International Admissions

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    International Admission at Cal State Northridge

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Admitted Returning CSUN Student

Congratulations and welcome to California State University, Northridge!

Now that you've been readmitted, there are still some important steps to take depending on whether you'll be coming to CSUN from inside or outside the United States.

Select your student group below to read the additional requirements for your situation:

Returning student from inside the U.S.

Form I-20 and SEVIS Record

You will receive a preliminary letter of admission asking you to notify your current college or university advisor to transfer your SEVIS record to CSUN. About two or three business days after your prior school releases you in the SEVIS database, your I-20 will be available for you to pick up from our Office of International Admissions.

  • If you prefer that we hold your I-20 for a friend or family member to pick up, please let us know as soon as possible.
  • If no one is available to pick up your I-20, you can mail or carry a self-addressed, pre-paid envelope to the Office of International Admissions. NOTE: We will not release your I-20 to any express mail companies without a self-addressed, pre-paid envelope.

Visa and Immigration Advisement

You will also receive instructions for your online mandatory immigration information session (referred to as "The Six Steps") with your admission letter.

Academic Advisement

Watch for an email from your academic departmental advisor directing you to set up an online appointment. Course registration materials will be mailed to you, and your enrollment appointment will display in myNorthridge Portal under "My Checklist." However, you cannot register for classes until you have participated in online academic advisement with your department and your advisement holds have been lifted.

Returning student from out of the U.S.

All Returning International Students

Please arrange an appointment at a local U.S. Embassy to secure your F-1 student visa. This can be a long process, so please make the appointment as soon as possible.

Returning Bachelor's Students

You will receive a letter of admission, a letter of welcome from CSUN's International and Exchange Student Center, and the Form I-20.

Registration materials will be mailed to you, and your enrollment appointment will display in myNorthridge Portal under "My Checklist." However, you cannot register for courses until:

  • you have participated in online academic advisement with your department

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  • you have arrived in the United States and participated in advisement with your department as well as the International and Exchange Student Center.

You will receive an email from your departmental advisor directing you to set up an online appointment once registration begins. Upon arrival in the United States, please make an appointment with a representative from the International and Exchange Student Center.

Returning Master's Students

You will receive a letter of admission, a letter of welcome from the International and Exchange Student Center, a copy of the departmental admission form (1295) for your masters program, and the I-20. You may also receive specific communications from your graduate department.

Registration materials will be mailed to you, and your enrollment appointment will display in myNorthridge Portal under "My Checklist." However, you cannot register for courses until you have arrived in the United States or you have made special arrangements with the International and Exchange Student Center and your graduate program department. Upon arrival, you will need to arrange a meeting with an advisor in the International and Exchange Student Center.