • Gambia

    • Ghana

    • Grenada

    • Guyana

    • Jamaica

    • Kiribati

    • Lesotho

    • Liberia

    • Micronesia

    • Montserrat

    • Namibia

    • New Zealand

    • Nigeria

    • Saint Kitts and Nevis

    • Saint Lucia

    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    • Seychelles

    • Sierra Leone

    • Trinidad and Tobago

    • Turks and Caicos Islands

    • Uganda

    • United Kingdom

    • Zimbabwe

      * Applies to applicants whose post-secondary degree is from a university in which English is the language of instruction.