Claremont Graduate University welcomes international students from all over the world. Representing more than 100 countries, CGU’s international students add to the diversity, culture, and scholarship of the university. The city of Claremont offers its students safe neighborhoods, a charming walking Village with shops, dining, and entertainment, accessible public transportation, and 300 days of sunshine per year.
Learn more about the International student experience at CGU:
In addition to specific English proficiency requirements and international transcript guidelines, international applicants must abide by the same general admission requirements and processes that are required of domestic applicants. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions to view general admission requirements and use our Resources to guide you through the process.
TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all applicants who meet all of the following criteria:
- Whose native language is not English.
- Who are not citizens or permanent residents of countries where English is the sole official language of instruction, e.g., Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada (except Quebec), England, Ghana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad, Tobago, Uganda, and Wales (see the CGU Bulletin for a complete list of accepted countries).
- Who do not hold an undergraduate or advanced degree, or will not have earned such a degree prior to enrolling at CGU, from an institution in the U.S. or in countries where English is the sole official language of instruction (see above).
- Who have not successfully completed an English-intensive pre-Master’s or immersive English graduate bridge program from a nationally recognized, regionally accredited four-year college or university in the United States in the last two years, subject to curriculum approval by the CGU Center for Writing and Rhetoric and submitted evidence of successful completion.
TOEFL or IELTS scores must be sent to CGU directly by the testing agency. Scores older than two years are not accepted. CGU’s school code for the TOEFL exam is 4053.
A minimum TOEFL score of 75 iBT, or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, is necessary to be considered for admission to CGU. A minimum TOEFL score of 95 iBT, or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with no sub section lower than 6.5, is required for direct-entry admission. Admitted students who score below 95 iBT on the TOEFL, or below 7.0 on the IELTS, will be required to successfully complete the International Scholars Program prior to beginning their academic degree program.
Once you have been admitted into a CGU academic program, staff from the Office of Student Life, Diversity & Leadership will assist you with processing the required I-20 (F-1 student visa status) or DS-2019 (J-1 scholar visa status). The requirements for obtaining an I-20 or DS-2019 are listed below:
Tuition Deposit/Intent to Enroll
Confirm your plans to enroll at CGU by paying your non-refundable tuition deposit using the links below based on your program of study.
- Standard Tuition Deposit
- Drucker Tuition Deposit (MBA and Financial Engineering programs)
- Arts Management and Art Business Tuition Deposit
Affidavit of Financial Support
International students must submit a signed Affidavit of Financial Support form to verify they have the financial means to attend CGU.
Financial Statement or Proof
International students must also submit financial proof (e.g. bank document or letter from sponsor) of the statements made on the Affidavit of Financial Support form.
SEVIS Transfer Requirements
If you currently have an active SEVIS record, please contact your current university’s international advisor to begin the process of transferring your SEVIS record to CGU.
Copy of Passport
International students must submit a copy of their most recent passport.
Change of Status
If you are seeking a change of status to an F-1 or J-1, please refer to the “Change of Immigration Status” form and email the International Students office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you receive your I-20 or DS-2019, you may apply for your visa at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your home country. You should allow at least one to two months for this process. For more information, visit the I-Place visa application page .