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International Applicant Questions

Does UC San Diego give conditional admission for international students?

No. International students must meet the university’s minimum requirements which include a passing TOEFL score to be admitted. Please refer to our Admissions Policies for more information.

Does UC San Diego require international applicants to have their transcripts evaluated?

No, UC San Diego performs its own evaluation and does not accept those performed by evaluation agencies.  Likewise, UC San Diego does not accept evaluation reports as the official English translation of foreign academic records.  However, ICAP documents from WES (World Education Services) can be accepted in place of official transcripts and degree certificates.

How do I submit my documents if I earned a degree from an institution in China?

Verification reports should only be sent after accepting an offer of admission. 

For application review purposes, scan and upload copies of transcripts.  You do not need to have your documents verified by a verification service.

Students Graduated In and After 2001:

Students admitted to a Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or later program are required to submit official verification reports from CHESICC and CDGDC. To finalize admission to the program, students will need to submit the following:

To be emailed directly from CHESICC to gradadmissions@ucsd.edu

  • CHESICC Verification Report of Final Transcript (in English)
  • CHESICC Verification Report of Qualification (in English)
  • CHESICC Verified Copy of Final Transcript (in English and Chinese)

To be mailed by the student to UC San Diego Graduate Admissions Office:

  • Photocopy of Certificate of Degree (in English and Chinese)
  • Printed copy of the CDGDC degree electronic certification report (in Chinese)

China Higher Education Student Record from CHESICC

Apply for CHESICC: https://www.chsi.com.cn/xlcx/en/brief.jsp

Students Graduated Prior to 2001:

Admitted students who have earned degrees from institutions in China prior to the year 2001 will need to send a CDGDC report. To finalize admission, students will need to submit the following:

To be mailed directly by the issuing institution to UC San Diego Graduate Admissions Office:

  • Final transcript (in English and Chinese)
  • Certified Copy of Certificate of Degree (in English and Chinese)

To be mailed by the student to UC San Diego Graduate Admission office:

  • Printed copy of the CDGDC degree electronic certification report (in Chinese)

Do not request your electronic degree certification report from the CDGDC until your degree has been awarded. 

China Qualification Verification from the CDGDC

Chinese: http://cqv.chinadegrees.cn/cn/

English: http://www.chinadegrees.cn/en/

Please note that verification from CHESICC or CDGDC is only required when a degree was earned at an institution in China. It is not necessary for transfer work or study abroad done in China. If you have transfer work from or did study abroad at a Chinese institution, you will need to submit transcripts directly from the institution upon admission.

How do I apply for a student visa?

Submit the I-20 or DS-2019 request through the iPortal. Sign on using your UC San Diego Personal ID (PID) to access the iPortal. The iPortal application will help determine what is the appropriate visa and status for you. 

If you have questions about the I-20 or DS-2019 Certificates of Eligibility please visit the International Center website.