Sacramento State

California State University, Sacramento, more commonly known as Sacramento State, is the seventh largest university of the 23-campus California State University system. Sacramento State offers the prestige of studying at the largest public university system in the United States, while maintaining a personal approach to student teaching.

The 300-acre campus is landscaped with more than 3,000 trees and scenic flower gardens. Biking and walking paths encompass the campus surroundings and are highlighted by the American River as a picturesque backdrop.

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Student demographics

Sacramento State maintains a multicultural student body of nearly 28,000 students. In addition, over 1,000 students representing many countries from around the world come to the English Language Institute (ELI) each year. The city of Sacramento itself was named America’s most diverse city in TIME Magazine, based on a civil rights project by Harvard University.

ESL program and/or support services

The English Language Institute (ELI) at Sacramento State offers an excellent education on a safe and friendly campus. Our program offers a rich student experience, balancing academics and cultural immersion opportunities.


  • Helps students develop the skills necessary to acquire fluency in English as a Second Language
  • Introduces students to American culture and society
  • Prepares students to communicate effectively in English Transitions students from an intensive English program to an academic program
  • Provides general English skills for business, travel and educational purposes
  • Program offerings include: English Language Institute, American Language and Culture, International Professional Training and Development, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Preparation.

We also offer internships and volunteer work that help enhance the students’ experience beyond the classroom academically, professionally and personally. Advanced ELI students may enroll in academic courses through Open University.

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Student Housing options

The Housing Office can provide information to international students who are pursuing undergraduate degrees. For information about cost, meal plans, and dates of occupancy, please visit the Housing Residential Life web site at

Students interested in the English Language Institute can learn about their housing options at ELI staff can assist you with answering your housing concerns in Sacramento, though students must make arrangements for their own housing.

Application deadlines

Students interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree can apply for full or conditional admission to the university. Visit to find out about the Office of Global Education’s (OGE) application process.

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Admission requirements

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International Student visas issued

International Students are those who currently hold or will require F-1 Visas-applying while in the U.S. or abroad to undergraduate and graduate programs. Students are encouraged to apply for their visa early to provide ample time for visa processing. Students may apply for their visa as soon as they are prepared to do so.

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Cost of attendance and financial assistance

Fees for full or conditional admission to the university can be found at

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