National Student Exchange

Information for Incoming NSE Students

Welcome to California State University, Northridge (CSUN). I am delighted that you have chosen to attend CSUN as an NSE student, and I look forward to meeting you in Fall 2014 or Spring 2015. Even though you have been accepted to CSUN for the NSE program, you still need to formally apply to the school. Click here for the application form.

Please pay close attention to ALL the information listed below, particularly the April 4, 2014 deadline!

Checklist - How to Apply to CSUN

NO LATER THAN APRIL 4, 2014 you must send me ALL of the following:

  • Your CSUN application form completed in full, together with a check or money order for $55 made payable to CSUN.
  • In addition, send an OFFICIAL copy of your current academic transcript.
  • A check or money order made payable to CSUN NSE for $50 for the NSE activity fee. This payment was published on the NSE website under Tuition and Fees. This fee helps ensure the continued success of NSE on our campus and contributes to some of the cultural program offerings.

All the above items must be sent NO LATER THAN April 4, 2014 to:

Juliet Aylmer
International and Exchange Student Center
Building C, USU
California State University Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330-8445

Please use the COMPLETE Zip code

Admission to the University

You should receive notification of your admission from the Admissions Office by mid April as long as you have submitted your application form, check and official transcript by April 4. Please note: Admissions may contact you via email or through the mail, so please make sure you check the email address you put on your NSE application regularly. Your admission notification will have your ID number as well as a pin number (your pin number could be for example initials and numbers, or 1st name.last name.some number), and a temporary password to activate your online CSUN account (known as the web portal). If for any reason, there is not a password listed, please call (818) 677-1400 to receive a password.

Once you activate your account, you will be assigned an automatic CSUN email address. Be sure to check that email frequently because the university will communicate with you through that email address once you are admitted to the university.

Once you activate your account, you can access all the information in your records. You will be able to access the schedule of classes, you will be able to register when your registration date is due and you can access financial aid information, etc.

Registration Information

On-line Registration for Fall 2014 will begin in June (registration for Spring 2015 will begin in November 2014). The schedule of classes will be online. You will receive your registration details directly from Admissions Office. This will contain your registration time and date. Please make sure that you log on to your CSUN web portal to register STARTING the date and time on your letter. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE UNIVERSITY AND THIS OFFICE WILL USE YOUR CSUN EMAIL ADDRESS ONLY TO COMMUNICATE ANY INFORMATION.

Pre-Req Issues

Due to budgetary constraints, you MUST be flexible with what classes you can take at CSUN. For Pre-req issues, please click here and read the information IN FULL.

How To Apply For On-Campus Housing (note: you can only apply after you have received your CSUN username and password)

Go to CSUN's website at There, you will see all the information you need with respect to fees and application. Follow directions for applying to housing. APPLY FOR HOUSING IMMEDIATELY AS HOUSING CANNOT BE GUARANTEED.

Housing is allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so you are advised to apply IMMEDIATELY.

When you log on to Housing's website, you will be asked for your CSUN student ID number. Once you enter your information and submit it, the system should ask you to print out your license agreement, complete it, and send it in immediately. The Housing office must receive your License Agreement and payment by that date. Please make sure your payment is a cashier's check or money order payable to "CSUN Housing."

There is special instruction for "Spring Only" students. Spring students please follow the same instructions, as you will need your CSUN username and password to apply for housing. Housing is not guaranteed and it is on a fist-come first-served basis. So, sending in your application early would be to your advantage. If you choose to apply for Spring housing later, please note that you MUST do so by October 1, 2014.

Please return your License Agreement and payment directly to the Housing Office - Student Housing and Conference Services, 17950 Lassen Street, Northridge, CA 91325 This should be your priority... return it immediately! All questions regarding on-campus housing should be directed to DaVon Henson at (818) 677-2160, or

Meal Plan

If you are assigned a room with no kitchen, you HAVE to purchase a Meal Plan. You are also welcome to purchase a Meal Plan if you have a kitchen. For more details, please see If you are only going to be at CSUN for one Semester, note that on your application and remember that you will only need to pay half the cost.

NSE Orientation

You will receive information on the orientation date and NSE activity by email closer to the Fall or Spring semester.

NSE students have been extremely adept in exploring the many cultural offerings that Los Angeles offers. I think you'll find Los Angeles to be a very stimulating area in which to study and explore. I look forward to meeting you when you arrive (instructions on how to get here from the airport will be available on the website later). Feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns. Remember, if your question is housing related, please call Housing at 818 677 2160.

Juliet Aylmer
NSE Advisor

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