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International Student Applicants

"What is the next available entry term?"

Spring 2021 for three majors (International Business & Logistics, Global Studies & Maritime Affairs, and Oceanography) for those who have graduated high school but have taken no college courses since graduation. Apply between August 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020 at www.calstate.edu/apply.

Fall 2021 for all majors including the majors above - apply between October 1, 2020 and December 4, 2020 at www.calstate.edu/apply.

"How can I apply?"

Apply online at www.calstate.edu/apply. There will also be a $70.00 application fee required as you submit the online application.

"What items are required for your office to make an admission decision? (See below for full descriptions)"

A completed online application, the $70.00 application fee that is paid as you submit the online application, a minimum TOEFL score (see below), Academic transcripts (translated and official) from all colleges attended, and an Affidavit of Financial Support indicating available funds totaling $42,000.00 to $48,000 U.S.D. which is the approximate cost for international students to attend Cal Maritime for one academic year.

"What is Cal Maritime?"

The California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) is one of six state-sponsored maritime academies and one federal maritime academy in the United States of America. We are the only maritime academy located on the west coast of North America.

The Academy is part of the 23 state university campuses in the California State University (CSU) system. Within this group of 23 schools, we are the only focused academy and the smallest campus with nearly 1,000 students - also known as cadets. As a four-year college, we offer seven bachelor's degree programs which are all described via the link in the left-hand column.

"Does Cal Maritime accept transfer courses from international universities?"

Please note that we do not accept transfer courses from international universities, so all international students must take our full four-year program in their selected major.

"Are there any restrictions for international students receiving any academic degrees or professional licenses?"

Five of our programs (Mechanical Engineering, Facilities Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (general option), Technology, Oceanography, International Business and Logistics, & Global Studies and Maritime Affairs) have no restrictions for international students.

Two majors (Marine Transportation & Marine Engineering Technology) do have a certain restriction for international students. While it is possible for an international student to receive any of these two degrees, the U.S. Coast Guard license required with these programs are not available to international students.

The U.S. Coast Guard requires that only those with U.S. Citizenship may receive a license to be an engineer or deck officer on a U.S. flagged vessel. This means international students may receive a degree from the California State University Maritime Academy but can NOT be an engineer or deck officer on a U.S. flagged vessel. In order to be an engineer or deck officer on an internationally flagged vessel, that person would need to leave the U.S. after attaining our degree and follow the procedures of other countries to receive a license to sail on their ships.

"What items are required to be considered for acceptance and be issued a U.S. I-20 Immigration Document?"

To be evaluated and possibly receive an offer of admission at the California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime), international students must supply the following items:

  • A completed online international student admission application filled out during October or November of the year before entry is desired at www.calstate.edu/apply
  • The $70.00 USD application fee (payable by credit card as you submit the online application)
  • Official, translated academic transcripts from all colleges you have attended
  • An affidavit of financial support indicating the ability to afford expenses totaling $48,000 USD per year by either yourself or your financial sponsor. A letter from a bank indicating sufficient funds must accompany the affidavit. An offer of admission and U.S. I-20 immigration document cannot be offered without this document.
  • The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is required* for all applicants whose native language is not English**.

    The TOEFL or IELTS must be taken within the last 2 years.
    The minimum required TOEFL score is a 500 (paper version) or 61 (Internet-version)
    The minimum required IELTS score is 6.0

    * An automatic waiver of TOEFL or IELTS will be given to graduate applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution of higher education.

    ** An SAT or ACT score may be substituted for the TOEFL or IELTS if your country of citizenship is
    • Antigua
    • Australia
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Barbuda
    • Belize
    • Canada (except Quebec)
    • Gambia
    • Ghana
    • Grenada
    • Guyana
    • Ireland
    • Jamaica
    • Kenya
    • Liberia
    • Mauritius
    • New Zealand
    • Sierra Leone
    • Solomon Islands
    • South Africa
    • St. Lucia
    • Trinidad & Tobago
    • Uganda
    • United Kingdom
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe

       

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Apply for Spring 2021 for majors in International Business & Logistics, Global Studies & Maritime Affairs, and Oceanography between August 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020 at www.calstate.edu/apply.

Apply for Fall 2021 for all majors between October 1, 2020 and December 4, 2020 at www.calstate.edu/apply.

Admission Office Hours

Note that the staff is working from home answering calls and emails,
M-F 8:00am - 5:00pm

admission@csum.edu  
To be forwarded to staff home numbers, call 707-654-1330 and select the proper number when prompted

FAX: (707) 654-1336 (operational 24/7)

Cal Maritime, Admissions Office
200 Maritime Academy Drive
Vallejo, CA 94590

Admission Office Resources

Admission Process Deadlines
Annual Security Report (Jeanne Cleary Act)
Cal Maritime New Price & Cost Calculator


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