The International Application Process

Who Should Apply

ONLY those students who will require an F1 or J1 visa to study in the U.S. All others should follow the standard application procedures.

The Application

Once you complete your personal profile you should fill out the international application and submit it, whether you are an undergraduate or a graduate applicant.


The general filing periods for international students are:

For Fall admission - October 1 through April 30
For Spring admission - August 1 through September 30

Majors may stop accepting applications at any time during this period and the most current information about deadlines and which majors are open can be found on the CSU Mentor web site. Graduate applicants should always check with their program for closure information.

Financial Certification

All applicants should download and print the Documentation of Financial Support form at the end of the application. This form along with bank certification of available funds as indicated below must be submitted.

Estimates of Annual Undergraduate and Graduate Costs at Sonoma State University

These amounts are estimates and are subject to change without notice. Actual expenses may vary. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Trustees of the CSU without prior notice and are usually increased each academic year.

Expense Undergraduate
(12 units/sem) x 2
(8 units/sem) x 2
California State Tuition fees plus Campus-based fees* 7276.00 8500.00
Non-resident Tuition/Fees ($372 per unit) 8928.00 5952.00
Books and materials 1788.00 1788.00
Housing/Food (full meal plan: 17 meals per week) 11545.00 11545.00
Personal expenses 3500.00 3500.00
Health Insurance (annual fee 2014-15)** 1189.00 1189.00
TOTAL: 34226.00 32474.00

*The California State University (CSU) makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum.  Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees.

Go to Registration Fees, Campus-based fees for a list of fees broken down.

Non-resident Students

Non-residents and foreign visa students are required to pay non-resident tuition fees in addition to fees charged to all students.

Non-Resident Tuition did not increase in 2010/11 nor 2011/12, however at the June, 2010 meeting, the CSU eliminated the maximum academic year total number of units for which this fee applies. All units taken by nonresident students are now charged the nonresident tuition rate.

Tuition for Non-Resident Students in addition to registration fees:
Per Unit $372

Non-resident students are eligible for an installment payment plan. There is a 15% service fee on the plan. Contact the Seawolf Services Office for details prior to July 1, 2014, or pay fees in full by that date.

** Health Insurance typically increases annually so this estimate is probably a little low.

For MBA only - $278  per unit professional fee (additional $4448 per year).

Please note that international travel and extraordinary personal expenses are not included in the cost estimates above.
Family Members: Students who will be accompanied by a spouse and/or children will need to submit additional documentation of financial support ($3700 for spouse and $2900 for each child.)

(If you will be a graduate student in either the CES, PSYCHOLOGY, ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, SPANISH or EMBA Program you will pay through our Extended Education Division and the tuition/fee structure is different. Housing, food, personal expense and health insurance estimates remain the same.)


You must submit original copies of all transcripts, mark sheets, leaving certificates or diplomas for all schools attended starting with secondary education. If these documents are not in English, they should be accompanied by certified English translations.


An official TOEFL score report is required. You will find the specific score requirements under the Admission Criteria.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to access the pdf file. If you do not already have this software, go to Download Free Acrobat Reader. If you still have trouble accessing the application, please feel free to email us and we will mail an application to you.