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University Profile

Established in 1965, California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) is a comprehensive co-educational public institution.  As one of twenty-three campuses of the California State University system, the largest four-year public university system in the United States, it is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  The university offers a wide variety of liberal arts, science, business, education, health and other professional programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  The campus is medium-sized, with more than 13,000 students.  It provides an overall 21:1 student-faculty ratio that fosters personal attention and enhances learning. 

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University Location 

The university is located in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area, only fifteen minutes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) (driving directions) and beautiful Southern California beaches. It is less than an hour from Hollywood, Disneyland, and Universal Studios. Its urban location provides international students with ample internship opportunities with major employers, such as Honda, Toyota, Isuzu, Hyundai, LAX and the Port of Los Angeles. The Southern California climate is mild and Mediterranean-like, with temperatures averaging 17°-19° in the winter and 24°-28° in the summer.

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Academic Programs

The university offers a wide range of majors at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  There are 42 bachelor’s and 18 master’s degree programs as well as certificate and credential programs.  While Business Management, Computer Science and Computer Information System have stayed as popular majors for international students, unique programs such as Computer-Based Education, TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), Medical Technology, Occupational Therapy, Television Programming/ Production and Audio Recording/Electronic Music Synthesis have also attracted students from all over the world. 

The flexible class schedule at CSUDH fits well into students’ busy life style.  In addition to regular daytime classes, there are evening and weekend classes.  For those students who cannot attend on-campus classes, the university offers online degree programs in MBA, MPA (Master of Public Administration), MS in Quality Assurance, MA in Behavioral Science and many other certificate programs. 

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Admission Requirements 


Students applying to a bachelor's degree program, with no previous coursework at a college or university, are considered first-time university students or "freshmen." Freshmen applicants must have twelve years of basic education, and have completed secondary /high school in their own country or the equivalent in another country. Good academic standing with a "B" grade point average (on a scale of A, B, C, D, F) or better for all the courses taken in secondary school is required.


Students applying to a bachelor's degree program, who have completed their secondary education and some coursework at a college or university, are considered "transfer" applicants. Good academic standing with a "C+" grade point average (on a scale of A, B, C, D, F) or better for all the undergraduate courses is required.
Students transferring from a college/ or university in the US should have completed courses in college-level English and Mathematics.


Students who have earned a degree equivalent to a U.S. four-year bachelor's degree may apply for a master's degree. These applicants are considered "graduate" applicants. Good academic standing with a "B" grade point average (on a scale of A, B, C, D, F) or better for all the undergraduate courses is required.

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Entrance Examinations

Undergraduates:  The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American Collegiate Test (ACT) may be required if you have attended three or more years in a U.S. accredited high school.

Graduates:  The Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Graduate Management Test (GMAT), or other tests may be required.  Please check with your department for specific requirements.

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English Proficiency

All applicants who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full-time where English is the principal language of instruction must present a score of 550 (213 on computer-based test) or higher on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).  Applicants for certain majors may be required to submit a higher score. Students wishing to improve their English skills or to take the Institutional TOEFL test should contact the American Language and Culture Program at 310-243-3830. 

Applicants transferring from a US college/university, who have 60 transferable semester units and have completed college-level English, do not need to submit TOEFL scores.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who have met all admission requirements except TOEFL should apply for conditional admission through the American Language and Culture Program (ALCP).   Applications sent to the University Admission Office without the required minimum TOEFL score will not be processed. Students seeking conditional admission must apply through the American Language Culture Program and not directly to the university admissions. ALCP will assist students each step of the conditional admission process. ALCP offers classes to improve the international student's academic English skills in order for them to meet the English proficiency requirement. Once students have improved their English skills, they can start their degree programs.

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Application Information

The university is on a two-semester system.  Fall semester starts in August and ends in December.  Spring semester starts in January and ends in May.  The application and file completion dates for spring semesters are from August 1st to October 1st, for fall semesters—from October 1st to May 1st.  You can either download the application form
[Microsoft WordWord 2000 format (277k) - Adobe AcrobatAdobe Acrobat PDF format (426k)] or ask our International Outreach Office ( to send the form to you. 

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Documents Required

International Student Application for Undergraduate and Graduate Admission

Attach $55 (US) nonrefundable application fee payable to The California State University, Dominguez Hills.  Graduate applicants need also complete Supplemental Graduate Application for International Students.

Educational History Sheet for International Students

You must record your complete educational history starting from 9th grade on the sheet.

Test Scores (see the section on entrance examinations)

TOEFL Score (see the section on English Proficiency)

Official Academic Records

Official documents are those mailed directly by an educational institution you previously attended in an unopened envelope to California State University, Dominguez Hills.  If your institution will not mail original documents, exact copies that have been certified as such by the appropriate officials should be sent directly to our campus in an unopened envelope.  Official English translations of all supporting educational documents must be submitted.  Translations must be word-for-word (i.e. literal) translations.  Educational documents must be the complete record of courses completed thus far.  Partial records or excerpts are not acceptable.  The Admissions Office will require final grades, marks, exam certificates, etc. prior to determining admission.

Freshman Applicants need only send their official high school/secondary school transcripts and diplomas.

Transfer Applicants (with fewer than two years of post-secondary, college/university level work) need send BOTH official high school/secondary school AND official college/university transcripts and diplomas. 

Transfer Applicants (with more than two years of post-secondary, college/university level work) need only send official college/university transcripts and diplomas/certificates.

Graduate Applicants need send official college/university transcripts and diplomas/certificates from each college/university attended.

Note:  transfer and graduate level applicants from India and Pakistan must submit individual mark sheets for each term completed.  Consolidated statements will not be accepted.

Course Descriptions/Syllabi 

The exact transfer of post-secondary courses completed cannot be determined without a review of detailed course descriptions/syllabi (in English).  These syllabi should be official school documents and include detailed information on the breadth and depth of the subject matter, the hours per week of classroom and laboratory instruction, names of textbooks used, and other pertinent information.

Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students (see the section on Financial Information)

Immigration Documents (if you are already in the US)
· Copy of the I-94 Form/Arrival & Departure Form (both sides)
· Copy of the stamped visa page in the passport
· Copy of the recent I-20 Form (in you are a student)

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Financial Information

As a public university, CSUDH is able to provide students with a quality education at a reasonable cost. For an international student enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program, the tuition and fees are only $10,912 an academic year (two semesters, summer not included), in a graduate program- $9,364. The estimated annual expenses are $22,045 a year for an undergraduate student and $20,497 - for a graduate student. The expenses include tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and meals, medical insurance for 12 months, and other personal expenses.

There are no scholarships or financial aid available to international students at this time.  International students can work on-campus for 20 hours a week during the semester and 40 hours a week in the summer.

The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) requires that all international students provide evidence of adequate funds to meet the financial obligations of enrollment at a U.S. university.  The combined U.S. dollar amount from your sponsor(s) must equal or exceed the estimated annual student expenses. Bank verification of funds must not be older than six months.

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Housing Options

Located in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area, the campus is surrounded by many different ethnic communities-East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, African, Middle Eastern and others. Markets and restaurants in these communities provide students with food and other products that make them feel at home.

Campus Housing

The university provides students with fully furnished housing facilities, two computer labs, an indoor exercise room, a beach-volleyball court, basketball courts and other recreational facilities. The housing office has 24-hour live-in staff to help students. It also provides students with free shuttle bus service to local supermarkets, twice a week. All of these start at as low as about $500 a month (utilities covered). However, there are always more students applying for housing than the university can accommodate. Therefore, applicants who are interested in campus housing are encouraged to contact the housing office and apply as early as possible.

Off Campus Housing

Communities around the campus (Torrance, Gardena, Carson, Redondo Beach, Wilmington, Lomita) provide students with a large number of living arrangements. The Internet is an excellent tool for finding a suitable place to live. The following web sites provide a glimpse into the housing market around campus: and The first site does not charge for its listings. Although the second site provides a free listing of available rentals, it charges a fee of $60 per 60-days to provide contact information.

If you are planning to live off campus, you should try to arrive in Los Angeles a couple of weeks before the semester starts. If you are not going to by a car, you should consider the distance between potential residences and the CSUDH campus, local bus stops and grocery stores.


If you prefer to live with an American host family, you may wish to look into the following Homestay programs which charges a non-refundable placement fee of about $200:

Global Student Services, USA
3435 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 202
Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
Tel: (310) 314-0091

Home Stay Center
18051 Crenshaw Blvd., #H
Torrance, CA 90503, USA
Tel: (310) 323-7445

Hotels and Motels for Temporary Stay Upon Arrival

Super 8 la South Bay Area
($50 per day + Tax)
1919 W Artesia Blvd
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220, USA
Tel: (310) 537-6700

Hampton Inns
( $78 per day + Tax)
767 Albertoni Street
Carson, CA 90746, USA
Tel: (310) 768-8833
(800) 339-3843

Econo Lodge Carson
($58 per day or $295 per week for CSUDH students + Tax)
1325 E Carson St.
Carson, CA 90745, USA
(310) 830-8044

Hilton Carson Civic Plaza
($79 per day + Tax)
2 Civic Plaza
Carson, CA 90745, USA
(310) 830-9200
Email to: Mr. Mosey- Sales Manager
(Please tell Mr. Mosley that you are a CSUDH student)

Holiday Inn
($83 per day for CSUDH students + Tax)
19800 S Vermont
Torrance, CA 90502
(310) 781-9100

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Contact Information

If you have questions regarding CSUDH academic programs, admission and degree requirements, application procedure, housing and other student services, please contact: 

Jeanne Marquis
International Outreach Officer
Office Hours:  8:00am-5:00pm Pacific Time (Monday-Friday)
Telephone:  (001) 310-243-2699
Fax:  (001) 310-516-3658

If you have questions about a particular graduate program, please contact:   

MA in Behavioral Science (001) 310-243-3435  
   (Negotiation & Conflict Management)
MS in Biology (001) 310-243-3381
MBA  (001) 310-243-3465
MS in Clinical Science (001) 310-243-3748
MA in Education (001) 310-243-3524
MA in English  (001) 310-243-3322  
MS in Health Science  (001) 310-243-3748
MA in Humanities (001) 310-243-3636  
MS in Marital and Family Therapy  (001) 310-243-3435  
MS in Nursing (001) 800-344-5484
MA in Psychology       (001) 310-243-3435  
Master in Public Administration (001) 310-243-3444
MS in Quality Assurance (001) 310-243-3880
MA in Sociology (001) 310-243-3435  
MA in Special Education (001) 310-243-3524
MA in Teaching Mathematics (001) 310-243-2203  

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