Extended Education and International Programs

International Programs

English Proficiency

International student applicants are required to demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in English. In order for scores to be considered for admission they must be from the last two years based on the date the student submitted the application.

The English proficiency requirement can be met in any of the following ways:

  • Undergraduate Minimum

    Duolingo: 90

    Graduate Minimum

    Duolingo: 105

    Doulingo test scores are accepted for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. To submit your scores, select California State University, Monterey Bay on Duolingo.

  • Undergraduate Minimum

    TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based Exam): 500

    TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Exam): 61

    Graduate Minimum

    TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based Exam): 550

    TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Exam): 80

    The CSUMB TOEFL code is 1945. Please visit the ETS TOEFL website to request your official score report.

  • **Please note, IELTS is currently offering a version of the test called IELTS Indicator for regions where their test scores are currently closed. Unfortunately, CSUMB is unable to accept the IELTS Indicator for Admission purposes. We recommend you consider the Duolingo English Proficiency Test instead.**

    Undergraduate Minimum

    IELTS Overall Band: 6.0

    Graduate Minimum

    IELTS Overall Band: 6.5

    CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE - Official IELTS test scores must be sent to the Office of Admissions. Please list CSUMB as a recipient of your scores when you take the test or contact the Test Center where you took the IELTS exam to request that they send an official Test Report Form to CSUMB. More information is in the FAQ section of the IELTS website.

  • Undergraduate Minimum

    PTE: 45

    Graduate Minimum

    PTE: 65

    Official PTE scores must sent directly to CSUMB from Pearson. Please visit the PTE website for additional information.

  • If a freshman or transfer applicant has attended a high school or college in the U.S. for three or more years, or has attended a high school where English is the principal language of instruction for three or more years, the TOEFL or other English language proficiency exam is not required.

    Please note:

    • CSUMB interprets "where English is the principal language of instruction" to mean that a school is located in a country where English is the daily medium of communication for the majority of residents, and that students receive academic instruction in English at all levels of education.
    • Countries currently meeting the above requirement are: Australia, Belize, Canada, United Kingdom New Zealand, plus a few nations in the Commonwealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago), and Nigeria.
  • Students transferring credit from a community college or 4-year university that meets the CSUMB General Education Area A2 (Written Communication) requirement will have met the English Proficiency requirement.

    If you are attending a California Community College, you can find a list of your college's transferable A2 courses by visiting www.assist.org.

    If you are attending any other type of college or university, please send your transcript and a course description/outline of the class that you think may meet the A2 requirement to internationaladmissions@csumb.edu for review.

  • If you are applying to CSUMB through an agency or a partner university, there may be other ways that you can meet the English Proficiency requirement that are outlined in CSUMB's agreement with your agency or university. Please check with your agent or home campus coordinator for details.

What if I do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirements?

CSUMB offers International Conditional Admission to students who meet the academic GPA requirements for admission to an undergraduate degree program but who don't meet our English Proficiency Requirements. Please visit our International Conditional Admission webpage for more information on this exciting program!