Apply


Step 1: Prepare the following documents:

  1. Bank or Financial statement with a minimum of $8,032.
  2. Official high school diploma sealed in an envelope by school
  3. Official high school transcripts sealed in an envelope by school
  4. Official English translation of non-English documents
  5. Copy of passport

Step 2: Identify which of the three categories below applies to your English proficiency


I have proof of English proficiency

  1. Apply for admission on CSU Mentor.
  2. Pay the $55 application fee and submit all documents listed above including proof of language proficiency.
  3. International Admissions will confirm denial to CSUSB but provide Intent to Enroll letter for eligible APP applicants.
  4. Complete and submit Intent to Enroll form to iep@csusb.edu.
  5. Receive admission confirmation for the APP program.

I do not have proof of English proficiency

  1. Apply for both university admission on CSU Mentor and at English Language Program admission.
  2. Pay the $55 application fee and $120 application fee respectively.
  3. Submit all documents listed above.
  4. International Admissions will confirm denial to CSUSB but provide Intent to Enroll letter for eligible APP applicants.
  5. Complete and submit Intent to Enroll form to iep@csusb.edu.
  6. Receive admission confirmation for the APP program.

I was denied from CSUSB

  1. Complete and submit Intent to Enroll to iep@csusb.edu.
  2. Receive admission confirmation for the APP program.

After you are admitted

Please follow these steps to receive your acceptance letter and/or I-20 from CSUSB.

Eligibility

This program is open on a space-available basis to international students with:

  1. High school diploma
  2. High school GPA between 2.00 and 2.49
  3. Sufficient English language proficiency

To satisfy the English language proficiency requirement, students can finish the English Language Program level five at the university, or submit any of the following minimum test scores as a proof of language skills. Test scores must be achieved within two years of the date of application to APP.

Language Requirement Required Score/Level
CSUSB ELP Level 5
TOEFL Internet Based (iBT) 61
TOEFL Paper Based (PBT) 500
IELTS 5.5

Students who study and pass the CSUSB English Language Program are not required to submit other English language proficiency test scores to be accepted in APP.

Fees

Tuition Fees*

Program tuition is $3,400 per term (quarter) for 12 units.

Additional tuition may be charged for adding courses, as well as for courses that offer laboratory work or individual tutorial instruction.

Additional Required and Optional Fees*

The tables provide estimates.
Required Fees Academic Year 2016 - 2017
Application Fees (one time) $120
Health Insurance (per term) ±$330
University Student Fees (per term) ±$401.50
Optional Fees Academic Year 2016 - 2017
Homestay Placement Fee (one-time) $120
Homestay Housing Fees (per month) $780
Airport Pick-up Service (one-time)
Los Angeles Airport
Ontario Airport

$95
$50
Books (per term) ±$250

* Fees are subject to change. Students should plan expenses for travel, entertainment and emergencies. The College of Extended Learning makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules may need to be increased to meet the operating costs of delivering these courses and programs. Therefore, the College of Extended Learning reserves the right to increase or modify fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular quarter has begun.

Download the Schedule of Events for Summer 2016.

Important Fee Information: The College of Extended Learning makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased to meet the operating costs of delivering these courses and programs. Therefore, the College of Extended Learning reserves the right to increase or modify fees, without notice. All College of Extended Learning fees are subject to change.

Dates

Important Dates Fall 2016 Winter 2017 Spring 2017 Summer 2017
Program Dates Sep 22 – Dec 9 Jan 9 – Mar 24 Apr 3 – Jun 17 Jun 21 – Sep 8

Students need to apply to APP ahead of their planned program start date. While processing of applications can be done within five business days, international students coming to the US need to plan time for the visa application, interview appointments and visa processing. To get settled and ready for academic study, students can arrive in the US as early as 30 days before the program start date. In addition to the APP acceptance letter and I-20, students receive a conditional admission letter separately after all required documents are evaluated.

Download the Schedule of Events for Fall 2016.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission is available to international students who meet all university entrance requirements except for the minimum English scores.

CSUSB requires the following English scores for admission:

  • Undergraduates: TOEFL 500 (61 Internet-based) or IELTS 5.5;
  • Graduates: TOEFL 550 (79/80 Internet-based) or IELTS 6.0*

*MBA, MSA, MPA, English Composition and Communication Studies require IELTS of 6.5

Degrees which do not accept conditional acceptance:

  • Master of Arts in Communication Studies
  • Master of Arts in English Composition
  • Master of Arts in Education – Special Education Option
  • Master of Fine Arts – Creative Writing
  • Master of Science in Biology
  • Master of Science in Computer Science

General Admission Requirements

For international admission requirements visit the Center for International Studies & Programs website for more information on either undergraduate admissions or graduate admissions.

University Undergraduate Requirements

Freshman Lower Division Transfer Upper Division Transfer
Minimum High School GPA = 2.5 Minimum High School GPA = 2.5 Minimum College GPA = 2.0
Minimum College GPA = 2.0 Complete Golden Four with “C” or better
Good standing with last institution attended Good standing with last institution attended

Lower division transfer is Less than 60 semester/90 quarter transferrable units.
Upper division transfer is More than 60 semester/90 quarter transferrable units.

University Graduate Requirements

Second Bachelor’s Degree Master’s Degree
Minimum College GPA = 2.5*Minimun GPA General: Minimum College GPA = 3.0*Minimun GPA
Bachelor’s degree from accredited college/university Bachelor’s degree from accredited college/university

* Minimum GPA requirement may vary by degree.

TOEFL Waiver

CSUSB requires the following English scores for admission:

  • Undergraduates: TOEFL 500 (61 for Internet-based test) or IELTS 5.5
  • Graduates: TOEFL 550 (79/80 for Internet-based test) or IELTS 6.0
    • Some programs may have different English proficiency requirements. The following degrees do not accept the TOEFL waiver:
      • Master of Arts in Communication Studies
      • Master of Arts in English Composition
      • Master of Fine Arts – Creative Writing

The TOEFL requirement is waived if a student successfully completes Level 5 of the English Language Program (ELP) for undergraduate admission or Level 6 for graduate admission.

Other Institutions currently accepting the completion of level 5 or 6 in lieu of English proficiency test scores are:

  • LA Film School
  • University of Redlands, MBA Program
  • United States University, San Diego

Activities

Our programs allow you to improve your English language skills and broaden your understanding of American culture. In addition to classroom learning, you can participate in recreational activities on and around the campus such as holiday parties, talent shows, movie nights and more!

International Student Services

Services Include:


Housing

On-Campus

  • Residence halls and apartments
  • Meal plan available

Living on campus is one of the easiest ways to become involved at CSUSB.
The Villages offers on-campus housing for students in three residential environments: Serrano Village, Arrowhead Village and University Village. Living on campus is a significant part of the CSUSB experience for approximately 1,500 students.

Visit Housing and Residential Life for more information.

Off-Campus

Homestay for 120 hours tesol certificate

  • Improve English, learn American culture
  • Become a member of the family
  • Families provide three meals per day, transportation to and from campus, a bedroom and utilities (except phone)

International students can participate in the Homestay Program where they live with American families to improve their English and learn American culture firsthand. Host families are proud to explain American ways of life, Students can learn new things, taste new foods and see new places.

The IEP Homestay Program gives IEP students and members of the community an opportunity to learn more about other people and their cultures. By participating in the Homestay Program, you will be able to share your tradition and lifestyles while broadening your own cultural experiences.

Apartments

For apartments near campus, visit UniversityParent, guide to supporting your student's freshman year.

Homestay Program

The IEP Homestay Program gives IEP students and members of the community an opportunity to learn more about other people and their cultures. By participating in the Homestay program, you will be able to share your traditions and lifestyle while broadening your own cultural experiences.

Homestay Benefits

  • American culture and language in a family environment.
  • Invaluable education to both students and host families.
  • Creating memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Homestay Includes

Host families are expected to provide students with:

  • A safe environment
  • A private room
  • Meals
  • Transportation to and from the California State University, San Bernardino campus.

Host families are encouraged to include students in family activities in the evenings and on weekends. These activities enrich the students' stay and give them a true picture of American culture.

Homestay Fees

Fees Academic Year
Homestay Placement Fee $120.00
Homestay Fees (per month) $780.00

Apply for Homestay

  1. Download Homestay application.
  2. Submit your application, photos and payment.
    • Mail: send your completed Homestay application form, photos and check by mail to:

      Homestay Coordinator
      International Extension Programs
      California State University, San Bernardino
      5500 University Parkway, Room SH-134
      San Bernardino, CA 92407-2397 USA

      Please make check payable to: "CSUSB"
    • E-mail: send your application to iep@csusb.edu, mail your check separately, e-mail or mail your photos.
    • Fax: send your application form by fax to (909) 537-5905 and mail your photos and check separately.

Visa Requirements

California State University, San Bernardino is authorized to issue I-20 forms (Certificates of Student Eligibility) for full-time intensive English study. Students may then enter the U.S. on an F-1 student visa obtained from the American Embassy or consulate.

F-1 visas are issued on the basis of full-time study. This means that you are expected to attend your scheduled classes every day that you are enrolled in ELP. After three quarters of full-time study, you are eligible for one quarter off.

If you are planning to study in the U.S., you must apply for an F-1 visa.

Download Application for I-20 (Student Visa) Form

Students applying for ELP's Intensive English Program should complete the financial statement located on the application form. Students accepted for study will receive the I-20 form so that they may obtain an F-1 student visa at the nearest U.S. consulate. Students accepted for study will be issued the I-20 form so that they may obtain an F-1 student visa at the nearest U.S. Consulate. Please follow these steps to receive documents from CSUSB.

Health Insurance

Student health center

Effective August 1, 1995, all F-1 visa applicants must agree to obtain and maintain health insurance as a condition of enrollment and receiving an I-20 for the International Extension Programs at California State University, San Bernardino.

All students* are required to purchase insurance through Wells Fargo Insurance. Students may purchase quarter or annual coverage based on their individual need. Please download the brochure for more information.

*Students on a government scholarship that provides insurance are excluded.

Steps to enroll in coverage:

  1. Go to Wells Fargo insurance
  2. Select your school - CSU San Bernardino
  3. Enroll in coverage
  4. Choose your term/coverage

Coverage prices:

PLAN COST

TERMS OF COVERAGE ANNUAL 9/17/16 - 9/16/17 FALL 9/17/16 - 1/2/17 WINTER 1/3/17 - 3/27/17 WINTER/SPRING/ SUMMER 1/3/17 - 9/16/17 SPRING 3/28/17 - 6/16/17 SUMMER 6/17/17 - 9/16/17 SPRING/SUMMER 3/28/17 - 9/16/17
Student only $1,162.47 $329.24 $328.24 $884.79 $328.24 $328.24 $607.59
NOTE: Costs below are in addition to the student premium. Dependents must be enrolled for the same term of coverage as student.
Dependent enrollment in this plan is voluntary.
Spouse only $1,162.47 $329.24 $328.24 $884.79 $328.24 $328.24 $607.59
Per Child (Age 0-25) only $1,162.47 $329.24 $328.24 $884.79 $328.24 $328.24 $607.59

Refund Policy

If you need to leave ELP for any reason, you must get permission from the IEP Program Administrator and you should carefully read the following refund policy.

In order to receive a full refund of enrollment fees: You must cancel enrollment or drop all courses prior to the first day of classes.

In order to receive a fifty-percent refund of enrollment fees: You must cancel enrollment or drop all courses during the first week (five days) of classes.

No refunds will be given to students who cancel enrollment or drop after the first week (five days) of instruction.

Note: Application fees, late registration fees and health insurance fees are not refundable.

Important Notice: Please make sure that the College of Extended Learning has your correct mailing address. Refunds are typically processed within ten business days and may take up to four weeks to receive a check.

Testimonials

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Cal State University represents one of the most diverse student populations in the Inland Empire with students ranging from American, Hispanic, African American, Asian and a variety of international cultures.

Many of these international students begin here at the College of Extended Learning, where they participate in our English Language Program. As the students develop and improve their English language proficiency, they become matriculated students in the University itself.

The College of Extended Learning is dedicated to providing students with high quality staff, teachers and education that they can benefit from. We hope to keep the diversity of the college growing as we welcome more and more students from around the world.

Students have shared with us their great excitement in coming to America.


Jeemin Jeon

“I enjoy coming to class. I am learning English and about so many cultures. I’ve made friends from around the world.”

Jeemin Jeon

South Korea


Hannah Yin

“Since participating in the ELP program, I have become more independent and self-reliant and this has expanded overall view of the world and how I now see things.”

Hannah Yin

Beijing, China


We recently met with a group of participants in our English Language Program from Papua, Indonesia to discuss their experience here in the U.S.: Richard Mehue, Beatrix Imbab and Emma Aud. The three students shared with us their great excitement in coming to America.

Testimonial Group

“I came to the United States to improve my English language and earn a degree. Since I’ve been here I have made many friendships that I believe will last a lifetime”
Richard Menhue

“I wanted to experience life in the US so I could improve my English and eventually find a career here. Since I’ve been here, the program has been very helpful towards reaching my goals.”
Beatrix Imbab

“I came to America to improve my English level. Not only has the program been very helpful in doing so, but I’ve been able to meet people and make friends from other countries who are here to do the same.”
Emma Aud

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Eligibility

Required Scores

Test Undergraduate
TOEFL Internet Based (iBT) 61
TOEFL Paper Based (PBT) 500
IELTS 5.5
CSUSB ELP 1 Level 5

To be eligible for enrollment in the Graduate Preparation Program, students must:

  • Submit a test score dated within the last two years of the application date
  • Meet the minimum language requirement

1 Students who study and pass the CSUSB English Language Program are not required to submit other English language proficiency test scores to be accepted in Study Abroad in the USA Program.