INTERNATIONAL

Study Abroad

The California State University International Programs offer eligible students the opportunity to study in one of 18 countries for one academic year. The countries are Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Japan Korea, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

Happy travels and work hard!

Eligibility

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 to apply for most countries. However, Australia, Japan, South Africa and the UK require a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Typically, students are in their junior year when they study abroad. However, some of the programs are open to sophomore students. For more information, attend an information session offered in the fall semester. Check back this page and you will be able to sign up online. If you are unable to attend an information session, you can email the California State University International Program Study Abroad advisor Juliet Aylmer at juliet.aylmer@csun.edu (remember to include your cell phone number in your email so she can give you a call to make an appointment).

Credit Towards Degree

You will receive 15 units per semester of residence credit towards your California State University, Northridge degree.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are only offered in the fall semester.  Please see dates of information sessions and sign-up online HERE.  Information sessions are held in the lobby of the International & Exchange Student Center, USU (opposite the computer lab), unless informed otherwise.  Information sessions are FREE and last for approximately an hour. 

If you are unable to attend an information session, contact Juliet Aylmer via email - juliet.aylmer@csun.edu to arrange a one-on-one appointment.  Please provide your CSUN ID, your study level, your GPA (if known) and your cell phone number so we can arrange an appointment.  

Where to Study

Your major may dictate which countries to which you can apply. To learn what your options are, please attend an information session.

Length of Studying Abroad

The California Sate University International Program (IP) is for one academic year. Students cannot apply for only one semester. For all countries other than Australia and South Africa, students go abroad in the fall. For Australia and South Africa, students depart in early February.

Study Abroad Fair

Study Abroad Fair

The Study Abroad Fair will be held on Wednesday October 15 from 10am-2pm in the Grand Salon, University Student Union (see campus map)

Students – Your journey starts here...the Study Abroad Fair is FREE and will provide you with an opportunity to learn about a variety of study abroad options.

Come along to find out where you could be studying next summer or next year – don't get left behind.

There will be FREE food (on a first-come, first-served basis), so come early if you can! Vote for your favorite photo taken by a past participant in the program – it could be your photo that wins next year!

Exhibitors - Study Abroad organizations are invited to register as an exhibitor at the Fair here.

The registration fee for exhibitors is $150. Please note that if two representatives attend, there will be an additional charge for the second person of $75:

The registration fee includes:

  • A table and two chairs
  • Continental breakfast, tea, coffee and water
  • A boxed lunch
  • One parking permit per organization (if an additional parking pass is required, please add $6)

Payment arrangements

Exhibitors, please download the payment form here and mail the form and a check made payable to CSUN Study Abroad Fair for $150 (or $225 if there will be two representatives) to:

Juliet Aylmer
Study Abroad Advisor
IESC, Building C, USU
California State University Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge CA 91330-8445 (please ensure that you use the full zip code)

Confirmation will be sent to exhibitors upon receipt of your check. Please mail your form and check NO LATER THAN October 1 to guarantee that space is reserved for you. Space will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

FAQs

Q: I'm interested in Studying Abroad. What should I do to learn more?

A: If you are interested in the California State University International Program (where you receive 15 units of residence credit towards your CSUN degree) or if you want to view the full list of the countries offered, visit the California State University International Program (IP) website

To find out more, please attend an information session offered in the fall semester. Check back this page and you will be able to sign up online. If you are unable to attend an information session, you can email the California State University International Program Study Abroad advisor Juliet Aylmer at juliet.aylmer@csun.edu (remember to include your cell phone number in your email so she can give you a call to make an appointment).

Q: Can I study abroad for only one semester?

A: No, the California State University study abroad program is only available for two semesters – a whole academic year. For most countries, the program runs from the fall to the spring.

Q: Is there a minimum GPA requirement?

A: Yes, the minimum requirement for the Study Abroad program varies by country and requires either a 2.75 or 3.0 GPA; the minimum requirement for the National Student Exchange program is a 2.5 GPA. For more details, visit the Apply page.


Q: Are these competitive programs?

A: The California State University International Study Abroad program is competitive for some countries.


Q: Do I have to speak the language of the country I will be applying to?

A: Not necessarily. Some countries require fluency in their native language, others offer programs taught entirely in English. Ask Juliet Aylmer for details regarding the countries you are interested in.


Q: How do I apply to Study Abroad?

A: If you're interested in applying, you can start the process by attending an information session at the IESC that is offered in the fall semester. Check back this page in the fall, and you will be able to sign up online. If you are unable to attend an information session, you can email the California State University International Program Study Abroad advisor Juliet Aylmer at juliet.aylmer@csun.edu (remember to include your cell phone number in your email so she can give you a call to make an appointment). Basic information on how to apply to the study abroad program can be found on the Apply page.


Q: How much does it cost to apply?

A: There is no application fee for the California State University Study Abroad program.

Q: How much will the program cost?

A: Through the California Sate University International Program (IP), you pay CSUN tuition fees while abroad, not the host campus' tuition fees. Please attend an information session offered in the fall semester for specific information. Check back this page and you will be able to sign up online. 


Q: Will I still receive financial aid while on exchange?

A: Yes, whatever financial aid you receive here at CSUN you will receive while studying abroad. For more details, attend an information session offered in the fall semester. Check back this page in the fall, and you will be able to sign up online. 


Q: Are there any scholarships available to help with the costs?

A: There are some scholarships for studying overseas. Please visit the Apply page for more information on scholarship opportunities.


Q: Can I participate in these programs as a graduate student?

A: The California State University International Study Abroad program is usually recommended for undergraduate students. However, graduate students are eligible to apply. If you are a graduate student who is interested in studying abroad, please check first with an academic advisor in your department to verify that they will grant you credit for any classes you take abroad.

 
Q: Will the classes I take abroad or on exchange count toward my degree?

A: You will need to check with an academic advisor in your department.


Q: What are my chances of being accepted into the California State University International Programs?

A: Some countries are more competitive than others, so make sure that you meet the minimum requirements. Please see the eligibility tab for the country you are interested in by going to the California State University International Programs website, then select Prospective Students, then Programs. Click on the country you are interested in, and check all the tabs at the top of the page (eligibility, cost, academic programs, etc.). For more details, please attend a free information session. You can sign up online on the Incoming NSE Students page.

Credits for Non-CSUN Affiliated Study Abroad Program

Please note, if you study abroad through an external organization and not a California State University International Program (IP), you will do so as an independent student since external study abroad organizations are not affiliated with California State University, Northridge (CSUN). 

If you study abroad through an external study abroad organization, you will need to inform Admissions and Records that you are taking a leave of absence if the program is during the regular CSUN semester period.

If you are studying abroad in a program not offered through CSUN and you want to check in advance that CSUN will accept credit from an international educational institution, you need to check with the relevant staff member, according to your last name, in International Admissions & Evaluations.

To check time required for credit transfer:

It may take some time for the classes you take overseas to be transferred to your CSUN transcript. Therefore, please check the timeframe with the overseas institution. This is especially important if an academic advisor has confirmed that one or more of the courses that you take overseas will count as a prerequisite for a class you plan to enroll in the following semester. Likewise, if you plan to graduate within six months of returning from studying overseas, please be aware that it can take some time for your courses to be transferred. This may delay your graduation.

To check for general education (GE) credit:

If you want to know where you stand with transferrable GE's before you depart for their exchange, complete a Prearranged Credit for International Scholars form. This form must be completed in full and returned to the International Admissions office prior to your departure.

When you return to CSUN, you must submit an official foreign transcript to the International Admissions & Evaluations Office. The International Admissions & Evaluations Office staff will evaluate the official foreign transcript, put the courses in your CSUN Degree Progress Report (DPR) and place the GE courses.

Also, any courses taken at an accredited university (accredited by the country's Ministry of Education) will be added to your DPR even if the courses are not helpful in terms of moving you toward graduation.

To check for credit in a major:

When you return to CSUN, you must first submit an official foreign transcript to the International Admissions & Evaluations Office. The courses taken overseas are then added to your DPR. If you want a course you have taken overseas to count towards your major, you must contact an academic advisor in your department and go through the course substitution process. You will need to provide a course description or syllabus to your academic advisor.