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 6 of  the Immigration Requirements / on the "Moodle" interface)  

The last step of the "Six-step immigration requirements for F-1 Students" includes your attendance to the New Student Orientation program.  Please refer back to the Moodle to complete your orientation registration. 

Orientation Dates

International Student Orientation (Transfer & Graduate Students)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 12:30pm - 4:30pm

International Student Orientation (First Time Freshmen)

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 8:00am -  1:00pm

Orientation Essentials

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

  • When you come to campus, be sure you are in the designated parking lot or structure that is on your parking pass. For directions and lot locations, see our campus map.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Advising Checklist

2014-15 Handbook

New Student Handbook 2014-2015

Student Service Centers and Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) Advisement

Maps and Permits (Maps and permits will be able to download and print as the programming dates gets closer. Please check back this page around mid-August.)

Past Presentations

Download the most recent International Student Orientation workshops:

Topics discussed at New Student Orientation Orientation


Topics discussed at New Student Orientation for International Students include:

Campus Tour and Networking 
Hosted by CSUN New Student Orientation (NSO) Leaders, you will receive a tour of major of campus facilities highlighting areas of interest to new students transferring into CSUN.  New Students will be matched to specific orientation leaders/touring groups based off of similar college/major related areas of study. Light refreshments provided 
Involvement Opportunities  Discussion
CSUN Resources & Services (Panel Presentation)
University department representatives will speak directly on resources and services under two general themes; Service Centers & Research, and Involvement & Support Opportunities
Technology at CSUN
Representatives from Information Technology will present on tools and services students have access to focusing on: CSUN User Accounts, Email, MyNorthridge Portal/SOLAR, Hardware Software, Media, MOODLE, Network & Wireless, Phones, Electronic Storage, and basic internet navigation.
Classrooms & Community
Through an interactive discussion format, this component will remind students of resources available to them that reference new and current immigration regulations, policies, and procedures as they pertain to legal F1 student status. Additionally this component will highlight International 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.

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.

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.

Light refreshments will be served when arriving to the orientation. Lunch will also be served at the end of the program


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.