International Admissions

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    International Admission at Cal State Northridge

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Admitted Transfer Student

Congratulations and welcome to California State University, Northridge!

Your next steps depend on your situation.  Are you an F-1 or J-1 visa student? Will you be coming to CSUN from inside or outside the United States? Follow the directions for your student group below.

J-1 Visa Students

Review the immigration requirements and other information on the International and Exchange Student Center (IESC) website at new J-1 students.

When your Form DS-2019 is ready, you may obtain it as follows:

  • If you are residing outside the U.S. at the time of admission, your DS-2019 will be mailed to you.
  • If you are visiting the U.S. at the time of admission, you may arrange to pick up your DS-2019 and your admission materials from our Office of International Admissions before you leave the U.S. Alternatively, you may leave us your forwarding address.

F-1 Visa Students

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

Transfer from inside the U.S.

Visa & Immigration Advisement

You will receive a preliminary letter of admission asking you to notify your college or university advisor to transfer your SEVIS record to CSUN. About two to three business days after your prior school releases you in the SEVIS database, your Form 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 admission packet, you can also 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.

You will also receive instructions via email from CSUN's International and Exchange Student Center (IESC) to complete the mandatory online session called the Six-Step Immigration Requirements.

Academic Advisement

For your first semester only, you will be pre-enrolled in classes by the international academic advisor for new students in the CSUN Office of Undergraduate Studies. Pre-enrollment can be in-person or online and requires your participation.

How to Pre-enroll:

1.  Watch for an email from the international academic advisor directing you to complete the Response Questionnaire and Online Information Workshop. Use the questionnaire to indicate your class schedule preferences.

2.  If you do not receive the international academic advisor's email within 14 days of your admission, request a pre-enrollment appointment by contacting the advisor at:

Office of Undergraduate Studies, CSUN
University Hall (UN) Room 215
Email: ugs.intladvisor@csun.edu
Phone: (818) 677-2969

3.  As a new student, you can only pre-enroll in classes when you have completed both of the following online processes and your advisement holds* are lifted:

Course registration materials will be mailed to you for your first semester only. Your enrollment appointment will display online in myNorthridge Portal under "My Checklist" each semester. However, please pre-enroll in your first-semester classes with the academic advisor at your earliest possible convenience because classes fill quickly and you must be enrolled in at least 12 units to maintain your student visa status.

*For help with myNorthridge Portal, see the How To Guides, including: 

Transfer from out of the U.S.

Form I-20 Admission Packet

You will receive a letter of admission, a welcome brochure, a letter inviting you to take the mandatory English Placement Test (EPT), and the Form I-20.

  • Visa and Immigration Advisement:  Watch for instructions via email from CSUN's International and Exchange Student Center (IESC) to complete the mandatory online session called the Six-Step Immigration Requirements.
  • 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.

English Placement Test

The English Placement Test (EPT) does not affect your admission but places you into the English writing class that matches your skill level. You will receive EPT information.

If possible, arrange an early EPT test date in your locale. Email your request to csuout-of-state@ets.org. If you cannot arrange an early test date, you must take the EPT at CSUN on:

  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015 for Spring 2015
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2015 for Fall 2015

For EPT test dates, locations and online registration, visit the Educational Testing Service website or the CSUN Testing Center EPT page.

Department Exams:  If you are majoring in certain science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields, you may also need to take the Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) and/or a math assessment to place into more advanced classes. Please do not register for a department exam unless the international academic advisor for new students tells you to.

Academic Advisement

For your first semester only, you will be pre-enrolled in classes by the international academic advisor for new students in the CSUN Office of Undergraduate Studies. Please pre-enroll online with the advisor before you arrive in the U.S.

How to Pre-enroll:

1.  Watch for an email from the international academic advisor directing you to complete the Response Questionnaire and Online Information Workshop. Use the questionnaire to indicate your class schedule preferences.

2.  If you do not receive the international academic advisor's email within 14 days of your admission, request a pre-enrollment appointment by contacting the advisor at:

Office of Undergraduate Studies, CSUN
University Hall (UN) Room 215
Email: ugs.intladvisor@csun.edu
Phone: (818) 677-2969

3.  As a new student, you can only pre-enroll in classes when you have completed both of the following online processes and your advisement holds* are lifted:

Course registration materials will be mailed to you for your first semester only. Your enrollment appointment will display online in myNorthridge Portal under "My Checklist" every semester. However, please pre-enroll in your first-semester classes with the academic advisor at your earliest possible convenience because classes fill quickly and you must be enrolled in at least 12 units to maintain your student visa status.

*For help with myNorthridge Portal, see the How To Guides, including: