International Admissions

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Applicants

How to Apply

  1. Check the international application and document deadlines on this page for the semester you want to apply to.
  2. Select your student group from the list below to read the admission criteria for your class level.

International Application and Document Deadlines

Application and document deadlines for international applicants are shown in the table below. Please note the special instructions for some student groups under "Important Deadline Notes" immediately following the table.

SemesterApplication DeadlineDocument Deadline
For Fall 2014 AdmissionCLOSED*July 1, 2014*
For Spring 2015 Admission**October 31, 2014*November 14, 2014*

Important SPRING 2015 Deadlines

* Graduate/master's applications are generally due by October 31, 2014. However, individual graduate programs may have earlier closing dates, and the University online application will close on the department's selected date. When graduate programs close earlier than the University application deadline, the student's supporting documents are due by the department deadline. For individual program application deadlines, contact the graduate coordinator of the program of interest from the Graduate Programs List

** Previously disqualified students: CLOSED for the Spring 2015 semester. CSUN is not accepting applications from returning international students who were disqualified in their last semester at CSUN. The next available semester to apply for re-admission is Fall 2015.

Select your class level below for the next required steps.

First-Time Freshman

An international first-time freshman is a student applying to a bachelor's degree program who has not completed any post-secondary course work at a college or university.

Read the international first-time freshman admissions criteria.

Transfer Student

An international transfer student has completed post-secondary course work at an accredited community college or university in the United States or at a college or university located outside of the United States.

Read the international transfer student admissions criteria.

Master's Student

An international master’s (or post-baccalaureate graduate) student has completed a post-secondary degree equal to a U.S. bachelor's degree. Eligible graduate students may apply for admission to a master's or doctoral degree program at CSUN.

Read the international master’s (or post-baccalaureate graduate) student admissions criteria.

Second Bachelor's Student

An international second bachelor’s student is one who has completed a post-secondary degree equal to a U.S. bachelor's degree and wishes to pursue a second bachelor’s degree in an approved major at CSUN. The major may not be the same as the previously awarded degree. Please note that the second bachelor's degree option is not available to any majors or options within CSUN’s College of Business and Economics.

All students are urged to consult with a department advisor to determine whether a second bachelor's degree or a graduate program better meets their needs.

If you are a second bachelor's applicant who is returning to CSUN after a leave of absence or academic disqualification, please see the "Returning Student" section on this page.

Read the international second bachelor’s student admissions criteria.

Returning Student

A returning international student is one who has completed non-extension coursework at CSUN in a previous spring or fall semester. Returning students include those in good academic standing and those wishing to return after previous disqualification in their last semester at CSUN.

Please find readmission information for returning undergraduate and graduate students.

Read the returning international student admissions criteria.

Domestic Student with International Transcripts

A domestic student with international transcripts does not require a student visa (F-1 or J-1) to study in the U.S. but has completed some high school, college or university course work at an accredited educational institution outside the United States, its territories or protectorates.

If you are a domestic student with international secondary and/or post-secondary course work, you should:

  1. Review the CSUN admissions criteria for your class level at domestic applicants;
  2. Send all requested official transcripts to:

CSUN – Admissions and Records
Attention: International Admissions
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207

Your official transcripts will enable us to determine whether or not you’ll need to demonstrate English language proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or similar assessment.

Read the domestic student with international transcripts admissions criteria.