New Students

Congratulations on your admission to California State University, Northridge (CSUN)!

The International and Exchange Student Center (IESC) staff wishes to welcome you and is looking forward to meeting you at the New International Student Orientation.

This section includes all initial information for newly admitted international students. Please follow the steps below to get started!

Immigration Requirements for Spring 2017 Admit

International Student Mandatory Immigration Session— Spring 2017

Congratulations on your admission to California State University, Northridge (CSUN)! The IESC staff is looking forward to meeting you upon your arrival to our campus. All of our F-1 students are required to complete the six-step immigration requirements which includes registering for new student orientation once they are admitted to our university. To begin, please read below. 

Steps to complete immigration requirements

Please complete Steps 1-5 prior to your arrival to the U.S.

Step 1

Activate your CSUN account

  1. Locate the email sent to you by the Office of Admissions and Records with instructions to activate your student account. The email contains the link to authenticate your identity for the activation.
  2. You may also visit the CSUN instruction page, and follow the subsequent instructions to activate your user ID and password.

Problems activating your account? Please contact the CSUN IT Help Center.

(a) TAKE THE NEW STUDENT SURVEYWe are always looking for new ways to improve our services for our students. Please share your thoughts with us by filling out the survey. To begin the survey, please click on the STEP 2a link on the left.

Step 2

Online immigration session

Please enroll in this course through Moodle. Enter the enrollment key: spring2017

Student must complete this section through the Moodle course.  Make sure to accomplish all the following tasks before printing your certificate of completion:

  • Read the PowerPoint
  • Take the Quiz
  • Print the Certificate of Completion
  • Take the Survey

To complete this STEP, please click on the STEP 2b link on the left or at the bottom of this page.

Please note:
Students must receive at least a 90% on the quiz in order to move on to STEP 2c.


This certificate is your confirmation that you have completed STEPS 2a and 2b.You are acknowledging that you have read and understood the information provided to you in STEP 2a. Please print this certificate and bring it with you to the Mandatory New Student Reporting (STEP 5).

Printing instructions: Please click on the STEP 2c link on the left or at the bottom of this page.

Please note: You will not be able to print a certificate until you have successfully passed the quiz (STEP 2b).

Step 3

Release of SEVIS record to CSUN

Applies only to students who are already in the U.S. with an I-20 from a previous school.


Please skip to STEP 4 if CSUN is the first school that you are attending as an F1 student in the United States.

Transfer-in deadline: January 13, 2017

(CSUN must have your SEVIS record by this date.)

Step 4

Email your Proof of Health Insurance to

It is mandatory for you to submit the required proof of health insurance document to the email address provided before the beginning of the semester.  Failure to submit the proof of health insurance will affect your immigration status.

Students cannot register for classes until the foreign hold has been removed. For health insurance requirements and the removal of the foreign hold, visit the foreign registration hold page.  Please note that undergraduate students who fill out the Response Questionnaire through the Undergraduate Studies website, click here for the website, will be registered by the International Academic Advisor during the first semester only.  Graduate students will register in classes themselves, and will need to contact their academic advisor in their Major department for assistance when needed.

Step 5

Register for the International Students orientation by clicking here.

Attend the International Orientation (In Person)

***Please note your 6-STEP immigration Requirements process is not complete until you attend the International Student Orientation***

Orientation dates:

January 20, 2017

A special orientation program has been designed for our international students. Additional information can be found at the New Student Orientation website as it becomes available; however, those registered will be sent a confirmation with further details.


Please complete Step 6 upon your arrival to the U.S.

All spring 2017 admits are required to enter the U.S. by no later than January 16, 2017

Step 6

New  Spring 2017 students coming to CSUN from abroad must enter the U.S. no later than January 16, 2017, and do the Mandatory new student Reporting

Submit clear, legible, and complete  copies of the following important documents to a Foreign Student Advisor at the In Person Reporting Session:

***Please click here to sign up to attend a mandatory In Person Reporting Session.***


 Upon your arrival to the U.S., please report to the IESC in person with copies of your immigration documents (as outlined in the list to the left) for your session. You will meet with a Foreign Student Advisor. Once you report, we can notify immigration of your attendance at CSUN through SEVIS. IESC advising walk-in hours are Monday-Friday 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.


Failure to complete Steps 1-6 may affect your eligibility to remain in correct F-1 status.

Please visit our website on a regular basis for the most up-to-date information.

Immigration Requirements for Fall 2017 Admit

International Student Mandatory Immigration Session— Fall 2017

Congratulations on your admission to California State University, Northridge (CSUN)! The IESC staff is looking forward to meeting you upon your arrival to our campus. Please make sure to visit this page again for updated information regarding the six-step immigration requirements.