PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

International Students

Are you an international student thinking about applying to CSUN? Take a look at the information below for an overview, and visit International Admissions for specific details on application requirements and deadlines for international applicants. Also, check out the International and Exchange Student Center to learn more about campus resources for international students. 

To reach an international admissions advisor, email the appropriate contact.

Admissions requirements/How to apply

First-time freshmen

You are considered a first-time freshman if you are applying to a bachelor's degree program and have not completed any postsecondary coursework at a college or university. International first-time freshmen must complete the equivalent of a high school diploma and earn minimum GPA and TOEFL/IELTS scores. For more information on admissions requirements, deadlines and how to apply, visit CSUN International Admissions.

Transfer students

You are considered a transfer student if you have completed postsecondary course work at an accredited community college or university in the United States or at a college or university located outside of the United States. 

If you are already attending an accredited two-year school in California, or an out-of-state college listed below, your school may have a Transfer Agreement Guarantee (TAG) with CSUN. Please consult your international transfer center’s school counselor to find out if a TAG contract with CSUN is available.

Out-of-state schools with TAG contracts

Iowa
Washington

Another option is an Associate Degree for Transfer from a California Community College to a California State University (AA-T and AS-T)

Visit CSUN International Admissions for more information and specific requirements, including TOEFL/IELTS scores, deadlines and how to apply.

Post-baccalaureate or graduate students

You are considered a post-baccalaureate or graduate student if you have completed a postsecondary degree equal to a U.S. bachelor's degree and are eligible to apply for a master's degree or a second bachelor's degree at CSUN. International graduate students may apply for admission to a master's or doctoral degree program, and the International Institute for Education’s 2016 “Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange” ranks CSUN No. 1 in U.S. master’s degree-granting institutions that receive international students. Visit CSUN International Admissions for more information, including how to apply, deadlines and TOEFL/IELTS scores.

Second bachelor's students

International applicants who are in the process of completing, or have completed, a post-secondary degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree may pursue a second bachelor’s degree in an approved major at CSUN.

Please note:

  • The major may not be the same as the previously awarded degree.
  • Applications for second bachelor's degrees in all majors are strictly limited at this time.
  • All students are urged to consult with a department advisor to determine whether a second bachelor's degree or a graduate program better meets their needs. Read about the majors that CSUN offers and find department contact information in the University Catalog.

Visit CSUN International Admissions for more information, including specific requirements and deadlines.

Returning students

International students who have completed non-extension course work in a previous spring or fall semester and those wishing to return after a disqualification in their last semester at CSUN may apply for readmission. Visit CSUN International Admissions for more information and specific requirements, including how to apply and deadlines.

Domestic students with international transcripts

Domestic students with transcripts from abroad (students with "mixed records") do not require a student visa (F-1 or J-1), but some individuals may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or another acceptable exam. Visit CSUN International Admissions for more information and specific requirements, including deadlines and how to apply.

Cost of attendance

The chart below lists the approximate costs per semester for traditional CSUN students. To calculate the costs for international students, add $372 per unit. For more information regarding school costs and financial aid, visit the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department website.

 Undergraduate students living with a parent or relative 
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,291$6,582   
Books and supplies$800$1,600
Room and board$2,484$4,968
Transportation$774$1,548
Personal/miscellaneous$708$1,416
Loan fees$35$70
Total$8,092$16,184
Undergraduate students living on campus    
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,291$6,582
Books and supplies$800 $1,600 
Room and board$5,136 $10,272 
Transportation$307$614 
Personal/miscellaneous$708$1,416 
Loan fees $35 $70 
Total $10,277 $20,554 
 Undergraduate students living off campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,291$6,582
Books and supplies$800$1,600
Room and board$5,679$11,358
Transportation$383$766
Personal/miscellaneous$708$1,416
Loan fees$35$70
Total$10,896$21,792

 

Graduate students living with a parent or relative
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,905$7,810
Books and supplies$913 $1,826 
Room and board$2,299 $4,598 
Transportation$747 $1,494 
Personal/miscellaneous$682 $1,364 
Loan fees $87 $174 
Total $8,633 $17,266 
Graduate students living on campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,905$7,810
Books and supplies$913 $1,826 
Room and board$5,490 $10,980 
Transportation$695 $1,390 
Personal/miscellaneous$682 $1,364 
Loan Fees $87 $174 
Total $11,772$23,544
Graduate students living off campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,905$7,810
Books and supplies$913 $1,826 
Room and board$6,525 $13,050
Transportation$728 $1,456 
Personal/miscellaneous$682 $1,364 
Loan fees $87 $174 
Total $12,840$25,680

 

The California State University Board of Trustees approved a $254 per unit graduate business professional fee, which became effective in the 2012-2013 academic year. The fee is in addition to tuition and other fees and, if applicable, nonresident tuition for the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in accountancy programs. The fee is applicable to all courses taken while enrolled in either of the two programs. For additional information, refer to the schedule of systemwide fees.

Graduate business professional students living with a parent or relative
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$6,191$12,382
Books and supplies$913 $1,826 
Room and board$2,299 $4,598 
Transportation$747 $1,494 
Personal/miscellaneous$682 $1,364 
Loan fees $87 $174 
Total $10,919 $21,838
Graduate business professional students living on campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$6,191$12,382
Books and supplies$913 $1,826 
Room and board$5,490 $10,980 
Transportation$695 $1,390 
Personal/miscellaneous$682 $1,364 
Loan fees $87 $174 
Total $14,058$28,116
Graduate business students living off campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$6,191$12,382
Books and supplies$913 $1,826 
Room and board$6,525 $13,050
Transportation$728 $1,456 
Personal/miscellaneous$682 $1,364 
Loan fees $87 $174 
Total 15,126$30,252

California State University makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, California State University must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees without notice until the date of instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All California State University listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees.

 

Degrees and options

California State University, Northridge offers more than 60 undergraduate degrees and more than 70 master's programs across nine academic colleges. Visit the CSUN catalog website for the most up-to-date listing.

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