International Admission Requirements

International Applicants

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 at an accredited college or university in the United States, OR earn a degree from a University outside of the US 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 (UCSF code 4840), 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.

Test Type Minimum Score
paper based TOEFL 550
computer based TOEFL 213
internet based TOEFL iBT 80
  • Once you have been granted admission, any transcripts from institutions outside of the U.S. must be accompanied by an evaluation from an accredited evaluation service. We recommend World Education Services. Note that some graduate programs may require an evaluation at the time of application. Please consult the individual graduate program requirements.  Please be sure to also request WES send your completed evalution electronically to UCSF.  Please DO NOT send physical copies of your WES via mail.
  • 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.