International Students

Specific Admission Requirements

Non-immigrant international students may apply with CTSB for the issuance of a Form I-20 as certificate of eligibility for admission by the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) to enable a student to apply for an F-1 Visa at their local U.S. Consulate or Embassy and enter the U.S. In addition to completing the general admission requirements, international students must submit the following:

  1. Proof of financial ability in the form of Affidavit of Support, Bank or Financial Statements showing liquid funds to cover tuition and living expenses in the United States for one year academic term.
  2. Copy of diploma (provide a certified translation for non-English diploma).
  3. English language proficiency through submission of an official IELTS Academic or TOEFL result. Refer to the section on English Proficiency Requirements.
  4. Copy of valid passport.
  5. Copy of most recent U.S. Visa.
  6. Copy o latest I-94.
  7. For change of Visa Status applicants approved in the U.S., an I-797 F1 Approval Form from the USCIS.
  8. Payment of the corresponding I-20 processing fee

English Proficiency Requirements

International student applicants are required to take one of the following English Proficiency Exams and submit a satisfactory score/level at the time of application. The following are the accepted English Proficiency Exams and Scores/Levels:

  • • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test covers all facets of English proficiency including spoken English and grammar exercises. CTSB requires any of the following TOEFL scores:
    • Score of at least 60 for Internet-based testing (IBT)
    • Score of at least 170 for Computer-based testing (CBT)
    • Score of at least 497 for Paper-based testing (PBT)

    TOEFL Score reports must be sent to the CTSB Admissions Office directly from the testing agency using CTSB School Code C229.

  • • The IELTS Academic exam measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. In addition, it assesses whether the student is ready to begin studying in an environment where English is the language of instruction. CTSB requires an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 or higher.

International students who have not previously taken any of these English Proficiency tests can choose to prepare by reviewing on their own or by enrolling in an approved ESL program. Test application requirements, authorized test locations and schedule, testing fees, and other details can be obtained from the respective websites:

International students may request an exemption from the language exam requirements if they:

  • Are a native English speaker, or
  • Have earned an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or from a country where English is the official/primary medium of instruction, or
  • Have completed an ESL program with a grade equivalent to a TOEFL score of at least 60 IBT, 170 CBT, or 497 PBT from a regionally accredited US institution, or
  • Applicants have agreed to submit official test scores within 2 quarters after they enroll by filing a petition and receiving CAO/COO approval.

Evaluation of Diploma and Transcripts

International students with non-English credentials must submit a certified translation of their non-English transcripts and diplomas. The Office of Admissions may require credential evaluation of transcripts with an independent credential evaluation service.

SEVIS Transfer

International students currently on F1 Visa with a valid Form I-20 issued by another school can apply to transfer and enroll in CTSB by completing the general admission requirements, and upon obtaining an acceptance letter, request a transfer/release of their Form I-20 from their previous school.

Guidelines for International Students

The Student Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP) of the USCIS places responsibility on the international student to understand and comply with program regulations. This section summarizes the responsibilities for F-1 students. Failure to comply with these responsibilities may jeopardize their F-1 student status.

Register for and Complete a Full Course of Study

F-1 students are required to register and enroll in a full course of study each quarter. The following are the CTU’s minimum unit requirements per quarter for F-1 students to maintain full-time registration for each level of study:

  • Master of Business Administration: 8 units per quarter

Under certain circumstances, F-1 students may be authorized to enroll for less than a full course of study and still meet program regulations for maintaining status. The student should meet one of the criteria listed on the Reduced Course Load Request Form, consult with and obtain approval from the Chief Academic Officer and/or provide medical documentation.

Leave of Absence

Students must notify the Registrar’s Office if they do not intend to register in a given quarter. Students are allowed to apply for a Leave of Absence (non-medical) after attending three consecutive quarters. If you are completing your program, you may not take your final quarter as vacation. Any student who does not register for the next quarter after the expiration of a Leave of Absence must apply for readmission and is subject to all current academic and administrative policies and procedures, including any new degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission.

Complete Program Before I-20 Expires

An F-1 student has permission to study in the United States up to the expected completion date as indicated on the Form I-20.

I-20 Program Extension

To request for an extension, the student must demonstrate that additional time is needed because of compelling academic reasons or a documented medical illness. An F-1 student who requires additional time to complete a program should consult with the administrative office to apply for an extension one month before their Form I-20 expires. Students are allowed a maximum of one year extension of their I-20.


Upon graduation, the student has 60 days grace period to either:

  • Leave the United States
  • Change to another status
  • Or begin a new program (this requires a new Form I-20)

Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is employment authorization that allows an F-1 student to engage in an off-campus academic internship (paid or unpaid) that is a required part or an integral part of the academic curriculum. CTSB offers part-time CPT of up to 20 hours per week during the academic year. Eligible students register for the MA750 Curricular Practical Training course and receive (2) units upon successful completion. Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  1. Maintain a minimum quarterly GPA of 2.7 (B-).
  2. Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) (refer to SAP definition under General Academic Policies).
  3. Enroll in a full course of study during CPT.
  4. Employment offer is directly related to the student’s field of study.
  5. Sign course contract and complete all quarterly CPT course assignments as outlined in the MA750 Curricular

Practical Training syllabus (i.e. employer evaluation forms, employment journal entries, industry trend reports etc).
The following is the CPT application and enrollment process:

  1. Fill out a CPT Request Form and pay a CPT registration fee of $200.
  2. Schedule an appointment with the Chief Academic Officer for CPT Course Orientation, and review of your request form and offer letter.
  3. Once you are approved, register in MA750 Curricular Practical Training (2 units) and pay the registration fee of $200.
  4. Once payment and course enrollment is complete, a new I-20 will be issued.
    CPT authorization and course enrollment is granted one quarter at a time, and requires reapplying each quarter to continue CPT. If a continuing CPT student will be working with a different employer, a new job offer letter is required.

Optional Practical Training

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. Eligible students can apply to receive 12 months of OPT employment authorization 90 days before completing their academic studies (pre-completion) and/or within 60 days after completing their academic studies (post-completion). To apply for OPT, an F-1 student must submit an OPT Request Form to the school and follow the OPT application process.