International Students FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For International Students

Are I-20 forms available for international students?

  • No. I-20 forms are not available for international students. The University does not provide any type of student visa services, nor does it vouch for the immigration status of any student's relationship with the United States Government.

Must I be a U.S. resident to apply to California Coast University?

  • No. Students who are interested in applying to California Coast University do not have to be a legal resident of California or the United States.

Are there any additional fees or taxes for international students?

  • The University does not charge any additional fees for international students. However, there may be a tax imposed by your respective country for attending a university out of country. We suggest you do your research to find out if you have any possible tax, or fee, implications.

Can I rent books from the CCU rental library?

  • Yes. However, you will need to pay an additional postage fee. The good news is, there are alternative methods for obtaining textbooks. Please see our Textbook Resource Page for more info.

Can I have coursework sent via mail?

  • No. International Students may only receive coursework and grades electronically.

Will a CCU degree be recognized in my country?

  • California Coast University holds accreditation through the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). Prospective students are advised to check with their respective country's professional and governmental agencies before enrolling with any distance learning university.

Foreign Degrees and Transcripts

Students who have completed coursework or graduated from institutions outside of the United States are required to have their transcripts pre-evaluated by one of the recognized foreign credential evaluation services. A listing of approved organizations may be found through the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) at www.naces.org.

English Language Proficiency

Prospective students whose native language is not English, and who have not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction, must demonstrate college-level proficiency in English through one of the following for admission:

  • A degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction.
  • A transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester credit hours with an average grade of “C” or higher at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or accepted foreign equivalent listed in the International Handbook of Universities where the language of instruction was English. A “B” or higher is required for master’s degree, or professional doctoral degree.
  • Undergraduate Degree: A high school diploma completed at an accredited/recognized high school (where the medium of instruction is English)
  • A minimum score of 500 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), 61 on the Internet Based Test (iBT), 6.0 on the International English Language Test (IELTS), 44 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report, or 50 on the Duolingo English Proficiency Test.
  • Master’s Degree: A minimum score of 530 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 71 on the Internet Based Test (iBT), a 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS), or 50 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report, 50 on the Duolingo English Proficiency Test.
  • Professional Doctoral Degree: A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 80 on the Internet Based Test (iBT), a 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS), or 58 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report.
  • A minimum score on the College Board Accuplacer ESL Exam Series as follows: ESL Language Use: Score of 85 ESL; Listening: Score of 80; ESL Reading: Score of 85; ESL Sentence Meaning: Score of 90 ESL; Writeplacer: Score of 4.
  • A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam.
  • A minimum B-2 English proficiency level identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) standards and assessed through various ESOL examinations, including the University of Cambridge.

California Coast University does not offer any type of remedial or specialized training in the English language.

Application Information for International Students

If you are interested in applying, we suggest having your foreign credential evaluation completed prior to starting the application process. Our applications are only valid for 30 days and many evaluation companies can take weeks to complete your evaluation and require Official Transcripts from your prior schools. We accept foreign credential evaluations from the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). It is a membership organization for credential evaluation services. Evaluation fees must be paid by the applicant and it is the applicant's responsibility to supply the results to this college for proper enrollment. Be sure that you submit proper documents. They must be original and not copies.

International Student Requirements:

  • Undergraduate applicants with no prior college: A High School Graduation Certificate (must be in English). If not in English, you must obtain a general evaluation.
  • Undergraduate applicants who wish to transfer credits: A course-by-course evaluation, must include previous course names, credit hours, and grades.
  • Graduate applicants with a completed Bachelor’s degree: A general evaluation stating that you have the US equivalency of a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Graduate applicants who wish to transfer graduate-level courses: A course-by-course evaluation, must include previous course names, credit hours, and grades.

Please note, if you are applying for the Master of Science in Psychology and your Bachelor’s degree was in a different field, we suggest completing a course-by-course evaluation, due to prerequisite courses with CCU.

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