Center for International Programs

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

English Language Proficiency

There are many ways to meet the English proficiency requirement for admission to Humboldt State University.

Test Name Undergraduate Graduate
ACT 22 or above on English test section 22 or above English test section
Cambridge English Exams

CAE: C1 (180 or above)

CPE: C2 (200 or above)

CPE: C2 (200 or above)
CWC Completion of Level 6. Completion of Level 6.
DAAD DAAD Language Test certificate with a "C" in every section (level B2). DAAD Language Test certificate with a "C" in every section (level B2).
EF Completion of Level C1. Completion of Level C1.
EIKEN Pre-1 1
ELS Successful completion of level 112 Successful completion of level 112
IELTS 6.0 6.5
ILSC Graduation from University Pathway Program Graduation from University Pathway Program
Intrax Level 9 (CEF - C1) Level 10 (CEF - C+)
iTEP 3.7 4.5
Kaplan Advanced level Advanced level
MELAB 76 78
LSI Upper Intermediate Upper Intermediate
PTE 48 53
SAT 500 on the Verbal/Critical Reading 500 on the Verbal/Critical Reading
TLC  Successful completion of Advanced Level 9 Successful completion of Advanced Level 9 and APL Modules A, B, and C
TOEFL 71 IBT, 525 PBT, 197 CBT 80 IBT, 550 PBT, 213 CBT
USC International Academy Successful completion of Level 6 Successful completion of Level 6

Scores must be received within two years of applying to HSU, and sent directly from the testing organization.

You do not need to send your TOEFL or IELTS score if:

  • You have completed a general education English composition course at a California community college or university with a C or higher; OR
  • You have graduated from a four-year U.S. high school and have completed three years of English courses with a grade of “B” or higher.

If your native language is English and/or the majority of your education has been in English, or if the official langugae of your country is English, you may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirements. Please inquire at the time of application.

Students attending the International English Language Institute (IELI) located on the HSU campus will be admitted with certification from the IELI Supervising Teacher. This certification is accepted in lieu of of the TOEFL test.


Eligibility Requirements for International Students – Bachelor’s Degrees

Undergraduate entry requirements

First-Time Freshmen

Note: some majors are impacted and have higher GPA requirements.  For more information, please visit the Office of Admissions website.

Transfer entry requirements
 Lower Division Transfer Students (less than 60 transferable semester units)

  • A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale on college coursework
  • A GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on high school coursework

  Upper Division Transfer Students (more than 60 transferable semester units)

  • A GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale on college coursework

 All undergraduate transfer students 

Note: some majors are impacted and have higher GPA requirements.  For more information, please visit the Office of Admissions website.

SAT/ACT Testing

International applicants are not required to take the SAT or ACT.  However, students who take these tests and receive a high score on the Math or English components may be exempt from the English proficiency requirement, as well as Entry Level Math (ELM) and English Placement (EPT) testing upon arrival at HSU.  If you have taken either of these tests, please submit scores while applying.  These tests are widely available overseas and can save you time if your scores are high.  

More information: 


How to Apply for International Undergraduate Admission

STEP 1: Apply Online at CSU Mentor or print an International Undergraduate Application.

  • For step-by-step CSU Mentor instructions, click here.
  • Application Fee of U.S. $55.00 (non-refundable) can be paid online when applying on CSU Mentor. If you submit a paper application, pay your application fee here.


STEP 2: Submit the Certification of Financial Support (pdf); Microsoft Word

STEP 3: Submit Official Transcripts of Academic Records (Translated to English)

STEP 4: Send Proof of English Proficiency

  • All test scores must be sent to us directly from the examination company.
  • Score reports that were issued to students will not be accepted.     
  • We accept many different tests. To see the list, view here

STEP 5: Send Photocopy of your passport

STEP 6: Transfer Students (only if transferring from a U.S. school)


STEP 7: Email or mail your application materials to:  

international@humboldt.edu

International Student Admissions
Center for International Programs
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521-8299 USA

STEP 8: Check Your Email

  • We will email you after we review your application.
  • If you do not receive an email, make sure to check your Spam or Junk Folder. 

Undergraduate Application Deadlines and Dates
Term you wish to begin Applications Open Apply By
Fall (August - December) October 1 May 15
Spring (January - May) August 1 October 15

It generally takes one week to evaluate a complete file and make a decision. Your application must be complete by the application deadline (received by close of business on that date), or you will need to reapply for the following semester.


Undergraduate Student Costs

Please visit the Costs section of our Frequently Asked Questions page for information about tuition and fees.

 


Undergraduate Housing and Dining

There are several housing options for international students. Residence halls are available on campus as well as apartments in close proximity to campus. To learn more about residence halls, please visit HSU's Housing and Dining Services website. For information about off campus housing, visit their website, here.

Dining Information

There are five main dining options on campus:

 


Center for International Programs
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street.
Arcata, CA, 95521-8299 U.S.A.

Telephone: +1 (707) 826-4142
Fax: +1 (707) 826-3939
Email: international@humboldt.edu