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Dear Incoming Exchange Student for Spring 2013,
Congratulations on your admission to California State University, Northridge. Our staff wishes to welcome you and to offer you special assistance throughout your stay here. To ensure your success on campus, we will provide you with immigration, personal advisement, and a variety of social, educational, and cross-cultural programs. This letter is intended to provide you with some helpful and important information regarding activating your account, registration, payment deadlines, and housing.
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE administers the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended. The Act promotes mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange. The Exchange Visitor Program provides foreign nationals with opportunities to participate in exchange programs in the United States and then return home to share their experiences.
TWO-YEAR HOME-COUNTRY Physical Presence Requirement [212(e)] – Some Exchange Visitor Program participants and family members who were admitted to the U.S. or who adjusted their visa status to J after admission must return home for a minimum of two years after completing their educational or cultural exchange program before they can change or adjust their status. This requirement applies to those whose:
Please click here to find more information regarding the Exchange Visitor Program.
Failure to report to the IESC within 30 days of arrival and provide required documents will result in automatic termination of your SEVIS record by immigration.
Below is the list of documents that you must bring before or on the J-1 orientation meeting on January 18th at 3:30pm. Please be prepared to submit photocopies of the following documents and proof of health insurance which MUST meet the minimum requirements below:
HEALTH and ACCIDENT INSURANCE POLICY offering at least U.S. $ 50,000.00 USD in major medical and hospital coverage plus $7,500.00 USD in repatriation and $10,000.00 USD evacuation coverage through the end of the academic year. In addition, your deductible should not exceed $500 USD per accident or illness. Please read page 2 of your DS-2019 form section 1 (f) for more information.
IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS (photocopies required)
In the near future you will receive the following information:
If you are missing any of the first three pieces of information, it is either because your application has been processed after the deadline, or there may be an issue with your address. Please contact us if you do not receive any of the above information.
YOUR FIRST STEP after your receive your CSUN username and password: Activate your CSUN account on the web portal. Once you do this, you can access all the information in your records. You will be able to access the schedule of classes, obtain financial information, register for classes, etc. For more information, please visit the following links: http://www.csun.edu/itr/guides/account.html and http://www.csun.edu/anr/soc/guides/index.html.
Please note: If you see a class listed in the catalog but not in the schedule, it means the course is not offered during the Spring semester. A catalog lists all the courses ever offered through the university, whereas, a schedule lists courses that are actually offered during a specific semester.
If you cannot register for a specific class, it is because departments have their restrictions or prerequisites per course. This may prevent you from registering for that class. Please contact us to request a support letter. You may email this letter to the professor as an attachment or print and present to professors when trying to add a class during the Add/Drop period.
CSUN professors have been receptive to exchange students in the past. There are, however, departments with extreme restrictions. Those departments include Business and CTVA. Also please keep in mind that seats in junior and senior level classes cannot be guaranteed. We do hope you are flexible with your coursework and are prepared to take some other courses if some don't work out. Unfortunately, we do not have control over departmental restrictions or course requirements that may be applicable to certain areas from your home campus' transcript.
HOUSING: If you have applied for on-campus housing, you must use your student ID number from now on to access your housing information. If you have already arranged to stay in on-campus housing, Spring 2013 check-in is on Friday, January 18th, 2013. For all housing inquiries, please contact the Housing Office at (818) 677-2160. Information on Student Housing is also available online at https://housing.csun.edu/.
TRANSPORTATION: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the nearest airport to CSUN.
Important: Students are responsible for making their own arrangements for transport.
The following options are available:
The Student Housing Department is located in Building 6 on the corner of Lassen Street and Zelzah Street. Please do not have your cab wait for you while you check in. One student from New York had the driver wait, and he kept his meter running. The resulting cab fare was $75.00!
Please feel free email us at Jstudentadvisor@csun.edu or contact us at (818) 677-3053 if you require further assistance.
International & Exchange Student Center
Office of Student Development and International Programs
California State University, Northridge