Center for International Programs

Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Program

Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Program

The Global Assessment Certificate program is an internationally recognized university preparation program for students who want to study at a university which uses English as its language of instruction.  Humboldt State University will accept up to 36 semester credits in transfer from the GAC. 

General Information
  • The California State University System's northernmost campus
  • 8,000 students
  • Over 180 student clubs
  • 54% female, 46% male
  • 23:1 student to faculty ratio
  • Fully accredited
  • 44 undergraduate majors, 73 undergraduate minors, 12 graduate programs

At Humboldt State University, we have renowned faculty from all corners of the world, progressive research facilities, and a dynamic living and learning environment. Undergraduate and graduate students in all majors are involved in faculty research. Students focus on environmental sustainability and social responsibility to develop personally and professionally.

 

Why Humboldt?
  • Safe, friendly, beautiful community
  • Beautiful northern California campus in the redwoods with spectacular ocean views and nearby beaches
  • Affordable, low cost of living
  • Dedicated International Programs staff that will support you with your Curricular and Optional Practical Training (CPT and OPT)
  • Academically rigorous degrees and hands on undergraduate and graduate research


The Center for International Programs (CIP) office offers admission services, visa and immigration advising, an intensive English program, and a comprehensive orientation to the university and the community. Friendly staff are available to assist students throughout their studies. Students may choose from various residence hall options that include Special Living Communities for students with common interests. Students may also choose to live off-campus in the town of Arcata. Regardless of where they’re living, students enjoy dining at the cafeterias on campus and sampling the wide range of different ethnic cuisine as well as vegetarian and organic food.

 

Degree Programs and Majors
  • Natural Resources and Sciences: Biology; Botany; Computer Science; Environmental Studies; Mathematics; Oceanography; Physics; Wildlife, Zoology
  • Professional Studies: Business Administration; Economics; Education; Kinesiology; Recreation Administration
  • Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences: Art; English; International Studies; Languages; Music; Politics; Theatre, Film, and Dance.

 

GAC GPA
 

  

  • GPA of 2.0 on college coursework
  • GPA of 2.5 on secondary (high school) coursework
  • If students have less than 60 transferrable units, they will need to submit secondary education (high school) transcripts.

 

 

English Proficiency
  • TOEFL score of 71 iBT, 525 PBT; or IELTS 6.0
  • Completion of the International English Language Institute program
  • Other acceptable proof of English language proficiency.

 

GAC Credits and Scholarships

HSU will accept up to 36 semester credits in transfer from GAC. Students may apply for an International Merit partial tuition scholarship.
  

 

How to Apply

For information on how to apply, please visit our website.
 

 
Supporting Documents
  • TOEFL or IELTS score
  • Official transcripts of academic records (in English)
  • Certification of Financial Support
  • Non-refundable application fee of US$55.00.

 

 Teaching Periods
  • Fall Semester: Late August to mid-December
  • Spring Semester: mid-January to mid-May
  • Summer Sessions: June to July
 
Tuition Fees

Please see our website for the most current costs.
 

 
Living Expenses

Please visit our Housing website to learn more about living expenses. 

HSU - GAC Credit Transfer

 

GAC course code

GAC course name

HSU Equivalent

Credits

Satisfies General Education requirement

GAC005

Computing I: Introduction to Computing for Academic Study

Elective

 

3

No

GAC006

Business, Science & Social Science I: Communication Skills

Elective

3

No

GAC010

Mathematics II: Probability, Statistics & Finance

Elective

 

3

No

GAC011

Computing II: Data Management

Elective

3

No

GAC012

Business II: Business Studies

Elective

3

No

GAC013

 

Science II: Scientific Principles

 

Elective

3

No

GAC027

Social Science II: Identity & Interaction in Society

Fulfills General Education Area D7 (Social Science: Interdisciplinary Social or Behavioral Sciences)

3

Yes

GAC016 OR GAC024

Mathematics III: Calculus & Advanced Applications OR Discrete Mathematics

Fulfills General Education Area B3 (Math and Science: Mathematical Concepts) OR Elective Credit

3

Yes

GAC017

Computing III: Digital Communication

Elective

3

No

GAC022

Business III: International Business Studies

Elective

3

No

GAC023

Science III:  General Science

Fulfills General Education Areas B1 OR B4 (not both) (Math and Science: Life Forms OR Physical Universe)

3

Yes

GAC028

Social Science III: Research Skills and Global Issues

Fulfills General Education Area D7 (Social Science: Interdisciplinary Social or Behavioral Sciences)

3

Yes

 

 

Total

36

 

 

 

Please visit GAC's website for more information.

 

 

 


Center for International Programs
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street.
Arcata, CA, 95521-8299 U.S.A.

Telephone: +1 (707) 826-4142
Fax: +1 (707) 826-3939
Email: international@humboldt.edu