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Washington Monthly 2010-2015

STUDENTS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES You should provide complete information on the “Academic History” section of the UC Application. List the marks you received exactly as they were given by your school—do not try to convert them. If you took an external examination in secondary school (IGCSE, A Levels, Year X/XII board exams, IB, etc.), you should list the scores received and predicted scores in the “International External Exam” section. Please do not mail your academic record unless requested.

13-YEAR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS You must complete all 13 years before entering the University of California. You must graduate from secondary school, earning a certificate of completion that enables you to attend a university in your country.

BRITISH SYSTEM AND SINGAPORE You must complete at least 5 IGCSE/GCSE/GCE O Levels, and at least 3 GCE A Levels to be considered for admission.




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China Korea India

Taiwan Canada Hong Kong Indonesia Japan Iran

INTERNATIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT Competitive freshman applicants typically pursue a rigorous university-preparatory curriculum across academic disciplines and attain superior marks/grades. You must complete a program of study that will allow you to enter a university in your educational system.

ENTRANCE EXAM INDIA AND PAKISTAN You must complete both year X and XII state board or CBSE examinations, with average marks above 70 and no mark lower than 60.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS Your international school must have an appropriate level of recognition in the educational system it follows. You must also be earning a certificate of completion that will allow you to enter a university in that educational system. If your school follows a U.S. curriculum, it must have appropriate accreditation and you must graduate with a high school diploma or an equivalent credential.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE If you are completing your IB diploma or taking some IB courses, make sure to report your IB status in your application. Follow the instructions in the application for reporting IB coursework and examinations. For information on other systems, visit

Freshman applicants must present entrance examination results: either the SAT, SAT with Essay, or ACT with Writing, taken by December in their final year of secondary school. Applicants may also sit for the SAT Subject Tests, but these tests are not required. The University of California considers the best scores attained at a single sitting. Sub-scores from different test dates are not combined.

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY Freshman applicants whose native language is not English—and whose secondary school is located in a country in which the dominant language is not English—must take an English language exam: either the TOEFL or the IELTS to demonstrate proficiency. Minimum TOEFL score: 83 Average TOEFL of 2016 admitted students: 104 Minimum average IELTS score on the academic modules: 7 Average IELTS of 2016 admitted students: 7.5

OTHER FACTORS Competitive freshman applicants have personal qualities that demonstrate an ability to contribute to and benefit from our stimulating, diverse campus community. These qualities may include leadership, commitment to service, motivation, tenacity, initiative, creativity, responsibility, insight and originality. Involvement in activities or endeavors outside of the classroom, and your answers to the personal insight questions are considered in the admissions review.

Pradeep K. Khosla Chancellor, UC San Diego Our international scholars contribute valuable information and experiences to our classrooms and research. We are committed to providing our students with international opportunities to give them the knowledge, skills and sensitivities required to be global citizens in the 21st century.

APPLY HERE NOVEMBER 30 DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATION For country-specific information, visit:

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Cost in USD for 12 months (2016-2017) Tuition & Fees $43,286 Estimated expenses Living expenses $19,200 are subject to change. Books/expenses $ 1,500 Total $63,986

PAYING FOR SCHOOL UC San Diego does not offer financial assistance to international undergraduates. If you are admitted and plan to obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa, you must provide documentation demonstrating adequate financial resources for the duration of your studies in the U.S. For example, students admitted for Fall 2017 will need a minimum of $63,986. INTERNATIONAL CENTER • One-on-one advising: immigration, international travel, financial planning, health insurance, employment authorization, cultural, technical and personal issues • Application support: visas, maintenance of status, employment authorization, Social Security cards, California driver’s licenses, federal and state taxes GLOBAL AMBASSADOR PROGRAM Pairs an incoming international student with a student mentor to help you acclimate and make a smooth transition into university life. Includes: • Pre-arrival communication • Peer mentoring • Campus life and academic workshops • Social events and Activities INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Ballet Folklorico la Joya de Mexico Brazilian Student Organization Chinese Students and Scholars Association Cultural Iranian Student Association Hellenic Student Association Hong Kong Student Union Indian Student Association San Diego Indonesian Association Japanese Student Association Korean Student Cultural Association Malaysians In America Muslim Student Association United Taiwanese Association For a complete listing, visit

MEXICO Mohammad 3rd year Qatif, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia Campus Involvement:

• Biomedical Engineering Society • NanoEngineering and Technology Society • Global Ambassadors Student Leader

Why did you choose UC San Diego? I visited the campus and fell in love. It has an intense commitment to academia. I felt that by joining the university I would be able to continue to live my life in the balance I felt was so important; education, fitness and great cuisine. The other draw is the city of San Diego, because it’s the perfect middle ground between a huge metropolitan city and a small town; and the beaches are endless. What advice would you give to international students? It’s ok for you to feel a little homesick and experience some culture shock. Don’t worry, it is normal, believe me. Just be patient because it will get better with time and you will realize how wonderful UCSD and San Diego really are.

Layna 3rd year Okinawa, Japan Campus Involvement:

• Women’s Club Soccer Team • Model United Nations • Global Ambassadors Student Leader

Why did you choose UC San Diego? Its well-established reputation and location. I was looking forward to walking to class each day with beautiful weather and coastal breezes. I visited the campus during my sophomore year of high school and fell in love with it. I love the unique art structures scattered around campus. Also, I love how diverse the student body is. You get the multi-cultural interactions of traveling without having to leave campus. How easily did you transition to life in the United States? Whether a student is in-state, out-of-state, or international, the transition to UCSD is something every student experiences. There were some lifestyle differences moving to the U.S. but nothing that made me feel out of place. I’ve built my community by trying to connect with as many people as I can, whether that’s by joining student orgs or just having conversations with new people.

UC San Diego prepares students for successful professional careers in law, business, medicine, international affairs and many more fields. To determine if an advanced degree is right for you, visit: UC San Diego Graduate Division: UC San Diego Extension international programs: • English Language Institute offers English language programs to students 18 and older, at all levels of proficiency • Certificate Programs designed for international professionals and students UC San Diego Summer Session:

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