International Students

The foreign student advisor provides assistance to foreign students in meeting U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service requirements concerning F-1 or J-1 visas, school transfers, employment permits, practical training, and passports. The office also provides help understanding University policies such as the registration process, payment of fees, scholarships, orientation, housing, health insurance, and tuition waivers. Counseling is available regarding cultural adjustment to the U.S., American academic differences, testing, and personal problems. The foreign student advisor works closely with the International Student clubs. There are approximately 50 International Students at SSU and about 60 in the Language Institute. University Admissions Requirements.

School of Education Admissions Requirements

Because of the nature of the School of Education Programs, there are additional admissions requirements:

1. Evaluation of International College Completion Requirement:

The School of Education requires applicants to have completed a recognized baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university. International degrees or documentation of college completion outside the United States must be evaluated by an external evaluation service approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and by the SSU International Admissions office. The evaluation should state the U.S. educational equivalent of a BA/BS degree. Applicants are responsible for securing the evaluations and for any costs the evaluations entail.

Applications for admission to School of Education programs will not be complete until these evaluations have been submitted to Sonoma State University Office of Admissions and to the School of Education Credentials Office.

NOTE: SSU's requirements for international applicants may be different. Please refer to the SSU admissions webpage ( for more information.
Foreign Coursework Evaluations

All students must submit international transcripts to one of the following third-party evaluation service.

Please note: Additional transcripts are not required to be sent to the Office of Admissions when using these credential evaluation services.

Information on agencies approved by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing can be found on the CTC website. For Credential Program applicants only.

2. English Language Requirement:

Post Baccalaureate and Graduate applicants, please refer to SSU's Language Proficiency requirement options.