Humboldt State University

humboldt.edu/international

Welcome to Humboldt State University (HSU), the northernmost California State University campus. Every year, students from around the world come to HSU for a high quality education and to live in a friendly, safe and welcoming environment. As an international student, you can explore this unique area and enjoy a vibrant college town located in the heart of California’s beautiful northern coast. Our unique location, safe campus and academically excellent programs make HSU one of the most appealing schools in California. We invite you to take a closer look.

Check out our eBrochure to learn about what it’s like to be a student at HSU.

Student demographics

  • 8,600 students.
  • 54% female, 46% male.
  • Students from China, South Korea, Russia, Burma, Laos, Nepal, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Japan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Egypt, Monternegro, Taiwan.

ESL program and/or support services

The International English Language Institute (IELI) is an intensive language program that helps non-native English learners develop the language skills necessary to achieve their academic goals. IELI serves as a bridge to help each student make the transition from language learner to being a successful student at an American university.

Program Highlights

  • Competitive tuition rates
  • Small classes
  • Safe, friendly, beautiful community
  • Frequent excursions and activities
  • Homestay and home rent options
  • English waiver to Humboldt State University upon successful completion of program

General Information
IELI Classes

  • 25 hours per week of instruction
  • Start an 8-week session in January, March, May, August or October
  • Join the 4-week summer intersession in July

Students choose from the following off-campus options:

  • Apartment Rentals
  • Home Rentals
  • Room Rent (in a home)

Dedicated IELI staff will welcome you at the airport and will assist you with finding housing, both before and after your arrival.

Student Housing options

When you aren’t in class or enjoying all that Humboldt State University and the surrounding community have to offer, you will be living in your choice of on or off campus housing. If you decide to live on campus, choices include single, double or triple rooms in traditional residence halls, as well as apartment and suite-style living. On-campus residents can also choose to live in residence halls organized around a theme, called Special Living Communities. These communities give you a chance to hang out and learn for a year alongside people who share your interests. There are many different Special Living Communities including International Living, Academic Intensive and Natural Resources and Sciences Living.   Learn more about housing options here: http://www.humboldt.edu/housing/

International Living Community

In the International Living Community, international students live in the same resident hall as U.S. students. This community gives students the opportunity to learn about American culture and improve their English by living with students from the United States.
The Humboldt County community also offers many options for the off-campus resident. Click here to learn more about off-campus housing.

Application deadlines

Applications for our ESL program are accepted all year.

Undergraduate, graduate, and HSU Study California applications are accepted during these times:

Fall semester starting in August: October 1 (of prior year) – May 1 (of same year)
Spring semester starting in January: August 1 (of prior year) – October 1 (of prior year)

Admission requirements

Admissions requirements to HSU vary depending on whether you are an undergraduate student, graduate or transfer. Find your academic status below for more detailed information.

English as a Second Language (ESL) – International English Language Institute (IELI)

  • 8 week English for Academic Purposes offered five times a year
  • Must be over 18 and submit documentation of financial support to support immigration application

Conditional admission

  • Qualified students may receive admission to the ESL program at the same time they receive conditional admission to the university
  • Students must meet all admission requirements except for English
  • Graduate admission decisions vary by program

Undergraduate entry requirements

  • A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for secondary education graduates
  • A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate transfer studies, including credit from outside of the United States
  • TOEFL score of 5250 PBT, 71 IBT or IELTS score of 6.0 or Completion of the International English Language Institute program at Humboldt State University

Transfer entry requirements

Lower Division Transfer Students (less than 60 transferrable semester units)

  • A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate transfer studies
  • A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for high school studies for secondary education graduates

Upper Division Transfer Students (more than 60 transferrable semester units)

  • A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate transfer studies

All undergraduate transfer students

  • TOEFL score of 525 PBT, 71 IBT or IELTS score of 6.0 or one of the following:
  • Completion of the International English Language Institute program at Humboldt State University
  • 3 years of college preparation English courses with grades of B or higher completed at a U.S. high school
  • Completion of a California Community College English Composition course with a grade of C or better
  • Completion of a general education English course at a U.S. university or college with a grade of C or better (if transferring from an institution outside the U.S.)

Graduate entry requirements

  • Completion of a valid four-year undergraduate degree
  • A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for graduate admissions (some departments may require a higher GPA)
  • TOEFL score of 550 PBT, 80 IBT, or IELTS score of 6.5 or Completion of the International English Language Institute program at Humboldt State University

International Student visas issued

The Center for International Programs issues F-1 visas for study in the IELI (ESL) program and for degree-seeking students.  Students participating in exchanges are issued J-1 visas.

Cost of attendance and financial assistance

Please click here for the most current list of tuition and fees.