Undergraduate Academic Requirements
An International applicant is a student who wishes to study at our university on an F-1 (student) visa or J-1 (exchange) visa.
For more resources and information please check our International Students page.
All Sonoma State University applicants must submit official documents required with their application. All transcripts (academic records) must be submitted through a third party evaluation service and official transcripts transmitted directly to Sonoma State University. Please refer to the How to Submit Transcripts to Sonoma State page and the Foreign Coursework Evaluations section for third party evaluation service. Be sure to visit the admissions webpage for instructions on how to submit official and unofficial documents.
Official document deadlines for International Students:
- Fall Semester: May 15
- Spring Semester: October 15
English Language Proficiency Requirement
In addition to minimum admissions requirements, international student applicants must demonstrate that they meet the minimum English proficiency required to attend Sonoma State University. International applicants by meet English proficiency by:
- Having attended 3 years full-time at an institution (secondary or post-secondary) where English is the primary language used OR
- Having been educated in one of the countries that qualify for an English waiver (listed below) OR
- Completion of GE Area A2 (Written Communication) at a US institution with a grade of C- or better OR
- Submit official verification of English proficiency via an exam
|Test||Undergraduate Minimum Score||Graduate Minimum Score|
|TOEFL iBT Total Score**||61||80|
|TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Total Score||61||80|
|TOEFL Paper-Based Exam||500||550|
|IELTS Overall Total Band Score (Academic)||6.0||6.5|
|IELTS Indicator Overall Score||6.0||6.5|
|Cambridge English Exams||170||182|
|Sonoma State American Language Institute (Conditional Admission available)||Successful completion of Advanced Level||Successful completion of Advanced Level|
|English Language School (ELS)||Level 112 Certificate||Level 112 Certificate|
|UCLA Extension American Language Center||Level 6||Level 6|
|USC International Academy||Level 5||Level 5|
**There are several English Proficiency exam options available to prospective students. At least one alternative, the TOEFL iBT Test is known to be accessible and has disability accommodations available.
**While we are currently accepting Duolingo to meet English Language Proficiency
Countries eligible for English proficiency waiver:
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Commonwealth Caribbean, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Micronesia, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Kenya, Nigeria, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), Virgin Islands, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
SSALI Intensive English Program and Conditional Admission:
An Intensive English Program (IEP), the Sonoma State American Language Institute (SSALI) is offered through Sonoma State University’s School of Extended and International Education (SEIE). SSU Admissions works closely with SEIE and SSALI to offer "conditional admission" to academically eligible students enrolled in SSALI. We guarantee eligible students admission to the university once they have completed the English language requirement (see above). Read more at Intensive English and University Pathways.