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CIHS is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. (The I-20 form is issued to all eligible applicants.) Prospective international students must verify sufficient financial resources and show English language proficiency. Students enrolled under F-1 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 (4 x a year) 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.

To begin the application process, the following materials must be submitted to the CIHS Admissions Office via mail, email ( or online submission.


Required Application Materials

  • A completed Online Application for Admission

  • A current resume or curriculum vitae;

  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can address your academic and/or professional qualifications. There are two ways to submit letters of recommendation: ​

    • Mail original letters to the following address:

California Institute for Human Science​

Admissions Office

701 Garden View Court

Encinitas, CA 92024

*The person recommending you may use the Letter of Recommendation Online Form​

  • Official undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts mailed to the above address.

    • Transcripts issued by a foreign university must be sent to for evaluation. ​The foreign credential evaluation issued by WES must be sent to or by mail at the address above:

  • English Proficiency. ​Students whose native language is not English must submit a satisfactory English test score. CIHS accepts the following English proficiency tests:​

    • IELTS                     6.5

    • TOEFL iBT            80

    • CAMBRIDGE       180

    • CEFR                    4.5

  • 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: Five pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman, Font Size 12.  Approximately 1,250-1,500 words.

  • A representative term paper or another sample of academic writing or publications.

  • Bank statements showing at least $50,000

  • Affidavit of Support. Click here to download the form: Affidavit of Support

  • Copy of Passport

  • Non-refundable application fees:  

    • International application fee $250

Completed forms and documents can be submitted via email to: