Non-U.S. citizens educated outside of the U.S. who require a student visa to study in the U.S. 

  • Submit documents listed on the application checklist according to your applicant type (e.g., freshman, transfer) by the posted deadline.
  • You will be required to demonstrate English proficiency to be considered for direct admission.
  • Admitted students must submit the appropriate immigration forms, financial support documentation and a copy of their passport to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) before visa documentation is issued.
  • Contact ISSS for instructions regarding international student orientation and check-in.

Non-U.S. citizens educated outside of the U.S. who will NOT require a student visa to study in the U.S. 

  • Submit documents listed on the application checklist according to your applicant type (e.g., freshman, transfer) by the posted deadline.
  • You will be required to demonstrate English proficiency to be considered for direct admission.
  • Contact ISSS for instructions regarding international student orientation and check-in.

Non-U.S. citizens/Non-Permanent Residents educated inside the U.S. 

  • Submit documents listed on the application checklist according to your applicant type (e.g., freshman, transfer) by the posted deadline.
  • Include a copy of your visa with your application for admission (if applicable).
  • You may be required to demonstrate English proficiency depending upon your academic credentials and length of time in the U.S.
  • Students educated in the state of Colorado who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents may be eligible for in-state tuition under the Colorado ASSET legislation.
  • No extra or unique requirements are in place for students who are undocumented in the U.S. to be eligible for admission consideration since admission is an academic decision.

U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents Educated Overseas  

CSU recognizes that the pool of U.S. citizens/Permanent Residents educated abroad covers a wide spectrum, including students with dual citizenship who have never been to the U.S., U.S.-born students who have lived in multiple countries or who have only recently moved overseas as the result of family military or employment assignments, and U.S. Permanent Residents with varied amounts of U.S.-based education. 

Our holistic review process is designed to recognize and incorporate these kinds of unique experiences into our evaluation. You can follow the basic application instructions and deadlines pertinent to your applicant type (e.g. freshman or transfer), and we will adapt our decision criteria to fit your circumstances and to note your ability to contribute to our campus community.

As we review your credentials, we will notify you if any additional support information is required to assess your potential for academic success at CSU. For example, an applicant whose native language is not English and who has had all education in a language other than English may be asked to provide English proficiency documentation and a translation of academic records.

U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents who have been educated abroad may be eligible for financial aid and scholarships. Refer to Financial Assistance in the Financial Information section for more information.

English Proficiency 

Undergraduate applicants seeking direct admission must demonstrate a high level of English proficiency.