International Admissions

FAQ: Prior To Applying

Can the TOEFL/GRE/GMAT be waived?
Proof of English language proficiency is a mandatory university requirement and will not be waived unless the student has graduated from a US university or a university in one of our TOEFL exempted countries.

GRE or GMAT are required. Please refer to the specific department for their requirements.

Is there an application fee for CSU?
There is a $40.00 USD application fee that can be paid by personal check, certified bank draft, or money order. If you applied online you can pay by credit card.

What are the Admissions deadlines?
November 1st is the deadline for Spring semester, April 1st is the deadline for Summer semester, and June 1st is the deadline for Fall semester. Certain departments have specific deadlines. Please refer to the Admission Deadlines webpage.

What can I do if cannot submit all of the required documents before the Admission deadline?
If you are unable to provide your application materials by these deadlines then please notify our office to update your application to a future semester or to cancel your application.

What programs are offered at CSU?
Please refer to the catalog for Undergraduate and Graduate program options.

Can I apply for financial aid?
An international student is not eligible for U.S. Government assisted financial aid. Graduate students are eligible to apply for graduate assistantship or tuition waivers. Please indicate your interest in an assistantship when submitting your application. You may include a copy of your resume.

What is the university code for ETS?
The university code is 1221.

What is the minimum GRE or GMAT test score?
GRE & GMAT scores vary depending on department. Please refer to the specific department for requirements.

Does CSU offer an ESL program?
Yes. The Intensive English Language Program(IELP) at Cleveland State University is designed to help students from around the world meet their educational, professional and personal goals. Small classes and creative methodology promise personalized attention. Audio, video and computer-assisted language instruction help keep the classroom experience interesting.

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Do I need letters of recommendation?
All programs EXCEPT the Business College, require 2 letters of recommendation (DBA requires 2 letters).

Can I apply as a Non-Degree student?
Students on an F-1 visa may NOT apply for non-degree courses. They must maintain their F-1 status by enrolling into degree seeking programs.

How do I get an assistantship?
You may submit your resume at the time of application. Graduate Assistantships and tuition waivers are awarded after admission has been secured to a limited number of students, depending on the departments resources. You can apply for an assistantship by submitting your resume directly to a department with an available assistantship position.