Why Study in the US?

International Graduate Admissions

Thank you for considering CiAM! No matter where you’re coming from, you will be well supported every step of the way at CiAM. Your experiences here will prove intellectually challenging, while also enriching you personally and culturally. We are dedicated to your success—in the classroom and in your career. Come join the CiAM team, where we believe in possibilities and achieve the extraordinary!

Who do we consider to be international? You are an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident.

Downloadable Application Instructions: 

Download International Admissions Checklist 


Interested in studying English along with your MBA in the United States? Contact us.

Application Dates

2020-2021 Application Periods:

CiAM has rolling admissions and flexible application periods, so you can start your application anytime! If you are interested in applying to CiAM, please see the terms available for 2020-2021 listed below. If you have any questions, please drop us a line at admissions@ciam.edu anytime, we are always happy to help!

2-Year MBA Program:

Only Available Full-time, Hybrid (on-Campus)

  • Fall 2020
    • Student Orientation: Aug 21st, 2020
    • Term Start (First Day of Class): Sept 5th, 2020
  • Spring 2021
    • Student Orientation: Dec 18th, 2020
    • Term Start (First Day of Class): Jan 9th, 2021
  • Summer 2021
    • Student Orientation: Apr 23rd, 2021
    • Term Start (First Day of Class): May 8th, 2021

Online MBA:

Only Available 100% online, Full-time

  • Term A - 2021
    • Student Orientation: Jan 6th, 2021
    • Term Start (First Day of Class): Jan 9th, 2021
  • Term B - 2021
    • Student Orientation: N/A
    • Term Start (First Day of Class): Apr 3rd, 2021
  • Term C - 2021
    • Student Orientation: Jun 25th, 2021
    • Term Start (First Day of Class): Jun 26​​​​​​​th, 2021
  • Term D - 2021
    • Student Orientation: N/A
    • Term Start (First Day of Class): Sep 18th, 2021

*100% Online not available to International Students, please contact us for full details.

How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY - international

Applying to CiAM is easy! There are only five simple steps, listed below:

  • Step 1: Connect with our Admissions Counselors
    • Our friendly admissions team is here to help guide you through out your application and to help you acomplish your educational goals. Please call us toll free at +1 (866) 295-5118 or email us at admissions@ciam.edu
  • Step 2: Start Your Application Online 
  • Step 3: Submit Required Documents
    • Your dedicated admissions counselor will provide guidance on what documents you will need for your application.
  • Step 5: Schedule an Admissions Interview
    • Instructions for the admissions interview will be provided after you submit your completed application.
  • Step 6: Prepare to Start Your Classes!
    • Our Student Success department will work with you on selecting the right courses and help prepare you for success here at CiAM!

Downloadable Application Instructions: 

Applying for an F-1 Visa

US VISA Requirements 

All international students must have a visa to study in the United States. Without this, you will not be able to attend CIAM because you cannot enter the country. International students at CIAM typically have an non-immigrant Student Visa (F-1). In order to apply for an F-1 Visa from your local embassy you must have an I-20 issued by the school you will be attending. CIAM only issues I-20's to international students who have completed the entire application process and have been accepted into the MBA program. For questions about the I-20 or Visa Application Process, contact your DSO or CIAM's Admissions Department at admissions@ciam.edu or 1 (626) 350-1500.

There are a number of sources on the Internet which provide many valuable tips on how to approach the embassy visit. Some of these sites provide information on what you should do or should not do. It is best to act natural, be prepared with all appropriate documents, and ask for a written reason for rejection if the student is rejected.

Visa Checklist:

  • I-20 
  • Passport
  • DS-160
  • Financial Statement showing where money is coming from for education and living expenses
  • Application Fee Payment Receipt
  • Letter of offer from CIAM
  • Visa Appointment Letter
  • College Transcripts
  • Resume
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores 
  • *Please check your country’s Embassy website for more information

Download Affidavit of Financial Support & I-20 Application form

Helpful Online resources:

English Exam Exemption

Countries Exempt from English Exam

You are Eligible to Waive the English Language Exam if you attended an institution in a country where the native language is English for 1 year or more and earned a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from that institution.

Below is a list of countries CIAM accepts for the English Exam Waiver:

  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Grand Cayman
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Puerto Rico PR
  • Trinidad/Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • U.S. Pacific Trust

Download English Requirement Exemption Form.

International FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some commonly asked questions asked by international students. If your questions are not found here, please visit the General FAQs page, or contact the admissions office at (626) 350-1500 ext 106 or email at admissions@ciam.edu.

International FAQ:

Do I need to take the GRE/GMAT?

No. CIAM does not require GRE or GMAT scores because we do not believe standardized tests accurately represent a person's capabilities.

Does CIAM offer housing?

CIAM unfortunately does not offering housing on campus at this time. International students typically find their own living arrangements near campus.

How much is rent in California?

The rent is widely varied depending on which city you live in. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Alhambra is estimated to have a population of 83,119 and a median gross rent of $1,436 as of April 1st, 2020 (Source: Census.gov).