International Students

Prospective International Graduate Student Information

At Cal Poly, our goal is to achieve excellence in graduate programs which place our graduates into the workforce with advanced knowledge and the leadership skills necessary to prosper in an increasingly competitive global economy. Our international students are valued members of our campus community. If you are considering applying to Cal Poly, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the following information and resources.

Completed Exams (Required)


(Graduate Record Exams - General Test)
requirement depends on program


(Test of English as a Foreign Language)
minimum internet-based score - 80


(International English Language Testing System)
minimum score 6.5

Either the TOEFL or IELTS is required (individual programs will indicate and may have higher requirements)

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


If you are offered admission to Cal Poly as an international applicant, you may be issued an I-20 to attend the university. Additional documents are required for the I-20 issuance. Please visit the International Center website for more information.

Request an I-20