Assistant Directors of International Admissions: Kimberly Johnson & TBA
International Students Office, McManus 143
Office: (909) 607-8204
Claremont Graduate University is authorized under federal law to accept and enroll international students with non-immigrant visas. Graduates of colleges or universities outside of the U.S. who have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree may apply for admission to CGU. Requirements for admission include records of academic distinction and an ability to read, write, and speak rapid idiomatic English with a high degree of facility.
International students who enroll at CGU are responsible for adhering to the requirements stated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). As a part of these requirements, admitted international students must prove their ability to support themselves financially for at least the first year of study by submitting a completed Affidavit of Financial Support form and providing verification of the statements made on the affidavit. These documents are required in order for the University to issue a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS2019). Admitted international students are encouraged to visit www.cgu.edu/international for information on Obtaining an I-20 (or DS-2019) to CGU.
Upon admission to CGU, international students must submit the following in order to obtain an I-20 (F-1 Students) or DS-2019 (J-1 Student/Scholars).
A $200 deposit or $750 deposit for Management and Financial Engineering program. Deposit information is included in the admission packet and all deposits must be made in U.S. dollars. Deposits may be made online at www.cgu.edu/Admissions. The six-digit student ID number, provided on the deposit card enclosed with the acceptance folder, is required.
An Affidavit of Financial Support, found online at http://www.cgu.edu/intlforms.
Both the Affidavit of Financial Support and financial proof documentation may be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Faxed documents may be transmitted to (909) 607-7285.
Individuals with a current SEVIS record should request a transfer from the international student advisor at the institution of attendance. The Transfer Form can be found online at http://www.cgu.edu/intlforms. Transfer I-20/DS-2019 documentation must be completed with 15 days of the first day of classes. Within those 15 days, individuals must have submitted a deposit, the Affidavit of Support, Financial Proof documentation, and must be enrolled in classes. Individuals whose Visas have expired and who plan on traveling outside the U.S. before starting at CGU, must obtain an I-20 from CGU to apply for a new visa at the appropriate U.S. Embassy/Consulate.
Students sponsored by an organization or government agency must become familiar with their sponsor’s regulations on payment of tuition and fees. Students who require direct billing of sponsors must contact Student Accounts Office each semester to ensure billing arrangements are made.
Insurance. All international students are required to purchase the insurance plan (SHIP) offered through the Claremont University Consortium. Exception to this requirement are considered as follows:
- Students under third party government sponsorship, such as those sponsored by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM), are exempt from this requirement.
- Doctoral level students who have completed their coursework and who are enrolled in Doctoral Study and have extemporaneous may file an Academic Petition to request a waiver from the insurance requirement. Petitions should be accompanied by evidence of adequate and valid medical insurance coverage. Appeals must be presented for review prior to August 1.
Medical Requirements. The Student Health Service on campus provides health services to all Claremont Colleges students. Student Health Service includes an inexpensive immunization program (including tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella) and a tuberculin skin test. New students who have not completed the required tests should make arrangements to visit the Student Health Service for immunization soon after their arrival.
The International Fellows Program (IFP) is designed to cover foundational skills for success in academic work at the graduate level while building international students’ facility and comfort with academic English. Further, the IFP facilitates the international student’s cultural adjustment and transition into the graduate student workload and life in American society.
Enrollment in the IFP is dependent upon the TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores of incoming students, regardless of the degree program in which they are enrolled.
TOEFL iBT 75-84/IELTS 6.0: Students are required to satisfactorily complete Modules 1 and 2 of the IFP.
TOEFL iBT 85-99/IELTS 6.5 and 7.0: Students are required to satisfactorily complete only Module 2 of the IFP.
Students must satisfactorily complete the IFP prior to beginning course work in their degree program. The IFP is offered every semester; however, students may find it easier to enroll in the IFP in the semester prior to their anticipated starting term, i.e. students starting in the Fall term should arrange to enroll in the IFP in the Summer.
CGU’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy requires that students maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and have no more than two Incomplete grades at any one time. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation from any CGU program.
Government regulations impose additional International Academic Requirements for student on F and J Visas.
- International students must continuously make “satisfactory academic progress” towards their degree. Students who fail to meet this requirement must have their immigration record terminated by the university.
- Incompletes represent an individual’s voluntary inability or unwillingness to attend class and/or complete assignments. This is inexcusable for international students. The Incomplete must be replaced by a permanent grade no later than the following semester. Incompletes that result in the student exceeding the University’s two Incompletes limit must work to complete the courses no later than the following semester.
- International students must register for and complete a full-time study course load each semester. This means the student must be enrolled in a minimum of 8 units or be enrolled in either Continuous Registration or Doctoral Study. Students who drop below full-time enrollment must be terminated by the school. Incompletes grades count against the full-time requirement. Students who receive an Incomplete grade for any semester in which they are enrolled for only 8 units have dropped below the full time course load requirement and must be terminated
International students whose account is not considered current/paid in full are not eligible to register, receive transcripts (official or unofficial), grades, diplomas, credential recommendations, career services or any immigration/SEVIS related services. This policy includes but is not limited to fees for graduate housing, student health services, campus security, and library fines.