• NSO 2016

    NSO leadership team

International Students

In keeping with the goal of New Student Orientation, we have designed this program to meet the needs of incoming new International Students through the following:

  • Providing the opportunity for students to gain knowledge and information about campus resources and services.
  • Informing students on how to achieve academic success.
  • Encouraging interaction among current and new students to ensure a smooth transition.
  • Connection and networking with college administration, faculty and staff.
  • Informing students of involvement opportunities in a range of areas.


Register for New Student Orientation
(this is Step 5 of  the Immigration Requirements / on the "Moodle" interface)  

The 5th step of the "Six-step immigration requirements for F-1 Students" includes your attendance to the New Student Orientation program.

Please register for New Student Orientation here: https://nso.studentaffairs.csun.edu/
You will need your CSUN User Name and Password to register. Before you register, please be sure to review the additional information on this website including:

Orientation Essentials, Resources, and Topics Discussed at Orientation

Orientation Dates

International Students Orientation #1:
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

International Students Orientation #2:
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Orientation Essentials

We look forward to seeing you at your New Student Orientation. Here are some essential tips and reminders:

  • Parking  If you will be driving to campus, we have made arrangements for you to park in Student Lot G3 which is located off Zelzah Ave. & Prairie St. Parking permits will be distributed at the parking kiosk once you turn onto campus from the Prairie St. entrance. Orientation leaders will be available at the Parking Lot that morning, for assistance should it be needed.
  • Meals include a light continental breakfast, and a boxed lunch (Subway Sandwiches).  Special dietary needs can be requested ahead of time.
    • Water Bottles – Help us reduce waste of single-use plastic bottles by bringing your own water bottle. There are refill stations located throughout campus. If you do not have a reusable water bottle, water will be provided. For more information about CSUN’s sustainability efforts, visit www.csun.edu/sustainability and visit their table at the Resource Fair.
  • Bring you class schedule to the orientation so that orientation leaders may help you map out your first few days on campus.
  • Bring a CSUN student ID or another form of picture ID to check in to the program. A CSUN student ID is $5.00 dollars and available at Bayramian Hall - 1st Floor.  The Cash Services windows will receive your payments and then instruct you on where to go to take your picture and pick up your new ID card.


Topics discussed at New Student Orientation Orientation

USU Tour and Networking

Hosted by CSUN New Student Orientation (NSO) Leaders, you will receive a tour of the University Student Union (USU) highlighting areas of interest to new students at CSUN.

University Welcome

Dr. William Watkins, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, will briefly preview topics discussed during orientation day.

Steps to Academic Success

Presented by the International Advisor from Undergraduate Studies students will become familiar with the CSUN College structure (contacts, resources and who to know). Additionally, information will be provided regarding the University Catalog, Schedule of Classes, www.csun.edu/portal, "DPR", Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam and other general information.  Various topics are addressed including: Differences between US Universities/Community Colleges, myths and truths of an American College, campus/local/state and federal laws as they relate to student safety and well-being – including sections on Title IX, sexual assault, Violence Against Women Act, student records, and FERPA rights.

Forms and deadlines on taking control of one's own education will also be highlighted. If you haven’t registered for classes at the time of this program, further information will be available for you on how to navigate through the next steps.

Classrooms & Communities

Additionally this component will highlight student success stories concerning a traditional CSUN university classroom experiences. Various topics are addressed including: Differences between high school, community college, and US universities; appropriate classroom conduct; faculty expectations; ethical issues, cheating, and plagiarism (including using the Web and internet resources for cheating); campus community standards; Title IX and Sexual Assault information, and myths/truths of living and interacting with American students.

Campus Engagement Opportunities

Campus tours will be provided for students where they will be given information from the following resources: Oviatt Library, Learning Resource Center, Information Technology, Career Center, University Counseling Services, Disability Resources and Educational Services, Student Heath Center, and the Matador Bookstore.

Immigration Briefing
This discussion will assist students in reminding new students about current immigration regulations, policies, and procedures as they pertain to legal F1 student status.


If you have any further questions, please contact the New Student Orientation staff at (818) 677-4100 or via email at newstudentorientation@csun.edu. You may also review the FAQs page for any questions you may have.

If you have any questions about your immigration status please contact your International Student Advisor at the International and Exchange Student Center at: (818) 677-3053.

Disclaimer: The New Student Orientation website contains information authorized and available at the time of publication. Its content, including dates and fee amounts, is subject to change without prior notice or obligation.