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CIHS welcomes international students from all over the world!  As such, CIHS is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students and issue I-20 SEVIS forms to all eligible international applicants seeking F-1 visa status.  This includes international students coming from outside the U.S. and those who are already in the U.S. attending other SEVP-approved schools but wish to transfer to CIHS.


Due to COVID-19, CIHS is not able to issue new I-20s for new international students at this time.  However, we are assessing the possibility of resuming the issuance of new I-20s for new international students in the near future. When this happens, an announcement will be made.  In the meantime, international students are welcome to apply to the CIHS program of their choice and take their classes online from the comfort of their home in their home country.  CIHS has recently received permanent approval from our accrediting body, WSCUC, to offer all of our programs through the distance education online modality. 


  • To be issued an I-20 by CIHS, prospective international students must verify sufficient financial resources and show English language proficiency.

  • International Students enrolled under F-1 visa status are not eligible for CIHS' tuition deferment plan. F-1 status students must pay their quarterly tuition in full at the time of registration for that quarter's classes.

  • CIHS students pay tuition and other related fees per course each quarter they are enrolled. 

  • Due to Federal Regulations, all F-1 students must attend CIHS full time (two full credit academic courses). One of these must be an on-campus class per quarter. In addition to that one on-campus class, they must also take an additional course which may be an online class. However, the visa requires at least one of the two courses a quarter to be a residential course.

  • CIHS is only able to accept and issue I-20s to M.A. and Ph.D. international applicants at this point.  However, B.A. applicants will be notified when CIHS is able to accept and issue I-20s for undergraduate international students. 


To begin the international application process, the materials listed below must be submitted/uploaded to our online application portal at the time of your application submission. Please note that GRE is not required for admission into any of our programs at the time of your . Prior to filling out the online application form, all applicants are strongly encouraged to review our Academics Page first to select one degree program they wish to study at CIHS. 

Required International Admission Application Materials: 

  • 1) A completed Online Application for Admission

  • 2) Non-refundable international admissions application fee ($100).

  • 3) Official undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts-with proof of degree completion-e-mailed directly from the issuing institution to CIHS at  Official course syllabi may also be required for possible transfer of credit upon departmental approval and in compliance with CIHS' Transfer Credit Policy.  

    • If your transcripts and academic records are not in English, you must submit an official, notarized, word-for-word, literal translation for all academic records (transcripts and diplomas) along with the documents in the original language. Translations can be done in your home country by any bona fide translating agency.

    • Transcripts issued by foreign universities that don't follow the U.S. grading system must be sent to one of the following foreign credential evaluation agencies for a detailed course-by-course evaluation:

  • 4) Two letters of recommendation (for M.A. and Ph.D. applicants) and one letter of recommendation (for B.A. applicants) from individuals who can address your academic and/or professional qualifications. There are 2 ways to submit the letter(s) of recommendation: ​

  • 5) A personal essay in which you explain the reason (s) for seeking admission to CIHS. The essay should show evidence that you have read the CIHS website, understand CIHS’ statement of mission and goals, and have some knowledge of the field of study of the program for which you are applying. Explain how this program could add to your academic background and help you fulfill professional and/or personal goals. Suggested length of narrative: 1-2 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman, Font Size 12.  Approximately 250-500 words. Applicants may exceed this limit if needed. 

  • 6) A current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume, if applicable.  (for M.A. and Ph.D. applicants ONLY). 

  • 7) A representative term paper or another sample of academic or professional writing or publication(s). (for M.A. and Ph.D. applicants ONLY). For tips on how to choose a writing sample, click here.

  • 8) English Proficiency. ​Students whose native language is not English must submit a satisfactory English test score in one of the following English proficiency tests:​

    • IELTS-Academic     6.5 or higher

    • TOEFL iBT               79 or higher (CIHS TOEFL School Code is D107)

    • Cambridge CEFR*   C1 Level or higher (*CEFR= The Common European Framework of Reference

    • Duolingo                105 or higher

    • PTE-Academic**   53 or higher (**PTE=Pearson Test of English)

  • 9) International Students Seeking an I-20 for F-1 Student Visa Status must also submit the following items:

    • A current bank statement, within the last 3 months, showing at least $44,890 USD or its foreign currency equivalent.  

    • Affidavit of Support signed by the student and sponsor(s) if any. Click to download the Affidavit of Support Form.

    • Copy of applicant's passport biographical (name) page.

    • Married applicants who wish to bring their dependents (spouse and children), must submit additional documents as stated in the above Affidavit of Support Form. 

Documents submitted by mail:

California Institute for Human Science​

Admissions Office

701 Garden View Court

Encinitas, CA 92024

Documents submitted by e-mail:

What Happens After You Apply:

Once your online application is submitted, and your supporting documents have been received by the Admissions Office, your file will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee and an admission decision will be rendered.  This process usually takes a couple of weeks from the time we receive ALL your supporting documents, therefore, we strongly recommend that you don't delay sending us the required admission documents, otherwise, the processing of your application will be delayed.  Accepted students will be notified via email. 


Note: Please ensure you use a functional email address when you submit your online application and check your email regularly. This way, we would be able to notify you to submit any additional documents needed to complete your admissions file.  

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