International Admission Requirements

Exam Requirements

In addition to meeting the same admission requirements domestic students must meet, international applicants from non-English speaking countries must also demonstrate proficiency in English by:

  • completing one year of study with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (B average) on a 4.0 scale at an accredited college or university in the United States, OR
  • earn a degree from a university outside of the U.S. with instruction fully in English, OR
  • by obtaining the following minimum scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – administered by ETS, or the IELTS – the International English Language Testing System. Test scores are valid from these institutions for a maximum of two years from the test date.

English language test results must be received at the time of application. Please send only electronic test results.

Test Type Minimum Score UCSF Code
paper based TOEFL 550 4840 | (No department code is required. All scores sent electronically are submitted to the same account)
computer based TOEFL 213 4840 | (No department code is required. All scores sent electronically are submitted to the same account)
internet based TOEFL iBT 80 4840 | (No department code is required. All scores sent electronically are submitted to the same account.)
IELTS Academic (also online) 7 Select University of California, San Francisco - Graduate Division
IELTS General Training Not accepted  
TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Not accepted  
MyBest TOEFL Not accepted  
TOEFL ITP Plus for China Not accepted  
Duolingo Not accepted  

International Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts are permitted during the application phase. Once you have been granted admission to UCSF, any transcripts you submitted in support of your application from institutions outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES), an accredited third-party credential evaluation service. You must submit an official transcript to WES that includes degree conferral information. A basic course-by-course evaluation will suffice.

It is the student's responsibility to provide UCSF with an official WES transcript evaluation report. Your program cannot do this for you.

Deadlines: Most programs require the WES evaluation to be submitted to UCSF by the mid-point of the first term the student is enrolled. Some graduate programs may require an evaluation at the time of application. Take care to consult your individual graduate program's admission requirements and deadlines. If you do not provide UCSF with an official evaluation by the required deadline, you will not be allowed to enroll in subsequent terms.

Submitting your evaluation: Request that WES send your completed evaluation electronically directly to UCSF. Do not send physical copies of your WES evaluation through the mail.

Translations: International transcripts that are translated into English from another language may be used only to make preliminary admission decisions. UCSF still requires a professional evaluation of your transcript to be performed by WES. WES does not translate documents and requires precise, word-for-word translations when your academic documents are not issued in English. Be sure to allow enough time for your institution to translate and provide your documents to WES in English.

Financial Support and VISA Requirements

International students who are accepted for admission must provide evidence of sufficient financial resources to support their study at UCSF.

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) is responsible for providing visa services and advising international students on issues such as immigration and employment. Although international students may be approved for admission based on academic criteria, the ISSO cannot issue a certificate of eligibility for non-immigrant student status until the applicant provides evidence of sufficient financial resources.

Admitted international students are required to complete the "Confidential Financial Statement." A link to this form is provided with the electronic notification of admission. If the financial statement indicates that the student has sufficient resources to attend UCSF, the certificate of eligibility for non-immigrant student status will be mailed to the applicant. Further information for international students may be found on the ISSO website.