International Students

How do I get in?

Admission requirements for international students differ from those for resident students. While there are certain minimum standards and requirements that you must meet, applications tend to be judged on a case-by-case basis.

I am applying as a:


First-time freshman

Admission requirements

If you want to enter Cal State Northridge as a first-time freshman, you must have completed high school and must take an English language proficiency test.

The most common test is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum score you must obtain on the TOEFL is 500 for the paper-based exam, 61 for the Internet-based exam and 173 for the computer-based exam. Other English proficiency tests and minimum scores include:

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 45
  • International English Language Test System (IELTS): 5.5
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test, verbal portion: 450
  • AP International Language Exam: 3
  • International Test of English Language Proficiency (iTEP): 5.0

Regardless of which test you take, the testing agency will send your score to Cal State Northridge (code 4707).

How to apply

  • File an online admission application, accompanied by $55 (U.S. currency), nonrefundable application fee.
  • Fax an affidavit of financial support and bank statement to California State University, Northridge, International Admissions and Evaluations at (818) 677-5281.
  • Mail original or certified copies of your official high school records to: California State University, Northridge, International Admissions and Evaluations, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA, 91330-8207. If necessary, include English language translations.

Deadlines: If you are applying for the fall semester, your application is due March 31 and your supporting documents are due April 30. If you are applying for the spring semester, your application is due Sept. 30 and your supporting documents are due Oct. 31. Please contact International Admissions if you seek more information or are unable to meet these deadlines.

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Transfer

Admission requirements

If you are applying as an international transfer student, you must have graduated from high school and completed post-secondary work at an accredited community college or university inside or outside the United States. Beyond these minimum requirements, circumstances vary depending upon whether your post-secondary work was done inside or outside the United States.

Inside the United States: You must have completed a written composition course and a college-level math course with a "C"or higher in each course. Your overall, post-secondary grade point average must be at least 2.4.

Outside the United States: You must have completed a college-level math course with a grade of "C" or higher. You also must have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) or another English proficiency exam.

If you take the TOEFL, you must earn a minimum score of 500 on the paper-based exam, 61 on the Internet-based exam or 173 on the computer-based exam. Other English proficiency tests and minimum scores include:

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 45
  • International English Language Test System (IELTS): 5.5
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test, verbal portion: 450
  • AP International Language Exam: 3
  • International Test of English Language Proficiency (iTEP): 5.0

Regardless of which test you take, the testing agency will send your score to Cal State Northridge (code 4707).

How to apply

  • File an online admission application, accompanied by a US $55 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Fax an affidavit of financial support and bank statement to California State University, Northridge, International Admissions and Evaluations: (818) 677-5281.
  • If your post-secondary work is from inside the United States, ask each U.S. college or university you attended to mail original or certified copies of your academic records to: California State University, Northridge, International Admissions and Evaluations, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA, 91330-8207.
  • If your post-secondary work is from outside the United States, mail your academic records yourself. If necessary, include English-language translations.
  • If you have earned less than 60 transferable semester units at the time of transfer (regardless of whether you studied inside or outside the United States), submit your high school records as well.

Deadlines: If you are applying for the fall semester, your application is due March 31 and your supporting documents are due April 30. If you are applying for the spring semester, your application is due Sept. 30 and your supporting documents are due Oct. 31. Please contact International Admissions if you need more information or are unable to meet these deadlines.

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Graduate

Admission requirements

If you are applying for a master's degree program or a second bachelor's degree at Cal State Northridge, the graduate department you are interested in will evaluate your application and make a determination about your admission.

Unless you already have a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or another English proficiency exam.

If you take the TOEFL, you must earn at least 550 on the paper-based exam, 79/80 on the Internet-based exam or 213 on the computer-based exam. Other English proficiency tests and minimum scores include:

International English Language Test System (IELTS): 6.0
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 58
Graduate Record Exam (GRE): appropriate verbal score

If you take the Graduate Record Exam, talk to a Cal State Northridge academic advisor about the score you will need. Regardless of which test you take, the testing agency will send your score to Cal State Northridge (code 4707).

How to apply

  • File an online admission application, accompanied by a US $55, nonrefundable application fee.
  • Fax an affidavit of financial support and bank statement to California State University, Northridge, International Admissions and Evaluations: (818) 677-5281.
  • Mail original or certified copies of all official, post-secondary academic records to: California State University, Northridge, International Admissions and Evaluations, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA, 91330-8207. Include English language translations, if necessary. If you have studied inside the United States, ask your U.S. college or university to mail the transcripts to Cal State Northridge.

Deadlines: If you are applying for the fall semester, your application is due March 31 and your supporting documents are due April 30. If you are applying for the spring semester, your application is due Sept. 30 and your supporting documents are due Oct. 31. Please contact International Admissions if you seek more information or are unable to meet these deadlines.

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Semester at CSUN

If you want to study at Cal State Northridge for only one or two semesters, check out our Semester at CSUN offered by the Tseng College. This program allows international students to take credit-earning courses or noncredit courses for up to one year.

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