College Portrait

International Students

CSUN students come from nearly 100 countries, drawn to our sunny Los Angeles location and high-quality support services, including the International and Exchange Student Center. Read more about admission requirements for international students.

Student life

Since CSUN is located in Los Angeles, the film capital of the world, let's start with cinema. The International and Exchange Student Center regularly screens free films chosen especially for international students. You can also catch a movie at the University Student Union (USU), the Satellite Student Union and CSUN Cinematheque at the Alan Armer Theater.

You'll also find all kinds of music on campus. The Associated Students sponsors free noontime concerts at the University Student Union, and don't miss the Big Show, held outdoors each fall and featuring a top recording artist, such as Ludacris and Lupe Fiasco. At the Valley Performing Arts Center, you can see award-winning musicians, touring stage productions and dance performances.

Do you play Texas Hold'em, pool, table tennis, Xbox 360, Wii or arcade games? Stop by the Games Room at the USU for regular tournaments and competitions.

You don't need to be an athlete to enjoy sports at CSUN. Stay healthy and fit at the Student Recreation Center, a state-of-the-art fitness and leisure center offering group classes, personal training and intramural sports. Our intramurals and sport clubs offer a wide array of sports and activities, from hip-hop dancing to basketball, soccer and karate. Intramural sports are incredibly popular at CSUN and we have several leagues. Or, try a sports club. These clubs offer structured competition with other universities and amateur clubs in a wide variety of activities, such as dance, tennis, boxing, roller hockey and paintball.

There's also the Oasis Wellness Center, offering both indoor and outdoor spaces for rest, relaxation and quiet contemplation, as well as wellness-focused services, including massage, small-group yoga sessions, acupuncture and peer nutrition counseling. 

While you're in Los Angeles, you'll want to see the sights. The International and Exchange Student Center sponsors free outings to tourist attractions such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, The Getty Center and the Museum of Modern Art.

To find out all the events and activities happening at CSUN, check the campus calendar. The University Student Union and Satellite Student Union also post an events calendar.

Student services

Adjusting to a new country and culture is not easy. At CSUN, we offer a variety of services to help you succeed academically and personally.

Many services are offered through our International and Exchange Student Center, which is located at the University Student Union. This is where you will talk with a foreign student advisor, who is knowledgeable about the college in which you will study. The International and Exchange Student Center is where we hold mandatory group advisement for international students. At this important meeting, advisors will help you with immigration matters, such as lifting your foreign registration hold so you may sign up for classes. Also, you will sign up for a new student orientation especially geared for international students. The International and Exchange Student Center offers many more services, among them a welcome celebration for international students and an annual, international education week. Have questions while you are still in your home country? No problem. Just email a foreign student advisor.

At the Klotz Student Health Center, you can obtain free and low-cost care for routine or urgent medical issues. The student health center also has dental and optometry clinics, and offers integrative therapies such as acupuncture, massage and chiropractic. If you need help adapting to CSUN’s smoke- and tobacco-free policy, check out the center’s smoking cessation tools such as counseling, treatment, and free quit kits and nicotine replacement therapy products. For more information about smoking cessation services, visit the Clear the Air website and look for the link Tools for Quitting.

If you are struggling with an emotional problem, or need guidance in coping with overwhelming personal issues, licensed professionals at University Counseling Services can help. Services are free and confidential.

To provide a break from the daily stress of college life, CSUN’s Oasis Wellness Center offers both indoor and outdoor spaces for rest, relaxation and quiet contemplation, as well as wellness-focused services, including massage, small-group yoga sessions, acupuncture and peer nutrition counseling. 

The Learning Resource Center is the place to go for tutoring, supplemental instruction, test preparation and study strategies. You can also seek help for writing projects and writing-based exams. Many individual departments, such as math, chemistry and business, offer their own tutoring and supplemental courses.

Disability Resources and Educational Services serves students who have a wide range of visible and hidden disabilities. Services and accommodations include alternative testing, note taking, Braille or other alternate media, American Sign Language interpreters, ergonomic chairs and tables for the classroom, and assistive computer technology.

CSUN offers many services for its large population of deaf and hard of hearing students. We offer academic advisement, interpretation, career counseling, and tutoring by subject-field experts, all in American Sign Language. Interpretation in American Sign Language is available for classes and on-campus events. Many of these services are offered through our National Center on Deafness.

Tseng College Programs for International Students

The Tseng College at CSUN offers a year-round Intensive English Program (IEP) with academic English-language instruction, activity classes and tutoring. The IEP is designed to ensure that international students acquire the English-language skills needed for success in undergraduate- or graduate-level degree programs at CSUN or other American colleges and universities. Students who enroll in the IEP may be eligible for benefits, including conditional admission to CSUN and English proficiency exam waivers.

If you want to study at CSUN and experience an American university for only one or two semesters, check out the Semester at CSUN offered by The Tseng College. This program allows international students who meet CSUN’s English-language requirement to enroll full-time in credit courses with CSUN students.