International Steps to Admission


International Application 

  • F1 Visa (applying from home country)
  • F1 Visa (already in U.S. on F1 visa) 
  • J1 Visa seeking
  • B Visa holders


U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees, H4, H1, F2, and all other visa holders should use the Domestic Steps to Admission.

*Please note: If you are currently on an H4 or F2 visa and want to convert to an F1 student visa, please apply as a Domestic applicant. If admitted, you will need to work with the International Student & Scholars Services (ISSS) Office to apply for a change of status.

Important Information:

To be admitted as a graduate student to San Jose State University, you must complete each of the following steps by the specified deadlines. 

Note: International Applicants must inform Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations of their current visa status by indicating the status at the time of application.


Step 1: Meet All Requirements

Check the SJSU admission requirements and your intended degree program requirements.  Your degree program may require a separate department application, letters of recommendation, graduate tests, or have specific department procedures.

Once you decide to apply, follow the International Application Process flowchart which illustrates the steps involved in the graduate admission process for students from the U.S. and Canada. 

The Steps to Graduate Admission publication includes step-by-step instructions for completing the graduate admission process.

Step 2: Meet All Deadlines

Review our deadlines to know when you have to submit your Cal State Apply application and document requirements. It is important to take special note of the document deadline in order to ensure timely submission of required documents.

Due to the lengthy visa process for students, our international deadlines are much shorter than our domestic deadlines. Please plan accordingly when applying to SJSU and plan to apply early.

                        See Document Submission Requirements by Applicant Type to                            help you prepare your documents in advance of your                                          application. 


Step 3: Apply Online to San Jose State University

Apply online to San José State University. This step must be done regardless of any extra steps you have to do with your specific graduate program. Our online application is done through Cal State Apply.  For a step-by-step guide on how to complete the Cal State Apply application for SJSU, visit our Fall 2020 SJSU Graduate International Application Tutorial.You may only apply to one program per application term.

Note: You will pay the application fee at the time you submit your Cal State Apply application.

  • The fee is non-refundable, even if your application is withdrawn or denied.
  • The fee is only used for the admission term indicated on the submitted application.
  • Fee waivers are not available for graduate applicants at this time.



Step 4: Indicate You're an International Student

In order to successfully apply for an international student visa, you will need to correctly designate yourself as an international applicant planning to study on an F-1 or J-1 visa at the beginning of your Cal State Apply application during the “Complete Your Profile” section.


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                   If you mistakenly apply as a domestic applicant and intend to study                     on an international student visa for a program that is NOT being                         offered to international students, your application will be withdrawn.

                   Please note that the name on your passport MUST be the exact                           name used on your application and all required documents and test                     scores.

                  You may only apply to ONE program per application term. Your                            application will be processed for only the primary major listed on                        your application.


Step 5: Submit Required WES evaluation to SJSU

International Coursework and Degrees

GAPE requires that all international applicants provide a WES (World Education Services) evaluation for any educational work taken outside of the U.S. and Territories and Canada. 

NOTE: If you have a master’s or doctoral degree from the U.S. and a bachelor’s degree from another country, we require a WES evaluation of the bachelor’s degree.

NOTE: SJSU does NOT deem the 3-year bachelor’s degree from India as comparable to a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree and           therefore will not meet the CSU eligibility requirements. For           options click here.

Mark sheets/transcripts/degree certificates must be sent directly to WES per their requirements for evaluation. SJSU must receive the academic record and the evaluation directly from WES electronically. Please do not send your WES evaluation by mail.  We only accept electronic WES evaluations.

For applicants with a degree in progress, a complete WES evaluation is required. GAPE will also review applications of those in their final year of study. For these applicants, the WES Evaluation must contain a minimum of 7 semesters of graded work.

SJSU prefers the WES document-by-document evaluations (Basic or ICAP) but will also accept course-by-course evaluations (Basic or ICAP). The ICAP service offered by WES is for applicants applying to multiple schools that require WES evaluations. You can decide which service from WES you prefer. For more information on ICAP, visit the World Education Services Evaluation Report page View detailed illustrated instructions [pdf] on how to send documents through WES.

Mark sheets/transcripts/degree certificates must be sent directly to WES for evaluation. After you submit your documents to WES, please DO NOT send a copy of your documents to our office as we will receive the completed evaluation directly from WES electronically. Documents sent directly to SJSU will not be accommodated.

International Evaluators use WES to validate the authenticity of degrees and transcripts submitted by applicants. 

International Evaluators determine degree equivalency and extract an equivalent GPA from the university transcripts and do not use the GPA calculations provided by WES. Applications will be referred or denied in accordance with CSU eligibility standards currently in practice. 

Evaluation Process
Applicants who are admitted but reviewed with only 7 semesters of evaluated work will be required to submit final semester mark sheets/transcripts and the degree certificate to WES for a revised evaluation. The final documents must be sent to SJSU by the deadline posted in the applicant’s MySJSU account. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in a “document hold” that will prevent future registration into classes. Document holds are removed when documents are received and verified as meeting all requirements. 

NOTE: Those earning degrees in the Bologna system must submit a completed evaluation which includes ALL academic work and proof of degree conferral. Bologna degrees are carefully reviewed and therefore must be complete. Applicants earning a Bologna degree will not be considered if a partial WES evaluation is submitted.


Step 6: Submit U.S./Canada Transcripts

If you earned a degree or took coursework in the U.S. or Canada, please submit official transcripts to our office.  

U.S./Canadian Transcripts

All mailed transcripts must be sealed and unopened to be accepted as official documents. If your university offers official electronic transcripts, we will also accept this method of delivery. If your University requires an email to send an official, electronic transcript, please send to:

Transcripts sent by mail, should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations

San José State University

One Washington Square

San José, CA 95192-0017

NOTE: As a reminder, the application process is a two-step process and official transcripts are required by Graduate Admissions to be sent to the address listed above. Your department may also request transcripts to be sent directly to the department. If additional transcripts are required by the department, please check with the department for the departmental address.

Re-applying to SJSU

                        Official transcripts are held for one year. If you apply the                                    following year, you must resubmit transcripts. You can check                              your "To Do List" at MySJSU to confirm any outstanding                                      documents needed after you apply.


Step 7: Demonstrate English Language Proficiency

There are two ways to meet the English Language Proficiency requirement:

1. Submit the TOEFL, Academic IELTS or Academic PTE showing the minimum score required for the university and your major. Minimum score requirements can be found on our Graduate Test Requirements page. Test scores must be less than two years old and sent directly from the testing agency to San José State University.

NOTE: English proficiency exam update for international applicants affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19)

ETS now offers an at-home TOEFL for most countries. For international students affected by center closures due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), San Jose State University has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English Test in place of the in-person TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE English proficiency exams.

Duolingo English tests taken through June 20, 2020, will be accepted if your local TOEFL, IELTS, and/or PTE center has closed and the at-home TOEFL is not offered in your country. Duolingo can be taken online, in your own home.

Applicants that are not able to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE due to center closures, will need to receive a Duolingo score of 120 or higher to satisfy our English proficiency requirement for graduate admissions.

2. Submit transcripts that prove that one of the criteria below has been met:

Completed Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution within the U.S 

Completed 3 years of full-time coursework in a regionally                                    accredited institution within the U.S. (72 semester units/108                              quarter academic units earned)

Completed a Bachelor's or Master's degree from one of the countries outside of the US that meets the requirement (see full list below)

Commonwealth Caribbean (Antigua, Bahamas, Belize Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago)
Canada – excluding Quebec
New Zealand 
U.K. (England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales)
U.S. Territories

*U.S. based work experience will not meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement.
*Countries not listed above will not meet the English Language     Proficiency Requirement.

                        NOTE: For proper identification, be sure to register for tests                                using the name you provided on your application. Test scores                              received with slightly different names will cause a delay in                                  processing and may prevent your application from being                                    reviewed.


Step 8: Submit Test Scores

University Required English Language Proficiency

Submit official TOEFL, Academic IELTS, or Academic PTE scores if you do not meet the requirements above.

Required Department Test Scores Please review our Test Requirements page to see if your program of interest requires the GRE or GMAT.

Where to Send Test Scores

Test scores must be less than two years old and sent directly      from the testing agency to San José State University. Our ETS    code for the TOEFL and GRE is 4687. IELTS scores must be                                mailed.

                        Request your Academic IELTS scores be sent electronically                              exactly as listed below:

                        Account Name: San Jose State University Graduate                                                              Admissions

                       One Washington Square

                       San Jose, CA 95192-001

NOTE: For proper identification, be sure to register for tests using the name you provided on your application. Test scores received with slightly different names will cause a delay in processing and may prevent your application from being reviewed. 



Step 9: Submit Declaration of Finance Form

All international applicants MUST submit a completed, signed, and dated SJSU Declaration of Finance [pdf] form by the posted document deadline. This form is required in order to process your application. Students must use the SJSU Declaration of Finance form; no other forms will be accepted.

Please upload your completed SJSU Declaration of Finance form in pdf format to the
   SJSU Admissions Document Upload


Step 10: Submit Bank Letter or Bank Statement

Federal immigration regulations require that all international students provide evidence of adequate funds to meet the financial obligations of enrollment at a U.S. university.

In addition to the Declaration of Finance, all international applicants MUST submit financial support documents (bank letter or bank statement) by the posted document deadline that meets requirements. Bank documents are required in order to    process your application. Document requirements are specified on the Declaration of Finance form.

       Please upload your bank letter or statement in pdf format         to the SJSU Admissions Document Upload.

-The College of Business and Special Session programs may have different amounts. Please check program websites for fee information.

 A chart indicating the type of documentation that is acceptable and not acceptable for visa eligibility determination.


Bank Letter/State Requirement Checklist

-Combined US dollar amount from you and your sponsor(s) meets minimum amount listed on Declaration of Finance form.

-Add $5000 for each dependent to minimum amount.

-Shows the type of account for each account.

-The name(s) on the bank letter/statement must match the     sponsor name(s) listed on the Declaration of Finance form.

-On official letterhead and signed by bank official.

-Fixed/term/time deposits MUST state "able to withdraw at any time without penalty".

-Issued and dated in previous six months.

-Must submit a new bank letter if apply for a different term. 



Step 11: Submit Copy of Current Passport

The name entered on your SJSU application will be the same name listed on your I-20 (if you are offered admission). There are no exceptions to this policy at this time. Please take precaution in entering your Passport Name into the SJSU application to ensure that your first name and family name are recorded correctly.

Please upload a copy of your current passport in the correct pdf format to the SJSU Admissions Document Upload

Step 12: Submit Copy of Current Visa

All international applicants that currently reside in the U.S. on a visa must upload a copy of your current visa in the correct pdf format to the SJSU Admissions Document Upload. The visa copy must be received by the posted document deadline.

Tip: International students must show documentation to Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations of their current visa. This is the status at the time of the application and will assist in issuing the correct paperwork at the time of admission.